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Restaurants

Tim Raue

Master chef Tim Raue’s two-Michelin-starred flagship near Checkpoint Charlie prides itself on informality. The front staff wear matching jeans and sneakers, giving the sleek interior a laid-back feel. Go for the six-course tasting menu and bite into some Wagyu beef, lobster, and truffles.

Pauly Saal

This high-ceilinged hall in a former Jewish girl’s school in the Mitte district boasts striking Murano glass chandeliers and walls covered with locally made ceramic tiles. The cuisine is based on high-quality ingredients, served without frills. It has a charming brick patio perfect for a light summer lunch.

Dudu

Every year, fashion week completely upends Berlin’s devil-may-care attitude, turning Dudu into a hotbed of hot people with corporate expense accounts. Maybe choose another week and slide right in—the food is fantastic.

Grill Royal

This splendid gourmet dining venue overlooking the River Spree is the city’s top draw for celebrities and socialites. The whimsical decor of quirky antiques and circular booths gives it a particularly charming feel. A large portion of roasted shrimp to share is the go-to item, but follow it up with German, American, and Austrian meats, because nothing goes better with fish than flesh.

Paris Bar

This legendary French bistro in Charlottenburg hasn’t changed much since it opened just after World War II. A longtime art-world watering hole, its walls are lined with paintings and drawings that owner Michel Würthle acquired as payment from struggling artists.

Dóttir

Shortly after opening, this nouveau restaurant had the foodies raving about Scandinavian herbs and Icelandic barley. Located in a vacant house in the Mitte district, head chef Victoria Eliasdóttir, the sister of Berlin-based artist Olafur Eliasson, creates experimental dishes inspired by Nordic cuisine.

Standard - Serious Pizza

The grand mission of this stylish parlor is to create the best Neapolitan-style pizza in Germany, if not the world. They source ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes and fiordilatte mozzarella directly from southern Italy. The result is a sublime pie with perfect crust.

Cordobar

This funky German-Austrian restaurant tucked away on a small street in Mitte has more than nine hundred carefully selected wines on the menu, many of which are served by the glass. But getting wine drunk is only half the fun—the food is also outstanding. Try the black pudding pizza with wasabi or the Peking duck liver parfait with macadamia nuts.

Shiso Burger

Offbeat burger combinations and awesome homemade french fries are this creative Korean-American joint’s specialties. Portions are not huge, but every morsel is loaded with flavor. Even their veggie options are delicious.

Kater Blau

This foodie favorite is hidden along the banks of the Spree at the former address of Bar25, a revered, over-the-top nightclub from the early 2000s. Kater Blau looks like a wooden shack (in a good way) and has a huge dance floor and great drinks, but its locally sourced ingredients, fresh-baked bread, and hearty desserts draw the crowd.

Long March Canteen

This trendy Chinese restaurant in the Kreuzberg district lives up to the hype. Specialties like marinated chicken skewers with water chestnuts and fried duck tongues (!) are served in steamy bamboo baskets.


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