The Baguettes, Rolls, And Reubens You Need To Eat In Berlin

Photo of Sophie Tremblay
30 November 2016

The sandwich is a lunchtime staple across the globe. All you need is two slices of bread and whatever your mind can imagine to slide in the middle. Such a simple concept, but done right, it can be pretty amazing. Berlin is a city with a food-on-the-go mentality that many large metropolitan cities share, which means that sandwiches are naturally a staple in the young professional’s diet. Here is a list of sandwiches you have to try in Berlin, and where to find them.

Banh Mi Classic at CôCô Banh Mi Deli | © FoodieBerlin

Banh Mi Classic | CôCô Banh Mi Deli

Deli, Restaurant, Vietnamese
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Toasted panini at Homemade
Toasted panini at Homemade | © FoodieBerlin
Berlin is a city with such a huge, flourishing Vietnamese community that it was only a matter of time before the Banh Mi was made available to the hungry masses of Germany’s capital city. A Banh Mi is a traditional sandwich from Vietnam that fuses the French baguette with Vietnamese marinated meat (in this case pork) and pickled vegetables. CôCôBanh Mi Deli is the king of the dish in Berlin and reigns supreme with bold flavors and close attention to authenticity. Toasted panini at Homemade | © FoodieBerlin

Toasted Panini | Homemade

Cafe, Restaurant, Vegetarian, European, $$$
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Breakfast Butty at East London
Breakfast Butty at East London | © FoodieBerlin
Fight your way through the busy foot traffic of Simon-Dach-Straße to pop into the little cafe oasis known as Homemade. Homemade prides itself on serving food that reminds patrons of home by using the freshest ingredients and offering classic dishes, as well as a few special items that make it a little more unique. All their panini are toasted buttery goodness, but the Serrano ham, brie, fig chutney, and arugula version is one you shouldn’t miss out on. Breakfast Butty at East London | © FoodieBerlin

Breakfast Butty | East London

The breakfast butty is an English breakfast favorite that can transport you straight to the United Kingdom. In fact, East London caters to just that. Their menu is focused on good old fashioned traditional UK and Irish comfort food. Here patrons can tuck into classic dishes like bangers and mash, fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding, or the full English breakfast. Not English enough for you? Why not join in their pub quiz night on the last Tuesday of every month, or join them on Sundays for the famous Sunday Roast.

Chef’s Choice at PicNic34 | © FoodieBerlin

Chef’s Choice | PicNic 34

PicNic 34 strays from the traditional pizzeria model of most Italian restaurants in Berlin and chooses to focus on Italian street food. You can duck in and pick whatever you want in a sandwich, but heres a tip: let chef Fudo do it for you. He knows his flavors and will ask your personal tastes and create a custom sandwich to fit your preferences. With all the freshest ingredients, ordered straight from Italy, you couldnt possibly go wrong.

PicNic 34, Wiener Straße 34, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, +49 15 147 74 3275


Porn Rib at Chicago Williams BBQ | © FoodieBerlin

Porn Rib | Chicago Williams BBQ

American-style home cooking and a little German influence in the form of delicious house beers make for a fine pairing at Chicago Williams BBQ.A first glance at the menu will give the impression that things are on the pricier side, but the portions are generous and you’ll get your money’s worth not only in portion size, but also in food quality. The porn rib sandwich is definitely a must. This mammoth of a dish features pulled pork and barbecue sauce squished between two slices of perfectly toasted bread. An honorable mention goes to the corn chowder served upon arrival.

Chicago Williams BBQ, Hannoversche Str. 2, Mitte, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 280 42 422


Pastrami Reuben Sandwich at Ruben & Carla | © FoodieBerlin

Pastrami Reuben Sandwich | Ruben & Carla

Restaurant, Steakhouse, 0
Ruben & Carla sports a rock ‘n’ roll pub vibe merged with a New York-style deli and serves up this delicious pastrami Reuben amongst other delicious options inspired by the creators’Israeliand Italian heritage, respectively. Simple in model, complex in flavors, Ruben & Carla transforms intoa sophisticated bold steakhouse at night.Don’t let the steakhouse labeldeteryou plant-eaters out there though, there are great vegetarian options on offer, too. The sandwich of choice is the aforementioned Pastrami Reuben, the only one worthy of competing against the iconic Mogg & Melzer.

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