Food Travel

The Best Affordable Places to Eat & Drink in Berlin

Berlin has a very special place in my heart and, other than Manchester and Oxford, is the European city I have spent most time in over the years. Luckily for me my best friend lives there, and every time I visit he loves to show me all of the places that you won't find in a guide book. We've discovered tiny cafes with incredible food and coffee, parks with swimming lakes and beaches, the best cupcake shop I've ever been too and, of course, explored the rich and often disturbing history that Berlin has to offer.

The food and drink scene in Berlin is amazing and there truly is something for everyone. Try to avoid all of the tourist spots offering bratwurst and the like, and instead head to one of the places below for a really authentic experience.

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Silo Coffee

Silo is around the corner from my friends apartment, and we go every time I’m in Berlin. It is the best brunch/lunch place I’ve ever been too. My favourite dish on the menu is the mushrooms on toast, with goat’s cheese whip and roasted potatoes on the side. Silo is also located right by Boxhagener Platz which has the best artisan food and craft market at the weekends.

Spindler

Spinder is open all day but I’ve only ever been for dinner, and the food was fantastic. Their menu is simple, classic and elegant with the ingredients being elevated and allowed to shine. I had the best vegetarian meal of my life here; celeriac, potato and mushroom gratin with wild broccoli, buckwheat waffle and smoked mascarpone, but would also highly recommend the duck breast. The building that Spindler is located in is also absolutely stunning, and it’s right by the river where locals from the neighbourhood sit in the evening just relaxing and drinking.

Louie Cherie Cafe

A very French cafe with the best croissants, brioche and preserves outside of France. It’s perfect for a lazy breakfast and opposite a really cute vintage store that I love picking things up from.

Lager Lager

You can’t go to Berlin and not indulge in some local beer. There are two Lager Lager locations, one in Mitte and the other in Neukölln . The Neukölln store is bigger but the location in Mitte is located close to Weinbergsweg and Rosenthaler Platz which are very cool, ‘hipster’ areas with lots of great bars and restaurants to explore. The beers at Lager Lager change almost every day so you’re sure to try something new each time you go. My favourite has to be the Blackberry Berliner Weisse, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to get to try it too!

Prism

Headed up by chef Gal Ben Moshe, who I first discovered at his first Berlin restaurant, Glass; Prism claims to take your pleasure seriously with dishes influenced by Moshe’s Middle Eastern heritage and also Central European and Scandinavian cuisine. Prism also takes wine very seriously with almost all of the 230 wines on their wine list being available by the glass as well as by the bottle, meaning you can try some incredibly unique wines with your food that you normally wouldn’t be able to.

Bite Club

If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin on a Friday night, check to see if the Bite Club monthly food market is on, and do not miss out if it is. This foodie hot spot brings together restaurants old and new from around the city, where you can sample snacks and dishes from their menus whilst enjoying drinks from specialist wine, whisky and craft beer bars. The vendors are always changing so do like I do, and go every time you’re in the city to try out something new!

Miss Cupcake

I am at my happiest when I am eating cake, and this is the best cake place I have ever been too (and I’ve been to a lot). Cakes, mini cakes, cupcakes, tarts, macaroons… the list goes on and on, and each and every treat is a delight. Their offerings change regularly so they can use fresh seasonal and local ingredients, and every cake is handmade with no artificial nasties added to the mix.

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