The capital is a great place for culture, music and art of all forms. But I find it especially great for eating out: You’ll find trendy superfood restaurants, food-heaven in unexpected places, cheap spots with delicious creations and beautiful cafés. So it’s worth making a list only for calory-hunting.
- House of small wonder
I love this cozy place: all the plants, tropical shabby-chic, colored wood, some tapestry. It matches the food perfectly, which is also a cozy mix: Soulfood with a exotic (japanese mostly) touch. From hearty maincourses like sticky rice with juicey chicken and fresh spinach to cool desserts like raw cheesecake: This is a perfect oasis for breakfast, lunch, dinner. All organic and feel-good.
I discovered this by coincidence with looking for asian food with my sister after some fashion week shows – This is a no-fuss location, more cantine than restaurant. One could say: It’s just about the food. And it really is! The sushi is super fresh and the best I’ve eaten in Berlin and maybe even the cheapest. Great combination, isn’t it? So if you are hungry, by yourself or just a suhsi-person: Go here. Plus, it’s packed with asians – there is no better sign…
- Café Fleury
I’m a cake-person. And a cookie-person. (and icecream-person, see point 5) So this café makes me also a happy person! Like you can tell from the name, it’s a french café with all things you might get in a good parisian bistrot. Meaning they do not only serve tarte (which is fruity perfection), but also savoury snack and small meals. Baguette with Chevre si-il-vous-plait! I like it for coffee with friends and people-watching, too. The location is perfect for a little shopping as it’s in Berlins’ hip Mitte district, where the Acne-cool meet the eco-enthusiasts.
- Cô Cô
Since years I’m coming back to this place: The vietnamese sandwhich here are freshly made (hard to get in my hometown), filled with tomatoes, cilantro and cucumber and special sauces – the taste is something between sweet, savoury and a tiny little bit sour, meat and veggie versions are yummy alike. It’s not a place for a romantic dinner, but a nice Deli for grabbing fine food.
Rosenthaler Straße 2
- Aldemir Eis
This spot doesn’t look fancy or hip at all – but who needs a look if you habe got the finest icecream?! Waffles and all of the many flavours are handmade here. You taste the difference, fruits taste like real, ripe, fruits, nuts got the full flavour (my favourite is roasted almond) and they also make some vegan choices. Get in line and enjoy the treat.
- Streetfood Thursday
The best foodmarket I have ever been to: the variety is so big! German spätzle, mexican Tacos, korean burgers, british pies, italian drinks – many organic and also plenty vegan meals to choose from. Every thursday from from 14 – 22 h you can hang around this market hall, checking out the stalls. Decisons decions… It’s a nice place for bigger groups as well because everyone will find his food-heaven here.
Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43
Now it’s getting fancy! Located in the so-hip-it-hurts Soho House, you’ll have to agree to a sometime a bit snobby crowd, too. Luckily, not only tourists go here, laid-back Berlins dine here too. The menue is on the italian: Pizza (with buffalo mozzarella), risotto (with saffron and pea) and carpaccio are made with amore. This can be your date night destinations. Marble floor, red leather couches and gold decors do the rest.
You know I’m a cake person already if you read the points before – What I also love: Japan. And Matcha. Cookies, ice cream, drinks of course and cake – So this Japanese bakery is a special place for me (they do have a stand at the Streetfood Thursday, too). You can get many kinds of Japanese pastery here, but I’m going for matcha cheesecake and a matcha latte. If you companion isn’t a fan of the green tea, don’t worry – there are many more snacks to enjoy.
Normally, I kind of hate fusion food – or at least the term. But actually Neni serves fusion food and I love it. It’s a mix of Persian, Oriental and Austrian and Mediterianian dishes. Mezze, grilled fish, Entrecôte – there are many delicious options, most of them are made to share, so it’s like an advanced version of tapas. This one is located in the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, but it doesn’t feel touristy. The interior is casual, modern and somehow still cozy – A good place to meet with a bunch of friends.
Budapester Straße 40
- Sixty Seven
They claim to do junk food – and yes, that’s true. But shouldn’t we give into some guilty pleasures from times to times? So this is the place for a greasy hangover-cure, shopping-stop (the location is great, too) or preparation for a very long night out. Bao buns are the specialty here, with caramilsed porkbelly, tofu, chicken, mango, siracha sauce – I didn’t know these kind of burgers before (because where I live food is pretty conservative and rents are so high not many dare to do something out of the box) – so these buns are a very fluffy Asian variation, I think they are steamed not baked. Anyway, who cares for the technique – The taste matters. Just don’t get the sweet potato fries – they aren’t fries, rather supersupergreasy pieces.
Rosenthaler Str. 7