Prenzlauer Berg is a well-groomed neighbourhood brimming with historic charm, indie concept stores and trendy spots, alive with locals and tourist. Its tree-lined and cobblestoned streets are filled with some of the city’s best restaurants, here are the must-try spots among them.
Mrs Robinson’s is a stylish, modern restaurant ideally situated in a bustling part of Prenzlauer Berg. Established by Samina Raza and Ben Zviel, this chic spot promises a contemporary dining experience with plenty of Asian flavours. The sleek, white-walled joint invites guests to enjoy perfectly put-together dishes in an intimate atmosphere, offering a relaxed, unfussy feel. The menu delivers modern Asian dishes, with inspired and creative flavours, paired with the concise wine and cocktail menu.
Serving up some of the finest Bavarian food in the German capital, Zur Haxe offers traditional charm in trendy Prenzlauer Berg. The cosy restaurant is adorned with homely furnishings, creating an inviting, intimate atmosphere and staff in lederhosen and dirndls add to the authentic, Bavarian pub atmosphere. The menu is filled with rich dishes, promising all the Bavarian favourites that German cuisine is known for, paired perfectly with an ample, well-priced selection of German beers. Zur Haxe is the ideal spot for an authentic German experience in the heart of Berlin.
The finest ramen and noodles in Berlin find a home at Marubi. Since opening in late 2014 the fast-casual joint has served up homemade, delicious noodles in the heart of the city, offering a mix of Japanese, Chinese and Koreanramen and gyoza, along with a mix of Asian-fusion dumplings, appetizers and desserts. Located on bustling Schönhauser Allee, this spot is popular with locals and tourists alike and friendly staff ensure that every visit is a special one.
Located on the cobblestoned streets of Prenzlauer Berg, Standard is a relative newcomer in Berlin’s gastronomy scene. The menu boasts traditional favourites, along with new creations and the Margherita is a crowd-pleasing favourite, while the potato, boar sausages, and rosemary-topped ‘Taste of Brandenburg’ pays homage to the restaurant’s ethos of locally sourced ingredients. This local gem is where a laid-back trendy atmosphere and seriously delicious, Neopolitan-style pizza meet, making it a must-try pizza spot in Berlin.
W Der Imbiss is the ultimate fusion joint, referring to their food as INDO-MEXI-CAL-ITAL, the menu is a well put together mix of Indian, Mexican, Californian and Italian. Although not strictly a vegetarian and vegan restaurant, their diverse menu has amazing meat-free options, making it popular with the veggie crowd. With bold flavours, huge sharing platters, and everything from fresh wraps to naan pizza, Imbiss is beloved by locals and can get pretty packed during peak lunch hours. So plan your visit wisely to make sure you can find a seat and enjoy an epic fusion feast.
Babel Restaurant is a Berlin food institution, located on the trendy, vibrant street Kastanienallee, sitting on the border of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. Well-known by the locals for serving some of the best falafel in the city, this Lebanese food joint also promises fragrant mixed platters, toasted kebabs and wraps. The row of outdoor tables are always adorned with fresh flowers, making it an Instagram-friendly summer hotspot. Central, affordable and tasty, Babel is a not-to-be-missed Middle Eastern spot in Berlin.
The Bird is a New York-style steakhouse and self-proclaimed purveyor of the city’s best burgers and steak since 2006. Freshly made sauces and regional German beef are at the heart of this joint’s menu, offering succulent steaks, cooked to perfection alongside American-style starters, sandwiches, salads and a range of over 15 different burgers, baring tongue-in-cheek names. Although there are a few vegetarian options, this spot is a carnivore’s dream, serving juicy patties, topped with fine cheeses, lettuce, sauces and extras of your choice.