Yes, yes. Neukölln is is traditionally the worst part of Berlin – run down and full of foreigners. However, in the past few years it’s been growing and becoming more attractive to Berliners. Here are a few of the places I’ve come to love in my time living here.
Balli Döner -Sonnenallee 132, 12059 Berlin AND also at Tempelhofer Damm 146, 12099 Berlin
This fine döner shop costs a bit more than other döner places (Falafel 2.20€, Döner im Brot, 3.00€, Döner Dürüm 3.50€). However, notworthy is that it’s a real turkish restaurant with a wood grill and many delicious entrees. They have various spices, sauces and minced garlic in olive oil on all the tables for you to season your cheap, delicious goodness as you desire. As of yet, its my favorite Berlin döner.
Mae Charoen Thai-Imbiss – Sonnenallee 134, 12059 Berlin
Don’t be put off by its shabby facade and small interior, this place is one of the best places you can go for thai food in Berlin without spending exuberant amounts of money. Dishes run from about 3-7 Euro and are very delicious. I can recommend any thing with green curry sauce and the definately the Pad-thai. If you have a larger group or are just looking for a classier place a can recomend “Phuket” over in Kreuzberg (Mehringdamm 67). Mae Charoen is right next to decent gelato shop if you need to cool down those taste-buds.
City Chicken – Sonnenallee 59, 12045 Berlin
This place is fast food in its empitomy, however still worth a stop. You can eat huge portions for super cheap. 4 Euro gets you chicken nuggets, salad, fries, hummus and horseradish and and extra 50 cents gets you half-a-#*$%&§#-roasted-chicken instead of the nuggets. The name of the restaurant alone warants a visit.
Das Ä – Weserstraße 40, 12045 Berlin
Nice little bar for relaxing and enjoying the various evening programs – sometimes puppet shows! Their specialty beer is a Munich/Bavarian beer: Tegernseer – 2.50€ for 0,5 L.
Mama’s – Hobrechtstr. 61, 12047 Berlin
This pub is also a bit small, but very cozy. It’s a bit like being a pre-WWII living room that hasn’t been renovated, but still comfortable. My favorite point of interest is the czech beer: SVIJANY. Soooo good. I, personally, prefer their Naturtrüb-style, which is 6%. Their wine and booze selection is also quirky and delicious. This place is a good starting place or finishing bar for a pub crawl through Kreuzberg and Freidrichshain.
Cafe Dritter Raum – Herzbergstr. 14, 12055 Berlin
Well, finding a decent cafe in Neukölln in the past few years might have been impossible. However, a few are starting to sprout around the area to my pleasant surprise – I no longer have to take a train to enjoy a nice coffee shop. Dritter Raum is small, but cozy and affordable. If you’re willing to take a 10-15 min. bus or train ride you can also find numerous awesome and delicious cafes in Kreuzberg.
Louis – Richardplatz 5, 12055 Berlin
this place offers Austrian cuisine and has some of the best and LARGEST (weighing in at about 1.2 kilo) schnitzel in town. I can’t count how many recommendations I have had from Berliner regarding the schnitzel here. There rest of the food is supposed to be just ok, but apparently one comes here for the schnitzel.
Ed & Fred Nut Depot – Sonnenallee 73, 12045
This place is one of the finest establishments that I have found in Berlin. They have roasted nuts, seeds, beans, etc. GALOR. Fresh-roasted coffee? Yes. Wasabi peas? Yes. Cornnuts? Yes. Any other questions? No. Get your sweet untoasted buns over there. May not be much for tourists, but for living in Berlin, it’s a gift from God.
Well, that’s about all for now. To be continued…