Next to Döner Kebap, Currywurst is Germany’s most popular fast food and Berlin is the place where it was supposedly invented. The traditional sausage with curry sauce is pretty much available on every turn in Germany’s capital. But of course, when there is so much supply, there are also many joints that don’t live up to our high expectations. Especially if you have never had Currywurst before, you don’t want to risk being disappointed by the street food itself when you have just chosen the wrong place. For that reason, we have come up with a list of the best places to eat Currywurst across the city.
Before you check out our favourite spots, you might want to learn more about the traditional curry sausage and get our authentic recipe to even make it at home! And now here comes the list:
This legendary diner in Prenzlauer Berg is said to be the first to introduce the traditional curry sausage in East Berlin. Its founder initially started off with a hawker’s tray and was solely allowed to sell sausages at night. Only in 1960 Konnokpe established the fixed stall under the U2 subway tracks right next to Eberswalder Straße station from where it has been selling Currywurst ever since. The key for success that has sustained their popularity until today, is the homemade curry sauce. As ketchup was not available after the Berlin Wall went up, Konnopke came up with an own formula for the spicy sauce. And the well-kept family secret is definitely worth standing in line for! Whether it is the best Currywurst joint or not, Konnopke’s Imbiß is for sure the most famous one in Berlin.
Address: Schönhauser Allee 44B, 10435 Berlin
Together with its East Berlin counterpart, Konnopke’s Imbiß, Curry 36 is Berlin’s most famous Currywurst joint. And the steady queues in front prove it at any time of day. The fast food restaurant in Kreuzberg is known far beyond the city’s borders and is loved by Berliners and tourists alike. Actor Tom Hanks once even said that he would love for somebody to gift him an apartment in Berlin that is preferably in walking distance to Curry 36. You can enjoy one of their great sausages – classic Currywurst, an organic version or even a completely vegan one – as a meal during the day or as a late-night snack until the early morning hours. And while you are there already, you might want to try another Berlin original: Döner Kebap. The city’s most famous joint for the Turkish sandwich – Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap – is almost right next to Curry 36.
Address: Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin
Need a break during your exhausting shopping spree on Kurfürstendamm? Gladly, there is Wursterei right next to fancy Zoo Palast and hip Bikini Berlin awaiting you with their incredibly delicious Currywurst. This snack stall has committed itself to high quality. The sausages themselves are absolutely delicious and come with homemade sauces and homemade fries or fresh whole-grain bread. A special touch are the four curry powders with different hotness levels. Give it a try! Wursterei will definitely get your mood back up and give you energy for some more power shopping.
Address: Hardenbergstraße 29D, 10623 Berlin
Although this joint is located in the touristy area of Mitte, close to the famous Hackesche Höfe, Curry 61 is definitely no shitty tourist trap. This part of Oranienburger Straße is a bit frequented by visitors than the other store-lined streets. For that reason, the customers seem to be mostly people working or living in the area. The result: very friendly vendors, super delicious Currywurst and absolutely reasonable prices. In case you cannot get enough of the tasty homemade curry sauce, you can buy it in bottles straight from the stall or order it online to enjoy at home.
Address: Oranienburger Str. 6, 10178 Berlin
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Usually food stands in touristy locations like this one aren’t really trustworthy for good eats. However, the small shack right opposite the world-famous KaDeWe department store is a different case. The owners fully focus on all-organic ingredients for all their products – the sausages, the French fries as well as their sauces. The prices are rather high but considering the location this is something you could expect anyway. Adding the great taste and high quality ingredients, Witty’s Wittenbergplatz definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Address: Wittenbergpl. 5, 10789 Berlin
If you didn’t read about this tiny Currywurst joint right now, you would probably never even recognize it even when passing by. Tucked away between all the other chain restaurants around Schlesisches Tor, Curry 7 is a totally inconspicuous, no-frills hole in the wall. But don’t let the exterior fool you. Even though it is not as famous as some of the other places, their Currywurst is right on a par. In combination with their low prices, this underdog is a nice surprise you shouldn’t miss while exploring this hip area. And make sure to ask for their homemade topping of raw, spicy onions. It gives the already super delicious Currywurst another special touch!
Address: Schlesische Str. 7, 10997 Berlin
This pick is housed in a beautiful mansion from 1870 located on Richardplatz. The square in the center of Rixdorf, a bohemian enclave in the hustle and bustle of Neukölln, has its own appeal already. In contrast to the other Currywurst stalls on this list, Villa Rixdorf is a proper restaurant. On the menu is a wide selection of hearty German dishes like Schnitzel or Trout. Villa Rixdorf boasts a beautiful patio and beer garden which are especially inviting on warm summer evenings. The Currywurst served here may not be the most extraordinary one on this list. Nevertheless, it is definitely a solid dish and together with the nice atmosphere a good reason to choose Villa Rixdorf as one of the best places to eat Currywurst in Berlin.
Address: Richardplatz 6, 12055 Berlin
Of course, Berlin has so much more to offer along with Currywurst. No visit to the German capital is complete without tasting these originals. Check out the most important Traditional Foods And Drinks You Must Try In Berlin!
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