Restaurants - from vegan to wurst / cheap eats to top nosh
Eating out in Berlin offers a wonderfully wide variety of cuisines. Food is still ridiculously inexpensive compared to any other Western European capital and since Berlin cuisine is impressively multicultural, even vegetarians can eat really well in the land of the wurst.
All prices must include VAT by law. Only upmarket restaurants may ask for a further service surcharge. Do note that it is best to ask if credit cards are accepted before you sit down, as it's not that common to accept credit cards in many parts of the city!
As for tipping, if you are satisfied with the service, offer 10–15%. It should be mentioned however that unlike in Australia or the US, restaurant service is not hugely attentive. You will most likely have to ask for another drink or for the bill. The upside is that you are free to sit and relax without being rushed at all!
Berliner Fare Decoded
Königsberger Klopse: veal dumplings with white sauce and capers.
Matjes Filets: pickled and salty herring in white sauce.
Eisbein: broiled pork hock with sauerkraut, bay leaf and mustard.
Boulette: a Berliner meatball served with mustard.
Pellkartoffeln mit Quark und Leinöl: freshly peeled steamed potatoes with milk yogurt and linseed oil.
Irish Oasis - The Lir
In winter you can enjoy fish and chips with a pint or Spanish tapas with a glass of wine in front of the open fire. Alternatively, in summer you can sit in the beer garden under the palms and enjoy a cool pint of cider.
Flensburger Straße 7, Tiergarten
Bellevue (S Bahn)
Berlin's Turkish Taste - Hasir
Hasir is considered one of Europe’s best Turkish restaurants and it counts several upmarket establishments in Berlin. This location, however, is the original restaurant, offering the same high standard of food but remaining cheap, cheerful and true to its roots in the hub of Kreuzberg – Berlin’s “little Istanbul”. It offers an authentic setting full of Turkish charm. The lamb dishes are very tasty, and the lentil soup with fresh oven-baked bread is delicious!
Adalbert Straße 10, Kreuzberg
Kottbusser Tor (U8)
No Frills - Tiergartenquelle
You could be forgiven for having doubts judging by the exterior, for this is a rather unremarkable, if not dingy location underneath the S-Bahn line, but do yourself a favor and try out this fabulous local establishment. The beer is cheap, the portions are big, and the food (English menu!) is simple German fare, i.e. rich and tasty and perfect on a chilly day. Seating is communal and you may end up sharing a table with one of the regulars.
Bach Straße 482, Tiergarten
Tiergarten (S Bahn)
Eastern European meets Mediterranean - Sauerkraut & Bulgur
The name says it all: this bar-restaurant-café serves a delicious fusion of German and Mediterranean food. If you are strolling down the fabulous Karl Marx Allee or visiting the East Side Gallery then be sure to drop in and grab a bite on the terrace.
Straße der Pariser Kommune 35, Friedrichshain
The Original Currywurst – Konnopke's Imbiss
For a quick bite on the run, head to this legendary location in Berlin. This family-owned business has been going since 1930 and is credited with inventing the local curiosity known as Currywurst: pork sausage steamed then fried before being cut into slices and smothered in ketchup seasoned with curry powder.
Schönhauser Allee 44 B (directly under the train), Prenzlauer Berg
Eberswalder Straße (U2)
Alpine home cooking - Austria
This wonderful restaurant tucked away between the market square and the beautiful Hasenheide park has the best "Wiener Schnitzel" in town. The interior remains true to its Alpine roots, boasting heavy wooden furnishings and any number of antlers on the wall, and on warm evenings you can take a seat outside. The menu consists of unpretentious Austrian fare and the portions are generous.
Bergmannstraße 30, Kreuzberg
Gneisenau Straße (U7)
Real Berlin - Weltrestaurant Markthalle
The food here is excellent, especially the wild game. The interior is paneled in wood with a long, elegant bar and several large oak tables, and the staff are both attentive and friendly. At over 100 years old and counting, this is truly an institution!
Pücklerstrasse 34, Kreuzberg
Görlitzer Bahnhof (U1)
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