Our Guide To Mexican Food & Drinks In Berlin (Yes, Really)

Mexican food in Berlin? We swear it's a thing! Here are our best tips on where to eat, drink and shop treats from Mexico.

Talk to any American expat in Berlin and they will tell you loud and clear: there is no good Mexican food here. Ask a Latin American, though, and you’ll probably end up with a handful of nice restaurants or pop-ups to check out—they somehow seem less harsh in their judgment.

In Berlin’s mixology scene, Mezcal was definitely the spirit of the year and there has been a tremendous amount of new Mexican pop-ups happening. Even the infamous Breakfast Market will be having a Mexican-themed edition on November 20th—proof, if it were needed, that Mexico and its culinary delights are massively happening right now.

Mezcal was definitely the spirit of the year

Before you end up at a dodgy “Mexican” restaurant on Simon-Dach-Strasse (there is even a place that has signs which advertise its great “burittos” on this damned touristy street), follow our recommendations for the most exciting purveyors of Mexican goodness in Berlin.

Agüevo

Wühlischstraße 12, 10245, Berlin, Allemagne

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Dolores

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7, 10178, Berlin, Allemagne

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Dolores

Bayreuther Str. 36, 10789, Berlin, Allemagne

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Chaparro

Wiener Straße 14A, 10999, Berlin, Allemagne

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Santa Cantina

Simon-Dach-Straße 22, 10245, Berlin, Allemagne

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Tentacion Beerhouse

Scharnweberstraße 32, 10247, Berlin, Allemagne

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Chili & Paprika

Voigtstraße 39, 10247, Berlin, Allemagne

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For tacos and tamarindo margaritas: Agüevo

 

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Located near Ostkreuz, Agüevo might seem a little bit out of the way, but let us tell you that this place is definitely worth the trip. Offering a wide range of traditional Mexican dishes, including the obligatory tacos as well as soups, stuffed jalapeños and other homemade-tortilla-based dishes. They even have blue corn tortillas! If you go, do order a drink along with your food as Agüevo serves great aguas frescas and a mean tamarindo margarita.

Agüevo, Wühlischstraße 12, 10245 Berlin

For burritos: Dolores

 

 

I once met one American who swore the burritos served at Dolores, an unpretentious deli located off Alexanderplatz, could compete with their Californian counterparts. Serving nothing but burritos and quesadillas, this place is great for a quick lunch or dinner—just expect to feel very, very full once you’ve finished eating. Other similarly satisfying options for great burritos include Burrito Baby in Kreuzkölln, No Habla Español in Friedrichshain and Chupenga in Mitte.

Dolores, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7, 10178 Berlin
Dolores, Bayreuther Str. 36, 10789 Berlin

For 1€ Tacos: Chaparro

 

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Kreuzberg establishment Chaparro offers 1€ tacos every Wednesday for “Taco Day”; a better-kept secret than Santa Maria’s “Taco Tuesday” which always gathers large crowds. Aside from nice, decently priced carnitas tacos (as well as vegetarian options), they also serve Tortas (Mexican sandwiches, a rarity in Berlin) and you can even purchase homemade corn tortillas from them along with their very own salsas. If Chaparro is too packed, head to Ta’Cabrón, also in Kreuzberg, which also has tamales.

Chaparro, Wiener Straße 14A, 10999 Berlin

For modern Mexican dining: Santa Cantina

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Funnily enough, this new eatery IS located on tourist trap Simon-Dach-Strasse, but fear not: the team behind both Santa Maria locations (one on Oranienstrasse, the other on Boxhagener Platz) already proved they know how to pamper your taste buds. Aiming to show that there is more to Mexican cuisine than tacos and burritos, Santa Cantina offers an ever-changing selection of modern dishes inspired by modern Mexican cooking. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, drop by for a five course tasting menu for just 20 euro and see what the fuss is all about.

Santa Cantina, Simon-Dach-Straße 22, 10245 Berlin

For Latin American inspired beer & Mezcal: Tentacion

 

 

As you probably know Mexico isn’t all about tortillas: it is also home to smokey, seductive spirit Mezcal, which is made from agave plants. Tentacion, a small, newly opened bar in Friedrichshain, serves what might be Berlin’s widest range of this fashionable liquor along with a selection of homebrewed beer featuring typical Latin American ingredients such as the aforementioned agave, blue corn or vanilla. Last but not least, they serve micheladas—think Bloody Marys, except with beer instead of vodka. Yum!

Tentacion Beerhouse, Scharnweberstraße 32, 10247 Berlin

For stocking up your pantry: Chili & Paprika

While you are in Friedrichshain, make a detour to Chili & Paprika, a small, lovely shop that sells most of the ingredients you’ll need to make your very own Mexican dishes or cocktails. There, you’ll find mole (a rich, chocolaty sauce often served with chicken), a huge selection of beans, fresh corn tortillas, dozens of hot sauces and even fresh Mexican cheeses. The (German!) shop owner is sweeter than Horchata and he’ll be delighted to recommend delicious products.

Chili & Paprika, Voigtstraße 39, 10247 Berlin

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Camille Darroux is a Paris-born, Berlin-based digital consultant, writer, and DJ. You're most likely to find her having pizza & wine or at the club.
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