I’ve teamed up with a bunch of linguists to ask them each where they like to go in Friedrichshain which are not on Simon-Dach-Straße. We dug deep into the knooks and crannies of Friedrichshain, one of Berlin’s brightest and funkiest Kiez’s, without even dipping your toes in the soulless street that is Simon-Dach-Straße. I’ve not going anything against this street, but there are unquestionably better and more unique places to head over to.
First up is a selection of places to eat, drink – recommended by the finest linguists I know. I really love this Kiez and it is my favourite area in Berlin currently. There are also many more places than this, also not on Simon-Dach-Straße, but this is a good start for a delicious, non-hyped food tour. Enjoy!
This ice cream shop is right near my apartment (which is dangerous) which was recommended to me by Katarzyna. It is perfect for summer. The queue is sometimes out the door so check and come back later on to avoid the rush. They have home-made ice cream, sorbets, coffee. Examples of the flavours are: raspberry & basil, mango lassi, banana & chocolate,
Find it here: Grünberger straße 85, 10245 Berlin
Recommended to me by Dagmar, a German speaker from the US.
This place does the best falafel and you don’t even need to specify “no onions’. Cos they don’t even have no onions.
Find it here: Krossener Str. 17, 10245 Berlin
Vietnamese food is super good; we all know this. But you don’t need to go to 1990 Vegan Living to get amazing vegan food. Check out this Tofu yellow coconut curry for 6,50 EUR. Yes, that’s right – with a mountain of tofu. I would say the noodles, rice dishes and fresh herbal teas can be had at any time of the day. Healthy, quick and super affordable. The freshness is definitely there. Recommended by Fabian.
Find it here: Lenbachstraße 2, 10245 Berlin
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Suggested by Ian. You know the score.
Find it here: Warschauer Straße 74, 10243 Berlin.
The UK has a great selection of different types of food from around the world, making the supermarkets a playground of food where you can really find 20 different types of salt as supposed to 1 in Rewe. This is not a dig, this is just a fact. But can you eat in the UK for less than a fiver though? Anyway, we are talking about Al Gasali which is also not on Simon-Dach-Straße. This place is located around Boxhagenerplatz and has the best halloumi sandwich I’ve had in Berlin. It’s not rubbery and they get the texture and sauce:bread:filling ratio just right. Okay, it does sometimes fall apart but I think I am just rather special when eating these wraps.
What to order: Halloumi Sandwich, “alles komplett (scharf, knoblauch, joghurt) ohne Zwiebeln.” (includes all salad and sauces, but without onions). See here how to sound more fluent than you actually are?
Recommended by Paul, an italian speaker from the UK. If you have patience but are a foodie definitely try the pizza here. Being a sister or cousin to Due Forni, this Trattoria offers the same unique-tasting pizza with a thin buttery dough. I will say that the service is really sloppy; you’ll probably wait ages and if something goes wrong it’s definitely your fault. BUT ‘immerhin’ you should have a go outside of rush hour. My best tip in all 3 of these restaurants is to speak italian. That means pigeon italian, if your skills are as basic as mine. With this is mind, go for “Buongiorno, due per favore. Grazie”. Trust me on this one! They will be 40% nicer to you – and you might even get a table. And it’s not on Simon-Dach-Straße. See my Berlin pizza tips here.
Find it here: Wühlischstraße 29, 10245, Berlin
Recommended by Fabian, an English speaker from Germany. This bridge is everything. Just as photographers flock to Warschauerbrücke to capture the perfect image of the sun setting behind the TV Tower, this bridge offers a calmer experience as you can have somewhere to sit (kind of). It’s the sort of place you take your low-maintenance friends to as you have to sit on a large pipe – but it’s not on Simon-Dach-Straße! The bridge does rattle as buses drive over it; which is rather entertaining when you’re watching the sun slowly sink behind the TV Tower. Best time to go is in summer around 7 – 10 pm as the sun sets and musicians, Berliners and Fhain newbees all meet with a beer. It’ even quite romantic, if you ask me.
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Where have you been in Friedrichshain? Let me know in the comments!