Coming to Berlin from from the bustling streets of Vietnam, the Bánh Mì sandwich comes loaded with history that intertwines both tradition and innovation. The sandwich emerged during the French Colonial Period in the late 19th Century that caused Vietnam to become (even more of) a melting pot of culinary influences. The convergence of Vietnamese and French flavors birthed the culinary masterpiece known as Bánh Mì -- when the French colonoizers left Vietnam, the Vietnamese integrated the sandwich into their culinary DNA and made it their own.
Berlin's vibrant food scene, with its substantial Vietnamese population, has always been a canvas for Vietnamese chefs and entrepreneurs to share their culinary heritage and the Bánh Mì is no exception. Naming the very best Bánh Mì in Berlin is a massive challenge as Berlin’s cultural diversity and entrepreneurial spirit have given rise to a plethora of Bánh Mì shops worth visiting. Known primarily as sandwich in a fresh baguette filled with pickled vegetables, fragrant cilantro, and a variety of savory fillings (traditionally pork charcuterie and pâté), today there is a bit of a anyting-goes mentality for the sandwich in Berlin, and this is also reflected in the list below.
This is the top list of the best Vietnamese Bánh Mì sandwiches in Berlin, where tradition meets innovation, and every bite tells a story of cross-cultural inspiration and culinary innovation.
Banh Mi Stable
Looking for a delicious Vietnamese sandwich in Berlin? Look no further than Banh Mi Stable in Mitte. This popular spot offers some of the best banh mi sandwiches in town, drawing long lines of devoted fans. What sets Banh Mi Stable apart is its attention to detail: each sandwich is made with the freshest ingredients, from the bread to the fillings. But it's not just the banh mi that's worth the wait—their pork crackling and refreshing Tiger Beer are not to be missed. If you are a sandwich lover, Banh Mi Stable is a must-visit when in Berlin.
Order the pork one (with crackling) and ask for extra spicy. Prepare to wait in line if you're ordering for lunch.
Saveur de Banh Mi
Saveur de Banh Mi is a small but mighty Vietnamese sandwich shop located in Mitte. The menu features two different Banh Mi sandwiches, vegan or with curated meat (a bit outside the box). All sandwiches are made with fresh, crusty baguettes and high-quality ingredients, and there's this sauce they have, pour loads of it. The shop is very small and very casual, with just a few seats available for dine-in customers, but a great big park right next door. Have some Vietnamese coffee too!
The vegan Banh mi goes head to head with the meat option. Add lots of green sauce!
Mama Van is a Vietnamese restaurant located near Alexanderplatz. This cozy and inviting eatery offers a range of traditional Vietnamese dishes, including pho, banh mi sandwiches, and rice bowls. The restaurant is known for its fresh and flavorful ingredients, which are sourced from local markets whenever possible. The atmosphere at Mama Van is relaxed and casual, with an emphasis on comfort and simplicity.
Go for the classic Banh Mi with paté.
Café choix, near the Naturkundemuseum, is home to Vietnamese Banh Mis, stews, homemade cakes and tartes, refreshing and beautiful drinks and lovely coffee. The Banh Mi sandwiches in this place are extremely good. You should definitely make a stop here and enjoy a tasty quick meal in a pleasing atmosphere.
Order the Classic Banh Mi with all the toppings and also get the beef stew!
Madame Ngo is a Vietnamese restaurant in Berlin's Charlottenburg neighborhood that offers a modern twist on traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant's namesake, chef and owner, Anh Thu Ngo, draws on her heritage and travels to create a menu that is a fusion of Vietnamese flavors and contemporary influences. From Pho and Bun Bo Hue to Bun Cha and Banh Xeo, the dishes are authentic and full of flavor. The interior of the restaurant is sleek and contemporary, with a beautiful mural of a Vietnamese street scene adding to the ambiance. Madame Ngo also offers a selection of craft cocktails to pair with your meal.
Come here for the Banh Mi and stay for the Shrimp "Royale".
Discover this lovely Vietnamese Café tucked away in Berlin's Lichtenberg district. This charming family restaurant is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking authentic Vietnamese flavors. Indulge in their delectable Banh Mi or their Pho noodle soups that will transport you to the streets of Vietnam with their aromatic broth and tender ingredients, accompanied by a refreshing array of drinks, both warm and cold. The decoration is beautiful and the service friendly. A good spot for a nice meal.
The Pho with potatoes is such a comforting twist!