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As in all major cities, finding where to eat in Berlin is an easy task. The offer of restaurants for all budgets (Berlin is not a particularly expensive city when it comes to eating out) is huge, and also very varied. We advise you to let yourself go and, if you enjoy the good table, take advantage to try a little of everything.

It is difficult to resist a good currywurst of a street stall after an intensive day of tourism, but it is also worth sitting to enjoy an Apfelstrudel in one of the many Berlin cafés or to pay homage to the classic German knuckle. And if you are vegetarian or vegan, do not panic. In Berlin there are also healthy alternatives to eat (later we give you a few recommendations).

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Eat in Berlin: typical German dishes you should try


Currywurst: Berlin's most typical and savory dish deserves a special section in the food section. The truth is that currywurst doesn't have much science, but if you ask a Berliner for a typical dish of his city, I would definitely recommend trying this one. It is nothing more than a sliced ​​sausage, accompanied by chips, with ketchup and curry on top.

Currywurst is a sausage that is served sliced, sprinkled with a ketchup with curry and is usually accompanied by french fries. So popular is the curried sausage that can be found practically in any restaurant or street stall, in the hands of high political positions or enthusiastic tourists. Naturally, a museum for his famous sausage could not be missing in the city of Berlin, it is the Deutsches Currywurst Museum (not a joke).

A full-fledged fast food, but that tastes good when it catches you hungry and that you can enjoy in almost any corner of the city. Later we will tell you which are our favorite places to try it.

Sausages: in the country of sausages you will find all the varieties you can imagine, although the most common are the Bratwurst (white and spicy) and the Wiener (Vienna type, orange and softer). German cuisine is known above all for its sausages, very varied in terms of colors and flavors. In the country you can find about 1,500 different types of sausages.

Each German region offers a different specialty. The sausages of Frankfurt, with a mild flavor, the sausages of Nuremberg, which are served roasted, or those of Bavaria, with a lighter color.

You can order them as a dish in any German restaurant, but the most common is to buy them at any street stall accompanied by a bun (Brochten) for just € 1.5 (and whoever says street stall, says to one of those curious little men who carry the grill hanging on slopes and you'll find in all tourist areas).

German knuckle (Eisbein): the one from Berlin is eaten cooked, although you will also find it roasted, and always accompanied by sauerkraut (cabbage roasted in strips with a light touch of vinegar) and boiled potatoes.

If it is well prepared it is a delight, and we advise you to try it in the following restaurants: Boulevard Friedrichstrasse(Friedrichstrasse 106c), Sophieneck (Grosse Hamburger Strasse 37), Ständige Vertretung (Schiffbauerdamm 8), Brauhaus Georgbraeu (Spreeufer 4, in Nikolaiviertel) and the one that for us is the best, that of Zur Letzten Instanz (Waisenstrasse 14-16), close to the Nikolai district and the Alexanderplatz - it is essential to book.

Apfelstrudel: really, it is an Austrian recipe, but this puff pastry and apple pie served with vanilla ice cream is a very typical dessert also in Germany. Don't miss the one at Back Palace, a tiny cafe in the Nikolai neighborhood (Propststraße 1-4) where all the desserts are homemade - if you don't have the apple pie, ask yourself for homemade Belgian waffles. They have nothing to do with those that serve elsewhere.

Kartoffelsuppe: a recurring first course in the menus of all German restaurants. It is a kind of soup or cream of potatoes with vegetables and bits of sausage. Very comforting for cold days.

Schnitzel: Like the previous one, it is a more Viennese than Berlin dish, but it is also served in all German restaurants. It is nothing more than a breaded pork steak or veal and accompanied by potatoes and a few slices of lemon.

They say that the best in Berlin are those of Sheers Shnitzel, a local, let's say, modest, but with a lot of fame thanks to this dish (a ten-minute walk from the East Side Gallery, in Warschauer Strasse). They are also highly recommended to try the Schnitzel Wirtshaus zum Mitterhofer(Fichtestraße 33, in the Kreuzberg district) and Imbiss 204 (Prenzlauer Allee 204, in Prenzlauer Berg).

German beer: how was it going to be missing? The variety of brands and varieties is very wide (the Germans say they have more than 5,000 different beers), you will even see that many restaurants and pubs make their own. The most common is the Pilsen, the classic blonde beer, but be encouraged to try different varieties because if you are a beer lover, in Berlin you will enjoy and much.

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Our recommended restaurants in Berlin


As you can imagine, the variety of typical German restaurants, underground bars, cuquis cafes and shabby-but-essential places in a city with the size of Berlin is considerable. Even so, we have selected all our favorite places to fill the belly (and we have sorted them by categories and neighborhoods to make it easier for you to locate them all). You won't miss a good place to eat in Berlin.

Choosing the best among the best currywurst venues is a bit difficult, so we are going to recommend several and so you can try the one that best fits your itinerary (we warn that they all claim to be the pioneers of currywurst, so do not eat much head):

Konnopke's Imbiss (Schönhauser Allee 44A, Prenzlauer Berg district). Curious about its situation under the tracks of a train, and certainly an interesting option for being in the heart of one of our favorite neighborhoods: Prenzlauer Berg.

Curry 36 (Mehringdamm 36, Kreuzberg district): cheap, simple and specialized in currywurst (although they also have other options). It opens until dawn, so if you go out in the neighborhood and need an energy kick at 4 in the morning, this is the place.

Curry 61 (Oranienburger Strasse 6, Mitte area): the most central of the three is the same style: a cheap place, with rich and unpretentious food and full of people at the door engulfing currywurst.

Witty’s (they have several stalls around the city, but the most famous is Wittenbergplatz, next to the exit of the station, next to the KaDeWe galleries). We don't know how much organic a sausage can have, but at Witty's they boast of making them organic and the truth is that they are good - within what is a sausage with potatoes. If this place does not catch you well, there is another in the middle Friedrichstraße 141).

Best hamburgers in Berlin


Berliners have also signed up for this European fashion of filling it with burgers. In Berlin there are very good options, but if we had to keep a single hamburger, it would be The Bird (they have several locations, one in Am Falkplatz 5, in Prenzlauer Berg, and another in Kreuzberg, very close to the Schönleinstraße underground exit ).

Other good places to savor a good Berlin burger are Burgermeister, a kiosk under the train tracks, very simple but very famous among tourists and Berliners (Oberbaumstrasse 8) and Piri's Chicken Burgers (in Wiener Strasse 31), specialized in chicken burgers breaded with spicy sauce. Both are in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

We also recommend BBI - Berlin Burger International, in the district of Neukölln (Pannierstrasse 5), a very small but highly recommended hamburger that you have to go with time, because the place fills up quickly.

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Vegetarian restaurants in Berlin


The Germans, and especially the city of Berlin, are very aware of vegetarianism and it is possible to find many options to eat well (it is also common for most restaurants to offer dishes for vegetarians and even vegans):

Patta (Krossener Strasse 16): a very cozy and economical place where the specialty is stuffed potatoes, very tasty and with vegetarian options (you can even choose the ingredients).

What Do You Fancy Love? (Knesebeckstrasse 6): a nice coffee with fresh and quality food and a great option for breakfast or a quick but healthy drink. Cakes, bagels, natural juices, fruit with muesli and all kinds of alternatives for vegetarians.

Hummus & Friends (Oranienburger Strasse 27): a great Lebanese where many of the dishes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but with options for everyone (which makes it ideal for sharing).

I am (Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30): very tasty Asian food with good portions, reasonable prices and vegan options.

Momos (Fehrbelliner Strasse 5): famous for its gyozas-like dumplings (suitable for vegans and vegetarians and for all audiences, because the truth is that they are very good).

The Bowl (Warschauer Strasse 33): is one of the most famous vegans in Berlin. The dishes are generous and heavy and the price is medium.

Where to eat German food in Berlin


If you don't want to leave Berlin without putting a good knuckle between your chest and back (or two), here are our recommendations with the best typical restaurants in Berlin:

Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood

Prater (Kastanienallee 7 - 9) is the oldest Biergarten in the city, and during the months of good weather it serves sausages and other typical German dishes on the banks of your terrace.

Oderquelle (Oderberger Strasse 27): very close to the Mauerpark you will find this German restaurant with very good value for money.

Salt n Bone (Schliemannstrasse 31): in this German restaurant the ribs are the specialty, although all the meat dishes are good. A familiar and cozy place (only open at night).

Mitte area (center of Berlin)

Berliner Republik (Schiffbauerdamm 6-8): next to the bank of the Spree is one of the most curious pubs in Berlin, where the price of beer is publicly traded from 17:00 hours. Also, the food is really tasty.

Maximilian's Restaurant (Friedrichstrasse 185): here it is very typical -and good- to order your assortment of varied sausages (Bayerische Wurstparade), but the rest of the dishes are also very rich.

If lunchtime catches you near Checkpoint Charlie you can approach Löwenbräu (Leipziger Strasse 65), a rather touristy place but with dishes that take you out of a hurry among which the half-meter sausage stands out (the photo will be impressive ).

In the quiet district of Charlottenburg, near the famous palace, you will find Marjellchen (Mommsenstrasse 9), a classic German food restaurant that will not leave you indifferent. Of course, only open for dinner and should be reserved.

Very close to Gendarmermarkt do not miss Rausch Schokoladenhaus (Charlottenstrasse 60), the best known chocolate shop in the city, which in addition to making real chocolate with chocolate offers a very good menu at noon. Open from 10:00-20:00 hours.

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Mitte area (to eat in the center of Berlin)

Cocolo Ramen Mitte (Gipsstraße 3): without a doubt, one of our favorite restaurants in Berlin. It is a Japanese tavern (but like those in Japan, not the ones with dragons and red lanterns) where the star dish is ramen. They prepare it in front of you and there are several options to choose from, all equally good. You have to go early because the place is small and full (open from 6:00 pm to 12:00 am).

Flamingo Fresh Food Bar (Neustadtische Kirchstrasse 8): perfect for breakfast or snack for their homemade cakes, although you can also eat, because they prepare sandwiches and light dishes. It is economical and opens until 6:00 pm.

Co Chu (Invalidenstrasse 29): a very authentic Vietnamese in a well decorated place and cheap prices. Open at noon and until 11pm.

Neukölln Neighborhood

Papilles (Flughafenstrasse 25): curious place where there are them, because the letter does not read it, but it is told by its waiters sitting with you at the table. Modernly apart, the truth is that the food, with a French touch, is very good, with quality ingredients and dishes with a special twist. The prices, in addition, are very reasonable, and it opens both at noon and at night. Definitely one of our favorites to get out of typical German food.

Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood

Pasternak (Knaackstrasse 22-24): It is a Russian restaurant well known to the inhabitants of the neighborhood, with quality food at reasonable prices.

Umami (Knaackstrasse 16-18): tasty Indochina dishes served at shared tables topped by lanterns.

Mami Camilla (Hufelandstrasse 36): a delicious homemade pizzeria (only open in the afternoon until 11 p.m.).

Ushido-Japanese BBQ (Lychener Strasse 18): it is a Japanese restaurant where the specialty is not sushi, but meat, because the protagonist is the Japanese barbecue that is located in the center of the table so that you can prepare what you want.

Ristorantino Cotto e Crudo (Eberswalder Strasse 33): This Italian offers typical and homemade dishes of Italian cuisine, and both wood-fired pizzas and pasta dishes are highly recommended.

Suzette crêperie (Pappelallee 15): it is a French creperie that serves both sweet and savory crepes. Worth! By the way, they also offer gluten free crepes.

Blumencafé (Schönhauser Allee 127): one of the most charming cafes in Prenzlauer Berg, located inside a flower shop. A small botanical garden perfect for breakfast on a Sunday brunch without haste before taking a walk through the market of the Mauerpark.

Café Anna Blume (Kollwitzstraße 83): another well-known coffee in the neighborhood. Their homemade cakes are delicious and although it is usually full, they always find a place for you. In winter, warm your hands with a good cup of chocolate while in summer, enjoy an ice cream on its terrace.

Charlottenburg Neighborhood

Il Pastificio (Richard-Wagner-Strasse 35): a real Italian, with typical Sardinian dishes. Familiar, homemade and of average price. Open only in the afternoons and evenings.

La Tia Rica (Knesebeckstrasse 92): It is a Chilean restaurant, with good dishes and wines, where you can taste the best of the country's cuisine at reasonable prices. Open for dinner only.

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Some tips for eating in Berlin


Before looking for where to eat in Berlin, keep these tips in mind. German food is usually quite blunt and high in caloric content.

Berlin is a relatively cheap city in terms of food and, depending on the budget of each one, the city offers a multitude of gastronomic possibilities.

For those who do not want to spend too much money at lunch time, in addition to saving time, Berlin offers multiple fast food options at street stalls, such as eating a kebab, some Asian-style noodles or, the most typical option, a currywurst or any other type of sausage. These options usually cost between € 3 and € 5.

Sometimes it is not necessary to look for a street stall since, sometimes, it is the stalls that move towards people. This is the "Ich bin ein berliner", some curious sellers who have a grill hanging on their shoulders where they make sausages on the fly.

At dinner time is when you usually feel more like sitting quietly in a restaurant to taste typical Berlin dishes. Depending on the type of restaurant you choose, the price varies a lot, but a dinner for two can be around 35 or 40 euros.

Be careful with the schedules (but not too much). We already know that the Germans eat and eat dinner before the rest, but Berlin, as a good capital, is something else Flexible with schedules and most restaurants in tourist areas are open all day.

Even so, we advise you not to eat later than 2:00 pm, and for dinner, no later than 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm (or it is very likely that you are already without a table).

If you drink water specify that you want it without gas (unless you like it that way). If you only ask for a bottle of water, the most usual thing is to be served with gas, so if you don't want it, ask for Still Wasser (or in English, still water).

In almost all areas of the city you can find very varied restaurants, although some of the most notable areas are the Barrio de San Nicolás (Nikolaiviertel), with some typical Berlin restaurants, and Alexanderplatz, where there are restaurants of all kinds.

Another area that is popular among Berliners is Simon Dache Strasse, near the Frankfurter Tor metro. It is a fairly cheap area with very varied restaurants. If you want international restaurants, the Jewish Quarter is a safe option.

And as for tips it is usual to leave a tip (do not be surprised if when you bring the bill, a waiter tells you that the tip is not included), rounding the price of the bill or adding 10% of the total.

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14 comments:

  1. The last time I was in Berlin was 1989, about 8 months before the wall fell. I'd love to go back!

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  2. This is awesome! I did not know you could sell your reservations to another person, that's so helpful. You look like you had a great trip.

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  3. I've never heard of SpareFare, but that sounds like such a useful website! All 3 of these places sound fantastic. Those burgers must be delicious if you'd wait nearly an hour in line and to get your food.

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  4. I haven't been to any of listed! Curious! I like Berlin and travel there often will definitely try

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  5. I've never been to Berlin but I am definitely considering going there. Thanks a lot for the recos.

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  6. Books and Bagels definitely sounds like my kind of place. I've always wanted to visit Berlin so it's nice to know of good eateries.

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  7. I had no idea about Sparefare, sounds so good! My friends are visiting Berlin this October, will share this post with them ☺

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  8. The Monkey Bar sounds fantastic! I would love to go to Berlin and try all of these places.

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  9. I really want to go to Berlin. Mainly because a lot of the tv shows or movie i watch takes place in Berlin! Haha, sounds so fun.

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  10. Mama Maggie's KitchenJune 6, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Wow! All these restaurants sound soo amazing. Can't wait to visit them.

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  11. It’s a been 2 years since I was back in Berlin, so some of these escape me. Will be sure to try them the next time!

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  12. never been to berlin. now i'd go just for these places!

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  13. Books & Bagels sounds awesome! These would all be nice to check out some time. I love visiting new places to eat.

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  14. Wish I had known about Books & Bagels when we were in Berlin, they are two of my favourite things. We enjoyed Burgermeister but didnt know about the Monkey Bar, that sounds quite fun. Next time!

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