If you think that German people only eat Currywurst, Sauerkraut and boiled potatoes, you’re just so wrong my dear friends. Not only is Berlin one of most culturally active and fast-forward cities in Europe, but also its culinary scene is super trendy and heterogeneous. Hundreds of bars, cafes, restaurants and other cool places are all over town, and their menus are healthy and delicious. You really wish you could try them all, believe me! I personally did not manage to try them all yet (I promise I’m doing my best though…), but here is anyway a list of my favourite ones so far.
[Wonderpots – Georgenstraße, S-Bahnbogen 194, Berlin Mitte]
:: Right underneath Friedrichstraße S-Bahn station, this place is all about frozen yogurt – prepare yourself to go crazy about topping up your fro yo with the most delicious things: white chocolate sauce, dry coconut, red berries, nuts, granola, marshmallows…you name it, they have it. And you can mix as many things as you like.
Glücklich am Park
[Glücklich am Park – Kastanienallee 54, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg]
:: Kauf dich glücklich is a small German company with stores in Berlin and other cities. They sell clothes, small furniture and accessories and design items. In their shop at the corner of Kastanienalle and Volkspark am Weinbergsweg you can get all these coll things to buy as well as a quaint little coffee where they make the best waffles ever. That’s only a small room with mismatched old-fashioned furniture, but it’s always jammed with kids with their mummies and other stylish people who come here for a warm waffle and a scoop of homemade ice cream. By the way, glücklich means happy, and you’ll be definitely be happy here.
Der Imbiss W
[Der Imbiss W – Kastanienallee 49, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg]
:: The “W” in its name is written using the same font as the “M” in McDonald’s, only it’s upside down. You get the hint: fast food is taken to the other side of junk. here everything is freshly made using only top quality ingredients, their menu changes frequently and it’s super healthy (and vegan friendly too).
[RisOtto – Friedrichstraße 115, Berlin Mitte]
:: As plain as this can sound, all they serve in this little restaurant is risotto. But we’re not talking about monotony here, we’re talking about the road to perfection. Fresh seasonal ingredients are combined differently every day and the results are always very interesting and super tasty.
[Markthalle Neun – Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, Berlin Kreuzberg]
:: Every Thursday evening from 6pm to 10pm, this marketplace in Berlin Kreuzberg becomes a street food paradise. Lots of different stands serve the best of international freshly made street food: noodles and dumplings, Spanish tapas, handmade pasta, burgers and meatballs, naan sandwiches, matcha ice cream…You wish you could try them all!
Hummus & Friends
[Hummus & Friends – Oranienburger Straße 27, Berlin Mitte]
:: This is a Jewish restaurant just around the corner from the new synagogue. They specialize in hummus, and man is it good! They make hummus in a variety of mixtures and combinations, and serve it with delicious quinoa salads and grilled veggies. You know what they say: do one thing but do it real good.
[Varga Hennecke – Oderberger Straße 14, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg]
:: If you’re headed to the flea market in Mauer Park on a Sunday afternoon, you’ve definitely got to have your brunch at Varga. It’s a very cool place with good food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. I recommend seating on one of the stools by the counter so you can have a chat with the waiter and enjoy the view over the rest of the room.
Sucre et Sel
[Sucre et Sel – Torstraße 132, Berlin Mitte]
:: Are you longing for something as tasty and refined as only French food can be? Then you must go to Sucre et Sel, I insist. They serve warm, comforting soups and rich slices of quiche at lunchtime, scrumptious dishes and great wine in the evening. And the waiter speaks German with a strong irresistible French accent and this is what all that matters.
[Shiso Burger – Auguststraße 29 c, Berlin Mitte]
:: Imagine a food wedding between burgers and Asiatic food. Sounds interesting, uh?! Well, you’re not imagining it, that’s all real: scampi burger with honey mustard, marinated beef and teriyaki sauce, tofu and grilled eggplant, edamame beans, kimchi, sweet potato fries… and then matcha ice cream, mochi cake and all that jap.
[St Oberholz – Rosenthaler Straße 72A, Berlin Mitte]
:: St Oberholz started out as a place dedicated to co-working, and then transformed into a super trendy coffee shop: sleek furniture, free wifi, cool music, organic food and a bunch of the most creative people in Berlin working next to one another. That’s by no means my favourite place to spend an afternoon daydreaming of my future Berlin life.
Now it’s your turn! Have you been to Berlin recently? What are your favourite spots? Please let me know in the comments!