Fathomaway Compass

Berlin restaurants

Berlin is poor, but sexy.
– Klaus Wowereit 

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3 Schwestern

  • Kreuzberg, German, $$$$ $$
  • Mariannenplatz 2
  • Berlin, 10997
  • +49 30 600 318 600
  • Website

A large and lofty restaurant and music venue inside of an old hospital (that kind of looks like a castle). On the menu: modern German food and live rock-and-roll.

Bandol sur Mer

  • Mitte, French, $$$$ $$
  • Torstrasse 167
  • Berlin, 10115
  • +49 30 6730 2051
  • Review

Make reservations! This super cozy 22-seater is all about seasonal French plates, depths in taste, and unpretentious service (which can be tough to find in this town).

Barcomi's

  • Mitte, American, $$$$ $$
  • Sophienstrasse 21
  • Berlin, 10178
  • +49 30 2859 8363
  • Website

Tucked inside a quiet ivy-and-brick courtyard near Hackeschermarkt, an American dancer-turned-baker creates hearty deli-style sandwiches, soups, salads, and cakes.

The Barn

  • Mitte, Cafe, $$$$ $
  • Auguststrasse 59
  • Berlin, 10119
  • +49 151 24105136
  • Website

Aussies run this fresh-feeling neighborhood coffee shop, where they showcase their love of carefully concocted espresso drinks, toothsome sandwiches, and homemade baked goods.

Bonanza Coffee Heroes

  • Prenzlauer Berg, Cafe, $$$$ $
  • Oderberger Strasse 35
  • Berlin, 10435
  • Website

Serious baristas roast, tamp, tap, and serve excellent espresso drinks in a cramped but cozy spot on a charming block near Mauer Park.

Cafe Einstein Stammhaus

  • Schöneberg, Austrian, $$$$ $$
  • Kurfürstenstrasse 58
  • Berlin, 10785
  • +49 30 263 91 918
  • Website

Fantasize about the Austrian coffee houses of the 1920s and play into it: Ask for a window table in the walnut dining room, leisurely read the paper, and stay for an an aperitif.

Cafe Liebling

  • Prenzlauer Berg, Cafe, $$$$ $
  • Raumerstrasse 36a
  • Berlin, 10437
  • +49 30 41 19 82 09
  • Website

Charming, white-walled, laid-back, and very neighborhoody. It's on a particularly sunny corner across from a park, and you can enjoy a homemade soup, coffee, or delicate sandwich while catching some rays.

Curry 36

  • Kreuzberg, German, $$$$ $
  • Mehringdamm 36
  • Berlin, 10961
  • +49 30 2517368
  • Website

Berliners are very opinionated about their late-night, post-clubbing snack, a sausage cut into bit-size pieces and sprinkled with curry powder. Order with fries, and all the condiments they provide.

Da Baffi

  • Wedding, Italian, $$$$ $$
  • Nazarethkirchstraße 41
  • Berlin, 13347
  • +49-175-6926545
  • Website

The coziest of cozy Berlin restaurants, tucked away in the neighborhood of iWedding, this rustic Italian spot delights with authentic fare — beautiful burrata, crostini, ragus, hearty pastas, and a cheap and cheerful list of Italian varietals to ensure your are warm enough for the ride back home.

Eckbert Zwo

  • Kreuzberg, German, $$$$ $
  • Görlitzer Strasse 53
  • Berlin, 10997
  • +49 30 62725726
  • Website

Solid Kreuzberg tavern for homespun flammkuchen (German-style pizza), schnitzel, kraut, the works. Summertime means plenty of people-watching from the big outdoor patio.

Filetstück

  • Prenzlauer Berg, Butcher Shop, $$$$ $$
  • Schönhauser Allee 45
  • Berlin, 10435
  • +49 30 48820304
  • Website

Thoughtfully cut meats and interesting vegetable sides in a clean, white, dressed-up butcher shop. Quiet. Nice lighting. Excellent meals.

Fischers Fritz

  • Unter den Linden, German, $$$$ $$$
  • Charlottenstrasse 49
  • Berlin, 10117
  • +49 3020 33 63 63
  • Website | Email

Berlin's only Michelin two-starred restaurant resides at The Regent hotel, complete with white tablecloths, fancy plating, and a little bit of stuffiness.

Ixthys

  • Schöneberg, Korean, $$$$ $
  • Pallasstrasse 21
  • Berlin, 10781
  • +49 30 8147 4769

Incredibly tasty and uncomplicated Korean home-cooking served in a simple shop on a residential street. The walls are covered with Bible verses, as are the laminated menus, which offer bimbimbop and kimchi mixed in with instructions on living a Christian life. Proceeds go to charity.

Kimchi Princess

  • Kreuzberg, Korean, $$$$ $
  • Skalitzer Strasse 36
  • Berlin, 10999
  • +49 030 48812460
  • Website | Email

Korean barbecue joint with a party atmosphere and soju bar next door. Keep up the beat in the bathroom, where you will find toilet karaoke.

Konnopke Imbiss

  • Prenzlauer Berg, German, $$$$ $
  • Schönhauser Allee 44A
  • Berlin, 10435
  • +49 30 4427 765
  • Website

Currywurst, the Berlin sausage snack, has been served from this kiosk since 1930. Long lines at lunch and early evening, eat standing up so that you're ready to go for seconds.

Kuchi/Next To

  • Mitte, Japanese, $$$$ $
  • Gipsstrasse 3
  • Berlin, 10119
  • +49 30 2838 6622
  • Website

Tiny, casual Japanese ramen counter with a small but solid menu of noodle soups. The German ceramicist who owns the place also supplies the lovely dinnerware.

Lebensmittel in Mitte

  • Mitte, German
  • Rochstrasse 2
  • Berlin, 10178
  • +49 30 2759 6130
  • Website

A Bavarian market up front (wooden crates of produce, deli cases), and energetic cafe in the back. Stop in for specialties like spätzle.

Manufactum Brot und Butter

  • Charlottenburg, Cafe, $$$$ $
  • Hardenbergstrasse 4-5
  • Berlin, 10623
  • +49 30 26300346
  • Website

A delicious deli counter, cafe, and dry goods shop adjacent to the throwback general store Manufactum. The bread and cheese selection is top notch. Lots of edible souvenirs you'll want to bring home.

Mogg & Melzer

  • Mitte, Deli, $$$$ $
  • Augustrasse 11-13
  • Berlin, 10117
  • +49-30-330-060-770
  • Website | Email

An old Jewish school for girls has been turned into a new institution for galleries and restaurants that pay homage to Jewish culture. Mogg & Melzer steps into the delicatessen role, serving excellent matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, and reubens piled high with sauerkraut in a clean, cozy, modern space. 

Oliv

  • Mitte, Cafe, $$$$ $$
  • Münzstrasse 8
  • Berlin, 10178
  • +49 30 89206540
  • Website

Modern cafe great for meetings with those graphic designers/DJs/stylists. Cool rack of magazines for flipping through while waiting for your latte.

Paris Bar

  • Charlottenburg, French, $$$$ $$
  • Kantstrasse 152
  • Berlin, 10623
  • +49 30 3138052
  • Review

This French bistro was a hopping place for artists and journalists in the post-Wall years. You can still feel the history when you walk in the door, but the waitstaff is a crap shoot (sometimes, attentive and excellent; other times, dismissive). Good steak frites and elbow-rubbing make up for the rest.

Paris Moskau

  • Tiergarten, French, $$$$ $$$
  • Alt-Moabit 141
  • Berlin, 10557
  • +49 30 3942-081
  • Website

Dreamy standalone building that once served as the crossing point for the Paris-Moscow railway is home to a charming French-German restaurant — elegant and Old World inside and out.

Tajikistan Tea Room

  • Mitte, Cafe, $$$$ $
  • Oranienburger Str.27
  • Berlin, 10117

An Asian jewel box hidden from the bland tourist promenade in a small courtyard. Thick Persian carpets line the floors, and folks lounge on ikat divans next to low tables (there’s a no shoe policy). Order the Russian tea ceremony, which has a silver samovar plus a slew of accompaniments — like rum raisins, marmalade, crystallized orange. The waiter will no doubt offer vodka to cut the sweetness.

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