Sunday, 14 August 2011

Gastro Guide to Berlin

Just like its' historical sites, food is another attraction which defines Berlin's culture and adds to its' charm. Every neighbourhood, from Prenzlauer Berg to Charlottenburg, is littered with different restaurants, cafes and imbiß (snack stands). In the mood for something in particular? You will definitely find a place in Berlin to satisfy that craving. Or brave enough to try a new cuisine? There's always something to tantalize your tastebuds and expand your culinary horizons. I've compiled a list of some of the few restaurants I've tried out and others that come highly recommended (but I didn't get the chance to try. Too much food, too little time!) So remember to leave some time out of your day to enjoy and savour all the culinary delights that Berlin has to offer!

Guten appetit!

Ronald and his Meatball Crepe at Crepestation

Sorted by Neighbourhood

Co Co - for the perfect Banh Mi (A cross between a French and Vietnamese sandwich)
Rosenthaler St. 2; U8 Rosenthaler Platz

Bixels - the perfect baked potato topped with some delicious gourmet fillings
Mulackstraße 38; U8 Weinmeisterstraße or U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Restaurant Cookies Cream- Chic vegetarian food
Behrenstraße 55; S-bahn Friedrichstraße or U6 Französische Straße

Hackescher Markt - local area filled with great restaurants, cafes and bars
S3, S75, S7, S5 Hackescher Markt

Along Oranienburger Straße - street filled with restaurants, cafes, and bars (great at nighttime!)
S1, S2 Oranienburger Straße

Prenzlauer Berg
YamYam - Delicious Korean food with a good helping of meat and veggies (Try the Bulgogi - they give you lots of meat along with the rice)
Alte Schönhauser Straße 6; U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 

Mr. Vuong - Just across the street from YamYam, if you're more in the mood for some Vietnamese food. Daily specials everyday!
Alte Schönhauser Straße 46; U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Crepestation - Sweet and Savoury Japanese Style Crepes
Pappelallee 58; U2 Schönhauser Allee 

Konnope's Imbiß - the infamous Currywurst!
Schönhauser Allee 44B; U2 Eberswalder Straße

Indisches Restaurant Naan - Savoury, aromatic Indian dishes without the heavy sauces (Try the Korma Chicken)
Oderbergerstraße 49; U2 Eberswalder Straße 

Frida Kahlo - A good portion of Mexican food at a reasonable price. All freshly made. (Try the Chicken Quesadillas - not like any quesdilla you've ever had!)
Lychener Straße 37; U2 Eberswalder Straße

Kauf dich Glücklich - waffles and shakes!
Oderberger Straße 44; U2 Eberswalder Straße

Efa's - Organic Fro Yo where you can choose your own toppings. Great to eat while exploring Berlin on a hot day
Weinbergsweg 24; U8 Rosenthaler Platz  

Vego Foodworld - Vegetarian food on a budget
Lychener Straße 63; U2 Eberswalder Straße

Along Bergmannstraße are restaurants left, right, and center. You can't go wrong!

Little Otik - 2 New Yorkers who set up shop in Berlin serving great organic dishes. Menu changes regularly. (Note: this place is pricey (but worth it!) and best to make a reservation)
Graefestraße 71; U8 Schönleinstraße

Good Morning Vietnam - Great Vietnamese place with a cozy setup
Bergmannstraße 102; U7 Gneisenaustraße 

Der Kuchenladen - Cupcakes and pies! (enough said)
Kantstraße 138; U7 Gneisenaustraße

Kimchi Princess - Hotspot for Korean BBQ
Skalitzer Straße 36; U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof 

Ron Telesky - A Slice of Canada in pizza form (Top off your slice with Maple Chili Syrup)
Dieffenbachstraße 62; U8 Schönleinstraße

Along Gormannstraße (Savignyplatz) are a lot of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants

Scheers Schnitzel - Great Schnitzel at a good price
Underneath (U1, S3, S7, S75) Warschauer Straße

Cupcake Berlin - You can never have enough cupcakes :)
Krossener Straße 12; U5 Samariterstraße

For a Great Cup of Coffee (even for the non coffee drinker like me)
Einstein Kaffee - can be found in almost every neighbourhood)

Another dish done right in Berlin
Döner Kebap - filled with a good helping of meat and veggies tucked nicely into a crunchy flatbread, it can be found near almost every subway and train station, along the streets, in every neighbourhood... (you get it the idea)

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