In the year and a half since it opened, Transit has carved out a place for itself on Kreuzberg’s trendy Schlesische Straße.
This restaurant/café/bar is known for its relaxed atmosphere, and simple, fresh and distinctly international menu: inventive sandwiches, salads, empanadas, quiche and baked potatoes with chili con carne (each a snip at less than €5). On Fridays, the restaurant features Portuguese food, and on Sunday mornings, a breakfast à l’americana: eggs, bacon and pancakes. There are gigs and DJ nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively.
José Grada, Transit’s owner, is originally from Portugal. His inspiration for the restaurant came from Berlin itself, with its ethnic diversity mix and varying culinary traditions. None of his international staff are trained chefs – instead, Grada asks them to cook the way they would for their friends and family, to share their passion for food and create new recipes.