What you’re getting: Classic bánh mì, €4
Hard to believe, but before this place opened in Mitte in 2010, it wasn’t even possible to get a bánh mì in Berlin -- unless you were prepared to make your own. Now, Cô Cô is one of the best places to stop for a bite off of bustling Rosenthaler Platz. Its sizable bánh mì sandwiches are a filling, yet light lunch on a warm day. The classic is of course the one to start with, but the deli-style setup means you can simply point to different toppings and see what combo works best for you.
What you’re getting: Everything!
Every weekend in warm weather, Southeast Asian families gather at this unremarkable park in central Berlin’s Southwest corner to socialize, play card games, and cook up a great deal of slurpy, slippery, fried and grilled goodness -- all of it under the radar, of course. The best part? Everything seems to cost either €2 (fried dough balls dipped in vanilla sauce, grilled meat on a stick, Vietnamese coffee) or €5 (a heaping plate of green papaya salad, a seafood noodle soup full of lemongrass, a generous helping of ripe mango and sticky rice), so you can go with a picnic blanket and relatively little money, and still walk away stuffed.