I won’t claim to have a perfect knowledge of every eatery in this city. However, I do my darndest to scope and try out as many tasty joints as possible. Sometimes we find a place via the blogosophere, and sometimes it’s neighborhood observation, but we’re constantly on the lookout.
It was suggested to me that I compile a shortlist of some of my favorite chowdown spots in Berlin, so I humbly submit to you my favorites list of casual eateries.
*None of these photos are my own as 1) I get embarrassed about taking food photos and 2) I invariably take the most crap food photos evarrr.
** These are listed in no particular order
***you’ll notice that it skews heavily to the west side of the city. However, most “best of” lists in Berlin skew East, and we live in Charlottenburg so…whatever.
Located in a former Jewish Girls’ School, it serves up an incredible sandwich. Their Ruben is bursting with flavor, and stuffed with pastrami. Their chipotle pulled pork aint too shabby either.
A lunchtime favorite. A tiny little thai place on Kantstrasse offering every dish for a mere €5. We opt for the Pad Thai, and a coca cola for €1.
Kantstraße 105, 10627 Berlin
Run by friendly Kiwis, they offer a hearty breakfast, meat pies and a consistently excellent flat white. Another plus: a bottle of tap water immediately perched upon your table. Uggghhh in the land of begrudgingly proffered tap water, this is an appreciated antipodean gesture.
Fehrbelliner Straße 5, 10119 Berlin
Mere steps from our apartment, and I’ve never had a bad meal there. Owned and operated by an American/German Wife/Husband (respectively), they offer up food that feels simultaneously comforting and gourmet. It’s home cooking, but waaaayyy better. The menu changes day to day, but you’ll never be disappointed.
Sophie-Charlotten Straße 49, Berlin 14059
In Berlin, there’s no shortage of eateries serving up soup. Most of it has been egregiously over-salted and under-flavored. Flamingo, a cafe catering to the lunch rush of office workers, makes really great soup. They’ve also a selection of tasty sandwiches, our favorite being the roast beef with wasabi mayo.
Neustädtische Kirchstraße 8, 10117 Berlin
Our local Vietnamese. Unfortunately, it does that thing where it tries to cook ALL THE ASIAN FOODS. So you’ll find sushi, thai food , etc. on the menu. That’s usually a red flag, but you have to come for the pho. PC and I usually split a garlic and ginger Pho, and a crispy duck curry.
Kanstraße 67, 10627 Berlin
How spoiled are we? We can find solid huevos rancheros, fluffy biscuits, and American style pancakes here in Berlin. Spoilt.
Innstrasse 47 12045 Berlin
Asian Style burgers. Quick service. Faves include the bulgogi burger, chili lemon burger, and sweet potato fries.
Auguststraße 29C, 10119 Berlin
Get the Dada plate. Yes, the falafel is great, but there’s decent falafel elsewhere in the city. It’s the accompanying sauces and dips that really set this place apart. Spicy, unctuous and bright they make the meal.
Linienstraße 132, 10115 Berlin
Quick, tasty, local burger. I appreciate the menu variety, and the extra Jalapenos for only 30 cents. PC keeps it consistent with the London Burger complete with runny fried egg.
Windscheidstraße 26, 10627 Berlin
So there you go, a few of our faves.
I plan to post a list of our favorite dinner spots ( a little fancier), and a list of our favorite coffee and treat places in the near future. Who knows, someone might find this useful.