Top 5 – What is the best Fast Food in Berlin

Top 5 Fast Food of Berlin

Berlin never stands still. The city has always been in a constant state of change, both on cultural and physical level. The foundation of Berlin is very multicultural with over 160 nationalities in the district Neukölln alone. This shows on the various Fast food menus Berliner diners have to offer. Did you know that the famous Currywurst has already lost the 1st place to the tasty Döner Kebab. Find out what else there is to chew on in our Top 5 fast-food article.

Döner Kebab

Best Doener Kebab in BerlinBerliners love Döner. No matter if it’s the vegetable Döner from “Mustafa” in Kreuzberg or the delicious Pide at the Warschauer bridge im Friedrichshain, they love their Döner. An imbiss named Saray is expeciually beloved amoung the night wolves in Friedrichshain. The place is at the beginning of Revaler Straße, corner of Warschauer strasse, AKA The PartyMile. At 6 in the morning when guests from Cassiopeia, Rosis, M.I.K.Z, RAW and Suicide Circus come out for food, they often find themselves in a long Döner and Sterni queue. You will find Döner Kebab all over Europe but the best Döner is still found in the city that created it, Berlin.

CurrywurstBest Currywurst in Berlin Friedrichshain

If you don´t want vitamin and other (un)necessary nutrition for the body and fat & sugar are your best friends, then the Currywurst is just the thing for you. Here in Berlin it is considered a full meal, not just small snack. The long queues at the famous Currywurst stores at Eberswalderstraße named Konopke and the one in Kreuzberg named Curry 36 gives the impressions that that’s all Berliners ever eat. If you are up for the hottest (chilli) Currywurst in town, make sure you check out a place called Curry 66 in the Grünberger Straße in Friedrichshain a short walk from the U inn Berlin Hostel away. Apparently it scores 7,1 million on the Scoville heat unit scale. (They serve it wearing rubber gloves). If you want to know all about the Currywurst can visit the Berliner Currywurst Museum in Mitte. If that´s not enough and you still want more make sure you check out the website and buy a “Curry-to-go” kit so that you can make your own “Currywurst”at home.

Grilled Chicken

This fast food tradition of a rolling ´n grilling chicken on a spear started in the 60s. Most diners in town offer the grilled chicken, best served with French fries and Mayo. Yet the number one place to eat it at is the Hühnerhaus, located at the entrance of Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg. To Grap a chicken and head to Görli for a delicious, crispy chicken has become hip and cool. The demand is so great that they opened up a second Hühnerhaus just 50 meters away.

Burger joints

For many years the only burger place that competed against the international burger chains was the Frittersalon in Friedrichshain. Now days there seem to be a burger joint on every corner. And they are getting better and better at grilling them. Görli Burger, Burgeramt, Kreuzburger, Burger-Meister to name a few are all fantastic burger joints. Check out Berlins special Burger with Kraut,Tofu,Tzaziki, Halumi or even Köfte.


The Bratwurst is the typical fast food the people on the move enjoy. It’s kind of an old fashion but still very popular for the ever busy Berliner. You will find the Grillwalkers at Alexanderplatz and anywhere big crowds gather selling Bratwurst for 1,20€. It’s not the best sausage in Germany, but who can resist having one from a Grillwalker. I know I can´t.

How to order a Döner Kebap in Berlin

U inn Berlin Hostel Blog How to order a Doener in Berlin Berlin Döner History

What is Döner anyway? The Berliner Döner is a Turkish fast food, invented in Berlin by a Turkish immigrant in 1971. Its white Turkish bred with salad, meat and sauce. First thing you need to know is that there are few different kinds of Döner’s. It can be served with different sauces and different kinds of meat. You can also change the make-up of the salad, so if you don’t like onions for example you can naturally leave them out, as everything else you don’t like. If you don’t like to eat the bred, you can also order the Döner on a plate.

The standard Döner is served as follows:

White bred cross and warm baked with lamb or chicken, different kinds of vegetables like onion, tomato and cucumber, corn and red cabbage. You usually have three different sauces to choose from: Garlic sauce, herbal sauce and hot sauce. It’s common to mix the hot sauce with one of the others but not garlic and herb sauce. The hot sauce is really hot and only for the brave ones – and be warned, it might burn two times. If you want to try it, we recommend asking for only a little bit hot sauce – “nur ein kleines bisschen scharfe Soße”

Order a Döner

So let’s imagine: You’re starving and have dreamed about trying a Döner your whole life. You want to order a Döner, but you speak English and the Turkish guy at the fast food restaurant speaks German and Turkish. What to do? Desperation! No Turkish-English interpreter around? F*** you’ll have to starve.

Or let us help you and use the following crib:

U-inn-Berlin-Hostel-Chicken-DönerJust click on the link to hear the translation –> [1][2][3]

  • One/ two/ three Döner – Ein/ zwei/ drei Döner  [1] [2] [3]
  • Without / with – ohne / mit [1] [2]
  • Onion – Zwiebeln [1]
  • Tomatos and cucumber – Tomaten und Gurken [1]
  • Red cabbage – Rotkohl [1]
  • Hot sauce – Scharfer Soße [1]
  • Garlic sauce – Knoblauchsoße [1]
  • Herb Sauce – Kräutersoße [1]
  • Chicken – Huhn [1]
  • Lamb – Lamm [1]
  • A Döner on a plate (without bred) – Ein Dönerteller [1]

For example:

I would like to have a Döner with chicken, without onions and with hot and garlic sauce.

Ich hätte gern einen Döner mit Huhn, ohne Zwiebeln, mit scharfer Soße und Knoblauchsoße. [1]

The Dönerman is asking: “Mit scharfer Soße?” Wich means „With hot sauce?“ and you might say:

“No thanks, no hot sauce.” – “Nein Danke, keine scharfe Soße.” [1]

“Yes, but only a little bit.” – “Ja, aber nur ein bisschen (scharfe Soße).” [1]

As you finally trust us, try out this with your favourite Dönerman:

Ick hätt jern nen Döner mit scharfa Soße und’n  Sterni [1]

And now some basics:

  • Please – Bitte [1]
  • Thanx – Danke [1]
  • Good bye – Tschüss [1]
  • It was delicious – Es war lecker [1]
  • I love Döner – Ich liebe Döner [1]

We hope you will find this guide quite helpfull and enjoy the Google Translation links as much as we did.

Liese & Chris