In Part I I covered German food and outdoor eating favorites. Here is another smattering of my opinions on food in Berlin.
Outdoor Weekly Markets
My neighborhood market is on Saturday mornings at Winterfeldplatz, and I have to say it’s pretty great. Here you can find my very favorite Berliner Maultaschen at Barbaras Küche. You can order them to eat right away at a standing table, or you can buy Maultaschen to prepare at home. The market also full of other edible goodies, and while the selection is often changing, one favorite is an incredible espresso + tiramusu stand.
I haven’t made it to many other neighborhood markets...mine is so good, I’m not really motivated, plus let’s be honest - getting out of bed on Saturday morning is not my strong point, so it’s easier to stay close to home. The Turkish market at Maybachufer (Tuesdays and Fridays) is supposed to be especially worth a visit. But really, there are markets all over Berlin, if you walk around long enough you are likely to stumble upon one.
Cafes with Wifi
Just kidding. This isn't really a thing in Germany. Your best bet if you want wifi on the go is in museums - many of them have free wifi. I've also seen signs for free wifi in DM markets (a nice CVS/Walgreens type chain), you could try there too if you end up walking by one.
Hipster food events
Street Food Thursday, Markthalle IX. Actually, this renovated market hall is beautiful and yummy and worth a visit during normal opening hours, or for their “regular” Saturday market. On Thursday afternoons and evenings, the place is on overdrive and full of hip “street food” vendors, selling yummy and creative if overpriced creations. Get there early or prepare to spend a lot of time waiting in line. Same goes for their equally popular “breakfast market”offered one Sunday per month.
Bite Club. An outdoor venue with a great location hosts a food truck extravaganza every other week in summer. Also expect it to be crowded.
Miscellaneous restaurant and food recommendations
Manouche. Ridiculously cute French crepe place in a nice neighborhood. Go early to avoid waiting forever for your food.
Adana Grill Haus. Delicious Turkish grilled meats and sides. Berlin has a large population with Turkish heritage, so places like this feel more “Berlin” to me than the places serving southern German food. This one is a particularly delicious one, in a non-fancy setting.
Anne Blume. People (okay, especially women) love this brunch-and-cake place in Prenzlauer Berg, with its ridiculously cute tiers of edible goodies. If you need a little break from the frenzy of the big city, combine a trip to Anne Blume (you probably want to make a reservation if you want weekend brunch) with a walk around the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, it’s cute – and known for being filled with parents with double-wide strollers. If it’s a Thursday or Saturday, you can check out the market at Kollwitzplatz. On a Sunday, check out the furniture-heavy flea market at Arkonaplatz - it's nice and calm as far as flea markets go (and also full of cool stuff), though you're unlikely to find an awesome bargain.
Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe). This famous department store has a ridiculously huge food section on the top floor, including quite a few counters where you can pretty much get anything you could possibly think of to eat. If you want to feel fancy, go to KaDeWe for oysters and champagne (which of course is not cheap). At first, I found the food section of KaDeWe to be ridiculously decadent, and I would come out questioning the morals of capitalism. Seriously – who needs a section of jam that’s practically as big as the entire (admittedly small) grocery store I normally go to? But I have come to appreciate the opulence a bit. KaDeWe is where I could order a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving, and it was the best roast turkey I’ve ever eaten, ever - though I can give myself some credit as the cook ;). In any case, KaDeWe is a foodie destination, and I grudgingly admit that it deserves this reputation.
Knofi – Choose from a huge selection of mediterranean dips and salads in a super cozy deli-style atmosphere. Great for vegetarians. Locations on Oranienstrasse and Bergmanstrasse in Kreuzberg.