In Berlin, there are tons of kiosks (imbiss) where you can enjoy a nice, warm currywurst. Here are some of the city’s best.
This might be the city’s most famous. It’s located in the trendy neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, right beneath an elevated metro station. It’s one of the oldest in Berlin (it’s been around for more than 80 years), but also one of the most popular with tourists. To ensure you’re getting a true Berlin currywurst, be sure to ask: «Einmal ohne mit Pommes und Majo», which means a currywurst without skin, with French fries and mayonnaise. And for the truly brave, there’s even a super spicy sauce option – the Ketschup, which is how it’s called here, is homemade according to a secret recipe.
Konnopke’s Imbiss Schönhauser Allee 44B, under the subway station U2 in Eberswaldenstraße Tel. +49 (0)30 442 77 65 Website
The name derives from its address, number 36 on Mehringdamm street, near the subway stop. It’s the Kreuzberg neighbourhood and the area is full of clubs open until the early hours, and the night owls often head to 36 for the last currywurst at 5am. During the day, instead, the kiosk is frequented by young business people and police officers. It’s always crowded, even when it opens at 9am. It’s a tourist favourite, and is Konnopke’s main competitor.
If you’re looking for a tourist-free currywurst, you’ll need to head to the Steglitz area and try the Krasselts kiosk, which has been around for 50 years. Here, the sausages are all served skinless and the sauce, which covers the sausage completely, is rigorously homemade and made from a super secret recipe. The wurst isn’t served cut into pieces, but rather whole, with two sticks at the ends for easy handling.
Fritz & Co.
This kiosk is on the Bayreutherstrasse in the bohemian area of Schöneberg. The recipe is traditional but Fritz operates with an eye to the sustainable, using only organic and natural ingredients.
Fritz & Co. Wittenbergplatz, Bayreuther Straße corner Tel. +49 (0) 30 218 34 26
Currywurst Berlin & Friends
In Wilmersdorf at 200 Bundesallee, there’s a kiosk that boasts a celebrity clientele, whose fans include director Wim Wenders and the actor Bruno Ganz. A currywurst for cinephiles.
Currywurst Berlin & Friends Bundesallee 200
Legend has it that the ex-owner was the inventor of the skinless sausage. It’s also said that he was a family friend of Herta Heuwer, the mother of currywurst. That should be enough to merit a visit, even if you don’t believe the myths: the sausages are excellent and the sauce is outstanding.
KaDeWe KaDeWe is Berlin’s biggest and most elegant department store. And it features the best-stocked gourmet food shop in Europe, with over 1,200 different kinds of sausages and a good (though mass-produced version) of the sauce. Here you can buy all the ingredients to make your own currywurst, as well as try the house-made version, cooked to order.
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