A treasure trove of culinary wonders, Berlin has a gastronomic scene to rival its world-famous hypnotic nightlife. In addition to abundant street food and relaxed, budget-friendly options, Berlin has a stellar selection of elegant Michelin-starred restaurants.
With 23 restaurants boasting Michelin stars, Berlin is not short of gourmet dining spots. Among the city’s most exciting Michelin-starred restaurants are a dessert-only eatery, a pioneering Asian-German fusion experiment and the ultimate vegetarian dining experience.
Golvet blends fine dining with a casual vibe. Located near the sprawling Tiergarten park, the restaurant is perched on the eighth floor, 32 metres above ground, offering sweeping city panoramas. Adding to its relaxed atmosphere, bright and eye-catching urban art pieces are dotted across the restaurant – the women’s restroom even features original graffiti by a local street artist. Regroup and enjoy a drink seated at the 13-metre-long nordic-inspired bar – sip on a Princess Charlotte cocktail with cherry, mezcal and pineapple – before continuing the evening in the main dining room for a menu of dishes from across Europe. The gourmet selection includes marinated king crab and salt marsh lamb with watercress and shallots.
Set on an unprepossessing street in the central Mitte district, Cookies Cream greets guests with a plain door and a simple sign. Not your typical Michelin-starred entrance, but the worn-out doorbell is a sure sign of this seemingly unlikely spot’s enduring popularity. Serving exclusively vegetarian dishes, Cookies Cream offers a choice of three-, four-, or five- course menus, paired with the perfect wine. Don’t get attached to your favourite dish, though – the ingredients change seasonally, so you may not find the same items on the menu the next time you visit. Recent menus have included white asparagus with rhubarb potato and chervil, along with celery ice cream with apple, walnut and herbs.
Showcasing contemporary Austrian cuisine using local ingredients from the Berlin area, Horváth is situated on the leafy Paul-Lincke-Ufer, besides the meandering Landwehr canal. One could quite easily walk past this small, unassuming building; once you step inside the two Michelin-starred restaurant, however, it’s a different story. Cosy yet sleek wooden décor transports guests to Head Chef Sebastian Frank’s home country, Austria, while his dishes are a journey into the flavours of Austrian comfort food. Dinner guests can choose from 6- or 8-course tasting menus, which feature such locally sourced dishes as Brandenburg asparagus with cured rabbit and lemon.
If you don’t have time to visit each of Berlin’s neighbourhoods, fear not: einsunternull will take you on a culinary journey through the German capital’s diverse districts. Inspired by Berlin’s multicultural nature, Head Chef Silvio Pfeufer has created a tour of Berlin on a plate via his seven-course tasting menu. The journey takes in innovative dishes like ‘Short Rib Sonnenallee’ – short rib with lentils, aubergine, yoghurt and spinach, inspired by the bustling thoroughfare known as Berlin’s ‘Arab Street’. The restaurant’s name – translating as ‘one floor below’ – is apt, with dinner served in the minimalistic cellar dining room.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Lily Cichanowicz.