Sexy but understated, hipster but effortlessly cool; Berlin is undoubtedly the IT Girl of Europe with a capital I and capital T. Like everything in Berlin, the German capital boasts a gourmet haven without unnecessarily flashy price tags. Pizzerias to the envy of Rome and currywursts that put hot dogs to shame, make sure to check out the following during your studies in The Grey City. Here’s our list of the 5 best cheap places to eat in Berlin.
1. Konnopke’s Imbiß
Forget ketchup and mustard, the ONLY way to scoff a sausage in Berlin is when it’s doused in curry sauce. In fact, it should be made illegal to visit the city without experiencing the wonder that is currywurst.
Konnopke’s Imbiß has been serving up these bad boys under Prenzlauer Berg station since 1930, and it was actually the first shack to sell currywurst in East Berlin. Today, the legendary family continues to please the masses in its original spot, drawing in crowds from all over the capital, eager to taste Berlin’s staple fast food for under €5.
2. Mustafas Gemüse Kebap
Mass immigration to the famous Kreuzberg has blessed Berlin with many Turkish delights. Aside from the ruby and peridot variety – not to mention the markets covered in the scents of rose, toasted cumin and spiced meats – the most exotic of gems comes in the form of a döner kebab. Chunks of seared lamb, slathered in mint and garlic sauce, encased in juicy vegetables and teeth-sinkingly soft Khöbez (mouth watering yet?), it’s not hard to see why this is a Berliner’s favourite – in equal standing with the pretzel and schnitzel.
In particular, Mustafas Gemüse Kebap has amassed a cultish obsession with locals, with queues snaking around the Mehringdamm metro station. For €3 per roll, why not see what all the fuss is about in person?
Visit Wilmersdorf’s Preußenpark on a weekend to once again salute Berlin’s embrace of multiculturalism. Just like a Sunday lunch with your family, that is, if your family is Thai and can rustle up a mean Som Tam, this awesome spin of a picnic in the park is basically a huge gathering of Thai families cooking lunch at the park together, and everyone has an invitation to the party.
From meat and veggie stuffed steamed buns, oodles of noodles and fresh fruit salads, it’s no wonder that Berliners visit the colloquially dubbed, ‘Thai Park’, almost every Sunday, never tiring of the tastes, and in hopes of one day getting through the entire menu. For €10 or under, consider weekends forever planned henceforth.
4. Burger Art
Love burgers? Check! Love art? Check! Hate pretentious and over-priced dinners? You betcha! The Burger Art is your happy place. A genuinely fun hangout spot, enjoy artisanal grub without busting the bank. From caramelised onions, goats cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and grilled salmon fillets, you’ll never find yourself reaching out for the golden arches again (yeah, I’m talking about McDonald’s).
So whether you’re a minimalist like Picasso, or like to push the boundaries of normality like Dali, there’s a patty and bun at the ready, eager to tantalise your taste buds.
5. Piccolo Taormina
It’s well known that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and similarly, never, ever judge a pizza by its joint. Formed in the fiery furnace of a takeaway-cum-restaurant, the pocket-sized pizzeria, Piccolo Taormina, is home to arguably the best pizza in town.
Extremely thin, crispy bases laden with hot tomato and garlic sauce, famished foodies can customise their mouth-watering masterpiece with a multitude of toppings. And with such value for money, why not mix up your pizza night with some of the more unusual choices – canned tuna or Hollandaise sauce, anyone? Go on, you are in the country of Zungenwurst after all!
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