I fell in love with Hummus when I first visited Israel some years ago. My Israeli colleagues introduced me to the world of Hummus and took me to some of the best places in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and around. I started to even eat Hummus for breakfast and couldn´t get enough of it. I remember queuing half and hour for Hummus and discussing with Israelis which is the best place. Everyone has it´s own opinion about the best Hummus, it´s almost a religion ;). Ever since I tried to find a good Hummus place back home. Believe me I tested them all. Here are my top 5 places for Hummus in Berlin:
My top 5 places for Hummus in Berlin
Where to find good Hummus in Berlin:
Sababa (Facebook) is located in Berlin Mitte on Kastanienallee (close to Rosenthaler Platz). This is my favorite place for Hummus in Berlin! The interior is very basic but cosy. In winter there is not much space inside since there are only a few small tables. It´s better to make a reservation then. In summer the terrace offers a lot more space and in my opinion it´s nicer to sit outside. Sababa is a hummus restaurant with Israeli and Arab influences.
My favourite dish here is “Iranian Love Bomb“: Hummus with minced meat, eggplant, walnuts, cranberry and tomato sauce. This dish is super tasty and full of flavors. As a dessert I can recommend the “Little Bite of Heaven“: Yogurt with roasted nuts, dried fruits and honey. It´s a small portion (and 1,5€ only) and just enough for the sweet tooth.
2. Zula Hummus Café
Zula (Website) is located in Prenzlauer Berg on Husemannstraße. For me this is one of the most beautiful streets of Berlin with huge old trees, warm streetlights that add a special atmosphere at night and pretty buildings. There is nothing better than to spend a summer night on the terrace at Zula with some good Hummus.
The interior is basic with a nice touch. There are lovely pictures of Israel hanging on the wall and you can find old vintage lamps, wooden tables and chairs and some old porcelain. Just the right mix for adding the Israeli feeling.
During my first 2 months in Berlin I lived just around the corner so I visited Zula very often :)! My favorite here is the “Hummus Classic“: A Hummus plate with pines and a hard boiled egg. What do I need more? I can also recommend the spinach Falafel with Tahini. Super yummy! They also serve Arak (anis spirit which is very popular in Israel) with lemonade as a long drink. Almost like being in Israel!
3. Yafo in Berlin
Yafo in Berlin (Website) is located on a side street of Torstraße, close to Rosenthaler Platz. I love the decoration of Yafo in Berlin, a mix of vintage furniture and colorful details. Not to forget: the super cool and beautiful staff here (really feels like being in Israel)! Yafo in Berlin reminds me of a bar I have been to in Tel Aviv.
The Hummus plate is huge and I couldn´t finish it. The roasted cauliflower is amazing and inspired me to cook this at home too (and became one of my favorite meals)!
At night Yafo in Berlin turns into a bar and there are many events happening here too. I already visited a little fleamarket here. I love the concept!
KANAAN (Website) is situated close to Schönhauser Allee, a bit hidden in a side street. It´s a lovely place in summer with it´s nice alternative garden/terrace, decorated with roses, sand on the ground and lots of colorful tables and sun chairs. KANAAN is run by an Isreali and a Palestinian guy with arab roots.
You have to pick up your Hummus in the lodge (self service). My favorite is the “Hummus Classic”: Hummus with Tahini sauce, chickpeas, olive oil and herbs.
NENI (Website) is located in the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin close to Zoologischer Garten. I am a big fan of the 25hours Hotel chain since they all have a unique and super cool design (read more about the 25hours Hotel in my Vienna article).
NENI offers a great 360° view of the zoo and has a stylish interior. The food is fantastic and I love the Hummus trio (classic, mango-curry or beetroot with horseradish) and the sweet potato fries. It´s not cheap but a good choice for taking visitors or a date ;).
The disadvantage is that you have to make a reservation weeks in advance but you can order some NENI snacks also in the cool Monkey Bar opposite.