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Restaurants in Berlin

Kreuzberg dishes up street food from spicy Turkish kebabs to Berlin's legendary Currywurst (curried sausage) at Curry 36. Devour aromatic Chinese noodle soup at Le Lamian in Friedrichshain, or head west to Charlottenburg for elegant French bistros like Le Piaf. In Mitte, centuries-old Zur Letzten Instanz serves classics like Berliner Eisbein (pork knuckles). Die Quadriga and Margaux star on Berlin's Michelin circuit. Most restaurants close at midnight. A tip of around 10% is standard.

Zur Letzten Instanz, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Vox

Sushi in stylish surrounds

One of Berlin's most exciting restaurants, Vox far outshines any competition within the surrounding Potsdamer Platz. With its culinary philosophy combining Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, dishes might include Barbary duck with mango chutney and what are commonly cited as Berlin's best sushi platters. Service is smooth and attentive, while the stylish surroundings attract a fashionable crowd.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12:30-2:30pm; Daily 6:30pm-midnight

Address

2, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, Berlin 10785

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2553 1772

Transport

U-Bahn/S-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz

Website

Vox Restaurant Website

Margaux, Berlin. Photo by J.Brettschneider, © AC-Margaux GmbH
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Margaux

Avant-garde classic

Sleek Margaux in the Mitte district is the star on Berlin's Michelin circuit. Amber onyx walls and crisp white linen exude minimalist chic, while the mood is upmarket without being stuffy. Michael Hoffmann impresses with avant-garde interpretations of French classics, with dishes like glazed duck breast with shallot cannelloni. Reservations are essential.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 7pm-10.30pm

Address

78, Unter den Linden, Berlin 10117

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2265 2611

Transport

Unter den Linden S-Bahn

Website

Margaux Website

Die Quadriga, Berlin. Photo by Florian Bolk, © Brandenburger Hof Hotel GmbH
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Die Quadriga

Gourmet experience

A hushed atmosphere and smooth service define Die Quadriga at the Brandenburger Hof in Charlottenburg. Crisp linen, cherry-wood panelling and Art Nouveau flourishes exude sophistication. Finnish chef Sauli Kemppainen marries flavours like Atlantic turbot and Tyrolean beef with fine wines; there are 950 bottles to choose from.



Opening Hours

Quadriga Lounge: daily 12pm-11pm; Quadriga Restaurant: Tue-Sat 7pm-11pm

Address

14, Eislebener Strasse, Berlin 10789

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 214 05 0

Transport

Augsburger Strasse U-Bahn

Website

Brandenburger Hof Website

Paris Bar, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Paris Bar

Charming French bistro

Popular with theatregoers and socialites, the arty French bistro Paris Bar in Charlottenburg lures diners with its inviting glow and non-stop buzz. Dark wood tables and walls plastered with posters give the cramped restaurant a shabby yet chic feel. Sharp-witted waiters bring Breton escargots, ruby-red Bordeaux and pots of steaming bouillabaisse to the table. Reservations are essential.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-1am

Address

152, Kantstrasse, Berlin 10623

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 313 8052

Transport

Zoologischer Garten S-Bahn/U-Bahn

Zur Letzten Instanz, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Zur Letzten Instanz

Berlin's oldest inn

Down a cobbled street, past the medieval city walls and there stands Zur Letzten Instanz, Berlin's oldest tavern dating back to 1621. An inviting glow and the smell of schnitzel draw diners into the wood-panelled tavern in Mitte, where Napoleon reportedly once dined by the ceramic stove. The menu is packed with carnivorous fare from blood sausage to pork knuckle.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm

Address

14-16, Waisenstrasse, Berlin 10179

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 242 5528

Transport

Klosterstrasse U-Bahn

Website

Zur Letzten Instanz Website

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Riehmers

Habsburg delicacies

Overlooking a romantic Art Nouveau courtyard in Kreuzberg, Riehmers whisks diners to Austria under Habsburg rule. Understated elegance sums up the marble-floored interior, where candles flicker, smooth jazz plays and wine bottles line the cream walls. It's an intimate setting for a tête-à-tête over rich specialities like beer-cream schnitzel and wild boar goulash.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 6pm-late (food until 11pm)

Address

9, Hagelberger Strasse, Berlin 10965

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 788 919 80

Transport

Mehringdamm U-Bahn

Website

Riehmers Website

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Schneeweiss

Alpine flavours

Entering Schneeweiss in Friedrichshain is like stepping into Narnia. This ultramodern restaurant dazzles with its snowy white interior and crystalline lights. Young trendies recline on white leather benches to sample nouvelle German cuisine. There's a strong emphasis on alpine specialities like gooey Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and crisp apple strudel with vanilla sauce.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-4pm & 6pm-11pm

Address

16, Simplonstrasse, Berlin 10245

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2904 9704

Transport

Warschauer Strasse S-Bahn

Website

Schneeweiss Website

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Le Piaf

Alfresco dining

Le Piaf stands on the boulevard that sweeps up to the baroque palace Schloss Charlottenburg. Draped in vines and roses, the enchanting terrace is perfect for al fresco dining on warm summer evenings. The bistro is decorated with rustic French elements from checked tablecloths to berets. Expect seasonal specialities from braised rabbit to flavoursome bouillabaisse.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 4.30pm-11.30pm

Address

60, Schlossstrasse, Berlin 14059

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 342 2040

Transport

Sophie-Charlotte-Platz U-Bahn

Website

Le Piaf Website

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Hasir

Tasty Turkish

A friendly welcome and spicy Turkish cuisine keep locals coming back to Hasir, a family-run restaurant in the Mitte district. Terracotta walls and copper vessels set the scene for aromatic dishes served with warm kuver (flat bread). Flavoursome specialities include succulent lamb shish kebabs and poached sea bass in garlicky tomato sauce.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-1am

Address

4, Oranienburger Strasse, Berlin 10178

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2804 1616

Transport

Hackescher Markt S-Bahn

Website

Hasir Website

Le Lamian, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Le Lamian

Chinese noodle soup

Virginal white walls and cube stools create the backdrop for authentic Chinese staples at Le Lamian in Friedrichshain. Chefs demonstrate culinary prowess in the show kitchen, skilfully twisting noodles and sending wafts of spices across the restaurant. The speciality is aromatic noodle soup. Feeling adventurous? Sample jellyfish in maotai or chicken feet with chilli sauce.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 6pm-11pm

Address

2, Simon-Dach-Strasse, Berlin 10245

Telephone

+49 (0) 176 2273 0491

Transport

Frankfurter Tor U-Bahn

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Monsieur Vuong

Trendy Vietnamese

Long queues speak for the quality of the food at Monsieur Vuong, a cool Vietnamese haunt in Mitte. The bustling atmosphere, avant-garde decor and snappy service explain why it's always packed. Daily specials chalked on a blackboard might include spicy glass noodles paired with meat or tofu. Everything is delicious and prices are very reasonable.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

46, Alte Schönhauser Strasse, Berlin 10119

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 9929 6924

Transport

Weinmeisterstrasse U-Bahn

Website

Monsieur Vuong

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Zum Nussbaum

Old-world Berlin tavern

Set in the cobbled streets of the medieval Nikolaiviertel, Zum Nussbaum wears its 500-year history like a badge of honour. A single nut tree shades the terrace facing the Nikolaikirche, Berlin's oldest church. The cheery waiters serve hearty Berlin favourites such as Linseneintopf (lentil stew) and Berliner Eisbein (pork knuckle) with sauerkraut.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2am

Address

3, Am Nussbaum, Berlin 10178

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 242 3095

Transport

Klosterstrasse U-Bahn

Curry 36, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Curry 36

Legendary sausage stand

A Kreuzberg institution, Curry 36 is a tribute to Berlin's hallowed Currywurst (curried sausage). The spicy aroma and the sizzle of the sausages entice droves of hungry passers-by to this stand. The legendary sausage is well worth the wait - doused in tomato sauce, dusted with curry powder and served with a mound of fries.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4am; Sat 10am-4am; Sun 11am-3am

Address

36, Mehringdamm, Berlin 10961

Transport

Mehringdamm U-Bahn

Website

Curry 36 Website

Dada Falafel, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Dada Falafel

Chickpea treat

A hole-in-the-wall joint in the trendy Scheunenviertel district, Dada Falafel has carved a reputation for serving Berlin's tastiest falafel. With a flick of the wrist, the chef artfully scoops the chickpea and herb mixture and drops it into the bubbling oil. The fresh couscous, halloumi and syrupy sweets are uniformly delicious.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2am; Sat & Sun 12.30pm-3am

Address

132, Linienstrasse, Berlin 10115

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2759 6927

Transport

Oranienburger Tor U-Bahn

Website

Dada Falafel Website

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Sumo

Sushi heavyweight

Feng shui-inspired Sumo is a magnet to hip Kreuzberg locals, who pile in for delicious sushi, maki and soups before hitting the bars on Bergmannstrasse. The gallery design reveals a sharp eye for detail with its aquarium, tomato-red walls and exotic foliage. DJs spinning lounge tunes create a fun atmosphere for dining with friends.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

89, Bergmannstrasse, Berlin 10961

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 6900 4963

Transport

Gneisenaustrasse U-Bahn

Website

Sumo Website

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