Wedding is a neighborhood in Berlin that doesn’t get much love. Its lack of a hipster vibe, however, allows for a more authentic and varied type of cultural experience. From African cooking to tapas, Wedding plays host to a wealth of heterogeneity in the culinary realm. For those looking for a refreshing cultural experience, Wedding is the place to be.
Although it may be a small, unobtrusive establishment, Asia Deli offers some of the most authentic Chinese food in all of Berlin. The dishes are plentiful and fresh and served with piping hot white rice. The menu is well priced, and ranges from squid with vegetables to Chinese ribs. This is not a place for those looking for reimagined, Western-style Chinese dishes, but rather for those looking to experience traditional and exquisite Chinese cuisine. Asia Deli is a real gem of Wedding and shouldn’t be missed.
A hidden little secret in the heart of Wedding, Café Pförtner is located in front of old BVG garages, and comes factory-clad with old pallet-made chairs and tables. There’s also an old bus remade into a seating area. This picturesque restaurant incorporates the idea of upcycling and reusing seamlessly into its décor. The food is affordable, although not as cheap as the rest of Wedding, but well worth it. Its rotating menu includes fresh and seasonal ingredients, guaranteeing variety.
Located on an unassuming corner in Wedding, where things get a little quieter, Fünf & Sechzig is perfect for trying traditional German cuisine without feeling overly traditional. The portions are hearty and filling, and the restaurant is known for its schnitzel and spaetzle.There’s also house-made beer in addition to a cocktail and wine list.The charming interior is coated in rich colors which add to the homely feel, and there’s also outdoor seating to enjoy the delicious dishes when it’s warm out.
This no fuss no frills pizza place serves up delectably straightforward melty goodness. Handwritten menus, a chalkboard and some serious pizza aficionados make this place charming and a clear choice for when the pizza cravings become insatiable. The interior features high ceilings and minimalist light fixtures, illuminating the only thing that matters: the food. Choose from a laundry list of pizzas, made from whole wheat, ranging from the audaciously artisan to more classic doughy delicacies. Though this is a mainly pizza-centric establishment, there’s antipasta and desserts to widen the range.
Like most good eateries in Wedding, this prized Polish eatery is off the beaten path. Pierogarnia doesn’t leave much to the imagination with the name and it doesn’t need to. This family-owned establishment wants to share a bit of its culture with Berlin through authentic and filling Polish food at prices that keep the wallet feeling heavy. The menu is dominated by the Pierogi, and rightfully so as they are freshly made and cater to meat lovers and vegans alike. The menu is rife with other Polish treats like specialty beer and classic yet creative soups. The cozy interior is made to feel like a living room with couches and armchairs. Live music often acts as a background to the meal, as the back room doubles as a venue and adds to the laid-back feel.
Relais de Savanne
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Relais de Savanne
African cuisine is a branch of cuisine that often gets overlooked and is deserving of some serious spotlight. That’s where Relais de Savanne comes in. This ambiance of the restaurant is unassuming and honest, which is emblematic of the restaurant’s message, to educate and share African culture, especially that of Togo. The restaurant privileges both food and community: the food is authentic and flavorful and accompanied by a highly relaxed atmosphere. The menu includes items like plantains, Teigtaschen, fried fish, and a whole variety of delectable African dishes. The meal is served with a hot sauce that offers a depth and complexity of flavor. Come to Relais de Savanne to venture onto a different avenue of culinary excellence.
Cantinerie, as the name suggests, is a great spot to quench those hunger pangs during the day. The restaurant boasts a sweeping floor-plan that creates the feeling of ease and elegance at lunchtime. This industrial space gives plenty of room to breathe and enjoy good company and good food. The menu consists mostly of Italian favorites like pizzas and pastas, but it also serves up some nice steak and chicken dishes as well. The food is upscale, and is a great place to have a business lunch without breaking the bank.
At Korea Haus, the food is the vehicle of transportation through cultures, not the décor. The friendly staff serves dishes like Terryaki duck and traditional options like kimichi and bibimbamp, as well as a multitude of scrumptious side dishes. This place is packed on the weekends so take that into consideration before popping in reservation free. Korea Haus is a quiet, little place that serves up genuine Korean cooking and a wealth of intricate flavors at a moderate price.
As lovely as tapas can be, sometimes it can turn out expensive, due to all the different dishes you need to order. Thankfully this is not the case at El Pepe. Bonafide lovers of Spanish cuisine rejoice: cheap tapas has made a home in Wedding. This dimly lit and intimate Spanish eatery serves great wine and affordable tapas with great taste and flavor that embody cultural integrity. This quaint restaurant offers a small menu but won’t disappoint in what it has to offer. Note, however, that El Pepe is cash only so come with euro in hand.