Photo by Ali Ghandtschi
Grabbing a quick nibble in between screenings can be a dire prospect on Potsdamer Platz. From street food to mall grub, we've rounded up the best of your (extremely limited) options.
1Leipziger Platz 1, 10117 Berlin
Look around the soulless wasteland that is Potsdamer Platz and you might despair, at first: nothing but corporate fast food chains and overpriced steakhouses as far as the eye can see. Step away from Maredo and Billy Wilder's and get thee to a cafe: namely, Berlin-only chain Caras, which offers tasty and surprisingly filling salads like hummus-falafel or Nicoise in addition to a range of sandwiches and baked goods. Short on cash? A branch of ubiquitous bakery/caterer Lindner in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden sells decent sandwiches, salads and wraps – and, miracle of miracles, takes credit cards. A branch of Balzac a little further south also stocks edible, cheap-ish belegte Brötchen. JS
If time is of the essence, you might be forced to eat in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, the plasticky mall where you queue for Berlinale tickets. Upstairs you'll find mediocre bagels at Salomon Bagels and the filling potato pancakes of Pomme de Terre, but the basement is where it's at. There the cash-strapped can grab a pre-packaged salad on the run at Rewe supermarket. Or munch some passable conveyor belt sushi at Sushi Circle. Hole in the wall Eat Manju does edible "Indian express" – but has no seating. Meanwhile, a herring sandwich or fish & chips at Nordsee is nothing to write home about, but always dependable... and now they carry a surprisingly good vegan portabello mushroom sandwich. SG
3Joseph-Von-Eichendorff-Gasse, 10785 Berlin
Back in 2014, the Berlinale head honchos realised their primary screening ground was a culinary dead zone and finally decided to do something about it, inviting the star players on Berlin's then-nascent street food scene to set up shop on Potsdamer Platz. This year they've upped the ante with an outpost of veggie-friendly South Indian bistro Chutnify alongside Markthalle IX's Cafe 9, pork-pullers Big Stuff BBQ (watch out for the overly sweet sauces) and spätzle makers Heisser Hobel. Not to mention some kind of Syrian-Italian fusion from refugee cooking group Über den Tellerrand kochen. If you can stomach the high-for-fast-food prices, this food court's by far your tastiest option. JS