Berlin is one of the most multicultural cities in Germany, and this is also a fact when it comes to the gastronomic scene:
Italian pasta, Greek gyros, Thai curry, and Sudanese broad beans and many others make the gastronomic scene of Berlin very variated. All the others are to be found all over the city. Therefore, eating out in Berlin is a fantastic experience each time and the good news is that it can suit every pocket. The wide range of options when it comes to restaurants might be confusing for new arrivals but this post is set to present some of the really great places you must visit!
Of course one of the first places to recommend the newcomers to the city is the restaurant in the Television Tower. Beware that in order to be able to enjoy the great view at 203 and 207 meters high, the attentive and friendly staff and delicious food at Sphere, you have to book your table well in advance, especially since it’s a very popular attraction for tourists in Berlin.
Haus Berlin, a charming restaurant located in Friedrichshain offers a delicious choice of specialties from the region of Berlin and Brandenburg as well as many typical dishes from the former German DemocraticRepublic. Their terrace is perfect for having lunch or dinner during warmer days, in direct sight of the Fernsehturm.
A place with history is Alt Berliner Biersalon, where you can let yourself spoiled by the extensive food and drink offer in a traditional ambiance.
If you are looking for a lovely place to dine out in Wedding, then Fünfundsechzig might be a perfect choice. The small but diversified menu selections and the comfortable living room ambiance and the fireplace make it very cozily and romantic.
At Grill Royal, you will find a stunning location directly on the spree river and a real cozy, warm and stylish interior on Friedrichstr. This is the place where people working in fashion and art hang out definitely a must on your list due to its perhaps the best in town steak. Again, make sure you make early reservations!
Nate- Eck, a quaint restaurant with typical old Berlin atmosphere of the early 20th century right next to Unter den Linden. No gastronomic food but you will get a taste of the typical Berlin kitchen or opt for one of the diverse monthly offers and seasonal and regional dishes.
If you are in the mood for sushi, try Pan Asia a very hip restaurant at Rosenthalerstrasse known also for the cool interior, the music they’re playing and the people hanging out there. However, you should know that you are not allowed to take photos there…
Right in the center of the city, on Französischestrasse, the Austrian/French bistro Borchardt is a very fancy but loud and crowded place. It’s worth paying the visit but plan and reserve a table well in advance. It is impossible to find one otherwise, Thorberg’sespecially during festivals or major events in the city.
Restaurant “Knese” is located just a stone’s throw away from Kurfürstendamm, one of the city’s charmingly beautiful spots. The restaurant offers Old-Berlin atmosphere and both Berlin specialties and international specialties.
Another option of eating out in Berlin that you don’t want to miss is Delizie d’Italia in Prenzlauer Berg. Hidden, cosy and with delicious original italian dishes, the restaurant is run by an Italian couple and is visited by lots of celebrities. Good location for a romantic dinner!
Best Thai food in town, a relaxed atmosphere and lots of vegetarian dishes at Good Time. So if you are in Prenzlauer Berg looking for a place to eat just drop by, you won’t be disappointed.
A great place for Austrian cuisine is the opulent Jolesch in Kreuzberg. Opened in 1993, the place which’s name was inspired by Thornberg’s novel has a breakfast salon and a large banquet room, more popular in the evening. The extensive wine list and delicious food complete this fairytale setting.
Katerholzig is a stunning location; which looks like a huge, adventure playground – Berlin style. If you decide to visit their cool restaurant you will definitely not be disappointed by the experience!
A really good no-pizza Italian restaurant in the former west part is Mondo Pazzo. So after a shopping session on Kurfürstendamm avenue you can relax, enjoy a tasty meal and regain your energy in a very pleasant atmosphere, but keep in mind that they don’t accept cred cards yet.
If you are out just for a quick lunch, then this is a short list of recommended places:
- White Trash Fast Food: maybe the best burgers in town, weird live music, rock-trashy interior design – one word: unique experience;
- Monsieur Vuong: fabulous Vietnamese food;
- Kuchi: great for sushi and Asian food close to Kurfürstendamm
- Berliner Currywurst places: Konopke Imbiß (U Eberswalder Straße), Curry 195 (Kurfürstendamm 195);
- Turkish Döner places: Dada Falafel (Linienstraße 132), Falafel Daye (Danziger Str. 24), Imbiß (U Mehringdamm), Mustafas Gemüsekebap (Mehringdamm 32)