is home to a large community of Vietnamese
émigrés who came to the city during the Cold War
. One thing that they brought with them is their fabulous cuisine. It isn’t difficult to find some truly authentic and innovative Vietnamese dishes all throughout the city. Here are some of our favorite spots.
Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
District Mot specializes in Vietnamese street food. The restaurant interior itself has been designed in the likeness of an authentic Vietnamese street food parlor, complete with renditions of rustic food carts. The décor might be enough to intrigue, but it’s the menu that gives this place its staying power. They serve all kinds of pan-fried noodle dishes in addition to favorites like spring rolls, succulent beef, chicken feet, and burgers styled after traditional pork buns. This place is a food-lover’s paradise.
Rosenthaler Str. 62, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 20089284
Chén Chè Tea House
Located just down the street from District Mot and owned by the same people, Chén Chè Tea House offers a more relaxing set-up complete with equally beautiful décor. The exquisite hanging light fixtures, for instance, are a big hit, and guests sit on colorful silken cushions at low tables, which gives this place points for authenticity of style. In addition to teas steeped in all sorts of different herbs, spices, and dried fruits, Chén Chè Tea House serves a variety of light dishes that are prepared using regional ingredients in accordance with traditional recipes. The highlight of the menu are the meals cooked in clay pots, a common custom in rural and monastic areas of Vietnam.
Rosenthaler Str. 13, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 2888428
Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
A third establishment by this Vietnamese restaurant conglomerate is Si An. This place serves predominantly vegetarian fare, and they emphasize that they flavor their food according to original Vietnamese recipes, never using MSG in their preparations. With rich fragrances and a diverse array of spices mixed throughout each dish, Si An is sure to ignite the senses. As for the ambiance, Si An combines a mixture of rustic elements with orchids, hanging lanterns, and other forms of elegant Vietnamese décor. This place is considerably more minimal in style than its cousins, though. They also offer a delivery menu.
Rykestraße 36, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 40505775
Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
One of the best elements of Vietnamese cuisine is pho. This fragrant and nourishing soup is one of Monsieur Vuong’s specialties. This popular restaurant has been a fixture in Berlin for a while now, and there’s a reason they’ve stuck around. The menu changes every two days and features dishes like Vietnamese curry and vermicelli noodles in addition to that renowned pho we mentioned earlier. Dishes feature spices like jasmine, lemongrass, ginger, and sesame. The vibrant orange and red interior includes banquet-style seating and a large bar, where they prepare a variety of different fruity cocktails.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 99296924
Saigon And More
Saigon and More is a family-run Vietnamese restaurant with a jovial and accommodating staff. They allow customers to BYOB, and the menu is largely organized around rice and noodle dishes. Saigon and More offers classics like spring rolls, pho, wan tans, chicken skewers, curries, and other wok creations. As they are intentionally animal friendly, most of their dishes are by nature vegetarian, and many are gluten-free as well. While there is plenty of seating in the cozy interior, Saigon and More also has an awning-covered terrace that is perfect for dining al fresco on warm summer days.
Geisbergstraße 12, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 23626090
While rural inspired dishes and street food have an indisputable appeal, we seldom see gourmet Vietnamese cuisine. Preparing dishes with seasonal veggies and a minimal amount of meat, Cô Chu serves just that. These dishes are delicate and healthy, leaving diners content but not utterly stuffed. The culinary traditions of various nationalities do influence their style, however, offering an edible history lesson in colonial and commercial relations between Vietnam and countries like France, China, and India. The interior is contemporary and primarily done in neutral tones save for the hanging garden on the far wall comprised of bright floral arrangements.
Invalidenstraße 29, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 30881587
Madami — Mom's Vietnamese Kitchen
Madami — Mom’s Vietnamese Kitchen
Madami—Mom’s Vietnamese Kitchen is a hip restaurant with a menu that predominantly features an array of hearty vegan and vegetarian mains, smoothies, and snacks in Berlin Mitte near Alexanderplatz. This location makes it a great shopping pit stop. There are some beef, poultry, and fish options as well for the unwavering carnivores among you. The terrace offers a good view of the iconic TV Tower while the interior décor is simple, and the vibe is casual. Another perk of Madami is that a good meal is notably cheap.
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 65779266
One of Berlin’s most famous Vietnamese restaurants, Saigon Green serves up classic dishes with generous portions of fresh veggies as the focal point in large, white porcelain dishes. This place also gathers a pretty strong lunchtime crowd thanks to the excellent deals it offers on midday meals. Their teas and smoothies are light and refreshing, featuring exotic ingredients like hibiscus flowers and holy basil seeds. The interior is simple, clean, and colorful. This is a fantastic place to chow down on an affordable meal made of fresh and flavorful ingredients, just as true Vietnamese cuisine should be.
Kantstraße 23, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 45086342
Deli, Vietnamese, Fast Food, Asian, Vegan
Cô Cô is a deli located on Rosenthaler Platz that specializes in tasty sandwiches served on French baguettes, loaded with specially prepared meats, pickled veggies, flavorful herbs, and homemade mayonnaise. They also do a vegetarian version with Asian marinated tofu as well as rice bowls, pho, salads, and even desserts. There is a beautiful garden courtyard with Asian plants and bench-style seating for eating when the weather permits.
Rosenthaler Str. 2, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 55475188