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11 times dining out under 11 euros

Tasty, good and inexpensive

Imbiss Bugermeister am Schlesischen Tor
© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

In Berlin, you can also eat out for a small price. For one thing, there are of course the Berlin classics: doner kebab and Berlin's Currywurst. But Berlin wouldn't be Berlin if you couldn't eat your way around the world for just a few euros: Whether it's home cooking, dolce vita or Asian cuisine, schnitzel or vegan - the capital has the right restaurant for every taste. You can also dine cheaply in the city's canteens - and mingle with students or political celebrities. Our 11 insider tips for restaurants under 11 euros. Of course there are many more - and we look forward to your tips! 

Tip 1: Lunch in the Joseph Roth Diele 

Joseph Roth Diele
Joseph Roth Diele © visitBerlin, Foto: visumate

From Monday to Friday, the traditional Joseph Roth Diele serves a hearty lunch for 6.45 euros. There is always a choice of two dishes, including a vegan/vegetarian one. Spätzle, chicken fricassee, schnitzel, quiche, pumpkin soup - home-style comfort food.

When: Monday to Friday 10 am - 10 pm
Where: Potsdamer Strasse 75, Mitte

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Tip 2: Eat with a view in the TU "Skyline" cafeteria

Cafeteria Skyline TU at Ernst-Reuter-Platz
Cafeteria Skyline TU at Ernst-Reuter-Platz © (c) visumate

In the Cafeteria Skyline of the Technical University you dine on the 20th floor of the Telefunken skyscraper with a fabulous view over the city. The menu includes juicy burgers in all variations. Costs from 6.95 euros to 8.35 euros, plant-based alternatives are even cheaper. And of course there are also fries and salads. Mingle with the student crowd and go easy on your wallet.

When: Lunch from 11.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Where: Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, Charlottenburg

TU Mensa Skyline

Tip 3: Canteen Rotes Rathaus - Berlin's political celebrities dine here

Directly in front of Berlin City Hall: Stairway of the U5 station Berliner Rathaus
Berliner Rathaus underground station by night © Foto: A.Reetz-Graudenz

This is where the staff of the Senate Chancellery dine - and you might even meet the Governing Mayor. But even without prominent visitors, the canteen in the historic vaulted cellar of the Rotes Rathaus is worth a visit. The atmosphere is dignified, the lunch menu inexpensive, healthy and balanced. There is also a vegetarian option every day. Stews start at 4.50 euros, ragout or larger main courses cost around 8 euros.

When: Monday to Friday 11.30 am - 2 pm
Where: Jüdenstraße 1, Mitte

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Tip 4: Burgermeister

Imbiss Burgermeister am Schlesischen Tor
© visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

It all started under the elevated railway at Schlesisches Tor: together with a friend, the current "Burgermeister" discovered the listed toilet block and did everything in his power to be allowed to use it. For three years he fought with authorities and mould, until in 2006 the first Burgermeister served delicious grilled burgers in the former toilet block. The unusual snack bar quickly became cult. Today there are nine branches of the Berlin Burgermeister - and the burgers still taste just as delicious as they did back then. The burgers cost from 5.60 euros up to 9.80 euros for the master of all classes with two patties and five extras included.

When: from 11 am until late at night
Where: Schlesisches Tor, Oberbaumstraße 8, Kreuzberg; also at Kottbusser Tor, Bahnhof Zoo, Potsdamer Platz, Alexanderplatz and Schönhauser Allee 45, Prenzlauer Berg; Warschauer Straße 65, Friedrichshain; Konstanzer Straße 1, Wilmersdorf and soon also at Mehringdamm 39 in Kreuzberg

Burger Restaurants in Berlin

Tip 5: Be a guest of Bertolt Brecht in the Berliner Ensemble canteen

Berliner Ensemble at Schiffbauerdamm
Berliner Ensemble at Schiffbauerdamm © Foto: Monika Ritterhaus

And another canteen. This one takes you into the theatre world of Berlin. Directly in the backyard of the Berliner Ensemble, a few steps lead down to the cosy dining room. Home cooking, stew and soup are served, complemented by a salad bar. For dessert or afternoon coffee, there are freshly baked cakes from the cake counter - plus Italian coffee specialities. Perfect for stopping off before or after an evening at the theatre - or just in between.

When: Monday to Friday 10 am - midnight, Saturday & Sunday 2 pm - midnight.
Where: Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1, Mitte

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Tip 6: Share dimsum at Yumcha Heroes

Long March Canteen
© visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Homemade Chinese dimsum for a small price. The portions are probably not quite big enough to fill you up, but the delicious dumplings are perfect for in-between meals. You sit nicely in a stylish ambience and watch the steam rising from the hot pots behind the glass pane. Tip: Order different variations to share. Add a soup for everyone - and your dinner is complete!

When: daily 12 - 11 pm
Where: Weinbergsweg 8, Mitte

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Tip 7: Indonesian cuisine at Mabuhay

Ramen - Asian Soup
Ramen - Asian Soup © Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

From the outside, Mabuhay may look like a better snack bar, but the food is really good and very affordable. Fresh ingredients and original Asian recipes, sometimes vegan, sometimes vegetarian or with meat. Served with classic rice or noodles and a little salad for the eye. 

When: Monday to Friday 12 pm - 3 pm and 5 - 8.30 pm
Where: Köthener Straße 28, Friedrichshain

Asian cuisine in Berlin

Tip 8: Like Thai Vegan -  share some healthy bowls

veganes Restaurant Daluma
© Sophia Giesecke

Here you dine on folding chairs under red lanterns and colourful flags, which is somehow authentic. It's best to order lots of small bowls to share, with 20 variations to choose from - from pho soup to dumplings, various vegetables and curries to papaya salad. All dishes are vegan! 

When: daily from 12 - 10 pm
Where: Grünberger Straße 69, Friedrichshain

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Tip 9: Korean street food at Mmaah BBQ

Streetfood_Gua Bao Burger, steamed dumpling with duck. A Japanese fast food
© gettyimages, Foto: Ihor Smishko

Next up on our culinary journey through Berlin is Mmaah Koren BBQ Express in Korea. You can now find six branches all over Berlin. Kimchi, bulgogi and teriyaki, plus crispy potatoes or rice - everything is delicious and affordable. And you can even win free food at the Pull up Challenge in the branches at Columbiadamm, Nordbahnhof or Nollendorfplatz.

When: Monday to Friday 12 - 10 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1 - 10 pm
Where: Columbiadamm 160, Tempelhof; Nollendorfstraße 31, Schöneberg; Simon-Dach-Straße, Friedrichshain, Elisabeth-Schwarzhaupt-Platz 5, Mitte; Kiehlufer 75, Neukölln; Wiener Straße 31, Kreuzberg

Street Food in Berlin

Tip 10: Quick schnitzel at Scheers Schnitzel

Schnitzel © Löwenbräu

Quick and delicious: if you love schnitzel, Scheers is the place to go. Whether classic with steakhouse fries or as a schnitzel roll, the breaded classic is fried from regional quality meat. Try the homemade sauces! As a vegan alternative, you can choose vegetable fritters, for example.

When: Wednesday to Sunday 12 - 8 pm
Where: Warschauer Platz 18, Friedrichshain

German cuisine in Berlin

Tipp 11:  Dolores - Mexican Street Food

Chili con carne Tacos
© gettyimages, Foto: istetiana

Dolores has been serving burritos, tacos and quesadillas in Berlin since 2004 - and is the pioneer of this Mexican street food trend from sunny California. You can choose from the menu or put together your own combinations. No matter what you choose, everything is handmade for you from fresh ingredients - always good and still really cheap, burritos from about 6.40 euros to 8.50 euros.

When: daily 11.30 am - 9 pm
Where: Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 7, Mitte; Bayreuther Strasse 36, Schöneberg

Restaurants in Berlin

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts