Berlin Restaurants

Berlin has plenty of unassuming neighborhood restaurants serving old-fashioned German food but happily, the dining scene in this thriving city has expanded to incorporate all sorts of international cuisine, as well as healthier, more contemporary versions of the German classics.

As in many other destinations around the world, eating locally sourced and organic food is more and more the rage in Berlin. Restaurants now understand that although they could import ingredients from other European countries, there are plenty of fresh farm resources closer to home. Look for the name Brandenburg, for instance, before Ente (duck) or Schwein (pork) on a menu–-it's the rural area just outside of Berlin. In spring, definitely look for the weisser Spargel, white asparagus from nearby Beelitz, which is all the rage, showing up as a main course with a variety of sauces, in pastas, soups, and even desserts.

When it comes to international cuisine, Berlin options run the gamut. Italian food is abundant, from relatively mundane pizza and pasta establishments to restaurants offering specific regional Italian delicacies. Asian restaurants, in particular, are popular, as is Turkish food, especially the beloved döner shops selling pressed lamb or chicken in flat-bread pockets with a variety of sauces and salads—always great for a quick meal, and a perennial late-night favorite. Wurst, especially Currywurst—curry-flavored pork sausage served with a mild curry ketchup—is also popular if you're looking for a quick meal on the go.

Old-fashioned German and especially Berlin cuisine is getting harder to find these days, as most restaurants aim to attract customers by reinventing the classics in the so-called Neue Deutsche Küche (new German cuisine) movement. But real, old Berlin classics are still lurking around town if you know where to look. Berlin's most traditional four-part meal is Eisbein (pork knuckle), always served with sauerkraut, pureed peas, and boiled potatoes. Other old-fashioned Berlin dishes include Rouladen (rolled, stuffed beef), Spanferkel (suckling pig), Berliner Schüsselsülze (potted meat in aspic), Hackepeter (ground beef), and Berliner Leber (calves' liver with cooked apples and onions).

Weekend brunch buffets are popular in Berlin and restaurants all over the city get crowded with patrons lingering over the meals.

It's worth noting that Berlin is known for its curt, slow service, except at high-end restaurants. Also keep in mind that many of the top restaurants are closed Sunday, and sometimes Monday as well.

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  • 1. Curry 36

    $ | Kreuzberg | Fast Food

    This currywurst stand in Kreuzberg has a cult following and just about any time of day or night you'll find yourself amid a crowd of cab drivers...Read More

  • 2. Konnopke's Imbiss

    $ | Prenzlauer Berg | German

    Under the tracks of the elevated U2 subway line is Berlin's most beloved sausage stand. Konnopke's is a family business that's been around for...Read More

  • 3. Markthalle Neun

    $ | Kreuzberg | International

    Thanks to the efforts of local activists, this century-old market hall (sometimes spelled Markthalle IX) was saved from becoming a chain supermarket...Read More

  • 4. Thai Park

    $ | Charlottenburg | Thai

    Every weekend in decent weather, the main lawn at Wilmersdorf park fills up with Southeast Asian families (mostly Thai, but some Vietnamese...Read More

  • 5. Café Guam

    $ | Café

    Tucked into a small street of antiques shops and boutiques in the Dutch Quarter, Café Guam is a charming bakeshop that offers visitors a taste...Read More

  • 6. Golgatha

    $ | Kreuzberg | German

    This beloved local watering hole has taken up space in Viktoriapark since 1928. Open all day long and late into the night, it's the perfect...Read More

  • 7. Hisar

    $ | Schöneberg | Turkish

    The lines here are often long, but they move fast and the combination of seasoned, salty meat with crunchy salad and warm bread is unbeatable...Read More

  • 8. Meierei im Neuen Garten

    $ | German

    At the tip of the Neuer Garten, Meierei brewery serves classic German beer and local cuisine, with hearty dishes like schnitzel and roast pork...Read More

  • 9. Mogg & Melzer

    $ | Mitte | Café

    In the renovated Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule (Old Jewish Girls' School), this deli-style café serves delicious versions of Jewish deli...Read More

  • 10. Mustafa's Gemüse Kebab

    $ | Kreuzberg | Mediterranean

    For a twist on the traditional döner kebab, head to to Mustafa's for mouthwateringly delicious vegetable kebabs (it's also available with chicken...Read More

  • 11. Rosenthaler Grill und Schlemmerbuffet

    $ | Mitte | Turkish

    Döner kebab aficionados love this bright, casual spot for the delicious food–-the fact that it's in the middle of the city and open 24 hours...Read More

  • 12. Schleusenkrug

    $ | Tiergarten | German

    Forget the fast-food options at Zoo Station. Instead, follow the train tracks to the back of the taxi and bus queues, where you'll enter Tiergarten...Read More

  • 13. The Store Kitchen

    $ | Mitte | International

    Much more than just a place to eat, this bright, sprawling, and modern concept store on the ground floor of the SoHo House hotel is open to...Read More

  • 14. Volta

    $ | Wedding | Burger

    For proof that Wedding is on the rise, look no further than this tiny, trendy restaurant, which serves high-end, beautifully presented bar food...Read More

  • 15. Wiener Restaurant

    $ | German

    Fine coffee blends and rich cakes are available at Wiener Restaurant, an old-style European coffeehouse on Luisenplatz, steps from the Grünes...Read More

  • 16. Opernpalais

    Mitte

    The Opernpalais, next to the opera house and within the former Crown Princesses' Palace, is home to a café famous for its enormous selection...Read More

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