My Berlin Food Guide
After spending last summer in Berlin, I had amassed an impressive amount of restaurant visits. Over the course of the months, I had also provided friends and acquaintances with an array of tips and tricks when combing through Berlin's restaurants and finding the true jewels. Well, what to do with the gained knowledge once my stay ended? I remember looking at my stack of business cards from all the restaurants and contemplating upon whether I should make several blog posts containing the best restaurants or whether compiling them in one would make more sense. I went with the second strategy as this way you have everything at once, making it more pragmatic ;)
I certainly enjoyed my 'gusto' adventures in Berlin and I hope this guide may also help you in your quest for the perfect meals. Berlin is a jumble of everything when it comes to food, there are restaurants and cafés popping up on every corner, making it hard to distinguish between the go-to's and the avoidable. I also highly recommend checking out Per's blog 'Berlin FoodStories', he has an incredible collection of superb restaurant tips that won't let you down! So here goes, I hope you find something that catches your eye....
Quite simply the best breakfast/brunch restaurant I have ever visited - period. Located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, it might seem a bit of a hassle getting there, but it is definetly worth it! A large selection of creative breakfast choices from chickpea pancakes with fancy dips (vegan!) to a classic eggs benedict or omelet - this place has it all! To top it off, Benedict has the cutest interior decoration with jungle wallpaper and cosy couch corners. Make sure to arrive early duirng the weekends as you cannot make reservations.
Uhlandstraße 49, 10719 Berlin
Apparently open 24/7
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Hipster and into sushi? Then DUDU should be high up on your bucket list. This place is almost too cool for school and serves some of the most delectable sushi I have ever tasted. Although the venue is packed on a Friday night, the service is extremely friendly and attentive. I shared a selection of sushi with my sister but you can also go for appetizers like soups or different fish dishes.
If you are looking for a healthy breakfast alternative to coffee and so-called Berliner, you can drop by at Haferkater for a porridge. The selection is everything a porridge freak like me could possibly dream of as there are sweet porridges with fruit and granola, but also savoury ones with goat cheese, honey and thyme. You can also drop by at lunch time for a healthy salad or simply eat porridge all day e'eryday! Plus, there are two branches in Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg so there is no excuse for unhealthy breakfasts ;)
Eberswalderstraße 26, 10437 Berlin
Boxhagenerstraße 76-78, 10245 Berlin
Vietnamese food in the Dong Xuan Centre Lichtenberg
Although the Dong Xuan Centre primarily hosts Asian food markets and clothing shops, it is also the location of one of the best Vietnamese restaurants I have ever visited. I cannot recall the name or exact location of this pho heaven (either hall 8 or 11, you will have to check both...sorry!), I just remember the food - but isn't that always the most important part? I went with a Vietnamese friend who had heard of the place from an aquaintance, providing us with the best insider information possible. We ordered very typical food like pho, summer rolls and a Vietnamese appetizer soup, but the fresh ingredients and overall savor made this place stick with me. If you are craving Vietnamese food (and I am sure you will once you see the abundance of Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin), this place is worth a visit!
Herzbergstr. 128-139, 10365 Berlin
Open daily from 10:00-20:00h
I know Berlin is a Café paradise and I am by no means implying that this is the only place with exquisite cakes and creamy hot chocolates. However, this café had the cosy atmosphere of a Viennese coffee house I sometimes missed between all the trendy hipster places in Berlin. Café Anna Blume is located in the bohemian district of Prenzlauer Berg, which also houses the popular Mauerpark. It has an extensive selection of delicious cakes and apparently also a delightful brunch on offer (I only know the cakes because well, don't blame me but I always only came for the cakes...).
Café Anna Blume
Kollwitzstr. 83, 10435 Berlin
Open daily from 8:00-22:00h
Strandbar & Tanz - Monbijou park
This small 'beach' bar is not performing a culinary masterpiece, but it nonetheless deserves a place on this list. The reason is simple: location and atmosphere. It bords the Spree and lies across from the Bode Museum right infront of the Monbijou park, making it the perfect place to recline with a glass of wine and observe the passerbys. You can also order a simple pizza and wait for the dancing to commence. This main spectacle begins every summer evening at around seven and the dancing styles rotate daily. Everyone is welcome to put on their dancing shoes and sway their hips to everything from Salsa to Foxtrot.:)
Strandbar & Theater
Monbijoustr. 3, 10117 Berlin
Dancing starts during the early evening
Ice & Oaks
Admittedly I had to visit one or two hipster ice cream places during my stay. I am absolutely torn between loving all the experimental flavors like beetroot-goatcheese and sticking with the good ol' pistachio or vanilla. At Ice & Oak, you can try both the crazy kinds and the good old familiar sweetness. Every even so absurd flavor is simply delectable at this cute little place (also located in Prenzlauer Berg) and the prices are more than reasonable.
Schönhauser Allee 52, 10437 Berlin
Ora is simply one of a kind: a former pharmacy turned brasserie, the atmosphere in this place is a cosy-bohemian blend. With most of its original furnishing intact, a minimalisitc touch and tasteful classy details, Ora satisfies all your aesthetic needs. Located in the hip Kreuzberg area on the Oranienplatz, Ora serves simple yet delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can also stop by for a late night drink. If you are going for the breakfast option I can highly recommend trying the pancakes with berries and hazelnut cream - yum!
Oranienplatz 14,10999 Berlin
Yarok serves some of the best middle eastern food I have ever tried and according to Berlin food stories, probably some of the best Berlin has to offer. And that is saying something considering the amount of Middle Eastern eatieries in the German capital. Yarok is green in Hebrew and is meant to symbolize solidarity between people, beautifully demonstrated by the mix of ethnicities cooking together. If you are visiting Yarok for the first time, I would recommend trying one of the mixed plates, as this ensures that you savor the best items on the menu. These 'Mix Platten' include Syrian hummus, fresh tabouleh, juicy minced beef kabab, and perfectly flaky cous cous. I would recommend trying a freshly-squeezed carrot-orange juice to join this taste adventure!
Torstr.195, 10115 Berlin
Open daily 14:00-23:00h
This place is seriously all about the views. I will not even try to convince you to visit the Monkey's Bar because of the oh-so-amazing drinks, because - let's be real - the drinks really aren't all that. Of course you can have a reasonable Gin tonic or Caipi, but the main attraction really is the phenomenal view over the city. It gets very full in the evenings, so either stop by for an afternoon refreshment (they also serve small snacks and non-alcoholic beverages), or expect a waiting time.
Inside the Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin
Open daily 12:00-02:00h
Some impressions of the city.....