where-to-eat-berlin

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This stylised neighbourhood eatery is located in a former distillery tucked away in an art deco courtyard. The impressive menu is grounded in French flavours, updated with an international twist. Being Berlin, smokers can puff away in the smoking section, which is situated on top of an old turbine engine.

Chipperfield Kantine

This is not your typical canteen, but a well-constructed airy space attached to the David Chipperfield architecture office. Perfect for a relaxed but somewhat special lunch, the menu changes daily, offering a few simple and seasonal options, all beautifully presented. It’s also open for early dinner – be sure to leave room for one of their desserts.

Cocolo Ramen

“Cocolo” means “heart” in Japanese and this diminutive joint will fill both your heart and your stomach. Opt for Berlin’s best ramen (we recommend tonkotsu) followed by green-tea ice cream and washed down with homemade lemonade. Due to its size and no bookings policy, the restaurant is better suited for smaller groups.

  • +49 172 304 7584
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  • Gipsstrasse 3
    Mitte and Kreuzberg
    10119 Berlin

Jolesch

With a green-walled, candlelit backdrop, Jolesch arguably serves the city’s best wiener schnitzel, tafelspitz (boiled beef) and frittatensuppe (pancake soup). Don’t forget to try their Austrian strudel, sachertorte, or special Jolesch torte for dessert. They also do a decent home-brewed beer.

  • +49 306 123 581
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  • Muskauer Straße 1
    Kreuzberg
    10997 Berlin

Katz Orange

The regional slow-cooked food created by chef Robert Kettner always draws the crowds to this dynamic restaurant, situated in an old brewery within a dramatic Mitte courtyard. A combination of vintage and modern furniture makes for a warm, relazing interior enhanced by dishes like slow-cooked duroc pork – one of their signatures. Ideal for groups small and large, you can also pop in for small bites and killer cocktails at the bar. Keep your eyes open for live jazz acts and Sunday wine tastings.

The Barn

Berlin is heaven for coffee lovers, home to some of the best bean brewers in the world. The Barn, located in the Mitte gallery district, is a boutique coffee shop, offering a choice of brewing techniques and home-roasted beans. The fresh milk comes from local cows, and be sure to try their pastries, made according to the owner’s mother’s recipes. While you are spoilt for choice in other neighbourhoods, some our favourites include Bonanza Coffee Heroes, Companion Coffee and Silo Coffee.

Lode & Stijn

Right by the canal where Kreuzberg meets Neukoelln, a Dutch duo serves one of the finest contemporary cuisines in town. What may look understated to the eye amazes the palate with intricate, sophisticated flavours. Even the crusty sourdough bread before the main event is legendary. Explore the à la carte version or trust in the chefs’ and plump for the tasting menu — a good option if it’s your first visit.

  • +49 306 521 4507
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  • Lausitzer Strasse 25
    Kreuzberg
    10999 Berlin

Coda

When it comes to Coda, you have to skip dinner and go straight for dessert. Berlin’s first dessert bar combines high-end, sweet concoctions with artisan cocktails. A six-course tasting menu might sound like a lot but the flavours are so delicate that they’ll leave you wanting even more. Lastly, the “bad guys” such as lactose, white flour and sugar are mostly expelled.

  • +49 309 149 6396
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  • Friedelstraße 47
    Neukoelln
    12047 Berlin

Sasaya

Japanese cuisine tends to nail refined tastes, as its most noble purpose is to bring out the best elements of each ingredient. Sasaya excels at that; their sushi, sashimi and smoked fish dishes are impeccable. Yet what really steals the show are their little appetisers, such as sticky fermented beans, pickled vegetables, seaweed and spinach salad and a divine savoury tofu pudding.

  • +49 30 4471 7721
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  • Lychener Strasse 50
    Prenzlauer Berg
    10437 Berlin

Quà Phê

This Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Berlin feels like a welcoming oasis and instantly transports you to the streets of Vietnam. Their rice crêpes are filled with melty meat or tofu, while their glass-noodle salads and bánh bao buns are hard to beat. To top it off, order ca phe, a freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee served in a metallic filter pot that slowly drips into a layer of condensed milk.

  • +49 309 700 5479
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  • Max-Beer-Straße 37
    Mitte
    10119 Berlin

Transit

Thanks to its lounge atmosphere – think slate and red walls and round wooden tables completed by colourful (yet empty) bird cages – and an excellent Thai menu, this place is always packed with locals. Pick from a variety of small dishes (for about £3 each) offering everything from satay chicken skewers to spicy papaya salad. Wash down with an ice-cold Singha or Tiger beer.

  • +49 302 694 8415
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  • Sonntagsstrasse 28
    Friedrichshain
    10245 Berlin

Mustafa's Kebab

You can’t visit the German capital without having a Berliner kebab at Mustafa’s in Kreuzberg. Somewhat of an institution, this tiny shop is always rammed – and rightfully so. We’d usually judge someone who went veggie in a kebab shop, but their signature “gemuesedoener” is hard to beat.

Markthalle Neun

While Berlin will not define your future kebab cravings, the city is also home to some of the best food markets, with Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun leading the way. Housed in a former train hall, you can get everything from vegan salad to hefty meat mains – all guaranteed to be locally sourced and produced. Some of our favourites include homemade quiche at Barbara’s Kueche, handmade pasta at Mani in Pasta and craft beer at Heidenpeters.

Eins44

Chipperfield Kantine

Cocolo Ramen

Jolesch

Katz Orange

The Barn

Lode & Stijn

Coda

Sasaya

Quà Phê

Markthalle Neun

Mustafa's

Transit

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