Berlin is a foodies dreamland; full to the brim with vibrant and diverse restaurants and bars, catering to every price range and culinary expectation. From the expensive restaurants serving ‘art on a plate’ to fresh and tasty snacks from local street vendors, there really is something to satisfy any craving. I particularly loved that the city has whole heartedly embraced the recent evolution of food retail, like the exciting pop up eateries, flash bars and street food vans that make traditional restaurant dining feel like an old, retired concept. These projects are adding a serious helping of soul to the food scene and make ‘eating out’ a much more memorable experience. We only experienced a handful of the city’s offerings during our 4 day trip but I’ve listed some of the best below. You can also read about our full trip here.
This restaurant is a beautiful vision of 1920’s elegance offering a wide range of Italian delights. The breakfast menu is mainly continental with plenty to choose from; I had the basil eggs which definitely hit the spot.
On Sundays and ‘Street Food Thursdays’, vendors assemble in this old market hall in Kreuzberg, offering up the best street eats in Berlin. I’m talking, cheese, charcuterie, paella, wine tasting and of course German beer sampling. There’s tons of choice, great quality and an even better atmosphere. Oh, and not to forget the free samples too, folks!
Location: Situated on Eisenbahnstrase. Price: Low (€)
Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt
A large but cosy wooden clad tavern serving authentic, hearty Bavarian food with a great selection of beers. We ordered the schnitzel sharing platter which came with TEN different types of sausage, sauerkraut and dumplings. When in…Germany.
Location: Charlottenstr. 55
Price: Slightly above average (€€)
Beef Grill Club
Fine dining in a sophisticated steakhouse anyone? The staff are super attentive and the food is AMAZING. Really. Tip: try the truffle mash.
Berlin is the techno capital of the world with hundreds of clubs to choose between, from Berghain, the cathedral of techno and it’s infamously strict doorman Sven, to Chalet’s week long mansion parties but below you’ll find a few more chilled out choices.
Hangout by the river in a deck chair at the venue named after the East German pedestrian traffic light symbol. Sip a German beer whilst enjoying background musical stylings of Dylan and Bowie, courtesy of the local street musicians. I’m sure that in summer this place is pretty crowded but there’s plenty of grass to pitch up on too.
You’ll quickly learn that Berlin is a big fan of the exclusive ‘secret’ venue and this one is no exception. An unmarked entrance; only a graffiti painted silver eye next to an iron door. There’s a strict dress policy which the doorman judges you on through a peep hole before deciding ‘yay or nay’. Pretentious? Probably and pricey but the bar is pretty swish and the cocktails are heavenly – just don’t ask for tequila… tequila is not classy, apparently.
Location: Schiffbauerdamm 11 (under the train overpass) Hours: 7.30pm until Late Price: Average – Pricey (££)
Alice in Wonderland meets your gran’s front room in this bar, come live music venue. The décor is super interesting with quirky antiques hidden in every corner.