In every guide on where to eat in Berlin they’ll tell you to go enjoy the juiciest burgers at Burgermeister. Or the ultimate döner in Ebeswalderstr. You’ll likely come across the most famous curry würst joints in the city, Curry 36 and Curry 61. Of course, all those options are wonderful. However, if you want to find some culinary pearls, you are going to have to dig a bit deeper. Also, you can keep on reading for my take on the ultimate guide on where to eat in Berlin.
Berlin is an extremely creative and versatile city. With a myriad of cultures cohabitating and mixing in a potluck of deliciousness. This means that in Berlin, unlike in many other German cities, is not so much about where to eat but what. Well, a bit of both of course. But, either way, you have so many options that it may get a bit difficult to choose where to go. Especially if you don’t know the city or neighbourhood where you’re staying at.
From the many food choices available to choose from, there’s always something for every one. Here I let you a list on where to eat in Berlin, for those days when you don’t want to have to search for a place to eat. I will keep updating this list as I find more places worth checking out for eating in Berlin. In the meantime, let’s get you on your way to finding out where to eat in Berlin away from the masses of tourists.
This Vietnamese restaurant is a mere 5 minutes walk from the Nollendorfplatz station. It takes only around 15 minutes from Alexanderplatz via the U2 U-Bahn line. Little and hidden away on a side street, Sao Mai can be one of the best finds I’ve made so far in Berlin. Why you may ask.
Well, they offer a variety of freshly made rice and noodle dishes, soups and other appetizers. The portions are hearty and their service incredibly friendly. It is also great value for your money, at around 16€ (around 20 USD) for two people including a drink. Plus, if you seat outside, it is the perfect place for people watching too…a win win don’t you think?
Nollendorfstraße 8, 10777 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE:
U1 / U2 / U3 / U4 all stop in Nollendorfplatz, from there take the exit to Motzartstr.
Go out left, cross over and follow along for about 3 minutes.
You’ll find Sao Mai on your right hand side.
Monday – Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Sunday 12:30 PM to 10:30 PM
When it comes to burgers in Berlin, each one has its own mind about where to find the best. Yet, as I already mentioned, most guides on where to eat in Berlin will tell you to go to Burgermeister. Their burgers are truly something, but the lines are always monumental. If you don’t feel like waiting, you are in luck. There is a lesser known option with shorter waiting times. For equally wonderful burgers and mouth-watering sweet potato fries, the place to be is: Revolver Burger.
They offer a wide range of options for a standard price (between 6 and 12€ / 7,5 to 15 USD). From classic burgers (Hamburger & Cheeseburger). To something a little fancier. Like their Chilli Burger (with Jalapeños, Nachos and Chilli sauce). Or my all time favourite, the BBQ-Egg Burger, which, you guessed right, has a sunny-side-up egg up top! Oh and there are Veggie options too. They also have menus, which include the burger of your choice, drink and a portion of fries.
On top of their great food, they are super easy to reach via S-Bahn and Tram. Revolver Burger is about 5 minute walk away from Hackescher Markt station. If you find yourself wandering about the Museums’ Island, you can even walk there.
Rosenthaler Str. 46, 13127 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE:
Hackescher Markt station: S3 / S5 / S7 / S9 / S75 / M1 / M4 / M5 / M6
Get out via the Market Sq and follow Rosenthaler Str. for about 5 min.
Monday – Sunday 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Cuore di Vetro
(Italian Gelato & Coffee)
Not far away from Revolver Burger, you’ll find the best gelato place in Berlin. If you’ve found a better parlour, please please please, let me know in the comments below. In the 8 months I’ve been in Berlin so far, I’ve gone around the city seeking the most delicious ice cream I could find. Cuore di Vetro is hands down the best I’ve come across so far. So much so that I bring everyone that comes pay me a visit.
If you go often to Cuore di Vetro, you’ll notice that their gelato variety changes. No two days have the same flavours (other than a few rotating staples – I’m looking at you vegan dark chocolate <3). All gelato on offer, they make it on-site themselves in a small room in the back. If you’re lucky enough you may be able to see them busy at work. Also the gelato waffles are home-made, by the way. Two scoops of this melting marvel will only set you back 3€ (3,8 USD). They will keep you in awe for as long as you can refrain yourself from eating it! I can highly recommend the vegan dark chocolate-red berries combo.
Besides their otherwordly home-made gelato, they also offer aromatic coffees and appetising cakes.
This cute café-gelato parlour is within walking distance from Alexanderplatz and Weinmeisterstraße. And if you are there on a day when the Berlin sun decides to show up, make sure to sit outside.
Max-Beer-Straße 33, 10119 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Alexanderplatz or Weinmeisterstraße about 5 min walk.
Monday – Friday 12 – 11 PM
Saturday – Sunday 10 AM – 11 PM
(Modern take on Hot Dogs)
My most recent find in Berlin (thanks to Eating in Berlin). The Dawg is the perfect place for when you start getting hungry and you want something different to eat. With a modern take on the classic hot dog, The Dawg will pleasantly surprise you, if you’re open for it.
There are several staple dawgs to choose from and a house special that changes regularly (when we were there it was an octopus hot dog!). And you can always follow your meal with a nice cocktail in the neighbouring Monkey Bar!
Oh wait, did I mention that you can eat your dawg while looking at the monkey pit in the Berliner Zoo right from your seat? And they have not left anything to chance. You can find electrical sockets and USB charging stations on all tall seating tables. Is that not incredibly considerate?!
You can find The Dawg in the Bikini Berlin mall, on the 2 floor right besides the “experiences’ shop”.
Bikini Berlin 2. O.G, Budapester Str. 38-50, 10787 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE:
Berlin Zoologischer Garten station: S3 / S5 / S7 / S9 / S75 / U1 / U2 / U9
Monday – Saturday 12 – 10 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM
(Gastronomic Round the World Trip)
If you and your travel companion(s) are the kind of people who can’t agree to disagree when it comes to what to eat, the Arminiushalle in the district of Moabit is probably the place for you. With several stands offering food from near and far, you should not be surprised to run into a Canadian Poutine restaurant or the most mouth-watering ceviche in all the land. Whatever tickles your fancy, you’ll probably find it. And if you’re not hungry just yet, take a walk around and let yourself be inspired by the gastronomic world trip you’re about to embark on.
This old repurposed market is right behind the Tiergarten Town Hall and about 10 minutes by bus from Berlin Central Station.
Arminiusstraße 2-4, 10551 Berlin
HOW TO GET THERE:
Turmstr. station: U9 / TXL BUS
Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 10 PM
(Home made ice lollies)
With two locations in Berlin (Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg), California Pops is a blessing in disguise. They offer a large variety of ice lollies made with love and 100% Bio ingredients. WIth a plethora of combinations to choose from, you can come back as often as you want and you won’t get tired of it. Fresh and different, this midday/afternoon snack is perfect for when you’re craving something sweet but relatively healthy while exploring the city. If you’re visiting the popular Mauerpark, stop by their Prenzlauer Berg shop and treat yourself to a pop. All the yoghurt with berries variations are delicious, specially with a thin layer of dark chocolate on top.
Check them out on Instagram for some inspiration and latest news.
KREUZBERG: Falckensteinstraße 4, 10997 Berlin
PRENZLAUER BERG: Eberswalder Str. 32, 10437 Berlin
(Bowls and Coffee)
And last but not least (for now), Haferkater. In case you need a quiet place to work from or to relax after a long morning of exploring Berlin. Offering fresh teas, cakes, coffee and their specialty, healthy bowls, Haferkater will quickly become your safe haven in the bustling heart of one of Berlin’s in neighbourhoods, Prenzlauer Berg. It is also around 5 doors down from the California Pops P’Berg stand, so while you’re at it why not stop by?
Alternatively you can pay them a visit in their Friedrichshein location and enjoy there one of their delicious salads.
PRENZLAUER BERG: Eberswalder Str. 26, 10437 Berlin
FRIEDRICHSHEIN: Boxhagener Str. 76-78, 10245 Berlin
PRENZLAUER BERG: Monday – Friday 7 AM – 6 PM // Saturday – Sunday 8 AM – 7 PM
FRIEDRICHSHEIN: Monday – Friday 7 AM – 4 PM // Saturday – Sunday 8 AM – 5 PM
If you’ve made it this far, kudos, I hope this mini guide on where to eat in Berlin has given you some ideas on alternative places to visit while in the German capital. As I discover more wonderful places to eat in Berlin I will continue adding to the list so keep an eye on this space for more deliciousness to come!! In the meantime, I am open to suggestions on places you know that may be worth mentioning? Feel free to let me know in the comments section and will make sure to stop by as soon as possible. And, don’t forget to pin it and share this post with anyone who you may think would be interested!