10 Best: Berlin City Guide to the Most Delicious Chinese Restaurants

Any person who has lived in Berlin for a number of years knows one rule regarding Chinese food: one has to travel not east, but west, to find the best Chinese food Berlin has on offer. Traditionally, this has been the West Berlin districts of Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf. It is for this reason that the first restaurant on this list, Good Friends, is not only the oldest and tastiest, but also one of the most revered Chinese restaurants in the city. Good Friends is located on Kantstraße, a West Berliner street better known to locals as Kantonstraße. (This being a clever play on the German word for Cantonese, Kantonesisch.)

All rules, however, are made to be broken - and in a city rapidly being recast within the fires of gentrification, this old rule of thumb is one that is increasingly being rendered irrelevant. In order to truly reflect the cultural variety of Berlin, the restaurants on this 10Best list run the gamut between holes in the wall to upscale, Michelin star rated restaurants. Some are super trendy (Long March Canteen), some culinary innovators (Tim Raue), some cheap bites (Walk To Wok), and others the very founders of Berlin Chinese food scene (Good Friends, Ming Dynastie I).

Conveniently enough, many of these restaurants are located close to important tourist destinations such as KaDeWe, the TV Tower, and Schloss Charlottenburg, to name just a few. But most importantly, this list confirms that one doesn’t need to traverse the globe in order to find top Chinese fare – indeed, Berlin has it on abundant offer. 

Le Lamian

Formerly located on the Simon-Dach Straße, Le Lamian has recently moved into new digs at the Mani Hotel in Berlin Mitte. The head chef, Qiu Bao, specializes in Shanghai, or Hu cuisine. Le Lamian serves hearty, MSG-free cuisine that makes ample...  Read More

Wok To Walk is a European based Chinese fast food chain - the only difference being that Wok To Walk prides itself on fresh, nutritious, tasty food that is cooked in front of your eyes and served to you in minutes. Therefore, not only is it fast...  Read More

Consistently good Chinese food, Tian Fu has already opened two restaurants in Berlin. They are also located in the Chinatown portion of Berlin, similar to Good Friends and Aroma. They specialize in the Sichuan culinary tradition - the food that...  Read More


Located in the Schöneberg district and not too far away from the Kaufhaus Des Westens, or KaDeWe for short, is Just Dim Sum. Just Dim Sum is allegedly modeled to look like a Hong Kong diner. The restaurant has modern ambiance and is full of...  Read More

Newly opened in Berlin Kreuzberg, this trendy restaurant is known for its Shanghai, or Sichuan cuisine. Located on the hip Wrangelstraße, when one enters Long March Canteen one descends into an iron staircase in a flurry of activity. Long, dark...  Read More

Ming Dynastie I is located directly across the street from the Chinese Embassy, which is surely a vote of confidence from the Chinese nationals who frequently patronize it. The service at Ming Dynastie is always warm and friendly and the food...  Read More

Peking Ente, or Peking Duck (Ente being the German word for "duck") is arguably one of the most famous Chinese dishes worldwide. In the eponymous restaurant, Chef Mengling Tang and her Peking duck dish defintely do not disappoint. This culinary...  Read More

Tim Raue Berlin is the brainchild of Germany's top celebrity chef of the eponymous name. TR Berlin bears the distinction of being the only Berlin restaurant receiving two Michelin stars - this award is made all the more distinguishing because...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf

Not far from Good Friends and also located on Kantstraße is Aroma. They have one of the tastiest and largest selections of Dim Sum in the city – if one is craving Dim Sum, this is apparently the place to go. (Interesting fun fact: Dim Sum in...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf

Though with an unassuming facade and plain interior decor, Good Friends is widely regarded as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Berlin. Good Friends and Aroma (the next on the list) are located literally down the street from one another and...  Read More


Meet Ryan Kalb

Originally from NYC, Ryan completed his BA at New York University and then promptly abdicated in 2007. Since then, he hasn't looked back. After an inspiring, year-long tour through Southeast...  More About Ryan

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