Ok so now let’s focus on the best thing about visiting Berlin, food. This post contains just a few of my favorite places to eat in Berlin. When I used to live there I wasn’t very original when it comes to local cuisine and I used apps like Yelp or Trip Advisor a lot, but I also discovered a few places you wouldn’t find online. I hope you not too hungry when you reading this post 🙂
You can’t visit Berlin and not try a kebab. Kebab shops are literally EVERWHERE around Berlin and each person has their own favorite place. For me the best kebab is located in Hackescher Markt, it’s on the opposite side of the Starbucks and is in the same building as the grocery shop called Edeka. While you may have heard about a place called Mustafas Gemusedoner which is apparently the most popular Kebab shop through the tourist circle. I’ve been there once, stood in a line for about 40 minutes to have an ok Kebab. It wasn’t bad but also wasn’t worth the time I spent to get there, and in line to get the Kebab. For those who don’t know what a kebab is, in simple terms it’s something between a sandwich and burger (with amazing bread btw) filled with meat (normally lamb, but you can find beef or chicken sometimes), salads and sauces. Basically it is just amazing 🙂
Yes while you can go into your local KFC just about anywhere in the world ,that is not what I am talking about here. You can also get fried chicken in almost every kebab shop but that is not where you should go. You have to try the restaurant called Henne. It’s a German restaurant where all you can order is half chicken with potato salad or coleslaw/sauerkraut salad. Make sure you check the opening hours as they open late, mostly for dinner time. It can also get very busy so make sure to get there early, or be prepared to wait if your unable to make a reservation. In fact the Berlin wall used to run through the beer garden at Henne so there is a lot of history with this place as well.
*Henne – Leuschnerdamm 25, 10999 Berlin ( Kreuzberg)
Ok so maybe it’s not so German, but you can get very nice burgers in Berlin. I actually read that right now you can find many amazing burger joints that will absolutely blow your mind. My favorite place is definitely Burgermeister, located under the train tracks. Make sure you order cheese fries as a side. There’s also places called “The bird” which I heard a lot about but unfortunately never had a chance to go there. But its highly recommended by all my friends.
*Burgermeister – Oberbaumstr. 8, 10997 Berlin ( Kreuzberg)
*The bird – Am Falkplatz 5, 10437 Berlin ( Prenzlauer Allee)
I could say you would find German Restaurants in Berlin everywhere but I would be lying as kebab shops are definitely winning that battle. During my 3 years when I used to live there I visited a lot of places so it’s hard to recommend everything. I am from Poland and German kitchen is a somewhat similar to my local dishes, with all the sausages, sauerkraut and schnitzels so naturally I love it! I can tell you about 4 restaurant located very close to each other which I visited recently. I am sure there are even better or worse restaurants but I was always very happy with these:
- Standige Vertretung – Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin
- Berliner Republik – Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin
- Maximilians – Friedrichstrasse – 185-190, 10117 Berlin
- Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt – Charlottenstasse 55, 10117 Berlin
They say, if you want try real Mexican food go to … Mexico, or at least the US 🙂 But Berlin has a place that has made a pretty good attempt at serving good Mexican food. Obviously I haven’t been in Mexico yet, so I can’t tell you how close they are with authentic food, but how can you go wrong with making tacos or quesadillas.
- Santa Maria – Oranienstr. 170, 10999 Berlin ( Kreuzberg)
Believe it or not I had my first steak ever in Berlin and I immediately fell in love! There is a chain or restaurants around the city called Block House. The food there is fresh and tasty but unfortunately it is not the best for low budget travellers.
*Friedrichstrasse 100, 10117 Berlin ( Mitte )
*Theodor Heuss-Platz 12, 14052 Berlin ( Charlottenburg)
*Budapester Str. 42-50, 10787 Berlin ( Zoologischer Garten)
*Karl-Liebknecht-Str 7 , 10178 Berlin ( Mitte, near Aleksanderplatz)
*Kurfurstendamm 161 , 10709 Berlin ( Charlottenburg)
*Karl-Marx-Allee 91, 10243 Berlin ( Friedrichshain )
*Teltower Damm 36, 14169 Berlin ( Zehlendorf)
For those who try to stay away from the Kebabs and other heavy food. I would recommend a place called Flamingo Fresh Food and Bar. fresh sandwiches, soups and amazing coffee make this spot a winner. Also the staff are very friendly which typically doesn’t happen a lot in Germany 🙂
*Neustädtische Kirchstraße 8, 10117 Berlin
No not a list of all the pubs in Berlin, this place is literally called “The Pub”. I wasn’t sure where I should place this restaurant as its more about the drinking experience but the food is pretty good as well. I haven’t tried the famous burgers there yet but they look fantastic. The drinking is where this place tops the list, each table at The Pub has it’s own electronic ordering system, and multiple taps so you can pour your own fresh Berliner Pilsner right at the table, the digital display then counts how much beer you are drinking. (Similar to how you pump petrol). This is a great place to go before a night out in the city or if you just want a different kind of dinning experience.
*Rochstraße 14, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Of course there is many other amazing places in Berlin which I haven’t been too yet, but I am there a lot so this list will be updated. There is a lot of places I am planning to visit so look out for more recommendations and photos (unfortunately this post doesn’t have too many as before as saying to myself “It tastes better if you stop and take a photo of it first” wasn’t that popular 🙂 If you have any favourite places in Berlin, please let me know I would love to try it!