Berlin is a culinary hotspot. Whether it’s traditional cuisine, international specialities or top restaurants – the capital’s food scene is as delectable as it is varied. Every month, we go looking for the city’s most attractive, tastiest and most exceptional food spots for you.
1. Ars Vini
Is cheese something you can never get enough of? Then Ars Vini will make your dreams come true, because it awaits with cheese en masse. Fans of fondue can look forward to a choice of twenty different types of cheese fondues. And there’s also the right fondue for anyone who loves vegetables, meat, fish and chocolate. Its rustic, alpine chalet ambience also makes Ars Vini a cosy place to dine – perfect on cold winter days.
Where: Sredzkistraße 27 / corner of Hagenauer Straße, Prenzlauer Berg
When: September – February: open daily from 5 pm
March – August*: Thursday to Sunday from 5 pm
*and open any time for groups of 8 persons or more
2. Wagner Cocktail Bistro
Delicious, classic, bistro, cocktails: This is what the Wagner Cocktail Bistro located on Kreuzberg’s Landwehrkanal is all about. It’s perfect for a relaxed evening with friends, because you can dine on delicacies both large and small, and enjoy cocktails in a casual atmosphere. The cocktails are also mixed to suit your personal preferences. Another highlight offered by the menu is the carefully selected natural wines, which are definitely worth sampling. In summer you can enjoy al fresco dining in the small garden.
Where: Umspannwerk, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 22, Kreuzberg
When: Tuesday – Saturday 6:30 pm to 2 am, additionally open from 12 pm to 3 pm on Friday & Saturday
3. The Reed
There’s all sorts of reasons why you should make sure to pay a visit to The Reed this year. There’s something to suit everyone’s taste, whether for breakfast, brunch, or to take away. Look forward to a stylish evening meal followed by drinks at the bar. Along with its delicious food, The Reed makes an impression with its unique interior and its modern urban design. On top of all this, there’s also the live DJ. Your evening out here will be anything other than a run-of-the-mill restaurant visit!
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 13, Mitte
When: Monday – Tuesday 8 am to 7 pm, Wednesday – Friday 8 am to 2 am, Saturday 9 am to 2 am and Sunday 9 am to 4 am
Just how good Arab cuisine can taste is something that a visit to Lawrence will prove to you. Working to the motto of “Make orders not borders”, the international team conjures up Syrian and Arab dishes for you to enjoy in the restaurant’s friendly atmosphere. Mamounieh, fateh and the ‘Spree platter’ are available for breakfast, with a large range of Middle Eastern delights offered in the evening. Make sure you try the different types of crispy turnovers called sambusek, fatayer and kebbeh hamis.
Where: Oranienburger Str. 69, Mitte
When: Monday – Sunday 10 am to midnight
5. Regent Berlin, Tea Lounge
We’ve discovered a spot directly on Gendarmenmarkt for all of you for whom tea time represents more than just a quick cuppa. A British afternoon tea can be enjoyed to the full in the Tea and Lobby Lounge of the five-star hotel Regent Berlin. An elegant atmosphere warmed by the flames of the lounge’s fireplace and accompanied by piano music, there are all sorts of tarts, sandwiches and pastries to choose from on the menu. And just as British tea culture demands, scones with clotted cream are, of course, available too. Very British!
Where: Regent Tea and Lobby Lounge, Charlottenstraße 49, Mitte
When: 9 am to 1 am, afternoon tea: 2 pm to 6 pm