Tucked inside the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, a visual arts venue that is itself hidden away in a beautiful former hospital built in 1846, 3 Schwestern (Three Sisters) is a unique but enticing proposition in Berlin. The refined, airy dining room, with its tall ceilings, whitewashed walls, and circular wooden tables, draws a wide range of diners—from well-heeled middle-aged types to bohemians—with its delicious seasonal Southern German-Austrian cuisine: Think pork roast with dumplings, käsespätzle (cheese and a kind of egg noodle) from Bavaria, schnitzel with asparagus. Wines are sourced from small, usually organic producers, and varied brunch dishes such as an English breakfast and huevos rancheros are served on weekends.
3 Schwestern is housed in Haus Bethanien, a former hospital in Kreuzberg, now up-and-coming art center. The light and airy space is inviting and the food comforting. The lighter, modern take on German cuisine makes it one of my favorite spots in Berlin and a place I always bring out-of-town guests. When the weather is warm, the garden terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely brunch or lunch. Weekend evenings are almost always booked, so make sure to call ahead and reserve a table.