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by hack_man

Review: OK where do I start, this is absolutely my favourite veggie place of all time. I have eaten here 15 times or so in 7 visits to this amazing city since 2004 and is the one I use as a standard with which to compare other vegetarian establishments. It's called Cafe V (as in Vegetarische) and for some reason in the past it did serve the occassional fish dish or two which was disappointing but I can confirm that as of August 2010 this is no longer the case. Why is this place the best? Quite simply, it's the whole package. Cafe V is a bar, a cafe, a restaurant, a meeting place, somewhere you can drink, dine, chat, have breakfast, have supper, chill for hours, have a snack, have a beer, enjoy a romantic meal, drink wine, have a cocktail, read Die Welt, people watch, sit inside, sit on the street, have a birthday meal....just appreciate life. It is set on a square next to a pleasant leafy park off Skalitzer Strasse in Kreuzberg. Get off at Görlitzer Bahnhof on the U1 line, walk down the stairs and have a Pilsner at the fabulous Hannibal's bar over the road on Wiener Strasse. Then walk over to Lausitzer Platz, go past the church and through the park to Cafe V. A very cosy, dimly lit and bohemian setting awaits. The staff are friendly, the beer is good and the seating is perfect. Take your time, have a beer, order food, maybe a carafe of organic wine......a litre perhaps if you plan to stay a long time. I think you should. As far as I am concerned the food is gourmet but not at gourmet prices. We are talking unique dishes with tofu, seitan, aubergine, courgette, pasta and rice all served with the delicious complementary house tomato and garlic bread. If you're lucky you might even get a free spirit at the end of the night before you head off onto one of the fantastic bars in the surrounding area of Kreuzberg (I'd recommend Cafe Bar Morena on Wiener Strasse for a white beer or one of the many bars in the area around Görlitzer Bahnhof). The M29 bus runs through the night to take you into the main centres of Berlin depending on where you are staying. All in all, it's the whole package of Kreuzberg that makes Cafe V the special place it is and I don't think anything will ever beat it although Tel Aviv in Warsaw is right up there in the same league for me too.

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