Cheap eats in Berlin

Traditional Berlin currywurstBerlin food isn't all currywurst, a bratwurst covered in ketchup and curry powder. While you'll find those on every streetcorner of Berlin, there are better options to be had. So if you're looking for good cheap eats in Berlin, here are some great options for pizza, Indian and Asian food, and the more genuinely German.

3 brilliant pizza joints

Pizza can come across as a dull option when traveling. But in Berlin, a select few pizza restaurants have integrated the diversity of Berlin into their food. Here are 3 favorites in Berlin's Mitte:

Pizzeria I Due Forni

Fantastic pizzas and revolutionary inspiration is served up at I Due Forni. The waiters, and the pizza, are properly Italian in this place. Wait staff is all Italian and has traveled to work here. The pizza is of more local ingredients, and very fresh and tasty. The decoration reminds you of Berlin's revolutionary undercurrent, and features Che Guevara as the fashion icon of counter culture.


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Pizzeria I Due Forni
Schönhauser Allee 12
10119 Berlin, Germany

Papa Pane

Don't let the beer garden lookalike long tables fool you, they're a clever ploy to make the Berliners feel more at home with the genuinely un-German earthy decor at Papa Pane. The pizza is pure Naples and tossed properly before being baked in a real stone oven. Yum!

Papa Pane
Ackerstraße 23
10115 Berlin, Germany
www.papapane.de

Istoria

Veggie pizza or something a bit more German... the menu runs to several pages of pizza madness. Definitely one to avoid for those who can't decide. If you can, take a break here and chill out under Istoria's Michelangelo inspired painted ceilings.

Istoria
Kollwitzstraße 64
10435 Berlin, Germany

3 spicy Indian restaurants

Hardly known for Indian excellence, Berlin does nonetheless have some decent Indian restaurants.

Amrit

Bollywood inspired interior and plenty of fish and seafood dishes in this Indian. Even better, Amrit is open really late. Also with branches in Mitte and Schöneberg.

Amrit
Oranienstraße 202
10999 Kreuzberg, Berlin
www.amrit.de

Himalaya

Good food is the order of the day at Himalaya. They succeed, and at cheap prices too. Try the samosas here.

Himalaya
Lychener Straße 3
10437 Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Aapka

This relaxed Indian restaurant serves good portions that are large enough to ask for a doggy bag.

Aapka
Kastanienallee 50
10119 Mitte, Berlin, Germany
www.aapka.de

More great cheap eats in Berlin

Dolores

Fusion Mexican food in Berlin? Well, Dolores delivers if you're jonesing for quesadillas or nachos while in Berlin. Check out the meal specials, that include fresh juices, coffee, or teas. Very cheap as well, you can get a dinner for 5€.

Dolores
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7
10178 Mitte, Berlin

Tulum

Tulum, a variety of Tex-Mex food for low prices and nice cocktails. Patrons are mainly a younger crowd. The Wilmersdorf area is close to Charlottenburg.

Tulum
Am Volkspark 85
Wilmersdorf, Berlin

Morgenland

Good food for mid range prices at Morgenland. On the weekends, they put on an oriental breakfast buffet that gets very busy. Make a reservation to ensure a seat.

Morgenland
Skalitzer Straße 35
Kreuzberg, Berlin

Nil

Sudanese fast food shop, serves excellent falafel and other Arabic snacks together with its famous peanut sauce. They have 3 locations:

  • Oppelner Straße 4-5, Kreuzberg
  • Lankwitzer Straße 39, Lankwitz
  • Grünberger Straße 52, Friedrichshain

Cafe Restaurant Berlin

Genuine German food is served here. Puts on a breakfast buffet Mondays through Saturdays between 8-12am. On Sundays, the brunch starts at 8 and wraps up around 2pm.

Cafe Restaurant Berlin
Gleimstrasse 24, tel 030-4480792
Mitte, Berlin

Schinkel-Klause

The Opera House restaurant serves genuine German food for low prices. Try the Berliner Weisse und Berliner Eisbein for just 13€. It's a great big heaping platter of let meat, so bring your appetite.

Schinkel-Klause
Unter den Linden 5
Mitte, Berlin

Bangkok Treffpunkt

Thai cuisines served with excellence. Highly recommended for quality Thai at value prices. Has (apparently) had the same prices since 1996! Open until 11pm.

Bangkok Treffpunkt
Prenzlauer Allee 46
Prenzelberg, Berlin

Konnopkes Imbiss

Leaving the obligatory Currywurst to last, this is the ultimate Currywurst restaurant. Ask for the "Curry mit 'ner Schrippe" anytime between 6am and 8pm Monday-Friday.

Konnopkes Imbiss
Schönhauser Allee 44a
Prenzelberg, Berlin

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Last updated by Jack on 17 February, 2011 in Food And Drink.

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Comments

The worst looking wurst

Oy - when I saw that first picture, my vegetarian tummy turned. But I like all the options you offer up!

Wanderluster on 04 June, 2009

Those don't look too good

I agree, currywursts don't look good at all. I didn't sample any because I'm chicken like that.

Jack on 05 June, 2009

Interesting how ethnic and international the restaurants are! I barely saw any actual German restaurants that were in the cheap eats department:) I guess you don't have to leave your home for that!

Marina K. Villatoro on 06 June, 2009

Certainly not, it's like trying to find English food in London. Can't be done w/o spending a fair amount.

Jack on 06 June, 2009

Bratwurst

Just to correct that --which is something we Germans really like to do --: The Berliner Currywurst has nothing to do with bratwurst. While the latter is long and thin and gray and usually grilled, the currywurst is short, thick, pink and fried in grease. Only the ruhrgebiet type of currywurst consists of bratwurst with curry sauce. The secret of the Berlin currywurst is the home made ketchup, which separates a good from an evil Currywurst booth. (You must not order currywurst in a restaurant). Very good but expensive are Witty´s currywursts on Wittenbergplatz near the KaDeWe: made of organic meat with fries of fresh potatoes.

The reason for not finding a typical german restaurant is easy: we don´t like that food ourselves. Keep your hands off eisbein. That´s loads of fatty meat boiled (boiled!) with sauerkraut. And no -- you will suffer from heartburn anyway regardless of the amount of schnaps you drink afterwards. There´s only a handful housewives to prepare that correctly but nearly no restaurants. A tip for a typical modern german restaurant is the Lindengarten in Berlin-Neukoelln, but thats quite a bit outside the center.

j on 30 September, 2009

Thanks J

That's a great note on Currywurst. Next time I'll be quite a bit more knowledgeable. And yes, Eisbein sounds awful!

Jack on 01 October, 2009

Wise to eat first While certainly well known for the beer and brats, this list provides several more than serviceable alternatives to schnitzel before taking on the seemingly endless supply of German beer! Who know Indian food would be such a hit in Kaiser country?

Matthew Stephens on 07 October, 2009

Terrific, thank you. 2 minute search for Berlin cheap eats and I come here. My wife and I take the Papa Pane recommendation for lunch, hop on our bikes, and enjoy it thoroughly.

Daniel Noll | Uncornered Market on 15 September, 2010

Really glad that this overview of Berlin food joints was of help to you.

Jack on 15 September, 2010

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