Oh, Berlin and its food! This paradise is so varied that it can drive you crazy if you don’t know where to go. In a city of more than 3 million people and with such an overwhelming mix of cultures, delicacies are hidden in every corner.
If you’re visiting Berlin, you’ll be delighted to know that we have the definitive answer to the big question: where to eat in Berlin? Buckle up because with our recommendations your trip will be unforgettable!
What to eat in Berlin: a mix of cultures
Some Germans say that Berlin is not Germany. The German capital is a far cry from the other major German cities. One of the reasons is the great multiculturalism that walks its streets. And that shows in the city’s gastronomy.
Don’t be alarmed! Of course, you can find plenty of typical German food, but be prepared to find thousands of Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants as well. The Turks and Vietnamese form the largest and second largest group of immigrants in Berlin. The reason? The terrible wars. Turks came to the city after World War II to work on its reconstruction, while Vietnamese sought asylum during the Vietnam War. A sad reason, but one that has helped make Berlin what it is today.
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And now that we’ve brought you up to date… it’s time to reveal the great secrets of Berlin’s gastronomy. Where to eat in Berlin? Let’s see what you think of our recommendations!
Eating in Berlin in the most German style
Among the typical German dishes, the star in Berlin is the famous Currywurst, which is exactly a sausage with a tomato/ketchup sauce and curry powder. The best place? Try Curry 36. You won’t regret it!
Location 1: Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin Kreuzberg
Location 2: Hardenbergplatz 9, 10623 Berlin
Subway, train & bus: Zoologischer Garten
If you are one of those who prefer to sit in a restaurant and eat quietly, the pork knuckle is what you are looking for. This specialty, typical of southern Germany, is prepared in two different ways (baked, called “Haxe” and boiled, called “Eisbein”). No matter how you want it, if you want to know where to eat knuckle in Berlin, you have to go to one of the following places:
- Georgbräu (Spreeufer, 4 10178 Berlin/metro, train and streetcar: Alexanderplatz): German brewery located in the medieval Nikolaiviertel district. Is there a nicer neighborhood to go with a knuckle of pork?
- Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin (Karl-Liebknecht-Straβe 30/metro, train and streetcar: Alexanderplatz): Munich’s most famous brewery came to Berlin a few years ago. And he won’t budge from here! Immerse yourself in the Bavarian atmosphere with a liter beer (wow!) while listening to live traditional songs.
- Zur Haxe (Erich-Weinert-Straße 128 10409 Berlin/train and streetcar: Greifswalderstraβe): a bit further from the city center and tourist attractions, but if you have time and want to go somewhere more intimate and less touristy, don’t think about it. The staff’s service is impeccable and you will see the waiters in typical Bavarian costume!
For those on a budget: where to eat well and cheaply in Berlin
If you want to eat cheaply in Berlin, don’t worry. We have a few recommendations for you that are sure to please.
If you’ve already eaten a Currywurst and you’re still hungry, but you can’t fit a knuckle between your chest and back and you want something 100% typical German, the Schnitzel is your best option. What is Schnitzel? Well, basically, a huge breaded steak that Germans (and Austrians) are very proud of. And… where to eat Schnitzel, you may ask? Well, the cheapest place is the Scheers (Warschauer Platz 18 10245 Berlin/metro and train: Warschauerstraβe), right in the neighborhood where the party is concentrated on weekends. Perfect for dinner and then a beer with your friends!
And finally, the two “international” options:
(Mehrindamm 32, 10961 Berlin/Metro: Mehringdamm): Mustafa’s is a kiosk that might go unnoticed on one of Berlin’s many streets, but everyone stops to look at it. The reason? You’ll never see it without a queue, no matter what time it is! Many say it is the best kebab in Berlin and they are right. So buy a beer and be patient while you wait. Plus, it’s next door to Curry 36, so you can try both places and see which one you like better!
(Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin/metro: Weinmeisterstraβe): Vietnamese restaurant with a rather small, but very tasty menu. Although it’s a bit more expensive than the other two places we’ve already mentioned, it’s worth putting on the list of places to eat in Berlin.
And there is only one thing left to finish with the recommendations: Did you know that Berlin is the city with the most vegan food in the world? If you just found out now, you haven’t read our article about where to eat vegan in Berlin. Whether you are vegetarian or vegan, you won’t go hungry in Berlin!
I’m sure you are no longer asking yourself the typical question of where to eat in Berlin, so… enjoy and enjoy Berlin’s gastronomy!