Fast food in Berlin – this doesn’t always have to mean McDonald’s. The culinary side of Berlin is just as varied and diverse as life in the bustling metropolis. In terms of flavours and quality of ingredients, a wide variety snack bars and burger bars can more than match expensive restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, currywurst or a döner: the capital’s fast food check will advise you on where the most delicious meals are to be had. And with the Berlin CityTourCard, the value-for-money tourist ticket which includes free travel on Berlin’s public transport system, you can reach your favourite fast food restaurant quickly and conveniently!
Hamburgers with a difference
We begin our fast food check with the classic meal for a quick bite on the go: the hamburger. In Berlin there are countless restaurants that specialise in these and many who add their own unique touch to the traditional meat patty. Burgermeister, a small food stand at the Schlesisches Tor metro stop, prepares juicy beef patties right in front of the guests.
Crispy French fries, cheese fries or chilli-cheese fries are served on the side. In addition to the original Burgermeister in Kreuzberg, located in a converted 19th century public lavatory, there are two other branches: by the Kottbusser Tor metro station and on Joachimsthaler Straße. At Shiso-Burger in Berlin Mitte hamburgers meet Asian cuisine. Here you can order home-made buns filled with an Angus beef patty or the vegetarian version with tofu and grilled aubergines, prepared fresh in the open kitchen. As well as French fries, there is also the vitamin bomb kimchi (fermented vegetables in the style of sauerkraut) and cooked edamame beans available as sides. You can travel with up to three children under the age of 14 on the Berlin CityTourCard so that nothing gets in the way of a cosy family meal of burgers and fries.
Typically Berlin: The currywurst
According to legend, the currywurst, undoubtedly the most typical fast food in Berlin, was invented on the 4th of September 1949 by Hertha Heuwer. There is a memorial plaque in honour of the inventive restaurant owner at Kantstraße 101, where she once had her food stand. Those in Charlottenburg who are in the mood for the spicy sausage dish can enjoy one at Bier's Ku’damm 195, in high-class surroundings with porcelain plates and a glass of sparkling champagne. You could also order a beer or a Rixdorf lemonade if that’s more to your liking. Curry 36 at Mehringdamm 36 is a Kreuzberg institution.
You can have a classic currywurst with or without casing, and there are even organic sausage and vegan options. The curry sauce, home-made according to their very own recipe, has also been savoured by actor Tom Hanks and ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder. What’s more, you can also satisfy your late-night hunger there, as the eatery is open until 5 am.
Döner, Falafel and more
Another meal that simply has to be mentioned in our capital city fast food check is the döner kebab. Who exactly made the traditional Turkish dish so popular at the beginning of the 1970s is disputed. What is however undeniable is that the döner’s victory march had its origins in Berlin. At Mustafas Gemüse Kebap at Mehringdamm 32 there are huge döners with chicken or vegetable fillings, whose size is only outmatched by their outstanding taste.
Delicious dürum döners with fillings fresh from the market are also on the menu. The food is so good that there is often a long queue at the small döner stand, but the wait is worth it, guaranteed! You can find Arab specialities such as falafel (small balls made from chickpea flour) or shawarma (flat bread with various fillings) at Al Hanan. The cosy restaurant in Neukölln on Sonnenallee not only stands out for the freshness of its ingredients and the exquisite flavour of the traditional dishes, but also by the size of the generous portions. Vegetable sticks in beetroot juice are a tasty side. The Berlin CityTourCard can be selected for between 48 hours and 5 days so that you have plenty of time for a culinary tour through the city to discover your own personal favourite fast food restaurants in Berlin. You can also look forward to up to 30% savings on 10 top attractions in Berlin – so grab the ticket for your next trip to the capital!