Local’s guide to traditional Berlin food, Berlin foodie neighbourhoods, and Berlin food tours to sample all the goodness.
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With over 8,000 restaurants and cuisines from 75 countries, Berlin is a foodie heaven. As the German capital is a huge city, it can be a bit overwhelming for first-time gourmand visitors.
As locals, we had a lot of time to explore the Berlin food scene to share our highlights and hidden gems.
If you’re like us and you like to food travel, this blogpost will give you a quick overview over:
While you can find a mixture of typical German and international food in Berlin, there is some uniquely traditional Berlin food you must try:
While many traditional Berlin dishes are meat-heavy, you can find some vegetarian options as well:
While you’ll often find traditional German dishes like
in Berlin food guides, these are Southern German foods. This cuisine differs vastly from Berlin cuisine as they used to be different countries for the longest time.
The main international influences in Berlin are:
You can also find some more unique restaurants. Here are just some we like:
As this is the most central area, it’s also the most touristy. Next to some tourist traps, you can find some true hidden (or not so hidden anymore) gems.
In our opinion, the best neighbourhood for foodies in Berlin Mitte is around Oranienburger Straße and the adjacent areas Hackesche Höfe and Torstraße.
For traditional Berlin food: Gambrinus
The best dessert: Princess Cheesecake
Something unique: Shiso Burger
Best brunch: House of Small Wonder
Best beer: Aufsturz
A guided food tour can save you the hassle of finding the best food spots on your own. On this Berlin Mitte food tour, you’ll sample 5 international and original Berlin specialists in Berlin Mitte:
This area is especially amazing when you want to go out in the evening. If you ask us, this is the best neighbourhood to have dinner, especially if you want to go bar hopping afterwards.
You’ll find the best food in Berlin Friedrichshain in the area around Simon Dach Straße.
Best breakfast: Stilbruch
Best ice cream: Delabuu Ice Cream
Cheesy: MacLaren's Pub
Berlin vibes: Dachkammer
Best rock bar: ROCKZ
The Secret Food Tour makes 7 different culinary stops – from traditional German to international cuisines.
This area is young, hip, and multicultural. The best street food and snacks as well as some of the best artisan ice cream stores in all of Berlin are located in this area. You’ll find cuisines from every continent.
The best area for food in Kreuzberg can be found around Schlesisches Tor. In Neukölln, we like the Schillerkiez or Alt Rixdorf.
Best Currywurst: Curry 36
Best burger: Burgermeister
Best street food: Markthalle 9
Best drinks: Schwarze Traube
Best rooftop views: Klunkerkranich
The best dessert: Brammibal's Donuts
In Kreuzberg and Neukölln, you can find a perfect combination of street food and street art. If you’re interested in both, why not try this guided tour?
Prenzlauer Berg used to be like Kreuzberg and Neukölln a couple of years ago. Nowadays, you can feel the gentrification. A lot of vegan and organic food can be found in this neighbourhood.
The best food in Prenzlauer Berg can be found around Kastanienallee.
For traditional Berlin food: Altberliner Restaurant
Vegan traditional food: Försters
Best desserts: Burak Künefe
Something unique: Blumen-Café
Best bar: Druide Absinth & Cocktailbar
Berlin is a big city. This food tour does it justice by sampling Berlin food on a bike tour.
This is a posh area. You’ll find many chic establishments. In residential areas you’ll find rustic “Kiezkneipen” (neighbourhood bars), around the more touristy Zoo area, you’ll find many modern rooftop bars and restaurants.
The best food in Berlin Charlottenburg can be found around Savignyplatz.
For traditional Berlin food: Dicke Wirtin
Something unique: KLO
Best breakfast: Café im Literaturhaus
Best beer: Zwiebelfisch
Best vibe: Schwarzes Cafe
Rooftop views: Monkey Bar
A guided food tour can save you the hassle of finding the best food spots on your own. On this Berlin Charlottenburg food tour, you’ll sample a selection of savoury dishes and sweet desserts at 3-4 stops. Make sure to book the Tastyburg Food Tour if you’re interested in Charlottenburg food.
The three major beers you’ll find in Berlin are
Additionally, there are loads of craft beer breweries in town. We like:
A tour for craft beer lovers like us:
Looking for the best day trips from Berlin by train? We have personally tested the best places to visit near Berlin by regional train with a maximum of 4 hours ride and 1 change of train - including the best cities near Berlin as well as the best nature spots. Of course, you can always spend the night to turn your Berlin day trip into a weekend trip from Berlin.
Although Berlin is very flat by nature, you can find your Berlin views on many man-made debris hills (Trümmerberge) in the city. They offer the best views of Berlin – be it north, south, east or west Berlin.