The best cheap eats in Berlin
Berlin is a vibrant city, a melting pot where astounding architecture and sexy subculture collide. Take a trip to Berlin and experience all the city has to offer, from harrowing history and iconic attractions to an unrivalled nightlife scene. Another thing that Berlin has in abundance is cheap and delicious places to eat. With so many different communities living in harmony in the city, the food offering is far-ranging and fabulous. Here’s our pick of Berlin’s best cheap eats for when you’re travelling on a budget, or simply want to save your money for other things – stein of beer, anyone?
The classic currywurst
No trip to Berlin is complete without a taste of the city’s signature dish, currywurst. An unexpected combination of traditional Bratwurst sausage, tomato ketchup and curry powder, currywurst is a cheap and comforting street snack. Invented in post-war Berlin, when a German housewife named Herta Heuwar traded spirits for some tomato ketchup and curry powder from a group of British soldiers stationed in Germany, this much-loved German delicacy is enjoyed throughout Berlin by tourists and locals alike. There’s some debate about where you can get the best currywurst in the city, but Curry 36, is a real favourite, and so popular they even sell merchandise adorned with their wacky logo.
The delectable döner
Legend has it the döner kebab was actually invented in Germany, but even if it wasn’t, Berlin’s massive Turkish population ensure there’s a whole host of places serving up the perfect late-night delight. There’s a kebab shop on almost every corner in Berlin, but if you want something a little bit special, then it’s worth waiting in line at Mustafa’s. For pocket change you’ll get a pillowy pitta stuffed full of delicately spiced meat, salad and sauce – perfect.
The must-try Mexican
New kid on the block Chupenga, only opened in 2016, but it’s already gaining a reputation as a food destination in Berlin. With a focus on healthy Mexican cuisine that’s adaptable to your tastes and needs, this reasonably priced fast-food joint is worth a visit during your trip to the German capital. Anna Vinarsky from Chupenga recommends trying the burrito with grilled chicken, rice, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. “We mash the guacamole several times a day by hand using ripe Hass avocados, fresh lime juice, fresh habaneros and cilantro before seasoning it with fleur de sel,” she says. “It’s really delicious.”
The in-vogue Indian
Berlin isn’t exactly famed for its Indian cuisine, but one exception is popular street food restaurant Chutnify, just 30 minutes’ walk from the Park Inn by Radisson Alexanderplatz,With an affordable menu packed full of flavourful meals, including the perfect plain dosa, this is a great place to refuel after a busy day taking in some of Berlin’s best attractions.
The best burger
Burgermeiste, has been serving up Berlin’s best burgers since 2006. The original location, a disused subway toilet under the U-Bahn tracks in trendy Kreuzberg, regularly has a queue out the door; and with standing room only inside, and just a handful of tables outside, it really is ‘fast food’. If you want a little more time to devour your juicy burger, then Burgermeister’s second outpost at Kottbusser Tor has the same mouthwatering menu with more seating available.