Berlin is one of the most multicultural and creative cities in Europe I never get bored of. It’s the city’s combo of culture, cutting-edge architecture, art, fabulous vegan food, intense parties, cool bars, concept cafes, cheap but quality eateries and experimental fine dining that keeps me coming back. Every neighborhood has its own buzzing center. We sorted out our favorite hotspots divided in Berlin’s most popular areas.
This industrial chic restaurant is housed in a former electricity substation built in 1928. The restaurant is stylish decorated and in spite of the industrial building, Volt has a warm feel. The restaurant has a German kitchen, the chef uses a mix of international ingredients and vegetables sourced from local farmers. The food is experimental and artistically presented. On the five-course menu is something for everyone. There is a vegetarian menu as well as more daring options like a mackerel baked with dates, pine nuts and soy sauce on a grilled slice of watermelon and a fennel salad. All menus come with an excellent choice of pairing wines. The great food, charming location along side a canal combined with a smooth, friendly and excellent service make Volt a popular spot for dining!
Address: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, 10999 Berlin, Duitsland
The lobster concept is a cafe bar and fashion showroom in one. The arty concept is created by fashion designer Tanja Steuer and chef, Mark. The space is divided into a cafe and a store where you can buy exceptional pieces of Tanja’s own collection; Taste (http://tanja-steuer.com/kollektion/). On the walls is art from different artists from all over the world that are for sell. The cafe is serving delicious Italian homemade focaccia with of course lobster. It’s a still growing concept, soon there will be a co-working space where workshops will be held! I believe one of Kreuzberg creative hotspot to be!
Address: Schönleinstraße 26, 10967 Berlin
Katies Blues Cat is a place where locals and tourist feel at home. The cozy cafe has a beautiful decor and highly friendly service. The baked goods are excellent and range from delicious bagels to lemon bars, scones and pecan pies to just everything a bakery lover could dream of! Their fresh aromatic coffee, which is, specially blend for Katies Blue Cat is also a good reason to pop in!
Address: Friedelstraße 31, 12047 Berlin, Germany
This cute cafe opened its door recently. The sweet interior is a mix of grandmother’s vintage furniture and a collection of treasures found on local second-hand markets. Try their homemade bread; it is made by an old eastern recipe. But the smoothies (with fresh coconut water!) are also worth a try!
Address: Lenaustraße 1, 12047 Berlin, Duitsland
This cute café is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night drinks. It is set in an old house with wooden floor, brick walls and decorated with vintage furniture. The chandeliers and candlelight create a very cozy atmosphere. Try out their delicious home made quiches and cakes. There is also a small terrace to drink your coffee or glass of wine in the sun!
Address: Lenaustraße 22, 12047 Berlin, Duitsland
Sunday is a day to relax, to sit down all day long in a cozy café, with a group of friends over a cup of coffee and a selection of delicious treats. Days like these are the reason why Everyday is Sunday opened its doors and I couldn’t agree more. This lovely place has an esthetic interior with brick walls, creative deco and a terrace where you can hang out all day. The Korean/Vietnamese friendly owner put all his favorite Asian dishes on the menu and bakes his sweet cakes in his own bakery.
Address: PANNIERSTRASSE 40, 12047, BERLIN
This easy-going Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar is situated on a lively street in Neuköln. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine, eat tapas or a small salad and chat with friends. There is a little terrace, which is perfect for summer night drinks and people watching.
Address: Weserstraße 207, 12047 Berlin, Duitsland
Situated on the ground floor of the Soho House Building next to The Store, this modern classic Italian restaurant is serving hand-made pasta, seafood and classical dishes from Northern Italy. The Art Deco inspired fancy interior impresses me: red leather seating’s, a stunning black and white marble floor, dark wood and shiny brass. The combination of good food prepared by the chefs in the open kitchen, the cool yet elegant surroundings, and friendly staff make Cecconi’s definitely a spot that is worth a visit!
Address: Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin Mitte
Are you a fan of hummus? Then this is your favorite lunch spot! The humus is excellent and comes in various forms on the menu. Topped with vegetables, meat or pepper and tomato sauce with eggs in it. But make sure you also try the cooked eggplant! There is an outside terrace to catch some sun while enjoying your Israeli delights.
Address: Kastanienallee 50/51, 10119 Berlin Mitte
This healthy ”fast food” restaurant is set in the Bikini Berlin building. All the homemade meals are made with fresh ingredients and served in a bag. The perfect spot for a quick but healthy and tasty bite!
Address: Budapester Str. 50, 10787 Berlin, Duitsland
This modern concept cafe is situated in the Bikini Berlin building. It’s a shop and restaurant in one. All the fancy furniture is for sale and you can also buy souvenirs made by locals in Berlin. The interior changes every three months. Besides all the cool stuff, the food is amazing! Tasty German and Mediterranean food is all served in a pan to share with your company!
Address:BIKINI Berlin, Budapester Str. 50, 10787 Berlin
When you walk the Rykestrasse, Umami will immediately catch your eye. The outside is decorated with colorful plants and atmospheric Asian lanterns. The terrace is always crowded during summer, but the inside won’t disappoint you either. It appears in the style of the 50’s in Indonesia. The freshly made Indonesian meals are amazing and easy to share with your company. Don’t leave without trying one of the homemade smoothies and lemonades made with fresh herbs!
Address: Knaackstraße 16 – 18, 10405 Berlin
The first Clean Eating Restaurant in Berlin serving vegan food in a 100% plant based kitchen. Every dish is gluten free, naturally sweetened and beautifully presented in, obviously, a bowl. The menu starts with breakfast like chia pudding, banana bread, and smoothie bowls. For dinner and lunch they serve a large variety of starters and bowls and delicious desserts like the white chocolate bowl with raw cacao and almond butter, dates, coconut oil, fresh fruit topping and vanilla! Besides the lovely food, Bowl is also a cool place to have a drink on the lounge sofa’s along the open floor to ceiling windows viewing the always lively Warschauer Brücke.
Address:Warschauer Straße 33,10243 Berlin Friedrichshain
Frida has good coffee; cakes and fresh croissants baked every early morning. Are you in a hurry? You can take away their homemade chia berry curd with muesli!
Address: Schlesische Str. 28, 10997 Berlijn, Duitsland