Favorite Eateries in Kreuzberg & Neukölln 2014

by Sara · 06.05.2014 · Food, Kiez Life, Places · 3 comments

Berlins rise in popularity and the steady growth of an international and very well fed community has nurtured a new culinary culture in the city. New restaurants, bars and concept eateries have been popping up all over the place and they’re not exclusively döner or burger joints for the budget foodies anymore. Nowhere as much as Kreuzberg and Neukölln has that foodcentric development enriched the neighborhoods. If that’s the adult version of the playful party Kiezes of Berlin, then we’re looking forward to a very tasty future. Or maybe it’s just me who’s growing up, looking to soothe my aching back on proper chairs and tables and not eating while walking to the next party in the middle of the night.

Here are my current five most favorite restaurants around Kreuzberg & Neukölln (because naming any restaurant anywhere else a favorite would be a lie):

Japanese Ramen Soup at Cocolo Ramen

Cocolo Ramen

Japanese food other than Sushi? Long time no see. Until Cocolo brought its exquisite Ramen soup franchise from Mitte to Kreuzberg bordering on Neukölln, there was no such thing as Japanese food. A noodle soup brewed usually in pork broth (there are vegetarian options) with various meat toppings, Ramen is a comfort food type of meal that can never be wrong, whether as quick dining option or as an elaborate night out on authenticity. With a couple of side dishes to chose from, solid Japanese beverages and a big patio for the guests right at the canal, the Kreuzberg edition has left a lasting impression. Cocolo Ramen, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39, 10999 Berlin

Bastard Berlin

Bastard serves only breakfast and lunch and might be therefore considered more of a bistro than a restaurant, but don’t be fooled by these restrictions (I call them restrictions because oh, how I wish they had a dinner menu). The lunch options on their weekly changing menu are incredibly witty and cleverly combined and always consisting of regional ingredients which are in season. Not to forget the self-baked bread. The little joint on Reichenberger Straße is affordable (with lunch and breakfast ranging from 4 to 10 Euro per dish) and elaborate on the details, including the warm-hearted service. Expect expect to wait during rush hour, which is pretty much any time you get there. Bastard Berlin, Reichenberger Str. 122, 10999 Berlin

After Rush Hour at Bastard Berlin

Devil’s Kitchen

Devil’s Kitchen is hidden somewhere in Gräfekiez and can be considered a bar with a lively Israeli food culture more than a restaurant, but it works both ways. It’s noisy and restless, but that’s what makes it so special in a German city, where people hate to be seated at bars to eat. Instead of serving big dishes, Devil’s Kitchen serves small Middle Eastern tapas. That’s some of the best Hummus you can get in Berlin (and pretty much the only shakshuka I’ve ever seen on a menu ), and since their kitchen is always open after midnight, Devil’s is the right choice for rather party-goers that have yet to satisfy their munchies (of course, all in the company of a proper Feierabendbier). Devil’s Kitchen, Graefestraße 11, 10967 Berlin

Cafés Jacques

Cafés Jacques have just re-opened their venue on Maybachufer, leaving their old and cozier location to become an exclusive wine bar. Their new restaurant is larger and can hold a bigger demand, but unfortunately a certain magic was left behind. The food makes up for it though. Whether for a quick meal or a proper sit-down, the restaurant offers a French-Mediterranean fusion of pasta, oriental tapas, fresh fish and great steaks. It’s the type of restaurant you’d bring your parents or a date to if you needed a cool but relaxed option without splurging on the occasion. Cafés Jacques, Maybachufer 14, 12047 Berlin

Cevicheria

Ceviche is a Peruian speciality. Fish, cooked not with heat, but with lemon and chili, so intensely delicious and hot, it’s guaranteed to blow your mind away. There’s a decent variety of vegetarian dishes for all those who’d prefer to stick to the safe side when going out with their friends, but there can’t be enough emphasis on how exclusively original and perfectly well made the menu at Cevicheria is. Although the interior design could stand some more love for the details and a dimmer atmosphere, I’ll forgive the place anything if they can just keep the fish coming. Cevicheria, Dresdener Straße 120, 10999 Kreuzberg

Middle Eastern Tapas at Devil’s Kitchen

Honorable Mentions:

Gel Gör. Sure, everybody loves a Köfte once in a while, but their try their lentil soup and their Cöp Sis to expand your horizon of Turkish fast food. Kottbusser Damm 80, 10967 Berlin

Prisma Pavillion. It doesn’t look like it, but Prisma serves a high quality street style pizza that beats any other in its category (“very budget”). Kohlfurter Straße, 10999 Berlin

Honorable Mention: Goldener Hahn

Masaniello. So you’re sick of tired and Casolare being booked out? Try Masianello. Not that the pizza is better or anything, but their beer garden is beautiful in the summer and their service is not as stressed out. Hasenheide 20, 10967 Berlin

Al-Pascha. Although I’ve found better Fatteh in Berlin (probably Akroum Snack), the Foul and the Msabbah stay perfectly on point. Also: best treatment in the city. Gotta count for something. Sonnenallee 77, 12045 Berlin

Breakfast for Champions: Al-Paschas Lebanese & Syrian specialities

Kimchi Princess. Satisfy your Korean needs with a hefty BBQ, but never forget that you’ll come out stinking like smoked ham and rotten meat. Skalitzer Str. 36, 10999 Berlin

Der Goldene Hahn. Cosmopolitan Italy based in Berlin. The music couldn’t be better, the Carpaccio is delicious and the waiters offer some quality sarcasm to their wine expertise. Pücklerstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

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3 comments
  1. what about burito baby at pflügerstr? its authentic us-mexican food, but veggie! i love it!
    http://burritobaby.de/

  2. And what about Parker Bowles at Moritzplatz? It’s amzing what they’re offering day and night…

  3. I am really fond of Lodd Thai Imbiss (Boddinstr. 65 – near corner of Karl-Marx-Strasse). The decor isn’t much but it’s very tasty and the food feels like homecooked Thai to me.

    I’d also give a shout out to Vux as the best vegan cake shop in Berlin – Germany probably – at Wipperstrasse 14, near S-Bahn Neukölln.