In German, meister means master, and the title is utterly deserved at this carnivorous utopia. Hamburgers have become synonymous with the American culinary culture as they have been prepared, manipulated, and redesigned in every possible shape and form. But with this establishment, it’s fair to say the Germans have given Americans a run for their money. Even the purest of burger aficionados will queue up for this tiny, meat-happy spot near the bahnhof. What used to be a public toilet — yes, a public toilet — is now the go-to destination for grabbing a quick meal. It is common to see a long line for Burgermeister at any time of day. The fresh and properly made burgers come with many different accoutrements, and the French fries are always piping hot. The unassuming and casual architecture of Burgermeister casts a shadow of humility that so charmingly juxtaposes its burger prowess.
Burgermeister, Oberbaumstraße 8, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 30 23883840
One of the most harmonious compositions is when quality and price point merge and quality isn’t sacrificed in the process. Nil might get its name from the fact that that’s what it costs to eat here — almost nothing. Reductively speaking, it’s Sudanese döner. Comprehensively speaking, it’s an invitation to explore African flavors in a expedient and accessible way. The most renowned item on the Nil menu is the peanut sauce, which has achieved a level of excellence not many sauces have bragging rights to. Catering to both omnivores and vegetarians, Nil is a culinary journey suited for everyone.
Nil, Oppelner Str. 4-5, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 30 29047713
No matter how hard Europeans try, it is so difficult to prepare proper Mexican cuisine. Thankfully, that’s where the transplanting of cultures becomes much appreciated. Ta’Cabrón Taqueria serves exquisitely authentic and much-needed Mexican cuisine in Berlin. The small, polychromatic place acts as a playful backdrop to the vibrant cuisine. There’s no shortage of classics like tamales, enchiladas, and nachos. There’s also a sizable amount of mouthwatering tequilas and cocktails that serve as a perfect date to the sapid entrées. For a spritely evening filled with fresh cuisine, come to this cheerful taqueria to escape and enjoy.
Ta’Cabrón Taqueria, Skalitzer Str. 60, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 30 32662439
Sadhu is one of the unexpected gems on a street littered with numerous food destinations. Its warmth inside paints an inviting atmosphere for the even-more-inviting authentic Indian food. This place does not disappoint when it comes to selection. It might take a while to make a decision, because the menu is so extensive. Traditional Indian dishes dot the menu in addition to more modern takes. Whatever the level of classification, it is all well-made and genuinely delectable. The happy hour is famous here, as well: endless cheap and fun drinks that can be enjoyed outside as well as inside, weather permitting. The staff is notoriously friendly and happy to make suggestions upon request.
Sadhu, Falckensteinstraße 41, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 30 76211720
With the laundry list of kebab shops in Berlin, it’s easy to find a falafel spot no matter the location. However that availability isn’t necessarily tantamount to quality. Gudé Falafel has top-notch falafel at unreal prices. The humble yet vivacious inside is emblematic of the cuisine. The fresh and delectable food is served timely on colorful plates with a smile. Though falafel is what draws in the crowds, the other Turkish dishes hold their own as well, such as the durum. The portions are heavy and keep the wallet light. Whether it’s a meal on the go or a casual sit down to bolster the belly before a night of drinking, Gudé Falafel is a good choice.
Gudé Falafel, Köpenicker Str. 1A, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 4739 5245
This veteran cafe has served delicious dishes in the burg for some time. Salon Schmück satiates hunger cravings any time of day. It’s best known for its ample and palatable breakfast and its scrumptious lunch. The colorful and charming interior is the perfect setting for a hearty meal. The brunch ranges from European fare to more American, with sizable pancakes. The cold-pressed juices are region-less but cross-culturally appreciated. The food is sourced from organic sources, and the care can be tasted in the cuisine. By night, Salon Schmück changes into her party gear and becomes a relaxed bar with unobtrusive tunes and impressive cocktails.
Salon Schmück, Skalitzer Str. 80, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 30 69004775