Berlin is really a foodie destination, and you can find food from all over the globe here. Don’t come to the German capital to try German food; there are plenty of other German cities for that, come here instead to sample the edible delights of the many people who have made Berlin home from all over the world. If you want to sample it all, stay for at least 3 days in Berlin so you really get the chance to experience all this foodie capital has to offer. Here are some of my favourite places to eat in Berlin for their international variety, all with plenty of vegan options.
Best Syrian food: Azzam, Sonnenallee 56, Neukölln
Without a doubt the best Syrian food to be found in Berlin is at Azzam, a bustling and unpretentious place that serves up enormous plates of falafel, grilled vegetables, bowls of freshly made hummus, foul and msabbaha as well as meat dishes too. I first visited here right after spending a month in Syria and was immediately transported right back with the smells, flavours, textures and service.
Best Thai food: Mae Charoen, Sonnenallee 134, Neukölln
Also on Sonnenallee, this tiny Imbiss has some truly authentic Thai fare on offer, and on a warm summer evening, sitting out on the street waiting for your order, you could almost imagine you’re in Bangkok not Berlin! Prices are very reasonable too, as you can get a full meal of a starter, main and drink for under €10 here.
Best Ethiopian food: Bejte, Zietenstrasse 8, Schöneberg
This authentic Ethiopian place is ideal for coming with a group of friends and sharing one of the customisable injera plates with a range of curried vegetables: simply tear off a piece of the spongy sourdough risen flatbread and scoop up a bit of one of the vegetable dishes, but be prepared to get your hands dirty! They also have some fun date-based desserts to try as well as coffee served in the traditional Ethiopian style, and much of the non-meat menu happens to be vegan as is.
Best Italian-Senegalese fusion food: AtayaCaffe, Zelterstrasse 6, Prenzlauerberg
This might be a bit of an unfair category, because really, how many Italian-Senegalese fusion restaurants do you expect Berlin to have? Well, this place is worth mentioning all the same with its simple but varied menu with tasty treats from the Italian peninsula mixed with flavours from West Africa. Run by an Italian-Senegalese couple, everything served here is vegan and Sunday brunch is a spectacle to behold with a huge array of hot and cold dishes to eat as much as you can of!
Another great way to get an idea for just how diverse Berlin’s culinary scene is, is to take a Berlin food tour. These tours with Withlocals are all private, meaning you only go with the people you book with, and also completely customisable, meaning you can have the tour tailored to fit your specific diet, interests or desires as you wish!
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