Germany’s capital is a huge metropolis that draws visitors from all over the world to its museums, historic landmarks and vibrant nightlife. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city has seen a massive upswing in tourism which includes an explosion of world-class restaurants to accompany a lively cafe culture. Mitte is the historic center of the city, once the core of East Berlin and now home to a multitude of fine eateries. Here’s a list to get you started if you’re heading off to explore the sights of Berlin.
Zeit fur Brot
Start your day with the city’s best cinnamon buns or a traditional German breakfast stulle. This bakery is wildly popular and conveniently located in Mitte. Website.
Zur letzen Instanz
The first restaurant was opened on this site in 1621, and the current version has been around since 1924. The perfect place to visit if you’re looking for traditional Berlin cuisine at mid-range prices. Website.
Another good restaurant to try if you’re looking for authentic German cuisine that uses fresh and varied ingredients. The menu changes constantly and features dishes that are heavy on wild game and seafood. Website.
You haven’t been to Berlin unless you’ve sampled the currywurst. It’s basically a large sausage dripping with curry and ketchup and you’ll find the best at this unpretentious little eatery. Website.
This is a hugely popular bar and steakhouse that grinds its beef every day and serves some of the best burgers in town. Dry-aged steaks are imported from the USA and cooked to perfection. Reservations are a must. Website.
A Berlin institution and favorite among the city’s movers and shakers. Famously called “the restaurant people love to hate”, it’s a hangout for celebrities, wannabes and anyone who wants to be seen. Luckily, the food is fantastic. Website.
If you want something a little less pretentious, check out this deli housed in what used to be a Jewish girls’ school. Fantastic pastrami, matza ball soup and the best New York cheesecake in Berlin. Website.
If you’ve got money to burn, this is probably one of the classiest joints in the city. The menu features everything from eels to liver and monkfish, but if it’s all a bit beyond your budget, you can always settle for cocktails and snacks at the bar. Website.
Mustafas Gemuse Kebap
Berliners love their doner kebabs and Mustafas is a favorite among students, tourists, and anyone exiting the U-Bahn station in Berlin Kreuzberg. You’ll have to be patient as there’s usually a long queue of customers waiting to sample their deliciously stuffed flatbreads. Website.
If you’ve got your heart set on Japanese food, there’s none better in the city. The upscale restaurant has a huge selection of sake paired with tasting dishes, all served in an elegant dining room comprised of semi-private booths. Website.
There are worse things you could do than let your stomach guide you through the streets of Berlin, and we hope you’ll soon find your own special eatery in a city that’s fast becoming a foodie favorite.