Fantastic Restaurants Around Kottbusser Tor, Berlin

Kottbusser Tor
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Brienne Pierce

A trendy borough like Kreuzberg has a wealth of pockets, and Kottbusser Tor, or Kotti in Berlin slang, is full of personality. Kotti might be a small section of this happening ‘hood, but what it lacks in size it makes up in flavor. We list some great spots to eat here.

1. Burgermeister

Burgermeister

Its flagship location is located a little farther down in Kreuzberg near Schlesisches Tor in an old public toilet. Don’t worry, it’s been cleaned and renovated. And its popularity made it necessary to open up another location. Unlike its original spot, this Burgermeister has tables inside to enjoy the delicious burgers. It’s a proper set-up, not that eating outside under the U-bahn isn’t lovely, but in the winter, frozen fingers make it difficult to grapple the gloriousness of these burgers. The patties are some of the best in Berlin and can be served with many different accoutrements: fried mushrooms, cheddar cheese, bacon, just about anything the meat-loving heart desires. Their fries are also exquisite. Meister translates into master and this straightforward burger haven has earned the title.

Burgermeister, Skalitzer Str. 136 10999 Berlin

Cocolo Ramen Xberg

Despite the abundance of ramen places or noodle houses scattered about the Hauptstadt, not all of them manage to produce the same level of quality. Great ramen is heavenly, bad ramen is ugly. With the number of people crowded into this ramen house, it’s safe to say this one falls under the category of the former. It serves up authentic and carefully spiced ramen dishes, in addition to other Japanese dishes, but mainly soups. The interior errs on the fancier side, but that doesn’t mean the prices are astronomical. Cocolo Ramen Xberg delivers on taste and price with well crafted, traditional soups between 8-10 euros.

Cocolo Ramen Xberg, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40, 10999 Berlin

2. Maroush

Maroush

Berlin seems to love its Turkish food and you’ll find a Turkish joint on every corner. But it’s hard to discern between fast and cheap and fast and mind-blowing. Maroush makes it possible to eat incredible, authentic Turkish food at prices that feel like you might be robbing the place. They have mastered the Berlin favorites like schwarma and döner in flavor and in size. A heaped portion is served fresh in warm pita. The falafel is also a big hit. It’s great to grab something on the go or if time can be spent, there’s a few choice tables inside to sit down and enjoy more of the sit-down meals. It’s hard to make a wrong choice at Maroush, but be prepared for the hefty portions; it’s best to come hungry.

Maroush, Adalbertstraße 93, 10999 Berlin

3. Kreuzberger Weltlaterne

Restaurant, Greek, Vegetarian

This isn’t as much a Greek restaurant as it is hanging out and dining with friends, who happen to be top-notch Greek cooks. The place isn’t anything too fancy, which puts the spotlight on the excellent food. Inside are spacious benches and tables that create a cozy feeling that matches the overall warmth of the food that is being created. The food is simple but irrefutably tasty, it’s well seasoned and made from the heart. Kreuzberger Weltlaterne is an excellent choice for those who want straight-forward Greek food without having to sit in a replica of the Acropolis.

4. Viasko

Viasko

Even though it’s name rhymes with fiasco, this place is the antithesis of that. To start it does a great all-you-can-eat vegan brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Their food is playful and seasonal, ensuring freshness and variety. There’s also a brick-lined cellar that creates a more intimate dining experience if you want to hide away. With its clever dishes and extensive vegan menu, it’s no wonder Viasko is such a hit with locals.

Viasko, Erkelenzdamm 49, 10999 Berlin

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