If you’re not feeling too hungry, this take-away place could be the perfect starting point to explore the district of Schöneberg. The coffee is fantastic, and biscuits and other quick bites will keep you going until lunch. Grab a latte and croissant there (but not on Sundays — it’s closed) and stroll the neighborhood.
BTW: If you still need to announce your arrival in Berlin on Instagram, take your coffee to the picture-perfect lipstick museum nearby on Helmstedter Strasse 16. Call the museum to book a spot in advance.
DoubleEye, Akazienstrasse 22, 10823 Berlin
If you’re in Berlin over a weekend, don’t miss out on this Middle Eastern restaurant, located in a record store. Berliners tend to sleep in, so you should plan for some late breakfasts, starting at noon Saturday or 10 a.m. Sunday, but you’ll be rewarded with an all-you-can eat brunch that includes the tomato-egg dish shakshuka, grilled vegetables and other delicacies. If you’re lucky, there’s a DJ playing music, too. You’ll want to reserve a table in advance.
BTW: Order a take-away coffee when you’re done, and check out the gigantic former Tempelhof airport next door, which has been turned into a park.
Gordon, Allerstrasse 11, 12049 Berlin
This pan-Asian restaurant has multiple branches across Berlin, but the strollable neighborhood of Bergmannkiez makes its outpost the best. Umami usually gets quite crowded, so come early and try to sit (on the floor) in the Japanese-themed section in the back. Umami offers a selection of creative Asian dishes, all relatively inexpensive. The pho is available as a vegetarian option.
BTW: After lunch, head to the Otherland book store on Bergmannstrasse 25, with a great selection of literature in English.
Umami, Bergmannstrasse 97, 10961 Berlin
An intriguing mix between of German beer-garden tradition and a restaurant that reminds some of Brooklyn, BRLO Brwhouse is good for a quick snack outside or a sit-down meal inside the restaurant. Most dishes here are based on German cuisine but would strike Berliners as a more international interpretation. You usually choose a base of vegetables, to which you can add meat. Its brewery’s beers are fantastic.
BTW: take your lunch along on a stroll in Park am Gleisdreieck
BRLO Brwhouse, Schöneberger Strasse 16, 10963 Berlin
If you’ve never been to Germany, and you’re curious what modern German food tastes like, then PeterPaul should be on top of your to-do list. The dimly lit restaurant opens only for dinner and focuses on shared platters of regional dishes. Ever heard of Königsberger klopse, a kind of meatball, for example?
BTW: The restaurant usually stays open late — until 1 a.m.
PeterPaul, Torstrasse 99, 10119 Berlin
Berlin has some of Europe’s best Middle Eastern food, and if you’ve had a big lunch and aren’t looking for a heavy sit-down meal, Zweistrom might be the ideal place for something quick. In the center of the popular Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin’s formerly East German part, Zweistrom offers huge portions for great value. Falafel or shawarma chicken plates are standbys, but you can’t really make the wrong choice.
BTW: Zweistrom is within walking distance of Prater, one of Berlin’s best beer gardens in summer.
Zweistrom, Kollwitzstrasse 104, 10435 Berlin
Here’s a spot if you’re visiting Berlin in the spring through early fall. It’s not easy to locate, but once you’ve taken the lift up Neukoelln Arcaden shopping mall and reached its parking lot, you’ll be amazed to find the entrance to an outdoor summer rooftop bar, hidden between parked vehicles. During the day, families come here with their kids for an amazing view over the city. At night, Klunkerkranich, full of quirky decorations, turns into a bar, often with DJs (and lines), high up in the skies of the capital. (Note: It’s closed January and February.)
BTW: Being on a rooftop, Klunkerkranich can get cold if it’s windy. You won’t need to freeze, though; there’s an inside area.
Klunkerkranich, Karl-Marx-Strasse 66, 12043 Berlin
It’s a late-night German classic: the currywurst. It’s certainly not the healthiest option (and some say not the tastiest, either), but unless you have a good excuse, it’s sort of socially unacceptable to leave Berlin without having tried the famous pork sausage, with lots of ketchup or tomato sauce and fries. Out of the abundance of options, the best place for the street food is Curry 36 at Mehringdamm.
BTW: You usually need to decide whether you want the sausage with or without casing (or, “mit oder ohne Darm”). And go for the steamed onions.
Curry 36, Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin