Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Faye Penfold0
Cheap eats in Berlin : a guide to cheap and tasty food in the German capital
For a city that prides itself on its affordability, it should come as no surprise that Berlin is littered with cheap places to eat. From bratwurst to kebabs and currywurst to kartoffelpuffer, this is a city where anyone can fill up for just a few euros at almost anytime of the day or night.
Though the city’s fast food establishments – or ‘imbiss’ – do vary in quality, there are some spectacular dishes to be devoured, all of which will give you plenty of change from a tenner and leave you more than enough for a couple of beers on the way home.
Burgermeister, Oberbaumstrasse, U1 Schlesisches Tor station, Kreuzberg
Located under Schlesisches Tor U-bahn station on the U1, this former derelict public convenience has been given a new lease of life as one of Berlin’s best burger joints.
Starting from around €3.50, burgers are served with plenty of sauce, salad and sides, there’s even a tofu burger for any vegies out there looking to enjoy an authentic Berlin burger experience.
As tables are limited, there’s often nowhere to sit so a better option may be to take your burger to nearby Gorlitzer Park and enjoy it al fresco.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more exotic, head to Hamy. Just off Hermannplatz, opposite Hasenheide Park, you’ll find some of the best Vietnamese this side of Hanoi and for the bargain price of €4.90.
Offering two main dishes a day (soups and other dishes are available from the small menu), Hamy serves deliciously spiced curries to Kreuzkolln’s hungry masses with ceaseless energy.
With a range of Vietnamese beers, freshly made cocktails and fruit juices available, Hamy is a great choice whether you’re looking to refuel on a quick pit stop or spend and evening enjoying the buzzing atmosphere.
Gel Gör Inegöl Köfteci, Kottbusser Damm 80
Open 24 hours a day and serving a fantastic range of authentic Turkish Köfte, soups and falafel, Gel Gör is a Neukolln favourite and ‘must eat’ for any visitor to the area.
Unlike most other establishments in the area, Gel Gör serves its Köfte and falafel in long baguettes complete with aromatic herbs and spices. Whether you’re popping in for dinner or a post pub snack, you’ll be made to feel welcome, relaxed and, most importantly, full.
Delores, Rosa-Luxemburg Str 7, Mitte
One of the few really good cheap eats located in Berlin’s central district Mitte, Delores dishes up enormous and delicious burritos every day of the week.
Starting from €4.50 and weighing almost the same as a new born baby, these burritos will have you full up and ready for more sightseeing in no time. The wide range of fillings makes Delores great for vegans and vegetarians while anyone watching their weight can enjoy a variety of salads and lighter options.
Konnopke’s, Schönhauser Allee 44 A, Prenzlauerberg
You can’t make a list of cheap Berlin restaurants without including at least some German cuisine, and if you’re in the mood for some tasty Teutonic treats, Konnopke’s is the place to go.
Located under the train tracks at Eberswalder Strasse U-Bahn in Prenzlauerberg, the family that run Konnopke’s have been serving up their famous currywurst in the same spot since 1930.
If you haven’t sampled this Berlin delicacy before, don’t expect too much as, although tasty, currywurst is literally sausage with curry ketchup sauce. Liven your meal up with a bottle of Berliner Pils or portion of salty French fries.
Mustafas Gemüse Kebap, Mehringdamm 32, Kreuzberg
Another Berlin kebab staple, Mustafas Gemüse Kebap is located in a little food stand right night to Mehringdamm U-bahn station. Serving kebabs stuffed with vegetables as well as cheese and chicken, these are slightly different from the doners that you’re used to.
Starting from around €2.50, Mustafa’s is so cheap you can treat yourself to almost everything on the menu and still have money left over for pud.
B-lage, Mareschstraße 1, Neukolln
Located in deepest darkest Neukolln, not far from Sonnenallee S-bahn station, this little pub is well worth a going out of your way for and will offer an authentic Berlin drinking experience.
Though food is only available on specific days, it is incredibly cheap with the Voku dinner (people’s dinner) on Wednesdays costing just €2. There’s only one dish to choose from, it’s always vegan and it’s always delicious so should suit all tastes.
Though the food rarely runs out, tables are limited so it’s always a good idea to get their well before the 8pm serving time to secure your spot.
With so many fantastic cheap eats available, Berlin is a cash strapped foodies paradise. So why not pack your bags, jump on a plane and give your taste a real Teutonic treat?