Translated as ‘tastebuds’, Papilles’ Parisian owners set the stage for refined, yet understated food with emphasis on taste over quantity. The interior is spacious and stripped back; wooden expanses are sprinkled with delicately placed jars of flowers and clean, white-washed walls are punctuated only by the black chalk blackboard which replaces a menu. Sinking into an antique arm chair, you will be approached by one of the friendly waiters who will list the seasonal choices on offer. The best picks at Papilles are beloved Parisian classics such as the goat’s cheese crouton salad and brunch favorites such as Benny’s eggs (eggs Benedict) and homemade granola. Not to mention, Papilles do the best latte in Neukölln.
Tung Long encapsulates the new vibes of Neukölln – its unpredictability, its bustling pace and its laid-back, tolerant character. In its seemingly nondescript location, nestled between phone shops and ‘Späti’s’ on the Karl-Marx Straße, Tung Long surprises with its roaring energy and delicious smells as soon as you enter. You sit with strangers on simple wooden benches and – once you have chosen a dish from the plethora of options – you are presented with a generous portion of fresh, honest home cooking. And, as students are often happy to discover, most dishes can be enjoyed for an affordable price
Wander down to the canal and you will find this perfect little spot for breakfast, lunch or the famous ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’. With its memorable name, Katie’s Blue Cat may be tiny but it is a treasure chest of British themed pastries, biscuits, scones and cakes. You will be charmed by the use of Lyle’s Golden Syrup tins as plant pots and the range of Victorian lemonade on sale. Their chai tea latte is also not to be missed.
On Sonnenallee, in the midst of the numerous falafel vendors, bio supermarkets and chicken joints, sit yourself down at one of the rickety tables of MJ Foodshop, and listen to the faint Arabic drone from the kitchen. This place is redefines the raw-eating revolution in an extravaganza of heaped, colorful plates of avocado and hummus, vegetable medleys and burgers. You may struggle to defeat the mountain of goodness on your plate but a doggy bag is happily yours if so.
Once you step away form the roar of Sonnenallee, the horseshoe of Böhmische Straße is home to endearing little food joints and bars. Barini NK is the cornerstone modern space in the neighborhood, where you can dine on a fresh menu with highlights of aubergine fritters and filled pasta, for the sweet tooth, luxurious chocolate cookies.