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Food - Berlin Kulinarisch

Plate of Currywurst.

Get a currywurst in one of many street cafes and food stands.

Student Recommendations

  • Hasir | on Adalbertstr | Genuine Turkish food. 
  • Maroush | on Adalbertstr | Delicious Lebanese food. 
  • Kreuzberger | on Oranienstr | American-style burgers.
  • Zum Kleinen Markthalle | south of Bethaniendamm | Little German restaurant.
  • MarcAnn’s | across the street from classes | Lovely French café.
  • Focaccia | across the street from classes | Cheap, filling Italian food, great for lunch.
  • Engelchen | across the street from housing | Quiet café, free wireless internet.


  • Rewe Grocery Store | Ostbahnhof | This store has an American section.
  • KaDeWe | West Berlin | The famous department store sells American food.
  • Sixtes | Hackescher Höfe, S-bhf Hackescher Markt | American restaurant.
  • Delores | near Alexander Platz | Amazing burrito place. 

  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.

  • For traditional German cuisine - Max & Moritz, Maximilians, Schwarzwaldstuben.
  • For fast food - Look anywhere as it is cheap and available everywhere.
  • For produce - Turkish market (Kreuzberg); Farmers markets at Winterfeldtplatz or Kollwitzplatz.
  • For general groceries - Grocery chains such as Aldi, Lidl, Kaisers, and REWE.
  • Vegetarians and vegans should look at for food suggestions. There are many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the neighborhoods of Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg, and Friedrichshain.

You Must Try!

  • Döner Kebap - Turkish meat in a pita with vegetables and sauces.
  • Bratwurst - Grilled sausage in a roll.
  • Brötchen - simple bread rolls. They can be purchased at a bakery in the same building as ArwoBau.
  • Currywurst - Chopped sausage smothered in ketchup and curry powder.
  • Spätzle - Fluffy pasta with cheese, southern specialty.
  • Apfelschorle - Sparkling Apple Juice
  • Spezi - Cola and Fanta
  • Radler - Beer and Soda
  • Any German Beer!

Students at a outdoor cafe


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.

  • Zitty Magazine - A street magazine that lists all the parties worth going to.
  • Ex-Berliner - An English language magazine for expats living in Berlin, available at many newsstands.


  • Luizia on Oranienstraße is a great street filled with great bars. It is relaxed, classy/hip, coffee shop atmosphere.
  • Möbel Olfe | back alley of Kottbusser Tor at Dresdnerstr. | Quirky bar with a laid-back vibe.
  • Monarch | Northeastern side of Kottbusser Tor | “Secret” hipster bar on the second floor of an apartment building.
  • Lucia | Oranienstr. | Popular bar with fun crowd.
  • Franken | Oranienstr. | Grungy, gay-friendly punk bar.
  • Roses | Oranienstr. | Flamboyantly decorated gay bar, a must-see.
  • Alibi | Oranienstr. | Regularly empty, nondescript lounge with amazing happy hour prices.
  • Yesterdays | Prenzlauer Berg, U-bhf Senefelderplatz | Hilarious 70’s-themed bar.
  • Café Cinema | S-bhf Hackescher Markt | Famous pub tucked into the complex passages of the Hackescher Höfe.


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.

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Students at a cafe in Berlin

"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

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