This city is filled with great options to drink and eat Berlin, but the trick is to avoid the tourist traps that comes along when you choose to go to one of the most visited capitals in Europe. This post will give you a list of places you must go when you want to eat and drink in Berlin in style without ruining your budget. And, we know that we have a tendency of adding too many places around Neukölln and Kreuzberg. We know that and we are going to continue with that.
1- Try the perfect burger at Berlin Burger International
last saturday we went to BBI to review the Best Burger in #Berlin picture by @marcelafae #fotostrasse
“last saturday we went to BBI to review the Best Burger in #Berlin picture by @marcelafae #fotostrasse”
Every month they have a different flavor for you to choose but the regular options are also unimaginably awesome. Don’t forget to try the chili cheese fries or the chili cheese sweet potato fries, ok? It is not everyday that you find a side of fries shining alone, as the main character on the show, on the stage we call it “Our taste buds”.
Important to say that even tho BBI is a burger place, they have vegetarian options too! And we have friends that love those.
2- Imren is the best Döner you can ever have
For those who have no idea what a döner is, a döner kebab is a Turkish inspired dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and it was invented in Berlin. Normally lamb is the meat of choice but sometimes you can find beef. In Berlin it’s pretty common to find the chicken version also. Imren is a Turkish joint on the corner of Fuldastr and Karl Marx Str, right in front of RatHaus Neukölln U7 Station. And they are, easily, the best döner you will eat in Berlin. Simple, cheap, delicious are some of the words I can use to give you an idea of what this place is.
Forget that Mustafa place in Kreuzberg, go for Imren at Kalr-Marx-Str!!!
Even with a döner being only 3€, it is real beef and all the ingredients are super fresh – so forget about those plastic-like döners you can find in 99% of the Turkish places here in Berlin, ok? It is just not worth it to go to those when you have Imren open until pretty late at night. This place keeps its doors opens on weekends until 4am usually.
Another cool thing about Imren is that they have the best lentil soup of my life. I mean, it is magic! That shit can cure hangovers!!!
Been there, done that, survived enough to be here writing you this post. Trust me!
The guys working at Imren saw me in my best and worst days. I lost count on how many times I showed up on a late Sunday wearing my PJ because I was so hangover that I could even bother to change.
3- Eat fish with old German fellas at Rogacki
Rogacki is simple the perfect reason you were asking for to finally get yourself on the U-Bahn to go to Charlottenburg. We know it is far but it is so good. Oh my Glob, it is so good!
Rogacki has been in this same location since 1932. Once you go inside it’s like a Back to the Future I effect, you instantly is transported to the past. The nice ladies that serve you are super cute old German ladies and their hair is usually with that cool retro style that demands sleeping with curls or something. How do I know that? Because even if I tried to get a cool hair style like that, I just can’t. Demands the time to practice and the coordination that only years of experience can give you.
The staff uniform’s are also super old fashion and that’s one of the reasons why I love Rogacki so much.
You can order your food to stay or to go and they have dishes or just snacks. Fish, selfish, roll mops and more.
4- Al Hanan for the greatest Arabic food teller of your life
With tellers (or in English: main dish) starting of just 4,50€, this Arabic place in Sonneallee is a must. Falafel, Makali, Kibbeh, hummus and more are waiting for you with free wifi and great staff.
Gotta say that the best friendly service I get here in Berlin are, usually, in Turkish and Arabic business for some reason. I don’t know, they smile more. But the staff on Al Hanan is a step above the normal.
I usually order the köfte and halloumi teller, get a free pita bread and a glass of black tea. It is the perfect meal for my day.
5- Oysters and Fish Sandwiches at Atlantik Fischladen
On item 4 I told you that I most times the friendlier service I get is on Turkish places, remember? I must say that this is not the case of Atlantik Fischladen. The service, like many other places in Berlin, is terrible. But if I keep coming back is because something must be good, right?
And it is: the fresh oysters for 2€ and the fish sandwiches they have.
The place reminds me a lot of restaurants you can find everywhere in Brazilian cities like Rio de Janeiro. The laid back environment, the plastic tables and chairs, the sitting on the sidewalk, the terrible service… Atlantik Fischladen is the small Rio de Janeiro in Berlin – but Turkish.
Go there. Order your food. Wait 10 years for the food to arrive. Get really pissed off about it. Try the food. Think “Mmmmm the food is awesome”. Forget why you were pissed off on the first place. Repeat.
Welcome to my life.
6- Bierfabrik and the best craft beer to drink in Berlin
Bierfabrik is so good that made me start liking IPA and Pale Ale. And before our visit, I was that kind of person that only likes helles, weiss, pilsner and lager. No dark beer, no strong beer, no strange and weird beer.
After Bierfabrik I can proudly say that I like at least 1 kind of stout and I often drink IPA. Atlantik Fischladen
Bierfabrik is a small company in Marzahn that produces some of the best bier on the craft beer scene here in Berlin.
In front of the brewery there’s a bar with their blond and dark biers, but you can also check them out and buy some for your house. It is literally across the street.
We wrote an article about those guys a while ago, check it out for more information about the history and the different kinds of beer they have
7- Eat Berlin: Lebensmittel in Mitte and the best- and untypical – German experience of your life
Lebensmittel is a nice and cosy place in the heart of Berlin. Located in Mitte, it is a super nice option if you want a stylish and unique experience.
Like most restaurants around the world, the lunch menu is by far the most budget friendly you can have, even tho I don’t consider the dinner to be a big splurge if you consider how amazing this food is.
Try the käsespätzle, it was my favorite.
8-Taiwanese beef house like a boss
Beef House’s food quality is inversely proportional to the quality of their website – a blogspot in Chinese to inform people from Germany about their news, but it was last updated in 2010. The dishes and the design haven’t changed much as I often see those same artworks on their wall. The style, the type font, the colors and the photo are the same.
Beef House is great for its beef noodle soup. The rest of the food tastes amazing too, but nothing compared to the beef noodles.
9- Manti and Gözleme at Gözleme
The best way to describe what is manti is to say: “It is like a Turkish cappelletti, but instead of in brodo, it is served in an delicious yogurt and garlic sauce.” Did this make sense to you?
We have a whole post dedicated to this hidden gem, check it out. And if you’re still wondering “what the fuck is Manti?”, I guess you just have to go there and see it for yourself.
Manti comes in its vegetarian and meat options, so you can bring your meat-free friends along without a problem.
Remember to order a gözleme for appetizer. Gözleme is a traditional Turkish cuisine savory pastry. It is made of hand-rolled dough thin leaves that is lightly brushed with butter and eggs. It can be filled with various toppings like spinach or cheese or meat, than it is sealed and cooked over a big round grill called sac.
The name of this place is Gözleme, I think it is mandatory at least to share one, right?
10- Kreuzberg Molle at Max und Moritz
The Kreuzberg Molle is a special beer produced by this bar. It is an unfiltered bier with a unique taste. It is so good that drove us many nights, out the the comfort of our house into the cold and dark Berlin, just to drink 2 or 3.
Who am I kidding? We drank 5 or 6.
They have great German food also on their menu but, for us, the star of the show is the Kruezberg Molle. Besides, you can only find it there or in another place near by.
11- The best drinks in Berlin in a 60s vibe
Konrad Tönz is a time travel experience with a big plus: they have the best bartender in the city. The menu is divided by what is the main alcohol of your choice and what they have goes from the basic gin&tonic all the way to an incredible Blood & Sand cocktail.
It is just a few steps away from Görlitzer Park on Falkenstrasse and once you pass the metal door be prepared to get yourself emerged into a 60s/70s madness.
From original and amazing wallpapers to kitsch decorations that include a furry poodle table lamp and many different record players, this place is a must go!
And please pay attention to the bathroom over there: it is the cutest flower wallpaper I’ve ever seen. Specially the one on the boy’s room, ok?