If you’ve never experienced Berlin’s unique range of fast food flavours, you’re in for a real treat.
From the city’s ubiquitous ‘Currywurst’ outlets to the increasing number of Vietnamese and Korean joints popping up, Berlin’s diverse population is celebrated in its fast flavours. And did you know that the good old Doner Kebab, that global post-pub staple, was actually developed in Berlin as a simplified version of a Turkish specialty? Fact! Here are the ONE80º Hostel Berlin team's top five favourite fast food outlets.
You’ll spot the legendary Curry 36 as soon as you exit the Mehringdamm U-Bahn station – it’s the one with the bright yellow and red signs. The city’s most famous Currywurst joint, Curry 36 is renowned for its exemplary version of Berlin’s own favourite fast food dish. Currywurst – a ketchup/curry-doused sliced sausage topped with curry powder and served with fries – is served up fast and hot at this basic outlet. Don’t expect a seat, and be sure to have your order ready when you get to the front of the fast-moving queue. Do expect authentic Currywurst, complete with paper plate and plastic fork. Enjoy!
Where: Mehringdamm 36, 10961, Berlin
Mustafas’ fresh, tasty, well-made Doner Kebabs are street food at its best – and they have the queues to prove it. Operating out of a tiny stall just a few metres from Curry 36 near Meheringdamm U-Bahn station, Mustafas has a 30 minute wait at most times of the day. That’s the bad news. The good news is the queue is always friendly, and a great way to meet some native Berliners. And then there’s those first-rate kebabs, chicken or veggie, made to a special recipe. Salad and vegetables are super-fresh, the sauces are fantastic and the price – at well under five euros – is another delight. And while there’s nowhere to sit, the pub between Curry 36 and Mustafas will often let you eat in if you buy a drink.
Where: Mehringdamm 32, 10961, Berlin
It took New York by storm, and now the increasingly trendy Bánh Mì food concept has hit Berlin, courtesy of Cô Cô Bánh Mì Deli. Bánh Mì, essentially a Vietnamese sandwich, is a chewy rice-flour baguette stuffed full of a perfect balance of roast pork (or tofu), crunchy pickled veggies, spicy chillis and hot sauce. This little outlet, which is just over a mile away from the hostel near Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station, is beloved by the city’s Vietnamese cuisine fans. It offers a variety of mouth-watering options beyond the typical pork Bánh Mì, with vegetarians well catered for. And with prices starting at just 4.20 euro, this makes for a bargain lunch treat.
Where: Rosenthaler Straße 2, 10119, Berlin
Chilli burgers. BBQ burgers. Tofu burgers. Cheese burgers. These and more are all flying off the grill at the aptly named Hamburger Heaven, a little kiosk in Kreuzberg. This isn’t Berlin’s most high-spec gourmet burger joint – that would be The Bird in Prenzlauer Berg. But for a good old-fashioned burger, we think it’s unbeatable. Aside from a tiny caravan offering rather intimate ’indoor seating‘, it’s outdoor tables only, so we’d recommend visiting on a fine day. Traditional hamburgers go for 3.50 euro, or choose free-range or organic for five euro. To finish, walk off your meal with a post-burger stroll along the canal.
Where: Graefestraße 93, 10967, Berlin
You’ll spot the neon signage outside Angry Chicken at 100 paces. Another fast food favourite in ever-popular Kreuzberg, Angry Chicken serves up Korean fried chicken. Plump, deep-fried chicken wings are dunked in sauces that offer varying degrees of heat, from the mouth-burning Furious Chicken, through So So Angry, Angry, Sexy and Friendly Chicken. Expect quick service, prices starting at just three euro, and deliciously sticky, crunchy, spicy chicken. What more could you want from a fast food joint?! To visit Angry Chicken from the hostel, jump on the U-Bahn to Görlitzer Bahnhof.
Where: Skalitzer Straße 36, 10999, Berlin