The Top 10 Restaurants In Kreuzkölln, Berlin

Photo of Harriet Blackmore
9 February 2017

A geographical tour in one Berlin district, from Ethiopian to Vietnamese, Turkish to Korean Barbecue, Kreuzkölln has institutions old and new offering a vibrant spectrum of flavors. We take a look at the new additions and old favorites on the border of Kreuzberg and Neukölln, going beyond the hype to find the worthy culinary contenders in this corner of the city.

Burrito Baby

While there are a lot of places trying their hand at Mexican food in Berlin, few do it quite like Burrito Baby. With their Mexican vegetarian cuisine, they have harnessed flavorful vegetarian street food. Burrito Baby is up there with the best Mexican food in Berlin. One of the best to try is the GVB burrito or the ‘Nicer’ tacos with pinto beans, green chili, and fresh pico de gallo salsa. Bear in mind their slightly sporadic opening hours, but otherwise this place is a guaranteed Mexican experience.

Burrito Baby, Pflügerstraße 11, Berlin, Germany


Langano is a little gem off of Kottbusser Straße providing us with a glimpse into the vibrant flavors of Ethiopian cuisine. The dishes are centered around injera, a sour ‘pancake’, and the deep rich spice of the Ethiopian stews. Using injera instead of cutlery, Langano is a wonderful spot to swap and share these wholesome dishes, to discover or return to the cuisine, in a bright, friendly and laid-back location.

Langano, Kohlfurter Straße. 44, Berlin, Germany

Viet He Hai

For a different take on the Vietnamese restaurants of Berlin, head to Viet He Hai. Like most Vietnamese places, you can get a steamy bowl of Pho Bo, but here you should go for Bún Cha Ca. A soup with fish cake, loads of dill, and Vietnamese rhubarb that pays homage to the Cha Ca dish of Hanoi fame. In fact, the dish is so popular that there is a street in Hanoi named after it. Viet He Hai definitely conjures up the feeling of a misty Hanoi day hiding away in one of the many restaurants, including Vietnam’s oldest, in Cha Ca Street.

Viet He Hai, Dieffenbachstraße 58A, Berlin, Germany


Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
After having a hugely popular stand at Markthalle Neun, Chicha finally has a permanent place of residence. A restaurant specializing in ceviche but exploring the breadth of the national flavors, it offers authentic Peruvian cuisine and atmosphere. With their Peruvian cocktails to match, like the classic Pisco Sour, Chicha have collected the wonders of Peruvian flavours in a corner of Berlin.

Cocolo Ramen

Restaurant, Ramen, $$$

If you’re on the hunt for the best ramen in Berlin, there are a bunch of contenders offering their efforts. However, Cocolo really might just be amongst the top. Renowned by locals and ramen fanatics alike, A Cocolo favorite is the velvety tonkotsu ramen, with pork belly, and both miso and shio ramen, too. With just a handful of tables, keep in mind that you might have to wait to get a spot at Cocolo.


Restaurant, German, $$$
In this assortment of worldly culinary exports, Silberlöffel is the homegrown offering. On a calm and quiet corner of the lively district, Silberlöffel is an elegant restaurant excelling in hearty German classics with a fresh and innovative twist. Silberlöffel exudes a straightforward yet effortlessly stylish aesthetic, and it is also a perfect pick in summer to lounge on the terrace next to the Landwehr with a cold Bavarian beer.

Jimmy Woo

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
Jimmy Woo Bar und Restaurant, Berlin
Jimmy Woo Bar und Restaurant, Berlin | © /Flickr
With influences from Thailand and Laos, Jimmy Woo does Indo-Chinese fusion with the freshness of Vietnamese cuisine. With Hong Kong movie stills on the wall and a turntable in the corner, there is a laid-back and unpretentious charm to the little restaurant. Best to try are one of the rich and spicy soups, like the Kao Num Chien. With a heart-warming and homely atmosphere, Jimmy Woo does authentic and delicious Vietnamese food with a twist.


Korean barbecue spot, Ssam, offers stiff competition to the now almost classic Berlin Korean barbecue spot, Kimchi Princess. With lunch specials like the dolsot bibimbap in a hot stone bowl or cheese bulgogi, and Korean barbecue favorites like the beef galbi, Ssam showcases the vibrance and breadth of Korean culinary flavors.

Ssam, Kottbusser Damm 96, Berlin, Germany


Market, Restaurant, German, Turkish
The Turkish market at Maybachufer is an alternative to the long list of local resturants. With everything from grilled mackerel to raw oysters to olives to börek, the diversity of the most well-known of the city’s Turkish markets has an authentic charm that says a lot more about the city than any hyped restaurant. Perfect to pick up food on the go, or groceries to cook at home, the Maybachufer market is a local spot for everything form fruit to fabric, but perfect to grab some grub.

Dunmore Cave

Pub, Irish
Drop by the Dunmore Cave on a Thursday for all-you-can-eat spare ribs. There is nothing quite like the home-spun nature of Irish pub food in a cosy, characterful and down-to-earth hideaway. Dunmore has German beers, Guinness, and ciders, with classic German through the week, too. Unpretentious and charming, Dunmore Cave is a worthy point of call if Ethiopian or Vietnamese cuisine is not what you have a hankering for, or more simply if you have a sudden need for unending spare ribs.

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