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Jul 3, 2007 05:40 AM

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?

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  1. I'm no authority, but I suspect there would be a greater variety near the Ku'damm. I was just in Berlin in March and Alexanderplatz still seemed a little desolate. Prices would probably be cheaper there, though.

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    1. re: bropaul

      It depends on what they are interested in. Alexanderplatz is really close to the Mitte, Hackesher markt -- lots of little independent art galleries and stores, good places to go out at night. Ku'damm is more upscale and somewhat mainstream.

    2. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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.

          1. 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.