Berlin has a gastronomy scene as diverse, groundbreaking and eclectic as its locals. It’s a culinary landscape that’s truly come into its own over the past decade, but with so much on offer, visitors are spoilt for choice. We’ve made it a little easier for you – here are the trendiest, tastiest restaurants across Berlin.
Laid-back, hip, intimate and delicious: here’s to you Mrs Robinson’s! This stylish, modern, Prenzlauer Berg restaurant, started by Samina Raza and Ben Zviel, promises a contemporary dining experience with plenty of Asian flavours. The sleek, white-walled joint invites guests in with an intimate atmosphere, offering a relaxed, unfussy feel, while the menu promises to wow, delivering modern Asian dishes with inspired and creative flavours that are paired perfectly with the small wine and cocktail menu. Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s best to book online to secure your spot at this trendy local gem.
Modelled after a typical Tokyo dining experience, Zenkichi challenges the assumption that Japanese cuisine equals little more than freshly-made sushi. Co-founded by sake sommelier Motoko Watanabe, along with Shaul Margulies, Zenkichi has been offering its guests an intimate, authentic and elegant dining experience since 2015. The bamboo-rich, deep wooden design is evocative of traditional Tokyo restaurants, taking guests on a sensory tour of Japan with its ambience, authentic dishes and unique selection of sakes, all curated by Watanabe. The modern Japanese brasserie immerses diners in Japanese culture, from cuisine to atmosphere, offering a unique and warm setting in the heart of Berlin
Southwestern German soul food finds a home in Friedrichshain at St Mauli. The minimalist, contemporary-style restaurant serves up truly delicious Maultaschen, a traditional German pasta-like dish, that originated in the region of Swabia in Baden-Württemberg. The restaurant was started by passionate foodie Nico Bulla, and his first love of spinning records can be felt throughout the restaurant’s cool interior, setting the perfect tone for a relaxed dining experience. A must-try in Berlin, this trendy spot is where traditional and modern elements perfectly come together to delight diners.
Sustainability, region product and simple, natural offerings await you at Einsunternull. The Mitte-based gourmet restaurant excels in crafting handmade dishes that feel connected to nature, thanks to a team that works hard to create the exceptional from the ordinary, constantly evolving their style and concept. Ingredients are sourced in cooperation with 40 producers and partners to create seasonal, detail-oriented dishes that embody Einsunternull’s signature style. Much like its menu, the interior is modern and simple while maintaining a warm, welcoming feel. Here, sustainability is more than a buzzword, it’s the core of their concept, and the heart behind their dishes, making Einsunternull a truly evolving and exciting spot to dine in central Berlin.
Housed in a former laundry, Lavanderia Vecchia offers a culinary journey through traditional rural Italian cuisine. The uniquely-styled restaurant pays homage to the building’s former use, with a quirky neon-lit laundry interior, lending a industrial, rustic charm. The menu takes a more traditional approach, serving trattoria cuisine that’s perfectly paired with imported Italian wines and oils, which come together to create a flavour-filled, authentic feast. Blending its unique interior with Italian colours, sounds and tastes, Lavanderia Vecchia offers a little slice of Italy in Berlin.
Bringing together creative fusion cuisine and panoramic views, NENI Berlin is located in West Berlin, atop the 25 hours Bikini Berlin hotel. The restaurant is a culinary mosaic of Persian, Russian, Arabian, Moroccan, Israeli, Turkish, Spanish, German and Austrian influences, and the fusion-based menu is a rich blend of culture and flavours. With a unique, jungle-like atmosphere, it offers amazing, one-of-a-kind food in a stunning setting.
Eins44 is where fine dining and industrial design meet. Located in a former turn-of-the-century distillery, this impressive Neukölln restaurant keeps with the growing gourmet trend of seasonal dining, with a regularly changing menu that has German, Austrian and French influences. Offering fusion and traditional flavours in a unique, open ambience, Eins44 is known for its delicious dishes and impressive paired wine selection. Break away from the norm in Neukölln and lose yourself in the seasonal delights of this modern, trendy restaurant.
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