Eating out in the German capital doesn’t have to come with a steep price tag, as a lot of the very best places to eat in Berlin are surprisingly affordable. Cheap currywurst, affordable kebabs, low-cost pizza and even burgers are all available for you to indulge on a budget in Berlin. Whether you’re tight on spending money or not, you’re going to want to stop at at least a few of the places on this list to get a taste of what the foodie capital has to offer. Here are the best cheap eats in Berlin.
FOR A JUICY BURGER:
The first thing you’ll notice about the set up of this place is that it’s actually in an old train station public toilet… But do not let this put you off, as once you see the queue out and around the corner, you’ll believe the hype is real. If you’ve got burgers on your mind when in Berlin, this tasty cheap eat is a hit every single time. For a bargain price of just €7.20 you’ll get a juicy cheeseburger, salty fries and a taste of burger heaven. This isn’t really the place for the fancy diners amongst you, but if it’s affordable, high quality burgers with a good reputation you want, Burgermeister is worth the wait.
FOR TRADITIONAL CURRYWURST:
It’s no trip to the currywurst capital without a taste of curried sausage, and Curry 36 one of the cheapest, yummiest eateries to get it from. There are 4 different branches of Curry 36 around the city, so you’ll never be too far away from a plate. The lines might look long at lunch time, but the service is so quick that you’ll never be waiting for too long (plus it’s worth it anyway). Either go for the currywurst with fries for €5.20 or with a bread roll for a cheaper price of €3.60. It’s a great lunchtime snack that’s well on budget and a taste of the country you’re in.
FOR THE BEST KEBAB IN BERLIN:
MUSTAFA’S GEMUESE KEBAB
You may think you know your kebabs, but just wait until you try one from Mustafa’s as they’re unlike anything else! We recommend the doner kebab which, for an insanely cheap price of just €3.50, is piled high with shaved chicken, potatoes, slaw, crumbled cheese and just the right combination of spices. This choice is a little messy, so if you want to avoid food spillage then opt for the wrap instead - not quite as good but still really delicious. Just don’t let the queue put you off!
FOR THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN:
Henne has been serving up their secret crispy fried chicken recipe now for over a century, and it’s just as delicious now as it has ever been. The old school atmosphere suits the place perfectly but definitely book if you’re a fried chicken lover and want to pay this place a visit. The house speciality half chicken with potato salad costs just €9.40 and is perfectly cooked, juicy, and the beers on offer are great to wash it all down with. When the weather turns warmer, eat up your crispy half chicken under the trees in their lovely beer garden.
FOR A HEARTY BOWL OF VIETNAMESE PHO:
If you’re on the hunt for some of the best Vietnamese food in Berlin, Hamy Cafe is calling for you. The pho soup at this no-frills little cafe near Kreuzberg is seriously cheap at just €5 for a huge bowl. If you’re veggie, vegan or looking for something a little healthier, you’ll have plenty of options at Hamy Cafe that can be made vegetarian easily. It’s an ideal place to stop at for a quick lunch knowing you won’t be hungry before dinner, or for a light evening meal with a casual, chilled out atmosphere.
FOR PIZZA AT A LOW PRICE:
Satisfy your Italian cravings with a good, cheap pizza or pasta over in eastern Berlin at Trattoria Portofino. The authentic Italian atmosphere at this charming little eatery, plus the friendliness of the staff and of course the incredible prices all add to the value of the place, and when the food come in at less than €10 you’re on to a winner! The pizzas and pasta dishes are all made fresh and are served in true rustic Italian style with a shot of limoncello to finish off the meal. For a perfectly affordable evening of eating but with a more special restaurant flair than the usual cheap eats, put Trattoria Portofino on your Berlin foodie bucket list.