Berlin's Best German Eateries for All Budgets

When it comes to German cooking, you can most definitely expect the wurst… Pardon the pun, but it is, of course, true that sausage in all its infinite varieties is a staple on German menus. And so are roast pork, sauerkraut, potatoes and cabbage. Gut-busting, artery-clogging fare best washed down with a mug of foamy beer. That's what German food is all about, right? Well, not exactly.

Sure, there are still restaurants clinging to the clichés but you don't need to look very hard to discover that German cuisine has solidly arrived in the 21st century. Nowhere in the country is this more apparent than in cosmopolitan and trendsetting Berlin where next-gen chefs like Tim Raue of La Soupe Populaire have made dishes lighter, healthier and more refined without sacrificing authenticity.

The organic and locavore trends have also made huge inroads. More often than not ingredients that end up in pots and pans follow the seasons and are hunted and gathered regionally. Rather than Argentine steak or Australian lamb, menus are more likely to feature apple-fed pork from the Havelland, pike-perch from the Müritz Lake District or duck from Neuruppin. The ample use of rediscovered heirloom vegetables such as parsnips, turnips and Jerusalem artichokes ensures that there are also plenty of meatfree modern takes on the culinary past.

But don’t worry if you’re more the traditional type - there's no shortage of places in Berlin where you can still indulge in rib-sticking classic German cooking, Max und Moritz and Zur Letzten Instanz being among them.

There's much debate among Currywurst connoisseurs about which purveyor makes the best, and Curry 36 is certainly a strong contender. The Currywurst is a quintessential Berlin snack food invented in the city in 1947 by a woman named Herta Heuwer....  Read More

Berlin's oldest restaurant has done a roaring trade since 1621 with such authentic local fare as roast pork knuckle and Bouletten (Berlin-style meatballs) that go well with a mug of frothy beer. The earthy dark-wood décor, accented with...  Read More

Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf
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It's rare for a place to flaunt yesteryear flair, yet be a mere pup in terms of age. With its forest-green leather banquettes flanking rustic wooden tables and walls sheathed in wainscoting and vintage photos of Berlin, Repke gets the job done...  Read More

Bavarian coziness comes to Berlin courtesy of the Augustiner brewery, which operates this earthy beer hall-type restaurant right on Prussian-era Gendarmenmarkt, one of Berlin's most beautiful squares. Sit down at one of the long polished wooden...  Read More

The location on a decidedly ho-hum thoroughfare is deceptive, for this bustling 1920s-style bistro is no secret among fans of honest-to-goodness, budget-priced German fare. In fact, at lunchtime you may have to elbow your way inside to score a...  Read More

It's easy to walk right past this unassuming-looking little storefront bistro but that would mean missing out on a fantastic meal. This is not formal dining; it's a quick-in-quick-out hangout where you can watch veteran chefs Andreas Breuer and...  Read More

In the heart of Kreuzberg, this charming gastropub has been doing brisk business since 1902 and changed little in appearance since. Characterizing the cozy ambiance are such historic details as blue-green wall tiles, glass paintings,...  Read More

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

'Brutally local' is the philosophy of Nobelhart & Schmutzig, the new restaurant of star sommelier Billy Wagner who earned his stripes at the Michelin-starred Rutz and other reputable outfits before setting out on his own. Without exception...  Read More

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