Top Restaurants in Berlin
Collected by Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
Today's cosmopolitan, cool Berlin is a global dining city with top places to eat that range from casual street stands selling affordable snacks to elegant restaurants offering Michelin-star fine dining. Sample everything from the city's Mexican and Israeli fare to Japanese and Jamaican specialties, but don't miss great currywurst and other German classics.
Invalidenstraße 160, 10115 Berlin, Germany
While several spots can justifiably claim to serve up the best burger in Berlin (the Bird, Burgermeister, Shiso Burger), there is something effortlessly simplistic and exquisitely tasty about Tommi's version that makes it particularly good. The...
Behrenstraße 55, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The main challenge for a visit to Berlin’s hippest vegetarian restaurant is finding the place. It's hidden in an unglamorous backyard behind the Westin Grand Hotel; a nondescript door lit by a telltale bulb leads into a chic, loftlike...
Linienstraße 160, 10115 Berlin, Germany
It might be small and simple—just a smattering of handmade wooden tables topped with flower arrangements; conspicuously bare white walls; and a few barstools—but the updated German cuisine at Lokal is far from basic. With a commitment...
Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin, Germany
It’s often a surprise for visitors to Berlin to discover that Turkish postwar immigrants created the popular döner kebab here. The city takes its kebabs seriously, and there are several hot spots whose reputation precedes them. One such...
Schönhauser Allee 44B, 10435 Berlin, Germany
Along with Kreuzberg’s Curry 36, Konnopke's in Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most famous currywurst stands in Berlin. The two couldn’t be more different aesthetically, though. While the former has a fairly loud and brash character,...
Oranienstraße 170, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Berlin isn’t exactly known as a thriving hotbed of Mexican cuisine, but its reputation on that front has been growing thanks to the appearance of a range of small taco spots, burrito joints, and larger Tex-Mex restaurants. One of the most...
Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Blink and you’ll miss this tiny Indian-run eatery serving eclectic international fare between Mitte and Prenzlauer Allee along the trendy Kastanienallee. Notable for its upside-down McDonald’s sign (hence the "W" in the name; Der...
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7, 10178 Berlin, Germany
The simple space may not look like much from the outside or even from the inside, thanks to the cafeteria-style decor and Subway-style ordering process. Still, a visit here will not only get you the best burritos in the city but also pay homage to...
Innstraße 47, 12045 Berlin, Germany
An oasis of California-style cuisine in a city obsessed with German cold-cut buffets and seeded rolls, Cabslam (California Breakfast Slam) occupies a quiet corner of Neukölln. Its varied menu ranges from shakshuka (poached eggs cooked in a...
2, Mariannenpl., 10997 Berlin, Germany
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,...
Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435 Berlin, Germany
Although this popular Prenzlauer Berg café only opened in 2005, it feels as if it has been part of the neighborhood forever. Lines from the 1919 poem by Kurt Schwitters that provided the café's name adorn the walls alongside a...
Gipsstraße 3, 10119 Berlin, Germany
To put it bluntly: If you like ramen and you’re in Berlin, Cocolo is a must. There are two locations (thanks to an opening in Kreuzberg), but the Mitte original is worth seeking out for its authentic, Japanese-style ambience. Located...
Muskauer Str. 9, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Although you can find most cuisines in Berlin now, Jamaican food is nowhere near as ubiquitous as it is in, say, London, and it's mostly relegated to shacks or pop-up stalls at festivals. Enter RosaCaleta, a full-service restaurant run by two...
Templiner Str. 7, 10119 Berlin, Germany
There may be plenty of pizza in Berlin, but excellent Neapolitan pizza is another matter entirely, so thank heavens for swanky Standard pizza in Mitte. It's anything but standard with its blend of expertly sourced ingredients (the vegetables come...
Schlegelstraße 26C, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Berlin has a lot of fine-dining restaurants these days, but not many have won a coveted Michelin star, and even fewer have two: Of those with two (there are no three-star venues here yet), Reinstoff is one of the most memorable. Tucked away in a...
13, Rykestraße, 10405 Berlin, Germany
This worthy addition to Prenzlauer Berg’s prodigious array of breakfast and brunch options opened in 2015. The eponymous owner, a Frenchman who lived in Australia for several years and has worked at high-end restaurants in Berlin, evidently...
Invalidenstraße 159, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Sandwiched between several other food spots on a busy road in Mitte, this inconspicuous restaurant is a wonderfully unpretentious place for sampling some great Israeli cuisine. The fairly spacious interior is as simple as the outside: Blackboard...
Kantstraße 133, 10625 Berlin, Germany
This long-established West Berlin restaurant in Charlottenburg has been serving delicious Thai food since the 1970s. In that time the ownership has changed just once or twice, and today a woman named Meo runs it and has expanded the enterprise by...
Uhlandstraße 195, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Run by ambitious young Israeli chef Gal Ben Moshe, Glass opened in 2012 and has managed to carve out an interesting niche in the city, serving high-end, experimental cuisine without the stiff formality that usually accompanies such dining...
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