Eat your way around the world with our best Berlin gastro picks

Andrea Schulte-Peevers

By , Local Expert, Berlin
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Foodies take note: you can indeed eat very well in Berlin. While restaurants in London, Paris and Copenhagen have hogged the headlines in recent years, the culinary quality and breadth in Germany’s capital has quietly taken a quantum leap forward. In 2014 alone, the city gained four Michelin stars, pushing the total to 19 spread over 14 gourmet temples, including newly crowned Pauly Saal featured on our list.

But it’s not just in the top echelon of restaurants where you can send your tastebuds into orbit. Berlin’s vibrant pastiche of people from 184 nations has also generated delicious culinary diversity. Apple pie to zebra...  Read more »

  • 1

    La Soupe Populaire

    The stunning industrial-chic location is perfectly matched by Tim Raue's edgy takes on German home cooking.

    Local Expert Tip: "After dinner, report to the in-house bar Le Croco Bleu where bar chef Michael Hanke whips up inventive cocktails such as the gorgeous Sazerac topped with absinthe-laced cotton candy amid Alice in Wonderland decor."

  • 2

    Pauly Saal

    This sleek charmer won over the Michelin testers with its sophisticated German country cooking amid arty decor in a Bauhaus building.

    Local Expert Tip: "Before your meal, take a spin around the art galleries and the Kennedy-Museum, a tribute to JFK & Co, housed on the building's upper floors."

  • 3

    Restaurant am Steinplatz

    This restaurant perfectly blends old and new with innovative dishes served in a stylish but relaxed ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "The attached Bar am Steinplatz is a great place to wrap up your delicious meal. Try the house martini made with Korn (a German schnapps) and infused with porcini mushrooms."

  • 4

    Restaurant Richard

    This celebration of fine French cuisine will make foodies swoon amid Architectural Digest-worthy decor.

    Local Expert Tip: "A new menu rolls out every three weeks. You can order à la carte but for better value, opt for a four- to seven-course menu and ask the server/sommelier for the perfect wine pairing."

  • 5


    Like a fine wine, this place has gotten only better over more than two decades in business and remains the quintessential VIP-sighting spot in Berlin.

    Local Expert Tip: "Budget gourmets should swing by for the daily changing three-course business lunch costing a mere 15 Euro. "

  • 6

    Jäger und Sammler

    This place has a strong local fan base and an excellent value-for-money menu of newly interpreted international favorites.

    Local Expert Tip: "Before dinner, check out the many indie boutiques lining the streets of this lovely, largely residential, neighborhood called Schöneberg. Shops are open until 7pm."

  • 7

    Brasserie Lamazère

    This shooting star newcomer delivers a first-class culinary journey at economy prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cap dinner with drinks at the elegant Galander cocktail bar that's just two doors down (past Hanky Panky...). If you're not a cocktail fan, try the delicious beer on tap, a Burgherren Pilsner from a small southern German brewery."

  • 8

    District Mot

    Only the humidity and street noise are missing from this bustling Berlin version of a Saigon street kitchen.

    Local Expert Tip: "The food goes well with tea or Tiger beer, but it's the killer fruit cocktails (like the Xin Chao, a refreshing blend of lime juice, strawberries and mint) that steal the show."

  • 9

    Sauvage Paleothek

    Who knew that Stone Age food could be so delicious?

    Local Expert Tip: "The food goes well with a mug of Rollberg Rotes, a smooth and herby red beer produced by a local microbrewery. "

  • 10

    Bar Raval

    Grazers to gourmands, everyone will go home happy after a visit in this congenial tapas joint.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you love paella, swing by on the first Monday of the month when chefs prepare a giant version of this colorful rice dish. And don't even think of showing up without a reservation."



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