Best Eats in Berlin

A few words of advice; unless you are eating at The Ritz or The Grill Royal, venues where you will easily be spending €50 + a head, it’s best to have cash as most places will not accept credit cards. Save yourself a lot of frantic running around by being prepared. Also, Berliners do German and Austrian food really well but struggle a bit with world cuisine.

♥ Means I like.  ♥♥ Means I really like.

Cafes & Delis

Aunt Benny’s – Good coffee, bagels, baked goods. Oderstr, 7 / Entrance on Jessnerstrasse, Friedrichshain. (www.auntbenny.com)
Barcomi – Cake, bagels and long lattes. Sophienstraße, 21, Mitte 10178. (barcomis.de)
♥♥ Brot und Butter – Wonderful deli attached to the Manufactum store. Hardenbergstrasse 4-5, Charlottenburg.
Brot und Öl, Fantastic sourdough! Gneisenaustr, 58, Kreuzberg 10961.
Companion Coffee – Third Wave Coffee. In the Voo store, Oranien Str, 24, Kreuzberg.
Coledampf’s & Companies – Kitchen store and cafe. Prinzenstrasse, 85d, Kreuzberg.
Du Bonheur – Excellent patisserie with perfect caneles. Brunnenstr, 39, 10115 Mitte.
Kaffeemitte – Coffee and freshly made sandwiches. Weinmeisterstraße, 9, 10178, Mitte.
♥♥ Meierei – Alpine deli, seasonal food, well made, knowledgeable staff. Kollwitzstraße, 42, Prenzlauer Berg. (www.meierei.net)
♥♥ Nazuna – Japanese deli. Danziger Str, 65, Prenzlauerberg 10435. (www.nazuna-berlin.com)
Hudson’s Cakes, British cakes. Boppstrasse, 1, Kreuzberg, (www.hudsonscakes.com)
Oslo Kaffe Bar – Coffee bar with some special single estate coffees. Eichendorffstrasse, 13, Mitte (www.oslokaffebar.com)
♥♥ The Barn – Some of the best coffee in Berlin. Auguststraße 58, Mitte 10119. (www.thebarn.de)
The Barn – Roastery – Sophisticated coffee. Prams, sugar, soya milk – not allowed. Schönhauser Allee 8, Mitte.
Vinos y Mas, Small, nothing fancy but you can enjoy a glass of wine with a plate of cold cuts or cheese. Nollendorfstr. 15, Schöneberg
WestBerlin – Coffee, cakes, magazines and odd chairs. Friedrichstrasse 215, Kreuzberg

Fast Food

Angry Chicken – Greasy fried chicken wings, super spicy or mild. Skalitzer Straße 36, Kreuzberg. (www.angry-chicken.com)
Big Stuff Smoked BBQ – At Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43 – Pücklerstrasse 34, Kreuzberg.
♥ Burgermeister, Burgers served in a beautiful disused, Prussian styled bathroom, in the arches underneath the train tracks. A very ‘Berlin’ experience. Oberbaumstraße 8, Kreuzberg. (www.burger-meister.de)
Cocolo – Ramen shop. Next to Kuchi, Gipsstr, 3, Mitte.
Cocoro – Japanese cafe serving hot food, pastries and lots of things with Matcha green tea. Mehringdamm 64, Kreuzberg.
Curry 36 – If you are going to do the whole curry wurst thing you might as well do it here. Mehringdamm 36, Kreuzberg.
Dolores – Big, burritos, served quickly. Rosa-Luxemburg-str, 7, Mitte. (www.dolores-online.de)
Hamburger Heaven – Good burgers with some superlative hand cut fries. Graefestraße 93, 10967, Kreuzberg.
Sabzi – Cheap Persian food, lunch only. Luisenstr 15, Mitte.

Other

Buschmann & Winkelmann – Blueberry picking and large children’s playground.
Hofcafé – Garden cafe outside Berlin. Chausseestraße 15a, 14109 Wannsee, (www.hofcafe-berlin.de)
Hokey Pokey – Very good ice cream. Stargarder Strasse 73, 10437, Prenzlauer Berg.
Neumann’s Pick Your Own & Farm Shop – Raspberries, plums, apples to pick yourself along with a small farm shop.
Soho House – The food can be incredible (70% of the time) and pretty average the rest but it’s a great space with comfy sofas, wonderful roof top terrace in the summer and you can spend a whole Sunday there easily (we often do). Torstraße 1, Prenzlauer Berg.
The Thai Market – Outdoor Food. Preußenpark.

Restaurants

Al Contadino Sotto Le Stelle – The people that work here are passionate about their food. Some atypical good value lunch menus. Auguststraße 36, 10119, Mitte.
Aroma – Dim Sum and Chinese food. Kantstraße 35, Charlottenburg.
♥♥ Bandol sur Mer – Torstraße 167, 10115, Mitte. (Berlin Unlike)
Da Baffi – Italian Food. Nazarethkirchstraße 41, 13347 Wedding.
E.T.A Hoffman – Yorckstraße 83, 10965 Kreuzberg.
Kushinoya – Japanese, fried food on a stick. Bleibtreustrasse 6, Charlottenburg. (www.kushinoya.jp)
Glass – Contemporary food. Uhlandstrasse 195, 10623 Charlottenburg. (www.glassberlin.de)
La Soupe Populaire – Rotating menu by Tim Raue in a former brewery that is now a gallery. Bötzow Brewery, Prenzlauer Allee 242, Prenzlauerberg (close to Soho House) lasoupepopulaire.de
Lutter & Wegner – Decent Austrian food, old school ambiance. Charlottenstraße 56, 10117 (www.l-w-berlin.de)
Noto – Torstrasse 173, 10117 Mitte. (www.noto-berlin.com)
Ottenthal – Best schnitzel in town, no contest. I would advise you to reserve. Kantstraße 153, 10623. (www.ottenthal.com)
♥♥ Reinstoff – Gorgeous 1 2 Michelin starred restaurant with fabulous food. Edison Hofe, Schlegelstrasse 26C, Mitte. (www.reinstoff.eu)
Renger-Patzch – Seasonal German food, stark bistro style, good service, delicious food! Wartburgstraße 54, Schöneberg 10823. (www.renger-patzsch.com)
SasayaThe Japanese restaurant in Berlin. Lychener Straße 50, 10437 Prenzlauerberg. (www.sasaya-berlin.de)
Schwarzwaldstuben Swabian Food – Tucholskystraße 48 10117, Mitte.
Tim Raue1 2 Michelin Star Asian Food by the former chef of Uma Rudi-Dutschke-str. 26, Kreuzberg, 10969.
Volver – Spanish tapas, nothing fancy, run by a couple, our local. Luisenstraße 41, Mitte. (www.volver-tapas.de)
3 Minutes sur Mer! – New addition from the Bandol sur Mer crowd. Torstr. 166 (Bergstr.), Mitte.

Shops & Markets

Asia Mekong – Asian grocery store, Hackesher Markt. Henriette-Herz-Platz 1, Mitte 10178. (asia-mekong.de)
♥♥ Boxhagener Platz Market – Saturday Food Market, Friedrichshain.
♥♥ Frische Paradies – Gourmet food shop / cash and carry. Morsestrasse 2, Prenzlauer Berg 10587. (www.frischeparadies.de)
Kadó – Bijou liquorice shop. Graefestrasse 20, Kreuzberg 10967. (www.kado.de)
♥♥ Ka De We – Department Store, Schöneberg. Two huge floors of food (expensive)! Tauentzienstraße 21-24, Charlottenburg 10789.
Kochtail – Kitchen and Cocktail kit shop. Invalidenstraße 150,10115, Mitte.
Manufactum – Expensive but beautiful shop with a small collection of highly coveted items. Hardenbergstrasse 4-5, Charlottenburg 10623. (www.manufactum.de)
Marheineke – Market Hall. Marheinekeplatz/Bergmannstraße,10961, Kreuzberg.
Mitte Meer –  Closed. (Try the branch in Charlottenburg which is nowhere near as big or charming as this one was.) Mediterranean cash and carry. Invalidenstr. 50-51, Mitte 10557. (www.mitte-meer.de)
♥♥ Markthalle Neun – The closest thing you will get to Borough Market in Berlin, very trendy. Eisenbahnstraße 42, Kreuzberg.
♥♥ Rogacki – Fantastic old-fashioned deli – it’s huge! Great source for fresh and smoked fish along with poultry and meats. Wilmersdorfer Straße 145, Charlottenburg 10585. (www.rogacki.de)
♥ Vinh Loi Chinese supermarkets – You will find everything you need here and it’s 2 minutes from KaDeWe. Rheinstraße 45, 12161 Berlin. (www.vinh-loi.de)
Winterfeldtplatz Market, Schöneberg – Big outdoor market selling fruits, vegetables and the usual. My favourite stand here is Steckerfisch.