Of all the places that we have traveled to in Germany thus far, I was most excited to eat in Berlin. It is the heart of the culinary scene in Germany with more diversity than anywhere else in the country thanks to the deeply multinational nature of the city’s population.
I have heard over and over and OVER again about how awesome and amazing Berlin was. I was honestly skeptical that it would live up to my expectations, because they were so high after hearing from so many people about how much I would enjoy it. After 5 days eating my way through Berlin, I am happy to report that it met and exceeded my expectations! I am already planning a return visit because I didn’t make it to all the restaurants that I wanted to.
Here are the 14 best restaurants and street food stalls for foodies to try in Berlin, Germany!
Stylish and delicious? That’s a guaranteed recipe for me to visit! House of Small Wonder in Mitte is THE brunch place for trendy Berliners looking for Instagrammable Japanese-American brunch cuisine. The menu offers an ala-carte option, but the much better value is the brunch set where you will get the choice of 4 brunch dishes, a hot drink and orange juice for only €22. The dishes in the brunch set are slightly smaller than the menu options, but it is still a TON of food! Sam and I didn’t finish ours. My favorite items were the taco rice and the croque madame, but honestly all of the dishes were super yummy.
This quiet cafe in Neukolln is a simple place to start your day with a healthy French-inspired brunch. Their menu changes pretty regularly, as it is crafted to make the best of fresh, seasonal and organic produce. You’ll find tasty quiches, house baked bread and dairy-free yogurt to accompany one of Berlin’s best cups of coffee.
Casual + Fast
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Delicious Yet Casual Dinners
The cozy and intimate vibe of Wagner Bistro’s canal-side restaurant makes you want to stay and chat and eat for hours. I think that is the intention! Specializing in cocktails and a small plate menu, the food here is modern but approachable. My favorite dish was slices of mortadella on top of a fried dough pillow with cilantro oil and pickled jalapenos. Their sourdough bread was the best that we had in Berlin with a perfect crunchy outside and spongy moist inside.
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!
Authentic Vietnamese food is the star of the show at this Friedrichshain eatery. The faux tree in the center of the dining room grounds the restaurant, and the friendly staff make you feel right at home as you enjoy the delicious fried and fresh goodies that come out of this kitchen. A few favorite dishes that we got here were the BangBang Waffle and the Crispy Shell gyoza dumplings, as well as the super star Udon Beef.
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.
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!
The modern and stylish Lode & Stijn dishes up classic Dutch + pan-European bistro plates with a level of refinement that might one day earn it a Michelin star. You’ll be handed a tasting menu upon arrival, which changes seasonally. The food is familiar and approachable, with a few interesting flavors to spark some inspiration. While we loved the food here, it was hard for us to overlook some issues with the pacing and timing of our meal, which wound up taking nearly 4 hours, 2 hours of which we only ate 3 courses…
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!