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Where to Find the Best Restaurants for Foodies in Berlin

Offering SO much more than the stereotypical German fare, Berlin’s restaurant scene is as diverse and multicultural as the city itself. Berlin is the beating heart of so many food movements happening in Germany right now–slow food, farm-to-table, veganism, fusion & experimentation–so it is no surprise that I, a self-avowed foodie traveler, was dying to visit. 

Of all the places that we have traveled to in Germany, I was most excited to eat in Berlin. On my first visit to Berlin in 2020, I spent 5 days eating my way through Berlin, trying as many different places as I could. I have just returned from my second 5 day visit, and guess what – I followed the same exact strategy this time around. Why fix what ain’t broke?

As endless as the restaurant options may seem at first, I will help boil down the best places for foodies to eat in Berlin. I split up this restaurant guide by meal, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Berlin is a pretty large city and it has a culture of reservations, so if you are traveling on the weekend, I would recommend booking ahead for most of your dinners.

Where to Find the Best Restaurants for Foodies in Berlin

Bakeries & Brunch

Brammibal’s Donuts

With delightful branding in colorful pinks and blues, stepping into a Brammibal Donuts will immediately improve your mood. This is the undisputed home of doughnuts in Berlin. The best part? Everything is vegan! You wouldn’t know it though, because these decadent fried creations are rich, flavorful and the furthest thing from “health” food you can imagine. There is a classic menu with donuts like strawberry sprinkles and salted caramel, as well as the special menu with even more indulgent choices like tiramisu, red velvet and boston creme. Most people get a box of 4, 6 or 12 to go.  

Sofi

Tucked far back in the Sophie-Gips-Höfen in a quiet corner of Mitte, Sofi is a trendy bakery that opened in 2021 to much fanfare from Berlin locals. It might just be the best bakery in all of Berlin! While breads such as rye or sourdough are the speciality at Sofi, the prowess of the pastry cannot be denied. Twice-baked croissants filled with almond or pistachio cream are particularly nice. I also really enjoyed the cardamom and ginger cookies. Come early to sample the secret star – crispy croissant morning buns. 

Brekkie 44

Beloved local chain Brekkie 44 serves up one thing and only one thing – over stuffed egg sandwiches. Perfectly cooked scrambled eggs spill out from two large slices of toasted brioche bread. You can opt for extra toppings, such as cheese, bacon or avocado. And you should definitely add on the creamy garlic sauce! 

Casual + Fast Lunch Spots

Konak Izmir

Although slightly less famous than doner kebab, köfte sandwiches are no less delicious! Composed of meat sausages (usually lamb and beef) inside of a soft baguette bun, kofte sandwiches will typically include fresh herbs, sauces and vegetables. They are lovely, and the best one in Berlin can be found at Konak Izmir in Kreuzberg. You can either take out or dine in at one of their small tables, which I would definitely recommend because it is a lively place for regulars. When we were there, the staff was chatting demonstratively with the patrons and it was clear they had an existing relationship. 

Imren Grill

Rated as one of the best spots in Berlin for a beef döner kebab, Imren Grill takes each component of the kebab seriously, from the fresh baked flatbreads to the house-made sauces. What I found particularly interesting about the döner kebab here is the spice seasoning. It is a unique flavor full of clove, cinnamon and cumin. It’s almost like a holiday-flavored kebab! With very late hours, this is a perfect spot to come for late-night snacking.

Konnopke’s Imbiss

Germans love their currywurst, a stable cuisine across the country, and this is true even in Berlin, the vegan capital of Europe. Konnopke’s is one of the best known currywurst stands in the city, and for good reason! The curry sauce at Konnopke’s is memorable because it has the right balance of sweet and spicy while also offering a nice peppery finish. The casing on these bratwursts was a little unusual, but didn’t distract from the delicious flavors. They even offer a vegan currywurst to cater to the local demographic!

Food Halls

Manifesto Food Hall

Spreading across two floors in the heart of Potsdamer Platz Mall, Manifesto Food Hall is the largest food hall in Europe. And perhaps the nicest too! 22 restaurants and 4 bars can be found around the 47,000 square foot (4,400 sq m) space. I love the way they divided up the food hall into regions, such as African or Asian. From Syrian and Venezuelan to Indian and oysters, there is an exciting variety of stalls. This is SO much more than your average mall food court. The modern aesthetic and functional design make it feel warm and inviting. Plus, there are weekly events to encourage folks to linger and hang out.

Markthalle Neun

Like many other foodie cities around the world, Berlin has embraced the food hall trend and Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg is the undisputed best. The beautiful interior of this revitalized building will strike you immediately, but the real stars are all the culinary vendors inside. Try to plan your visit for a Thursday when some of the city’s best food trucks pop up inside the market. Even if you miss Thursdays, there will be plenty of other delicious foods to try such as a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with kimchi from AltMilche or U.S.-style barbecue at Big Stuff. Wash down your food with a craft beer from Heidenpeters or a mate-influenced gin & tonic from Soul & Spice.

Burgers

The Bird Berlin

Sometimes called the best burger in Berlin, the Bird was like a shot of US culture straight to my main vein. It is so clear that this place is run or owned by someone who has spent a lot of time in the US, because it has many things that are quintessentially not European — free water, rolls of paper towels on the table, and abundant tableside sauces. Plus, their burgers are awesome. Layered with cheese and fried onions and other grease-dripping toppings, this is a burger that will stop your heart but damn will it taste good on the way down!

Grindhouse Burgers

Posh burger joints aren’t new to the Berlin food scene, but Grindhouse Burgers is one of the OG spots. Their original location in Düsseldorf became so popular that they decided to open up a second location in the nation’s capital. The industrial chic vibes fit perfectly in Berlin, as do the dripping, delicious, sauce laden burgers coming out of this kitchen. They’ve all got catchy names, and you can order smash burgers or thick patties. It’s not often that you find fried onion rings on a German menu, and I love it!

Burgermeister

Berlin seems to be synonymous with burgers, and you’ll see famed burger restaurants all around the city. Since this is Sam’s favorite food, I knew we would be eating at several burger joints during our 5 days in Berlin and at the top of the list was Burgermeister. The original location is underneath the Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn station in the middle of a busy street built inside a former public toilet — is this whetting your appetite yet? Rest assured, the burgers here are LEGIT. You can order single or double patties with a variety of different toppings, such as mushrooms, swiss cheese or American cheddar. Make sure to get the delicious beef fat fries!

Asian Restaurants

893 Ryotei 

Offering a menu full of Japanese-Peruvian fusion, 893 Ryotei pushes the boundaries and nails it. We didn’t have a bad dish during our 3 hour meal here. Simply put, I loved it. Sampling a variety of the sashimi and small plates, each dish seemed to be more delicious than the last. The sashimi moriawase plate is a great place to start, followed by the delightful taquitos – who knew black truffle, raw tuna, wasabi avocado and corn tortillas could work so perfectly together! If you want some excitement, request a seat at the sushi bar when you make your reservation. You’ll see the talented knife skills, blow-torching chars, and delicate details of the chefs as they assemble the restaurant’s intricate dishes.

Lon-Men’s Noodle House 

Dishing up some simple and delicious Taiwanese food, this hole-in-the-wall spot is located on a busy stretch of Kantstraße. You might even walk right past Lon-Mens, except there is almost always a crowd milling outside waiting for one of the tables at this tiny restaurant. The menu features an assortment of genuine and traditional Taiwanese dishes, including noodle soups, bao buns and fried dumplings. Don’t miss the gua bao (rice buns filled with duck), which was my favorite thing. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly options as well. Turnover is fast so even if there is a wait, you’ll probably be sat quickly.

Upscale Dinners

Katz Orange 

I am obsessed with the design and decor of Katz Orange. Turkish kilim pillows, vintage bookshelves lined with cookbooks and a massive ping-pong ball chandelier work together to create this cozy, quirky vibe that makes you feel like you’re eating dinner in the stylish home of an eclectic university professor. The whole restaurant is built inside a 19th-century brewery, and the exterior is dramatically lit up at night. It’s all impressive, and it sets the tone for the innovative yet approachable cuisine coming out of the kitchen.

Highlighting seasonal ingredients, the menu changes regularly but there were a few standout dishes from our visit: wild herb salad with a raspberry vinaigrette and chanterelle mushrooms, homemade chicken sausage with raw fennel and a braised peach compote and buffalo-milk burrata with cherry tomatoes and an arugula pesto. 

Tisk Speisekneipe

Inventive farmhouse cuisine, straight from their local farm 100km away from Berlin, is the speciality at Tisk Speisekneipe. The restaurant is located on a quiet corner in Neukölln in a chic space with thoughtful design choices. I especially liked the green glazed tiles behind the curved bar as well as the linen curtain installation along the ceiling. It feels immediately welcoming. As a farm-to-table restaurant, the menu is incredibly seasonal changing weekly. On our visit, I absolutely loved the quick pickled chanterelle mushrooms with crispy fried swiss chard, as well as the soft poached egg in a mustard cream sauce. The prices, especially on wine, are totally reasonable, making this a nice spot for an affordable date night. 

Tulus Lotrek

Sometimes when you walk into a Michelin-star restaurant, you immediately feel a little snooty and uptight. Tulus Lotrek is not one of those restaurants! The warm and welcoming environment with relaxed interior decor all adds to the charming experience of eating at this delightful restaurant. My favorite touch was the chalk written name from our reservation on our table!

I appreciate that the guest is the center of the experience here, giving you the choice of tasting menus between meat or vegetarian as well as the option to choose the number of courses between 6-8. The food is modern, sophisticated and creative with punchy flavors and unique combinations. Hands down our favorite dish was pan-seared sweetbread with beurre blanc and leek, but honestly all of the dishes were amazing. We walked away from Tulus Lotrek just saying over and over again how yummy it was!

Mrs Robinsons

The white-brick walls and minimalist decor of this shoe-box tiny restaurant is the first thing you’ll notice when you walk into Mrs Robinsons. But it is the warm environment and knowledgeable staff that you’ll remember! The food here is hard to define, thanks to a diverse assortment of global influences. Think tacos and gnocchi and sourdough bread with pickles all on one menu. I found the prices and portion sizes to be a little mismatched, but the food is all delightfully delicious. 

Dessert & Sweets

Jones Ice Cream 

Located in an often-overlooked neighborhood, Jones Ice Cream in Schöneberg is worth a visit. It started as a food truck, but quickly grew a cult following, necessitating a brick-and-mortar location. The creative ice cream flavors here are delicious. You’ll find unique options like Black Sesame, PB&J, and earl gray shortbread, as well as beloved classics like vanilla caramel and coconut cream. Many of the choices are vegan! 

Coda Dessert & Dining Bar

Leave room after one of your dinners in Berlin to enjoy a fine-dining dessert experience at CODA. One part high-end patisserie and one part experimental cocktail bar, this swanky spot in Kreuterkiez feels deeply luxurious. Their menu is anything but ordinary, with “dessert” dishes featuring ingredients such as black garlic or miso paste paired with fruits or cacao.

For our tasting menu, no extra sugar was added to the dishes and they were only enriched or sweetened using naturally occurring sugars, which means you’ll get some incredibly interesting combinations like plum and black soybean or grilled apple and shallots! A drink pairing comes with the menu, and it is equally as unusual featuring cocktails like beer mixed with sherry or madeira infused with Chinese black tea. You are in for a truly special experience when dining at CODA!

This post was originally published in April 2020 and updated in September 2022 and January 2024 after a return visits to Berlin.

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