Student recommendations from Fall 2009. Let us know if this list should change!
There is food aplenty in Berlin and many cheap options as well! You do not have to spend a lot to eat well in Berlin. Try anything from an Imiss (street vendor) to an actual sit-down restaurant and you’re unlikely to go wrong. Particularly delicious are the döner from Ostbahnhof.
Berlin has had a thriving café culture since well before the advent of Starbucks, so you’ll likely find yourself reading your assignments while sipping Milchkaffe at one of the hip spots in the former eastern neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. Or, perhaps, you’ll discover a favorite café in the KulturBrauerei, where the NYU Berlin Academic Center is located. Also within walking distance of NYU Berlin are the cafés and restaurants on Kastanienallee and Kollwitzplatz. In the evening, you might grab a quick meal of delicious German Bratwurst or Turkish Döner.
Nightlife in Berlin is generally more laid-back than in New York, and certainly more so than in other European capitals. There is something for every taste and it’s not too expensive, so you will find everyone out on weekends and large crowds even on weekdays.
Berlin has many different places to see live music. The most popular venues at the moment are the Astra Kulturhaus, Postbahnhof, the Kesselhaus at KulturBrauerei, Columbiahalle, Lido, and Magnet Club.
"I saved a lot of money on food by eating lunch at the Humboldt University Mensa (cafeteria). You just show them your Humboldt ID and put a €3 deposit down on a card. You then put credit on the card by inserting money in a machine, and then you swipe your card to pay for meals. Although options are limited (something like 3 options per day), the food is filling, healthy and delicious! Typically you get a full plate with a meat, starch and vegetable for under €2: amazing! One of the options is always vegetarian." —Sam