I posted earlier about recs for Mitte, but just found out I'll also be staying in Prenzlauer berg, west of Schonhauser Allee, and south of Bornholmerstr. A friend says there is an open air market not far, and since I will have a kitchen, I'm planning to do some cooking. But, I'd also appreciate recs on inexpensive but delicious restaurants, cafes, food carts or stands, and markets in the area worth checking out. We'll likely have one or two nice dinners as well, so reasonably priced restaurants with silverware and tablecloths welcome as well. I understand the neighborhood can be a bit trendy and thus pricey, so welcome advice on what to avoid as well!
Thanks in advance!
Thanks so much Linguafood. Not raw meat or fish, or American food. Prefer budget to moderate priced with gluten free and dairy free options (e.g., no restaurants serving only pizza or pasta). Other than that--are open to lots of choices--Turkish, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, French, German, etc. Renger-Patzsch may be our splurge meal. Love markets.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736186 mostly covers Mitte.
When we were in Pberg, we did a lot of cooking at the apartment. We shopped at Al Natura on Schonhauser Allee a lot, and some in the organic market near the S Bahn station as well as a couple open air markets, the locations of which are escaping me right now. Al Natura had gluten free bread as well as amaranth and other gf grains. I found that German wait staff were usually gracious and most kitchens accommodating to special needs, as long as I stayed out of little cafes where much is pre made, or the kitchen is small. I had to carry a note in German since my language skills were so limited. Please let us know what your experience is, lacontessa. I would love to know about more gf options in Berlin...
Good recs from S_B. The market is probably the one on Kollwitzplatz, AFAIK, it's every Saturday (maybe also Thursday, but not as large).
If you like jiao zi, Wok Show is a great and VERY inexpensive place for those - 5 Euro for 20 / 10 for 40.
Located on the corner of Greifenhagener and Kuglerstr.
There's also a nice market in Mitte on Hackescher Markt every Thursday with a great fresh pasta stand (tho I believe it's the same as the one in Pberg on Sats).
Si An on Rykestr. has good Vietnamese food, and Sasaya on Duncker is supposed to have some pretty outstanding sushi.
Oderquelle on Oderberger Str. serves regional food, but it can be hit or miss.
I've stayed in P-berg a few times (and I'll be staying there again in a couple of months). Here's a few of my favorite places in the area...
Am Falkplatz 5
10437 Berlin, Germany
The best burger I've ever had. The place is loud and fun.
Danziger Straße 13
10435 Berlin, Germany
Great Indonesian food - ridiculously inexpensive.
Danziger Str. 33
10435 Berlin, Germany
Tasty Mexican food - tiny dining area, though.
Greifenhagener Str. 54,
+49 30 40 57 46 45
Inexpensive German comfort food.
10117 Berlin, Germany
Hip German restaurant serving traditional fare. Close to P-berg by a quick tram or u-2 ride.
10178 Berlin, Germany
Japanese noodle bar - once again in Mitte, but close enough to P-berg.
Don't forget to try a doner in while in Berlin - doner shops are a dime a dozen. Ali Baba on the corner of Danziger Str and Schoenhauser is pretty good.