Berlin might be known as the city of sin, but its gastronomy scene is all about sustainability. From locally-sourced produce to circular models and indoor farms, the city is alive with local and green dining. Here’s our pick of the best sustainable restaurants you have to try in Berlin.
It’s all in the name at Lokal, the cosy modern German cuisine spot that was one of the first contemporary bistros to focus on regional produce. The weekly changing menu at Lokal is provincial, diverse and small, offering a few starters, mains and a pair of desserts. The focus is always around sustainable, local and seasonal dishes, and this spot gives its guest a contemporary take on German cuisine. The interior is minimal and modern, made up of white walls, clean lines and an intimate space, which creates a relaxed atmosphere. Ever-changing, established and local, this spot is a must-try sustainable restaurant in Berlin.
Hermann’s is committed to shaping and discussing the future of food, and looking for smarter, more sustainable options. Their restaurant and event space in Berlin brings this concept to life, from the workshops and events they hold to their ever-changing, seasonal and fresh menu. Their kitchen creates a selection of classic favourites, from sandwiches, baked goods, salads, quiches and exciting mains – including poached salmon, cultured buttermilk, broad beans, and sea greens. The interior is sleek, minimal and stylish, while the overall atmosphere, concept and menu is innovative and new. Taking guests into the future of food, Hermann’s is an exciting spot in the heart of Berlin.
Tucked away behind swaying bamboo and brown window shade on bustling Friedrichstraße, Pantry is a locavore favourite in Berlin. Making sustainable dining stylish, the restaurant’s interior is comprised of cognac-coloured sofas, golden hues, wooden tables and curated art-clad walls. The menu is a surprising mix of Ibero-Pacific-inspired creations, bringing together Asian and Mediterranean elements in a fresh and exciting way – think Iceland char with chorizo beans and green papaya salad. Overall the menu focuses on local, fresh ingredients with an international flair. From menu to interior, Pantry exudes a relaxed atmosphere, where diners are invited to sit, drink and enjoy.
Katz Orange is the rustic restaurant serving up outstanding, international and seasonal dishes. Its sylvan and sustainable charm is made up of exposed brick, warm tones and comfortable interior that creates an inviting atmosphere. The menu combines Katz Orange’s core value of sustainable gastronomy with seasonal, locally-sourced produce to create a mouth-watering and wholesome dining experience. The restaurant is part of the Contemporary Food Lab and is committed to a holistic, progressive and conscious approach to food, giving guests a contemporary, sustainable dining experience in the heart of Berlin.
Located on busy Hermannstrasse, Isla Coffee is a modern café with a truly sustainable edge. Their unique sustainability concept is circular, as everything in the café is recycled, reclaimed or homegrown. From the heavy wooden furniture to the coffee cups (which are made out of recycled coffee grounds) Isla Coffee is a new model of harmonious, zero-waste gastronomy. During the week they serve vegetarian sandwiches and small treats, while on the weekends they offer hearty, sustainable brunch menus. The café also does regular provincial dinners, which have to be booked in advance. Embodying sustainability and offering a new approach to dining, Isla is the cosy, casual Neukölln gem that everyone has to try.
Good Bank takes the farm-to-plate restaurant model to a whole different level, as they grow their own vegetables and salads right before your eyes at their in-house vertical garden. More than a quirky gimmick, this central Mitte spot transforms unused urban areas into productive farms that yield fresh, delicious produce. Avoiding any pesticide, they offer sustainable dining, filled with mouthwatering flavours. Their menu is a simple mix of soup bowls, salad bowls, warm bowls, flatbreads and sandwiches, while the interior is modern, cosy and unique. This spot gets busy during lunch hours, however the staff are friendly and the menu is fresh, promising a healthy and exciting meal every time.
Einsunternull is all about sustainability, regional product and simple, natural offerings. The Mitte-based, gourmet restaurant excels in crafting handmade dishes that feel connected to nature and the season. Their team works hard to create something special out of the ordinary, constantly evolving their style, concept and menu. All the ingredients are sourced in cooperation with 40 producers and partners around Berlin to create seasonal, detail-oriented dishes. The interior is modern, simple and stylish, however the overall ambience maintains a warm and welcoming vibe. Sustainability is more than a buzzword: it’s the heart behind their dishes, making Einsunternull a truly evolving and exciting spot to dine in central Berlin.