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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.