Gipsstraße 3, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Photo by Per Meurling, Berlin Food Stories
Cocolo RamenTo put it bluntly: If you like ramen and you’re in Berlin, Cocolo is a must. There are two locations (thanks to an opening in Kreuzberg), but the Mitte original is worth seeking out for its authentic, Japanese-style ambience. Located next to the larger sushi spot called Kuchi, this tiny place offers a handful of seats, most of which look directly into the open kitchen where several Japanese chefs work their magic. The menu is short and simple, consisting of a few classic ramen dishes (shio, shoyu, tonkotsu, and miso) as well as selected sides like sumptuous gyoza (fried dumplings) and edamame, but the food is expertly made and utterly memorable. The Kreuzberg location has more space plus extra dishes including sweet pork belly and kimchi.