Berlin - which is better location for nearby, inexpensive food?
My inlaws are going to Berlin in August for 5 nights. They are not able to do a lot of walking, so I want to make sure that they are staying in a good location. They are considering choosing between 2 hotels: the Hotel Palace ( on Budapester Str. nearby Kurfürstendamm) or the Park Inn in Alexanderplatz.
Which location would be better to provide inexpensive/moderately priced meals within a few blocks? Any particular restaurant recommendations that are very close?
Kudamm will probably be more expensive, but there will be a greater variety in the immediate area than A-plaz. However, as Behemoth says, Mitte and Hackesher Markt is a great place for good inexpensive food.Great little Vietnamese places, a great little pasta place on Mulackstrasse, terrific falafel and ice cream at the corner of Torstrasse and Friedrichstrasse.
We were in Berlin in June - and a fair amount of the area around Alexanderplatz looked like one big construction site to me (maybe it will be great in a couple of years - but it didn't look so great now). Didn't much like the area around Kurfurstendamm (at least the part near the zoo - seemed like "tourist central"). We stayed at Potsdamer Platz - and I really liked the location. The Sony Center has a fair number of moderate restaurants - and there are lots of restaurants a block or two away. Don't know much about the hotel situation in that area though. Robyn
I quite like Mitte and yes, there are some nice inexpensive places there but I agree with bropaul -- the Alexanderplatz area can seem pretty bleak at times... Not too fra from Kurfürstendamm, there are some fairly authentic Chinese places (for Cantonese food go to "Good friends") and a few Japanese places along Kantstrasse; on Grolmannstrasse there are some inexensive Indian places with moderately good food; some nice cafés close to Savignplatz station and one in Grolmannstrasse as well.
the variety of food offerings is great in and around Mitte. The food I saw near KuDamm was lots of heavy german stuff (not good for this vegetarian!).
I stayed once in Kreuzberg, once in Mitte, and once at Potsdammer Platz. I like staying in or close to the former border - more stuff to see, better selection of wallet friendly eats and more variety.
Most of eastern-berlin is full of construction, but walk a block away from it and you'll find plenty.