Potsdam, on the Havel River, is just a stone’s throw from central Berlin and a popular getaway from Germany’s capital. Attracting visitors with its lush gardens, many palaces and UNESCO World Heritage status, the former Prussian seat is rich with culture and history. The city also hosts some amazing bars, known for their cocktails, and a thriving gastronomy scene that encapsulates the city’s traditional yet fresh atmosphere. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Potsdam.
Zum Fliegenden Holländer sits in an iconic red brick building in the thriving Dutch Quarter, and the restaurant takes its authentic influence from the area. The restaurant serves traditional German food with some Dutch twists, including roast pork with potato dumplings, and pairs its menu with an impressive selection of German beers and wine. With a rich dark wood interior, a crackling fireplace and a cosy atmosphere, Zum Fliegenden Holländer, pairs its authentic menu with a traditional setting to give visitors a genuine Potsdam experience.
Assaggi, located in the heart of Potsdam and just a short walk from Brandenburg Gate, is a sleek Italian restaurant with fantastic food. It serves up homemade pasta and authentic Italian recipes, including a range of delicious antipasti, meat and fish dishes and a selection of traditional desserts. With a stylish, modern interior and an amazing variety of Italian food, it’s a must-try in central Potsdam.
Meierei Brauhaus sits by one of Potsdam’s larger lakes, Jungfernsee. Since it offers a range of traditional German food, including crispy pork knuckle and bratwurst with sauerkraut, visitors can taste a selection of authentic flavours. The hearty dishes are a perfect match for their house-brewed craft beers, which range from pilsner to wheat beers, all of which are available in the restaurant and at the brew-house.
Potsdam Zur Historische Mühle, located near the Historic Windmill in Park Sanssouci, offers a unique ambience and high-quality food. A Mövenpick restaurant, there is a familiar four-star charm to this well-placed spot, serving a seasonally changing menu using the highest quality ingredients and paired with a fine selection of wine. This light-filled restaurant is a perfect place for a bite when wandering through the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Park Sanssouci.
Maison Charlotte is a cosy Dutch Quarter bistro, serving rustic, but delectable French cuisine. With all the French culinary favourites, from foie gras to crème brûlée, this little gem has a French country house atmosphere, from the menu to the interior. Perfectly located, and offering a different, authentic flavour, it’s a must-try when in Potsdam.
Located in the heart of Park Sanssouci, in the exotic Dragon House, is the charming Drachenhaus café-restaurant. The original building was constructed in 1770 as a Chinese miniature palace inspired by the Ta-Ho pagoda in Canton, and now it acts as a haven within the park, serving coffee, homemade cakes and seasonal cuisine. Drachenhaus is the wonderfully located, tourist and local favourite near Sanssouci Palace.
Lewy Wein-Bistro sits in a Baroque-style building, close to Gedenkstätte Lindenstraße, in the centre of Potsdam. The restaurant’s name ‘Lewy’ pays homage to a Jewish family who owned the building in the mid-19th century. Lewy Wein-Bistro has an impressive wine collection and a weekly changing menu. The restaurant serves up a range of pasta and wine-paired treats, using high-quality ingredients to create its unique dishes.
Der Butt is Potsdam’s delicious fish restaurant that’s filled with history. The building that houses it has a century-old background as a tavern, and the restaurant’s name comes from a well-known Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who was nicknamed ‘the butt’. Serving up a wide range of fish dishes from Norwegian salmon to rainbow trout or a whole lobster, Der Butt has a lavish and diverse menu.
Café & Flambée Potsdam is a centrally located café-restaurant with a personal touch. As the café dedicates itself to making the best flammkuchen, a pizza-like dish popular in Germany, the menu has a mixture of sweet and savoury flammkuchen dishes. With a cosy atmosphere and reasonable prices, it’s a local gem in the heart of Potsdam.
Waikiki Burger is a perfect spot for a relaxed meal in Potsdam. Located in the centre of town, close to Brandenburger Tor and the Dutch Quarter, Waikiki Burger serves up an excellent selection of high-quality burgers. With a choice of beef or chicken on chia buns or vegetarian options, there is something for everyone here. Using unique flavours to reinvent classic burgers, it’s a tasty, affordable meal in Potsdam.