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

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. For 2015/16, the city gained another five Michelin stars, pushing the total to 26 spread over 20 gourmet temples, including the sleek 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 steak, authentic Japanese cuisine as at Zenkichi or humble yet sublime hummus at Hummus & Friends (both featured) – you will find it here, along with plenty of authentic German food.

Lest you think of ‘authentic German’ as football-sized pork knuckles paired with boiled potatoes and greasy gravy, you’ll be in for a surprise. Today’s maverick chefs have seriously expanded their repertories, relying on seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients prepared in nutritious and yummy ways. Just try Restaurant Le Faubourg or Restaurant am Steinplatz to see for yourself.    

Berlin has also finally embraced the street food trend with the fervor of a religious convert. Food trucks pop up all over town and the biggest food event of the week is Street Food Thursdays, held in a historic market hall. Aspiring hobby chefs from around the world lure hungry hipsters with an exotic smorgasbord that might include New Zealand meat pies, Argentine pulled pork sandwiches or Korean tacos. It’s a first-class journey at economy prices. 

La Soupe Populaire
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Berlin star chef Tim Raue has a knack for capturing the city's culinary zeitgeist. In his latest venture, he has ditched his Michelin-starred Asian crossover cuisine in favor of honest-to-goodness German comfort food and camped out in a disused...  Read More

'Make Hummus Not Walls' is the charming motto of this easy-going cafe right next to the stunning Moorish-style New Synagogue in the heart of Berlin's revitalized Jewish quarter. Hummus is naturally the menu star - a creamy, mouthwatering...  Read More

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Although awash in cinemas, museums, shops and hotels, good restaurants around Potsdamer Platz have always been scarce – so a happy hello to newcomer Ki-Nova! The name hints at the concept: 'ki' is Japanese for energy and 'nova' Latin for new....  Read More


This gastronomic jewel pegs its inception back to 1853 when August FW Borchardt opened a delicatessen and wine store and quickly became a caterer to the bourgeoisie, the aristocracy and even the royal court. With such an illustrious pedigree,...  Read More

The fact that Japanese food is about more than just sushi is hardly a surprise. But what exactly does make it onto the plates in Tokyo or Kyoto? Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies provide a delicious answer at Zenkichi, a modern Japanese...  Read More

Pauly Saal
Photo courtesy of Stefan Korte

A key member of Berlin's pantheon of Michelin-starred restaurant, Pauly Saal wows diners with a truly unique setting and the bold yet subtly complex cuisine of Arne Anker. The young chef has impressive credentials, most recently as sous-chef of...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf
Restaurant am Steinplatz
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At Restaurant am Steinplatz, the glamorous 1920s get a 21st century makeover both in the kitchen and the decor. Black-and-white photographs of cabaret dancers set cheeky accents for the classic dining room whose elegant tables are orbited by...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf
Restaurant Le Faubourg
Photo courtesy of Le Faubourg Restaurant

Following an extensive makeover, the Restaurant Le Faubourg at the Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm now presents itself with cosmopolitan flair and such eye-catchers as Bauhaus-inspired furniture, avant-garde Portuguese copper lamps and a...  Read More

Weinbar Rutz
Photo courtesy of Wienbar Rutz

Wine lovers and fans of hearty German cuisine cherish the Weinbar Rutz, helmed by Marco Mueller who's also the mastermind behind the gourmet restaurant Rutz upstairs. Here Mueller practices a more down-to-earth form of cooking that shines the...  Read More

Restaurant Richard
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Richard

Since opening in 2013, it was clear that the young chefs at Richard deserved a Michelin star and in 2015, the vaunted restaurant inspectors finally agreed. Solidly rooted in the fine French tradition, the fare here is so exceptionally...  Read More


Meet Andrea Schulte-Peevers

Andrea has made a living as a travel writer and photographer for over 20 years, visiting some 70 countries in the process and authoring a similar number of guidebooks, mostly for Lonely...  More About Andrea