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A MILLENNIAL'S GUIDE OF WHAT’S COOL IN BERLIN:
TO EAT, DO, & SEE
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TO EAT


CAFES & SNACKS

QUICK BITES

SWEET TREATS

DINE IN

TO SEE

TO DO

EAT

CAFES & SNACKS

1. Codos Coffee

Rosenthaler Str. 1, 10119 Berlin

Black Apron’s sister cafe, CODOS is a cute alternative just down the road in Rosenthaler Platz. Its subdued pink walls and pastries-as-wall-decor vibes make it a nice place to hang with friends or stay and work for a while.

2. Duo - Sicilian Ice Cream

Skalitzer Str. 82, 10997 Berlin

If you’re in search of an authentic Italian brioche and pistachio gelato moment, look no further than Duo. They also serve almond granitas reminiscent of the best cafes in Siciliy.

3. SOFI

Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin

Set your alarm clock if you’re planning on heading to SOFI because their goods really do sell like hotcakes. Their croissants and banana bread will convince you that the early morning wake-up is worth it. 

4. Lola was Here

Seelower Str. 8, 10439 Berlin

A cozy and cute Berlin cafe that’s very typical in the Prenzlauerberg neighborhood. The owners don’t mind if you spend the day working by the big windows and will serve you endless coffee with a smile. Try their cakes or kasespatzle if you’re looking for something more filling.

5. Cafe Oliv

Münzstraße 8, 10178 Berlin

One of my favorite cafes in Mitte - their lunch portions are generous and they make one of the best golden lattes in town. In the winter, they’re selling gluhwein to-go and in the summer their salads are brimming with ripe figs.


6. Caras Gourmet Cafe

Leipziger Pl. 1, 10117 Berlin

For those visiting Europe and don’t want to waste their time on Starbucks, but who love the familiarity of pre-packaged sandwiches, snacks, and large coffees, give Caras a try!


7. The Barn Cafe

Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin

There are a few different locations but the Barn Cafe on Auguststrasse has the best service, never runs out of snacks, and always has a pile of fresh magazines to flip through while you wait for your coffee.

8. Kauf Dich Glücklich Café

Oderberger Str. 44, 10435 Berlin

This quirky cafe is right at home on Oderbergerstrasse - people queue up for their fresh waffles, ice cream, and sweet crepes. Their iced mocha latte is the perfect pick-me-up on a sunny day!

9. Cafe KRONE

Oderberger Str. 38, 10435 Berlin

Cafe KRONE’s victorian-era deco makes it perfect for a quick bite with children after an afternoon running around Maeurpark. Don’t miss their carrot cake or banana bread. 

10. Cafe Bekarei

Dunckerstaße 23, 10437 Berlin

This gem sells some of the best pasteis e nata in Berlin. Tucked away in Prenzlauerberg, it sells Portuguese pastries like sweet croissants and queijada. 

11. Oslo Kaffebar

Eichendorffstraße 13, 10115 Berlin

A Mitte favorite, Oslo Kaffebar is a safe bet if you’re looking for a strong coffee, a quick bite, or reliable wifi. 

12. P-berg Coffee

Schönhauser Allee 89, 10439 Berlin

Another Prenzlauerberg staple serving extra-large iced lattes and affordable lunch specials with a side of reliable WiFi. 

13. Zimt & Zucker

Potsdamer Straße 103, 10785 Berlin

One of my favorite cafes for a German classic: apple strudel! Ask for it warmed up with a side of vanilla ice cream and sit back while people-watching at this location near Kurfürstenstraße. 

14. Cuccuma

Zossener Str. 34, 10961 Berlin

A hidden favorite for vegans in Bergmankeitz, this cafe offers a huge selection of vegan drinks and pastries as well as a lofted area for students looking to work on their laptops for a few hours. 

15. Cappuccino Grand Café

Tucholskystraße 36, 10117 Berlin

There are few spots better than Cappuccino Grand Cafe for a bit of sunbathing and people watching on a summer day. Bring your sunglasses, a good book, and relax on their sidewalk patio while sipping your coffee. 

16. What do you fancy love?

Linienstraße 41, 10119 Berlin

Three words: chocolate chip cookies! This cafe near Rosa Luxembourg Platz serves up all sorts of sweet things like chocolate cake, some of the best cookies in Berlin, and brown-sugar-laden oatmeal. 

17. Cafe Anna Blume

Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435 Berlin

This cafe is best for a sit-down kaffee und kuchen date. Their wide array of cakes will make any sweets-lover grin and their lattes come in one size only: large. This cafe serves up some of the best treats, but their lunch specials do not disappoint. 

18. Roststatte Berlin

Ackerstraße 173, 10115 Berlin

Add this cafe to the list of coffee shops that take their roasting very seriously - their coffee is strong, but not bitter so it makes sense why there are always people at this neighborhood spot. 

19. KaffeeMitte

Weinmeisterstraße 9a, 10178 Berlin

This cafe is one of the best spots to people watch - order any coffee, an Italian croissant, and sit back and watch the world pass by from one of their window-side stools. 

20. Weinerei Forum

Fehrbelliner Str. 57, 10119 Berlin

Weinerei Forum is a cafe during the day that starts serving wine as early as it possibly can. It’s hard to miss at the base of Zionskirchplatz since it monopolizes the sidewalk with its colorful furniture and loyal customers - the atmosphere is everything here so come with a good book or a chatty friend and be prepared to drink a few glasses of wine and snack on mini pizzas or open-faced sandwiches. 

21. Father Carpenter

Münzstraße 21, 10178 Berlin

I’m not one to advocate spending money on avocado toast, but the avocado toast dishes at Father Carpenter are well worth every Euro. It’s also one of my favorite cafes for a quick coffee but brunch here is hard to book, but with good reason. 

22. Winterfeldt Schokoladen

Goltzstraße 23, 10781 Berlin

A chocolate supplier with a cafe as well - I love this spot in Schoneberg for its unique chocolate-based drinks like a spicy hot chocolate or a cardamom-mocha latte. 

23. Kaffee Marlene

Kastanienallee 103, 10435 Berlin

Kaffee Marlene’s breakfast plates are what keep people coming in for more but it’s location is unparalleled whether you’re looking for a quick bite between shopping, running errands, or seeing friends. 

24. Ruben’s Coffee Lounge

Mehringdamm 65, 10961 Berlin

A sunny spot near Bergmannkiez to lounge, people watch and order Bananenweizen. The waiters are friendly and will let you try multiple things off the menu until you find something that you like! 

25. Les Pâtisseries de Sébastien

Invalidenstraße 157, 10115 Berlin

Hands down the best French bakery in Mitte. Sebastian himself can be found rolling out the dough for his perfectly crispy and buttery croissants. Also on the menu are macarons, an assortment of French tarts and pastries. My recommendation: an espresso and an oranais (apricot croissant). 

26. Pastelaria A Galão

Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin

This Portuguese cafe is a go-to for people of all ages. Everyone loves drinking milky galaos out of the cafe’s mismatches cups and glasses. Their paninis make a quick and tasty lunch or snack and you can’t go wrong with a nata or two. 

27. Funk You

Rosenthaler Str. 23, 10119 Berlin

This was one of the first cafes I went to in Berlin - mostly because they are very flexible with substitutions and additions to their smoothies. They serve great coffee as well as a variety of trendy and healthy food like acai bowls, vegan energy balls, and matcha lattes. 

28. Black Apron

Invalidenstraße 1, 10115 Berlin

A trendy restaurant serving up big mugs of coffee, sandwiches, and small baked goods. They’re one of the only cafes in town that serve a proper American biscuit with jam and salted butter. You’ll spot more than one millennial working out of this cafe on a weekday afternoon because the calm atmosphere and sunny window-side seats instantly elevate your mood. 

29. Distrikt Coffee

Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin

Not only does this place serve stellar coffee, but they also have incredible lunch items like chickpea in ragu sauce and loaded avocado toast. I’d recommend meeting a friend here for a late breakfast and taking a seat outside. 

30. Black Isle Bakery

Weinbergsweg 23, 10119 Berlin

This London-inspired bakery is true to its English origins with a variety of tea, heavy cakes, and coffee to choose from. You can enjoy all of this and more in the cafe’s minimalist interior. 

31. Type Hype

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9-13, 10178 Berlin

A buzzing cafe near Alexanderplatz often frequented by young professionals taking a quick break from their 9-5, Type Hype serves all the coffeeshop classics in a hipster haven filled with coffee-table books. 

32. Napoljonska

Kastanienallee 43, 10119 Berlin

This adorable cafe decked out in pink on Kastanienallee serves up a mean banana bread that should only be slowly savored over a steaming mug of coffee on a brisk Berlin morning. 

33. Cookies & Co.

Senefelderstraße 4, 10437 Berlin

This Russian cafe specializes in Russian brunch but you should skip the eccentric brunch menu and grab one of their pastries and a coffee to keep your energy up while running errands in Prenzlauerberg. 

34. Brasserie Am Gendarmenmarkt

Taubenstraße 30, 10117 Berlin (outdoor only)

Coffee? Check. Aperol? Check. Amazing setting? Check. Check. Check. This brasserie is located on the Gendarmenmarkt plaza. For an affordable price, you can relax while waiters dressed in all white uniforms whisk drinks from table to table.

QUICK BITES

1. Curry 36

Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin

A Berlin establishment, Curry 36 is always buzzing with people looking to get their currywurst fix. A classic order is currywurst with fries, ketchup, and mayo. Be ready to burp this up for the remainder of the day/night. 

2. Banh Mi Stable

Alte Schönhauser Str. 50, 10119 Berlin

This tiny Bahn Mi shop nestled between Rosa Luxembourg Strasse and Alexanderplatz is serving up Vietnamese sandwiches for as little as 4 Euro. They have two options: classic pork or with tofu. And trust me, the tofu bahn mi sandwich packs a punch and is filled to the brim with the goods (pickled daikon and carrots are my weakness). 

3. Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap

Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin

People are willing to wait more than an hour for a doner from Mustafa’s. The line regularly snakes down the street but the wait is well worth it for what some people say is the best doner in all of Germany! 

4. Magic John’s

Oranienburger Str. 48, 10117 Berlin

This American style pizza joint is a winner in my book. Sometimes you want an Italian style thin-crust margarita pizza but other times you want a fluffy thick crust with an even coat of cheese and delectable toppings. Magic John’s does the trick whether you’re looking for a Friday night bite or a full pizza to devour with friends. I’ve also heard the garlic knots are fantastic. 

5. Baden im Wein

Schönhauser Allee 155, 10435 Berlin

A cute German wine shop with plenty of options to taste and try. Their prices are cheap and you can order small bites “tapas-style” to share with a buddy. 

6. bacg

Neue Schönhauser Str. 1, 10178 Berlin

Bacq is a colorful cafe serving coffee, drinks, and small plates like hummus, sweet potato fries, and smoothies. 

7. La Focacceria

Fehrbelliner Str. 24, 10119 Berlin

An unassuming focacceria near Zionskirchplatz serving affordable focaccia pizza by the slice. Don’t skimp and order at least three slices - trust me, you won’t regret it! They also serve tiramisu by the slice which is heaven on a cold, winter night. 

8. Lost My Love to Italy

Torstraße 165, 10115 Berlin

If you like Italian food, you’ll love this cafe. The weekly specials never disappoint and if you spot an arancini, make sure you don’t hesitate to grab it! Guisseppe is the charismatic man behind the counter and can convince you to try pretty much anything! 

9. My Goodness

Brunnenstraße 24, 10119 Berlin

Unsurprisingly, affordable smoothie bars are hard to come by in Berlin but My Goodness solves this problem with their casual and cute smoothie bar. There are two locations, but the one on Brunnenstrasse is connected to a lounge space owned by the spin studio next door and the atmosphere gives me all the New York City vibes. 

10. Rüyam Gemüse Kebab

Schönhauser Allee 44A, 10435 Berlin

A popular doner spot that won’t hold back on the toppings keeps people coming back to this kebab shop for more - grab a bite to eat from this shop on your way home from any one of the bars in the area. 

11. Mi Buenos Aires en Berlin!

Kastanienallee 90, 10435 Berlin

If you’re craving authentic Argentinian empanadas, this is the place to beat. The counter is worked by a friendly waitress who will tell you stories about Argentina while she warms up your homemade empanadas. Eat one for a snack or three for a meal - either way, you won’t regret making a quick pit stop at this empanada shop! 

12. Tommi’s Burger Joint

Invalidenstraße 160, 10115 Berlin

Tommi’s has a fan base of loyal fans and their burger combos explain why. There’s something on the menu for everyone - this burger joint is slightly fancier than your typical Five Guys, but it’s still not necessary for you to whip out a fork and knife when you’re craving a good burger. 

13. Backer Taudien

Invalidenstraße 156, 10115 Berlin

You know a bakery is good when there’s a line out the door at all hours of the day - a line of Germans nonetheless! This bakery has all the basics: baguettes, rolls, buns, croissants. Since it’s a German bakery, the breads aren’t as sweet as you’d expect from a typical bakery but they have a selection of tarts, cheesecakes, and crumble bars to make up for it. 

14. Burgermeister

Schönhauser Allee 45, 10435 Berlin

My go to burger place when I’m in the mood for something that will cure me of my hangover. Skip their loaded fries and get the classic Meisterburger (or even better, make it a cheeseburger) to satisfy any burger craving. 

15. Parlamento Degli Angeli

Bergmannstraße 109, 10961 Berlin

This Italian joint serves up XL thin crust pizzas that you’ll inhale in less than 10 minutes - guaranteed! Sometimes there’s even an adorable accordion player seranding customers as they enjoy their aperol spritzes. 

16. Tadim

Adalbertstraße 98, 10999 Berlin

The Turkish pizza and falafel from this spot definitely hit the spot. You’ll see Berlin youths hanging out outside this shop because it’s quick, cheap, and surrounded by bars to pop in and out of. 

17. K'Ups Gemüsekebap

Kastanienallee 102, 10435 Berlin

I don’t know what sort of special sauce this doner shop uses in their wraps and sandwiches, but it keeps me coming back for more as often as I possibly can. They roast their vegetables instead of putting them into your order raw and it truly makes all the difference. This is my favorite doner in Berlin. 

18. Café Fleury

Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin

A casual yet elevated French cafe next to Weinbergspark is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat (try their Provence sandwich), sip a cappuccino on their terrace under their heat lamps, or meet a friend for a glass of rose. They also have a counter full of French candies like carambars and adding a madeleine to your order never hurt anyone. 

19. Shisho Burger

Auguststraße 29c, 10119 Berlin

This trendy burger joint is serving up Japanese style burgers (their sauces are amazing) and Berliners are loving it. Their portions are small, so add a side of sweet potato fries or kimchi to your order. 

20. Zur Rose

Weinbergsweg 26, 10119 Berlin

Never thought I’d recommend a cheese plate as the distinguishing feature for a cafe, but Zur Rose has done an incredible job of curating their with delicious hard & soft cheese and fresh baked bread. 

21. 6868 Restaurant

Invalidenstraße 159, 10115 Berlin

This unassuming Vietanmese restaurant is a neighborhood favorite for large Vietnamese dishes served quickly - skip the sushi and try one of their luch specials. You can’t go wrong with their salmon bowl or red curry with tofu. 

22. Tiny’s Pizza

Rosenthalerstraße 36, 10115 Berlin

Tiny’s Pizza packs a punch in their individually-portioned pizzas. Their buffala mozzarella pizza melts in your mouth and their pizza sauce is perfectly spicy and full of flavor. 

SWEET TREATS

1. California Pops

Eberswalder Str. 32, 10437 Berlin

This sidewalk popsicle shop is the perfect pit stop if you want a simple popsicle to cool you down on a summer day after running around in Mauerpark. Try their chocolate fudge popsicle and you’ll be in chocolatey heaven for the afternoon. 

2. PAR Creamery

Oderberger Str. 38, 10435 Berlin

One of the best ice cream shops in Berlin. Also carrying vegan versions of their eccentric flavors, they never disappoint whether you go for a basic Pistachio scoop or take the more adventurous route with a Plum Crumble option. 

3. Zeit für Brot

Weinbergsweg 2, 10119 Berlin (multiple locations)

RUN, don’t walk to any Zeit fur Brot location in Berlin. Their cinnamon rolls are famous and regularly requested for birthdays, anniversaries, or just to make any day special. They also carry small bites like sandwiches and salads along with fresh bread that they make daily. 

4. Eismanufaktur Berlin

Auguststraße 63, 10117 Berlin

This ice cream shop is tucked away behind Torstrasse and has one of the best pistachio gelatos I’ve ever tried. If you can beat the after school rush before flavors start selling out, this shop is well worth the visit. 

5. Princess Cheesecake

Tucholskystraße 37, 10117 Berlin

Famous in Berlin for their variety of cakes and cheesecakes, Princess Cheesecake is perfect for an afternoon tea date with a girlfriend, or to pick up a slice of cake to go to enjoy at home. I love their classic German cheesecake slice, which is thick and lucisous but make sure you also try their apple strudel when available. 

6. Rosa Canina

Ackerstraße 174, 10115 Berlin

An ice cream shop with limited but amazing flavors - they create all sorts of combinations ranging from mango passionfruit to cardamom mocha coffee. Grab a cone for only 2 Euro! 

7. Woop Woop Ice Cream Shop

Rosenthaler Str. 3, 10119 Berlin

Watch as your flavor of choice turns from a liquid formula into frosty smooth ice cream with the help of some liquid nitrogen. This trendy shop appeals to all sorts of ice cream lovers since the experience of watching your ice cream being made is just as satisfying as the ice cream itself. 

8. Süsse Sünde

Weinbergsweg 21, 10119 Berlin

This is my favorite ice cream shop to run to if a last minute ice cream craving hits - their thick scoops of gelato are the perfect after-dinning treat and they stay open past other ice cream shops in the area. 

9. Cuore di Vetro

Max-Beer-Straße 33, 10119 Berlin

This ice cream shop always has a line out the door. Their inventive flavors named after Bowie and The Cure are served with punk/new wave music playing in the background. They also serve Italian coffee and antipasto platters. 

10. Suzette Crêperie

Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

This creperie brings a little bit of Brittany to Berlin with their sweet and savory crepes. Their plain crepe really hits the spot, but if you have more of a sweet tooth then go for the chocolate and banana crepe. 

11. Cookies & Cream

Kremmener Str. 8, 10435 Berlin

This little shop nestled away on the Berlin Wall path specializes in American-style cookies. Pause. Now reread that sentence and appreciate that there are authentic american style cookies being sold in Berlin. Ok, now we can move on: their ice cream sandwiches are the real showstopper and they come out with unique flavors every few weeks during ice cream season.

DINE IN


1. Amrit

Oranienburger Str. 45, 10117 Berlin

If you want to eat Indian food then you should visit this restaurant - their use of spices and herbs is incredible and their dishes taste incredibly authentic. Their homemade ice teas compliment any of their dishes perfectly.

2. Babel

Kastanienallee 33, 10435 Berlin

You’ll always find people outside this falafel joint sharing one of the restaurant’s many platters - their falafel is fresh (not dripping in oil), their vegetables are cooked perfectly, and their hummus is not to be missed. 

3. Monsieur Vuong

Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin

There’s a reason why there’s usually a 20-30 minute wait every night to eat one of this restaurant’s famous bowls of pho. Their bowls stand out because of their fresh ingredients and their homemade drinks are worth the higher pricetag. 

4. Asuka-Sushi

Gleimstraße 27, 10437 Berlin

This small sushi restaurant in Prenzlauerberg serves up high quality sashimi - it’s my go-to sushi place that I can count on always being good with no funky-sushi feeling the next day. 

5. La Premiata

Weinbergsweg 4, 10119 Berlin

This hole-in-the-wall on Weinbergsweg serves up amazing cocktails that you can enjoy with some Italian small bites. In the summer they serve aperol to-go and they switch it up for gluhwein in the winter.

6. Lemon Grass Scent

Schwedter Straße 12, 10119 Berlin

Some of the best Vietnamese food in the city - I haven’t had anything here I don’t like. My usual order includes chicken skewers with peanut sauce, pad thai, red thai curry with tofu, or tom kha coconut soup. 

7. Bar Raval

Lübbener Str. 1, 10997 Berlin

Don’t let this Spanish tapas bar’s location fool you. Nestled away next to Görlitzer Park, this restaurant serves authentic Spanish tapas in an upscale environment. If you’re craving a gooey croquetas or deliciously fatty and smooth jamon iberico, head here for a date night. 

8. Gazzo

Hobrechtstraße 57, 12047 Berlin

I want to go to Gazzo for all future date nights, birthday celebrations, and weekend hang outs. Their spunky waiters serve up amazing pizzas but what keeps me coming back for more is their Olive Oil Gelato. Made from local cow’s milk, this gelato is topped with aromatic olive oil and shortbread cookies. Two words: show stopping!!! 

9. Mittendrin Restaurant & Café

Sophienstraße 19, 10178 Berlin

This traditional German restaurant does German cuisine justice. If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin in October, head to this restaurant for zwiebelkuchen and federweisser and you’ll go home with a smile on your face. 

10. Asman

Ackerstraße 20, 10115 Berlin

Delicious Indian food that is well worth the price - Go here if you’re craving a filling butter chicken dish with plenty of warm naan to scoop up the smooth sauce. 

11. Geist im Glas

Lenaustraße 27, 12047 Berlin

This spot is best known for being a bar, but their brunch menu is what all the locals are raving about. Their cocktails are incredible - strong, but not tough to drown and it’s hard to find better nachos and guac in Berlin. 

12. Mogg

Auguststraße 11-13, 10117 Berlin

This sun-filled and airy restaurant is best known for their pastrami sandwiches, which do not disappoint. One sandwich is plenty for one person, so I’d recommend adding one of their sides to your order and splitting the sandwich with a friend. 

13. Pastabar Gianni Gillone

Schönhauser Allee 186A, 10119 Berlin

One of my top picks for a lunch on a rainy day - their no-fuss Italian lunch specials are worth their weight in gold. I love their bolognese and aglio e olio - don’t forget to pick up some Italian cookies on your way out. 

14. Estelle Dining

Kopenhagener Str. 12A, 10437 Berlin

This trendy pizza joint in Prenzlaeurberg is a date-night favorite. Their curated menu has   the classics like margarita pizza, but the real winner is their caremelized onion pizza. Washed down with a cold beer, you have yourself a crowd pleaser. 

15. Marina Blu

Weinbergsweg 8a, 10119 Berlin

I love this spot for big group dinners - they have quick service, a big menu, and doesn’t disappoint whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or just popping in for a drink. 

16. Mädchenitaliener

Alte Schönhauser Str. 12, 10119 Berlin

This candle-lit restaurant serves up huge portions of saucy pasta. Since everything is homemade, it’s a bit more expensive than your typical restaurant in Berlin but it’s well worth the queue for a celebratory meal. 

17. Chay Viet

Brunnenstraße 164, 10119 Berlin

This vegan Vietnamese restaurant’s dishes are so tasty that you won’t miss the meat - their dishes are full of flavor and their portions are more than generous. I’d recommend any of their noodle dishes and their summer rolls with peanut sauce and tofu.  

18. YAFO

Auguststraße 43, 10119 Berlin

This restaurant exploded last summer - serving elevated hummus plates and Isreaeli dishes, visit this hip spot when you’re looking to impress your friends and enjoy some finger food. 

19. Coreen

Torstraße 179, 10115 Berlin

I was introduced to bibimbab at this restaurant and have never looked back - their bowls are incredible, but you can also have a satisfying meal by ordering a variety of starters. 

20. Com Viet

Münzstraße 3, 10178 Berlin

This tiny Vietnamese restaurant makes up for what it lacks in atmosphere with punchy flavors and authenticity. You can watch the chef whip up your order from any seat in the restaurant. Their pho bowls are hard to beat on a rainy day and I’ve been known to order summer rolls multiple days in a row from this spot. 

21. Pagode Thai Kitchen

Bergmannstraße 88, 10961 Berlin

A Thai favorite in Berlin - grab a quick lunch here (can’t go wrong with any of their noodle or rice dishes) and sit downstairs to escape the hum of Bergmannkietz or lounge outside while people watching . 

22. Lebensmittel in Mitte

Rochstraße 2, 10178 Berlin

One of the best known German restaurants in town, you can’t get more authentic to this. If you’re in town and want to try schnitzel, this is the place to go to. Served with a side of potato salad, a massive beer, or some sauerkraut, I applaud anyone who can actually finish their massive portion of breaded schnitzel. 

28. Huong Que

Bergmannstraße 96, 10961 Berlin

This Thai restaurant is a staple for the residents of Bergmannkietz. After you’ve tried their thai curries or their teriyaki salmon bowl, you’ll also be a regular. 

29. DJIMALAYA

Invalidenstraße 159, 10115 Berlin

30. Kamala

Oranienburger Str. 69, 10117 Berlin

31. Sisaket

Dircksenstraße 47, 10178 Berlin

32. Pho Co

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 20, 10178 Berlin

BARS / DRINKING / CLUBS

1. Belushi's Berlin

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41, 10178 Berlin

As an American writing this list, I had to include Berlin’s best known American Sports bar in this section. This place serves beers, wings, and pizza with the nice hum of sports (football, soccer, rugby, cricket, NASCAR, etc.) on their flat-screen TVs to really make it feel like the all-American experience. 

2. Scotch & Sofa

Kollwitzstraße 18, 10405 Berlin

This cozy bar off of Shonehauser Allee attracts posh Prenzlauerberg residents as well as some more eccentric artists, freelancers, and creatives. Their cocktails are hard to beat and there’s few better spots to hide out on a rainy night.

3. Prater Biergarten Berlin

Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435 Berlin

This beer garden is one of the best places to meet people, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a few beers with friends. It’s the oldest beer garden in the city and the atmosphere on a summer evening is hard to beat. People of all ages gather here to celebrate the end of the work week or for a casual meet up with friends to pregame on weekends. 

4. Sisyphos Nightclub

Hauptstraße 15, 10317 Berlin

One of the best open air techno clubs in Berlin - hard, but not impossible to get into if you know a thing or two about the vibe of the night. 

5. Buck and Breck

Brunnenstraße 177, 10119 Berlin

This bar hides between a police station and a bistro, you need to press a hidden buzzer outside the door to the attention of the doorman. If you pass the test, you’ll be one of 14 people at any given moment enjoying cocktails whipped up to your liking. 

6. An einem Sonntag im August

Kastanienallee 103, 10435 Berlin

Located in the ever-bumping Eberswelderstasse intersection of Berlin, this cafe and bar welcomes all sorts of clientele. Snag a spot on their outdoor swings or hang out for hours on their indoor sitting-steps while sipping rose or a Hendrick’s cocktail. 

7. Anna Hirsch Bar

Torstraße 221, 10115 Berlin

One of my favorite bars for a gin basil smash, small spontaneous dance parties, and interesting people to bump elbows with. This bar is hard to beat if you’re looking for a relaxed but fun Friday night. 

8. Torbar

Torstraße 183, 10115 Berlin

If you consider yourself a cocktail connoisseur, you’ll feel at home with the folks at Torbar. This upscale bar welcomes its regulars like family, and the friendly bartenders make it easy to feel like you belong. 

9. Melody Nelson

Novalisstraße 2, 10115 Berlin

I love a bar that serves snacks with its house wine so Melody Nelson easily shot to the top of my favorites list. Its jazzy background music and dim red lights make it perfect for a cozy date night. 

10. Berghain

Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

No description needed. 

11. Cassiopeia

Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

The perfect club if you’re in the mood for clubs that play music with words and don’t feel out of place singing along to the usual 2000s mainstream hits. A smaller dancefloor upstairs play reggaeton while the bigger dancefloor downstairs spins all your embarrassing favorites. 

12. Tresor

Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin

A great club to get lost in for the night with multiple hallways, dancefloors, and floors that let you leave reality checked at the door. 

13. Bar Saint Jean

Ziegelstraße 29, 10117 Berlin

Minimal decoration, excellent cocktails, cool music and an interesting crowd are the perfect mix for Bar Saint Jean in Mitte. 

14. KitKat Club

Köpenicker Straße 76, Brückenstraße 1, 10179 Berlin

Iconic club in Berlin famous for all kinds of debauchery - definitely not for the weak of heart, but an unforgettable experience if you’re brave enough to go! 

15. 100 Gramm Bar

Weinbergsweg 25, 10119 Berlin

This Russian bar is always a good place to have a few drinks and to meet new people. Its cozy interior and friendly bartenders make it an easy choice for a casual weekend night out. 

16. AMANO Bar

Auguststraße 43, 10119 Berlin

One of my favorite rooftop bars in Mitte - upscale but still friendly, I could spend hours sipping endless glasses of Matthias Gaul Rose. Perfect for watching the sun set behind the TV Tower. 

17. The Castle Bar

Frankfurter Tor 7, 10243 Berlin

A beer lover’s paradise with over 50 draft beers available. Its sister location in Mitte has a smaller selection of 20 draft beers, but a mini beer garden terrace that’s perfect for catching up with friends in the summer. 

18. Neue Odessa Bar  

Torstraße 89, 10119 Berlin

Usually crowded with people coming home from their corporate jobs - if you can get past the bouncer on a crowded Friday night and shout loud enough over the crowd to get the bartender’s attention, order a pisco sour and it definitely won’t be the only one you order. 

19. Cafe am Neuen See

Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin

This outdoor beer garten located inside of Tiergarten is one of Berlin’s hidden gems - unless you know it’s there hidden between the trees and the Spanish embassy, you wouldn’t find this spot on the shores of Neuer See. Sip your beer and eat a bratwurst under fairy lights, or be daring enough to grab a kayak and venture out into the lake yourself after a few drinks. 

20. Prince

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9-11, 10178 Berlin

An easy spot to talk to co-workers while enjoying a quick cocktail, or treat yourself to a drink after a long week of work without being recognized in the dark lighting. 

21. Zu mir order zu dir

Lychener Str. 15, 10437 Berlin

My all-time favorite bar to go to with girlfriends - there’s an eclectic enough crowd for you to meet people without it being forced, a friendly bouncer who actually wants to let you in, a live DJ, and a strong house wine that will get you drunk after one glass.

TO SEE

Topography of Terror - Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin
An outdoor and indoor history exhibit located at the former SS Headquarters and next to the longest stretch of the original Berlin Wall that is still standing. 

Lustgarten - Unter den Linden 1, 10178 Berlin
A wide expanse of greenery at the foot of the Berlinderdom to relax, listen to music, and meet up with friends. 

East Side Gallery - Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin
A must-see for anyone visiting Berlin, this every-changing art gallery pays tribute to socials issues of the past and present. 

Schloss Charlottenburg - Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin
A gorgeous rococo summer palace open to the public for tours. If you can’t make it to a tour, take a stroll through the public gardens for a quick escape from the hum of Berlin. 

Bebelplatz - Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin
A gorgeous square right on Unter den Linden, Bebelplatz is known as the site of one of the infamous Nazi book burning ceremonies held in the evening of 10 May 1933 in many German cities. Now students at Humboldt University hold a book sale in the square every year to mark the anniversary. The square hosts part of Humbolt University, the State Opera, and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral. 

Berlin Wall Memorial - Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin
Walk this 1.4km stretch to see parts of the Berlin wall that are still intact, learn more about the border between East and West Germany, and see how people managed their day to day life in a divided Berlin. 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin
The memorial designed by Peter Eisenman gives every visitor a different feeling: maybe a sense of foreboding, uncertainty, and sometimes even gidiness. Getting lost between the concrete slabs always gives me chills and reminds me of the impactful history of Germany. A must visit when in Berlin!

TO DO

Alte Nationalgalerie - Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
This gorgeous museum houses classical paintings and marble statues - it’s a quick trip that can be done in 90 minutes if you’re not the type of person who wants to spend a whole day at the museum.

Neues Museum - Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
This museum suffered intense damage during World War II but today houses ancient Egyptian and Nubian artifacts including the stunning Bust of Queen Nefertiti. 

Maeurpark - Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin
This is one of my favorite spots in all of Berlin - you can find people playing basketball, public karaoke on Sundays, a flea market on the weekends, people of all ages at the skatepark, young children swinging high on the XL swingset, drummers and dancers in their own world, and so much more at this wonderful park in Prenzlauerberg. 

Landwehrkanal
Sitting along the section of Landwhrkanal in Kreuzberg is one of Berlin’s many summer pleasures - hang out with your friends on the grass, float down the Spree River in an inflatable water donut, or walk along the canal and stop at any one of the many cafes alongside it. 

Tempelhofer - Tempelhofer Damm, 12101 Berlin
The former Tempelhof airport is now a public park where people gather for picnics, kite flying, bike rides, rollerblading, and sunbathing with ice cream in hand. This is just one example of how Berlin takes something old and reinvents it for modern day pleasures. 

Viktoriapark - Katzbachstraße, 10965 Berlin
Stumble your way through this park in Kreuzberg to the top of the National Monument commemorating the victory of the Alliance against Napoleon in the wars of liberation. The view from the top of the moment of Berlin is unrivalled and just a little further into the park, you can hear the hum of a manmade waterfall. 

Hackesche Höfe Courtyards - Rosenthaler Str. 40, 10178 Berlin
A great place to wander around when you have time to spare. The complex of courtyards has all sorts of fantastical architechture that is home to restaurants, cafes, and shops, ending next to Hackescher Markt.

EAT

CAFES & SNACKS

1. Codos Coffee

Rosenthaler Str. 1, 10119 Berlin

Black Apron’s sister cafe, CODOS is a cute alternative just down the road in Rosenthaler Platz. Its subdued pink walls and pastries-as-wall-decor vibes make it a nice place to hang with friends or stay and work for a while.

2. Duo - Sicilian Ice Cream

Skalitzer Str. 82, 10997 Berlin

If you’re in search of an authentic Italian brioche and pistachio gelato moment, look no further than Duo. They also serve almond granitas reminiscent of the best cafes in Sicily.

3. SOFI

Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin

Set your alarm clock if you’re planning on heading to SOFI because their goods really do sell like hotcakes. Their croissants and banana bread will convince you that the early morning wake-up is worth it. 

4. Lola was Here

Seelower Str. 8, 10439 Berlin

A cozy and cute Berlin cafe that’s very typical in the Prenzlauerberg neighborhood. The owners don’t mind if you spend the day working by the big windows and will serve you endless coffee with a smile. Try their cakes or kasespatzle if you’re looking for something more filling.

5. Cafe Oliv

Münzstraße 8, 10178 Berlin

One of my favorite cafes in Mitte - their lunch portions are generous and they make one of the best golden lattes in town. In the winter, they’re selling gluhwein to-go and in the summer their salads are brimming with ripe figs.


6. Caras Gourmet Cafe

Leipziger Pl. 1, 10117 Berlin

For those visiting Europe and don’t want to waste their time on Starbucks, but who love the familiarity of pre-packaged sandwiches, snacks, and large coffees, give Caras a try!


7. The Barn Cafe

Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin

There are a few different locations but the Barn Cafe on Auguststrasse has the best service, never runs out of snacks, and always has a pile of fresh magazines to flip through while you wait for your coffee.

8. Kauf Dich Glücklich Café

Oderberger Str. 44, 10435 Berlin

This quirky cafe is right at home on Oderbergerstrasse - people queue up for their fresh waffles, ice cream, and sweet crepes. Their iced mocha latte is the perfect pick-me-up on a sunny day!

9. Cafe KRONE

Oderberger Str. 38, 10435 Berlin

Cafe KRONE’s victorian-era deco makes it perfect for a quick bite with children after an afternoon running around Maeurpark. Don’t miss their carrot cake or banana bread. 

10. Cafe Bekarei

Dunckerstaße 23, 10437 Berlin

This gem sells some of the best pasteis de nata in Berlin. Tucked away in Prenzlauerberg, it sells Portuguese pastries like sweet croissants and queijada. 

11. Oslo Kaffebar

Eichendorffstraße 13, 10115 Berlin

A Mitte favorite, Oslo Kaffebar is a safe bet if you’re looking for a strong coffee, a quick bite, or reliable wifi. 

12. P-berg Coffee

Schönhauser Allee 89, 10439 Berlin

Another Prenzlauerberg staple serving extra-large iced lattes and affordable lunch specials with a side of reliable WiFi. 

13. Zimt & Zucker

Potsdamer Straße 103, 10785 Berlin

One of my favorite cafes for a German classic: apple strudel! Ask for it warmed up with a side of vanilla ice cream and sit back while people-watching at this location near Kurfürstenstraße. 

14. Cuccuma

Zossener Str. 34, 10961 Berlin

A hidden favorite for vegans in Bergmankeitz, this cafe offers a huge selection of vegan drinks and pastries as well as a lofted area for students looking to work on their laptops for a few hours. 

15. Cappuccino Grand Café

Tucholskystraße 36, 10117 Berlin

There are few spots better than Cappuccino Grand Cafe for a bit of sunbathing and people watching on a summer day. Bring your sunglasses, a good book, and relax on their sidewalk patio while sipping your coffee. 

16. What do you fancy love?

Linienstraße 41, 10119 Berlin

Three words: chocolate chip cookies! This cafe near Rosa Luxembourg Platz serves up all sorts of sweet things like chocolate cake, some of the best cookies in Berlin, and brown-sugar-laden oatmeal. 

17. Cafe Anna Blume

Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435 Berlin

This cafe is best for a sit-down kaffee und kuchen date. Their wide array of cakes will make any sweets-lover grin and their lattes come in one size only: large. This cafe serves up some of the best treats, but their lunch specials do not disappoint. 

18. Roststatte Berlin

Ackerstraße 173, 10115 Berlin

Add this cafe to the list of coffee shops that take their roasting very seriously - their coffee is strong, but not bitter so it makes sense why there are always people at this neighborhood spot. 

19. KaffeeMitte

Weinmeisterstraße 9a, 10178 Berlin

This cafe is one of the best spots to people watch - order any coffee, an Italian croissant, and sit back and watch the world pass by from one of their window-side stools. 

20. Weinerei Forum

Fehrbelliner Str. 57, 10119 Berlin

Weinerei Forum is a cafe during the day that starts serving wine as early as it possibly can. It’s hard to miss at the base of Zionskirchplatz since it monopolizes the sidewalk with its colorful furniture and loyal customers - the atmosphere is everything here so come with a good book or a chatty friend and be prepared to drink a few glasses of wine and snack on mini pizzas or open-faced sandwiches. 

21. Father Carpenter

Münzstraße 21, 10178 Berlin

I’m not usually one to advocate spending money on avocado toast, but the avocado toast dishes at Father Carpenter are well worth every Euro. It’s also one of my favorite cafes for a quick coffee but brunch here is hard to book, but with good reason. 

22. Winterfeldt Schokoladen

Goltzstraße 23, 10781 Berlin

A chocolate supplier with a cafe as well - I love this spot in Schoneberg for its unique chocolate-based drinks like a spicy hot chocolate or a cardamom-mocha latte. 

23. Kaffee Marlene

Kastanienallee 103, 10435 Berlin

Kaffee Marlene’s breakfast plates are what keep people coming in for more but it’s location is unparalleled whether you’re looking for a quick bite between shopping, running errands, or seeing friends. 

24. Ruben’s Coffee Lounge

Mehringdamm 65, 10961 Berlin

A sunny spot near Bergmannkiez to lounge, people watch and order Bananenweizen. The waiters are friendly and will let you try multiple things off the menu until you find something that you like! 

25. Les Pâtisseries de Sébastien

Invalidenstraße 157, 10115 Berlin

Hands down the best French bakery in Mitte. Sebastian himself can be found rolling out the dough for his perfectly crispy and buttery croissants. Also on the menu are macarons, an assortment of French tarts and pastries. My recommendation: an espresso and an oranais (apricot croissant). 

26. Pastelaria A Galão

Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin

This Portuguese cafe is a go-to for people of all ages. Everyone loves drinking milky galaos out of the cafe’s mismatches cups and glasses. Their paninis make a quick and tasty lunch or snack and you can’t go wrong with a nata or two. 

27. Funk You

Rosenthaler Str. 23, 10119 Berlin

This was one of the first cafes I went to in Berlin - mostly because they are very flexible with substitutions and additions to their smoothies. They serve great coffee as well as a variety of trendy and healthy food like acai bowls, vegan energy balls, and matcha lattes. 

28. Black Apron

Invalidenstraße 1, 10115 Berlin

A trendy restaurant serving up big mugs of coffee, sandwiches, and small baked goods. They’re one of the only cafes in town that serve a proper American biscuit with jam and salted butter. You’ll spot more than one millennial working out of this cafe on a weekday afternoon because the calm atmosphere and sunny window-side seats instantly elevate your mood. 

29. Distrikt Coffee

Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin

Not only does this place serve stellar coffee, but they also have incredible lunch items like chickpea in ragu sauce and loaded avocado toast. I’d recommend meeting a friend here for a late breakfast and taking a seat outside. 

30. Black Isle Bakery

Weinbergsweg 23, 10119 Berlin

This London-inspired bakery is true to its English origins with a variety of tea, heavy cakes, and coffee to choose from. You can enjoy all of this and more in the cafe’s minimalist interior. 

31. Type Hype

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9-13, 10178 Berlin

A buzzing cafe near Alexanderplatz often frequented by young professionals taking a quick break from their 9-5, Type Hype serves all the coffeeshop classics in a hipster haven filled with coffee-table books. 

32. Napoljonska

Kastanienallee 43, 10119 Berlin

This adorable cafe decked out in pink on Kastanienallee serves up a mean banana bread that should only be slowly savored over a steaming mug of coffee on a brisk Berlin morning. 

33. Cookies & Co.

Senefelderstraße 4, 10437 Berlin

This Russian cafe specializes in Russian brunch but you should skip the eccentric brunch menu and grab one of their pastries and a coffee to keep your energy up while running errands in Prenzlauerberg. 

34. Brasserie Am Gendarmenmarkt

Taubenstraße 30, 10117 Berlin (outdoor only)

Coffee? Check. Aperol? Check. Amazing setting? Check. Check. Check. This brasserie is located on the Gendarmenmarkt plaza. For an affordable price, you can relax while waiters dressed in all white uniforms whisk drinks from table to table.

35. Keyser Soze

Tucholskystraße 33, 10117 Berlin

The perfect spot for a leisurely Sunday coffee or glass of wine with a friend - grab a spot by the window for the perfect vibes.

36. Bonanza Coffee Heroes

Oderberger Str. 35, 10435 Berlin

Another cult favorite coffee spot - there's always a queue out the door for Bonanza's coffee. Grab a milky latte or cappuccino in lieu of one of their pastries and you'll have the perfect (trendy & functional) accessory for a stroll in Mauerpark.

QUICK BITES

1. Curry 36

Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin

A Berlin establishment, Curry 36 is always buzzing with people looking to get their currywurst fix. A classic order is currywurst with fries, ketchup, and mayo. Be ready to burp this up for the remainder of the day/night. 

2. Banh Mi Stable

Alte Schönhauser Str. 50, 10119 Berlin

This tiny Bahn Mi shop nestled between Rosa Luxembourg Strasse and Alexanderplatz is serving up Vietnamese sandwiches for as little as 4 Euro. They have two options: classic pork or with tofu. And trust me, the tofu bahn mi sandwich packs a punch and is filled to the brim with the goods (pickled daikon and carrots are my weakness). 

3. Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap

Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin

People are willing to wait more than an hour for a doner from Mustafa’s. The line regularly snakes down the street but the wait is well worth it for what some people say is the best doner in all of Germany! 

4. Magic John’s

Oranienburger Str. 48, 10117 Berlin

This American style pizza joint is a winner in my book. Sometimes you want an Italian style thin-crust margarita pizza but other times you want a fluffy thick crust with an even coat of cheese and delectable toppings. Magic John’s does the trick whether you’re looking for a Friday night bite or a full pizza to devour with friends. I’ve also heard the garlic knots are fantastic. 

5. Baden im Wein

Schönhauser Allee 155, 10435 Berlin

A cute German wine shop with plenty of options to taste and try. Their prices are cheap and you can order small bites “tapas-style” to share with a buddy. 

6. bacg

Neue Schönhauser Str. 1, 10178 Berlin

Bacq is a colorful cafe serving coffee, drinks, and small plates like hummus, sweet potato fries, and smoothies. 

7. La Focacceria

Fehrbelliner Str. 24, 10119 Berlin

An unassuming focacceria near Zionskirchplatz serving affordable focaccia pizza by the slice. Don’t skimp and order at least three slices - trust me, you won’t regret it! They also serve tiramisu by the slice which is heaven on a cold, winter night. 

8. Lost My Love to Italy

Torstraße 165, 10115 Berlin

If you like Italian food, you’ll love this cafe. The weekly specials never disappoint and if you spot an arancini, make sure you don’t hesitate to grab it! Guisseppe is the charismatic man behind the counter and can convince you to try pretty much anything! 

9. My Goodness

Brunnenstraße 24, 10119 Berlin

Unsurprisingly, affordable smoothie bars are hard to come by in Berlin but My Goodness solves this problem with their casual and cute smoothie bar. There are two locations, but the one on Brunnenstrasse is connected to a lounge space owned by the spin studio next door and the atmosphere gives me all the New York City vibes. 

10. Rüyam Gemüse Kebab

Schönhauser Allee 44A, 10435 Berlin

A popular doner spot that won’t hold back on the toppings keeps people coming back to this kebab shop for more - grab a bite to eat from this shop on your way home from any one of the bars in the area. 

11. Mi Buenos Aires en Berlin!

Kastanienallee 90, 10435 Berlin

If you’re craving authentic Argentinian empanadas, this is the place to beat. The counter is worked by a friendly waitress who will tell you stories about Argentina while she warms up your homemade empanadas. Eat one for a snack or three for a meal - either way, you won’t regret making a quick pit stop at this empanada shop! 

12. Tommi’s Burger Joint

Invalidenstraße 160, 10115 Berlin

Tommi’s has a fan base of loyal fans and their burger combos explain why. There’s something on the menu for everyone - this burger joint is slightly fancier than your typical Five Guys, but it’s still not necessary for you to whip out a fork and knife when you’re craving a good burger. 

13. Backer Taudien

Invalidenstraße 156, 10115 Berlin

You know a bakery is good when there’s a line out the door at all hours of the day - a line of Germans nonetheless! This bakery has all the basics: baguettes, rolls, buns, croissants. Since it’s a German bakery, the breads aren’t as sweet as you’d expect from a typical bakery but they have a selection of tarts, cheesecakes, and crumble bars to make up for it. 

14. Burgermeister

Schönhauser Allee 45, 10435 Berlin

My go to burger place when I’m in the mood for something that will cure me of my hangover. Skip their loaded fries and get the classic Meisterburger (or even better, make it a cheeseburger) to satisfy any burger craving. 

15. Parlamento Degli Angeli

Bergmannstraße 109, 10961 Berlin

This Italian joint serves up XL thin crust pizzas that you’ll inhale in less than 10 minutes - guaranteed! Sometimes there’s even an adorable accordion player seranding customers as they enjoy their aperol spritzes. 

16. Tadim

Adalbertstraße 98, 10999 Berlin

The Turkish pizza and falafel from this spot definitely hit the spot. You’ll see Berlin youths hanging out outside this shop because it’s quick, cheap, and surrounded by bars to pop in and out of. 

17. K'Ups Gemüsekebap

Kastanienallee 102, 10435 Berlin

I don’t know what sort of special sauce this doner shop uses in their wraps and sandwiches, but it keeps me coming back for more as often as I possibly can. They roast their vegetables instead of putting them into your order raw and it truly makes all the difference. This is my favorite doner in Berlin. 

18. Café Fleury

Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin

A casual yet elevated French cafe next to Weinbergspark is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat (try their Provence sandwich), sip a cappuccino on their terrace under their heat lamps, or meet a friend for a glass of rose. They also have a counter full of French candies like carambars and adding a madeleine to your order never hurt anyone. 

19. Shisho Burger

Auguststraße 29c, 10119 Berlin

This trendy burger joint is serving up Japanese style burgers (their sauces are amazing) and Berliners are loving it. Their portions are small, so add a side of sweet potato fries or kimchi to your order. 

20. Zur Rose

Weinbergsweg 26, 10119 Berlin

Never thought I’d recommend a cheese plate as the distinguishing feature for a cafe, but Zur Rose has done an incredible job of curating their with delicious hard & soft cheese and fresh baked bread. 

21. 6868 Restaurant

Invalidenstraße 159, 10115 Berlin

This unassuming Vietanmese restaurant is a neighborhood favorite for large Vietnamese dishes served quickly - skip the sushi and try one of their luch specials. You can’t go wrong with their salmon bowl or red curry with tofu. 

22. Tiny’s Pizza

Rosenthalerstraße 36, 10115 Berlin

Tiny’s Pizza packs a punch in their individually-portioned pizzas. Their buffala mozzarella pizza melts in your mouth and their pizza sauce is perfectly spicy and full of flavor. 

23. District Mot

Rosenthaler Str. 62, 10119 Berlin

Some of the best quick street food I've had - try their chicken skewers, fried spring rolls, and fresh summer rolls. Skip their modern take on the bahn mi sandwich and opt for their dumplings instead. Sip sweet tea while waiting for your order to be prepared.

SWEET TREATS

1. California Pops

Eberswalder Str. 32, 10437 Berlin

This sidewalk popsicle shop is the perfect pit stop if you want a simple popsicle to cool you down on a summer day after running around in Mauerpark. Try their chocolate fudge popsicle and you’ll be in chocolatey heaven for the afternoon. 

2. PAR Creamery

Oderberger Str. 38, 10435 Berlin

One of the best ice cream shops in Berlin. Also carrying vegan versions of their eccentric flavors, they never disappoint whether you go for a basic Pistachio scoop or take the more adventurous route with a Plum Crumble option. 

3. Zeit für Brot

Weinbergsweg 2, 10119 Berlin (multiple locations)

RUN, don’t walk to any Zeit fur Brot location in Berlin. Their cinnamon rolls are famous and regularly requested for birthdays, anniversaries, or just to make any day special. They also carry small bites like sandwiches and salads along with fresh bread that they make daily. 

4. Eismanufaktur Berlin

Auguststraße 63, 10117 Berlin

This ice cream shop is tucked away behind Torstrasse and has one of the best pistachio gelatos I’ve ever tried. If you can beat the after school rush before flavors start selling out, this shop is well worth the visit. 

5. Princess Cheesecake

Tucholskystraße 37, 10117 Berlin

Famous in Berlin for their variety of cakes and cheesecakes, Princess Cheesecake is perfect for an afternoon tea date with a girlfriend, or to pick up a slice of cake to go to enjoy at home. I love their classic German cheesecake slice, which is thick and lucisous but make sure you also try their apple strudel when available. 

6. Rosa Canina

Ackerstraße 174, 10115 Berlin

An ice cream shop with limited but amazing flavors - they create all sorts of combinations ranging from mango passionfruit to cardamom mocha coffee. Grab a cone for only 2 Euro! 

7. Woop Woop Ice Cream Shop

Rosenthaler Str. 3, 10119 Berlin

Watch as your flavor of choice turns from a liquid formula into frosty smooth ice cream with the help of some liquid nitrogen. This trendy shop appeals to all sorts of ice cream lovers since the experience of watching your ice cream being made is just as satisfying as the ice cream itself. 

8. Süsse Sünde

Weinbergsweg 21, 10119 Berlin

This is my favorite ice cream shop to run to if a last minute ice cream craving hits - their thick scoops of gelato are the perfect after-dinning treat and they stay open past other ice cream shops in the area. 

9. Cuore di Vetro

Max-Beer-Straße 33, 10119 Berlin

This ice cream shop always has a line out the door. Their inventive flavors named after Bowie and The Cure are served with punk/new wave music playing in the background. They also serve Italian coffee and antipasto platters. 

10. Suzette Crêperie

Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

This creperie brings a little bit of Brittany to Berlin with their sweet and savory crepes. Their plain crepe really hits the spot, but if you have more of a sweet tooth then go for the chocolate and banana crepe. 

11. Cookies & Cream

Kremmener Str. 8, 10435 Berlin

This little shop nestled away on the Berlin Wall path specializes in American-style cookies. Pause. Now reread that sentence and appreciate that there are authentic american style cookies being sold in Berlin. Ok, now we can move on: their ice cream sandwiches are the real showstopper and they come out with unique flavors every few weeks during ice cream season.

DINE IN


1. Amrit

Oranienburger Str. 45, 10117 Berlin

If you want to eat Indian food then you should visit this restaurant - their use of spices and herbs is incredible and their dishes taste incredibly authentic. Their homemade ice teas compliment any of their dishes perfectly.

2. Babel

Kastanienallee 33, 10435 Berlin

You’ll always find people outside this falafel joint sharing one of the restaurant’s many platters - their falafel is fresh (not dripping in oil), their vegetables are cooked perfectly, and their hummus is not to be missed. 

3. Monsieur Vuong

Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin

There’s a reason why there’s usually a 20-30 minute wait every night to eat one of this restaurant’s famous bowls of pho. Their bowls stand out because of their fresh ingredients and their homemade drinks are worth the higher pricetag. 

4. Asuka-Sushi

Gleimstraße 27, 10437 Berlin

This small sushi restaurant in Prenzlauerberg serves up high quality sashimi - it’s my go-to sushi place that I can count on always being good with no funky-sushi feeling the next day. 

5. La Premiata

Weinbergsweg 4, 10119 Berlin

This hole-in-the-wall on Weinbergsweg serves up amazing cocktails that you can enjoy with some Italian small bites. In the summer they serve aperol to-go and they switch it up for gluhwein in the winter.

6. Lemon Grass Scent

Schwedter Straße 12, 10119 Berlin

Some of the best Vietnamese food in the city - I haven’t had anything here I don’t like. My usual order includes chicken skewers with peanut sauce, pad thai, red thai curry with tofu, or tom kha coconut soup. 

7. Bar Raval

Lübbener Str. 1, 10997 Berlin

Don’t let this Spanish tapas bar’s location fool you. Nestled away next to Görlitzer Park, this restaurant serves authentic Spanish tapas in an upscale environment. If you’re craving a gooey croquetas or deliciously fatty and smooth jamon iberico, head here for a date night. 

8. Gazzo

Hobrechtstraße 57, 12047 Berlin

I want to go to Gazzo for all future date nights, birthday celebrations, and weekend hang outs. Their spunky waiters serve up amazing pizzas but what keeps me coming back for more is their Olive Oil Gelato. Made from local cow’s milk, this gelato is topped with aromatic olive oil and shortbread cookies. Two words: show stopping!!! 

9. Mittendrin Restaurant & Café

Sophienstraße 19, 10178 Berlin

This traditional German restaurant does German cuisine justice. If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin in October, head to this restaurant for zwiebelkuchen and federweisser and you’ll go home with a smile on your face. 

10. Asman

Ackerstraße 20, 10115 Berlin

Delicious Indian food that is well worth the price - Go here if you’re craving a filling butter chicken dish with plenty of warm naan to scoop up the smooth sauce. 

11. Geist im Glas

Lenaustraße 27, 12047 Berlin

This spot is best known for being a bar, but their brunch menu is what all the locals are raving about. Their cocktails are incredible - strong, but not tough to drown and it’s hard to find better nachos and guac in Berlin. 

12. Mogg

Auguststraße 11-13, 10117 Berlin

This sun-filled and airy restaurant is best known for their pastrami sandwiches, which do not disappoint. One sandwich is plenty for one person, so I’d recommend adding one of their sides to your order and splitting the sandwich with a friend. 

13. Pastabar Gianni Gillone

Schönhauser Allee 186A, 10119 Berlin

One of my top picks for a lunch on a rainy day - their no-fuss Italian lunch specials are worth their weight in gold. I love their bolognese and aglio e olio - don’t forget to pick up some Italian cookies on your way out. 

14. Estelle Dining

Kopenhagener Str. 12A, 10437 Berlin

This trendy pizza joint in Prenzlaeurberg is a date-night favorite. Their curated menu has   the classics like margarita pizza, but the real winner is their caremelized onion pizza. Washed down with a cold beer, you have yourself a crowd pleaser. 

15. Marina Blu

Weinbergsweg 8a, 10119 Berlin

I love this spot for big group dinners - they have quick service, a big menu, and doesn’t disappoint whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or just popping in for a drink. 

16. Mädchenitaliener

Alte Schönhauser Str. 12, 10119 Berlin

This candle-lit restaurant serves up huge portions of saucy pasta. Since everything is homemade, it’s a bit more expensive than your typical restaurant in Berlin but it’s well worth the queue for a celebratory meal. 

17. Chay Viet

Brunnenstraße 164, 10119 Berlin

This vegan Vietnamese restaurant’s dishes are so tasty that you won’t miss the meat - their dishes are full of flavor and their portions are more than generous. I’d recommend any of their noodle dishes and their summer rolls with peanut sauce and tofu.  

18. YAFO

Auguststraße 43, 10119 Berlin

This restaurant exploded last summer - serving elevated hummus plates and Isreaeli dishes, visit this hip spot when you’re looking to impress your friends and enjoy some finger food. 

19. Coreen

Torstraße 179, 10115 Berlin

I was introduced to bibimbab at this restaurant and have never looked back - their bowls are incredible, but you can also have a satisfying meal by ordering a variety of starters. 

20. Com Viet

Münzstraße 3, 10178 Berlin

This tiny Vietnamese restaurant makes up for what it lacks in atmosphere with punchy flavors and authenticity. You can watch the chef whip up your order from any seat in the restaurant. Their pho bowls are hard to beat on a rainy day and I’ve been known to order summer rolls multiple days in a row from this spot. 

21. Pagode Thai Kitchen

Bergmannstraße 88, 10961 Berlin

A Thai favorite in Berlin - grab a quick lunch here (can’t go wrong with any of their noodle or rice dishes) and sit downstairs to escape the hum of Bergmannkietz or lounge outside while people watching . 

22. Lebensmittel in Mitte

Rochstraße 2, 10178 Berlin

One of the best known German restaurants in town, you can’t get more authentic to this. If you’re in town and want to try schnitzel, this is the place to go to. Served with a side of potato salad, a massive beer, or some sauerkraut, I applaud anyone who can actually finish their massive portion of breaded schnitzel. 

28. Huong Que

Bergmannstraße 96, 10961 Berlin

This Thai restaurant is a staple for the residents of Bergmannkietz. After you’ve tried their thai curries or their teriyaki salmon bowl, you’ll also be a regular. 

29. DJIMALAYA

Invalidenstraße 159, 10115 Berlin

A crowd favorite, Djimalaya is serving up some of the best Israeli food in town. You can't beat any of their hummus plates but you also can't go wrong with any one of their sides. One thing's for sure - don't miss their heavenly pita bread (basically fluffy clouds) to scoop everything up with.

30. Kamala

Oranienburger Str. 69, 10117 Berlin

A cute spot right by the New Synagogue in Mitte, this is my go to place when I'm craving a steaming pile of pad thai. It doesn't take too much to convince me to have a weekday lunch at this neighborhood spot because their food is delicious, their service is quick, and their prices are more than fair.

31. Sisaket

Dircksenstraße 47, 10178 Berlin

An elegant and calm restaurant with excellent service and ample portions - this Thai restaurant serves great starters and huge curries to keep you satiated for hours to come. Their presentation makes you feel like you're paying more than a few bucks for an entree and they go above and beyond to welcome guests.

32. Pho Co

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 20, 10178 Berlin

Their flavors are perfectly balanced with spices and smells. Their noodle soups and udon dishes are wonderfully warming and the Nem are excellent. If you're not up for the line at Monsieur Vuong, just remember that this place exists.

33. Silo Coffee

Gabriel-Max-Straße 4, 10245 Berlin

Some of the best coffee & brunch I've had in Berlin - this spot has some of the best truffle eggs and avocado toast (I realize after writing about avocado toast at least three times on this list, I'm apparently a big fan).

34. Rodolfo's Tapas Bar

Choriner Str. 62, 10435 Berlin

A low-key tapas bar owned by two friendly Latin American hosts - this is a great and unassuming spot to meet friends for some drinks & snacks or to split one of their platters among friends.

35. Sisal

Mulackstraße 20, 10119 Berlin

Quick Italian joint to get your pizza or pasta fix from - their daily specials never disappoint and you'll want to make a pit stop here whenever you're in the area.

36. Muret la Barba

Rosenthaler Str. 61, 10119 Berlin

A popular Italian spot for upscale dishes serving wine and cheese for those who are looking to just graze before heading to their final destination.

37. Transit

Rosenthaler Str. 68, 10119 Berlin

Insanely popular Asian tapas restaurant in Mitte - great place to meet friends and try a few different dishes. Their shumai are succulent and their red thai curry with chicken hits the spot after a long day of work.

BARS / DRINKING / CLUBS

1. Belushi's Berlin

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41, 10178 Berlin

As an American writing this list, I had to include Berlin’s best known American Sports bar in this section. This place serves beers, wings, and pizza with the nice hum of sports (football, soccer, rugby, cricket, NASCAR, etc.) on their flat-screen TVs to really make it feel like the all-American experience. 

2. Scotch & Sofa

Kollwitzstraße 18, 10405 Berlin

This cozy bar off of Shonehauser Allee attracts posh Prenzlauerberg residents as well as some more eccentric artists, freelancers, and creatives. Their cocktails are hard to beat and there’s few better spots to hide out on a rainy night.

3. Prater Biergarten Berlin

Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435 Berlin

This beer garden is one of the best places to meet people, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy a few beers with friends. It’s the oldest beer garden in the city and the atmosphere on a summer evening is hard to beat. People of all ages gather here to celebrate the end of the work week or for a casual meet up with friends to pregame on weekends. 

4. Sisyphos Nightclub

Hauptstraße 15, 10317 Berlin

One of the best open air techno clubs in Berlin - hard, but not impossible to get into if you know a thing or two about the vibe of the night. 

5. Buck and Breck

Brunnenstraße 177, 10119 Berlin

This bar hides between a police station and a bistro, you need to press a hidden buzzer outside the door to the attention of the doorman. If you pass the test, you’ll be one of 14 people at any given moment enjoying cocktails whipped up to your liking. 

6. An einem Sonntag im August

Kastanienallee 103, 10435 Berlin

Located in the ever-bumping Eberswelderstasse intersection of Berlin, this cafe and bar welcomes all sorts of clientele. Snag a spot on their outdoor swings or hang out for hours on their indoor sitting-steps while sipping rose or a Hendrick’s cocktail. 

7. Anna Hirsch Bar

Torstraße 221, 10115 Berlin

One of my favorite bars for a gin basil smash, small spontaneous dance parties, and interesting people to bump elbows with. This bar is hard to beat if you’re looking for a relaxed but fun Friday night. 

8. Torbar

Torstraße 183, 10115 Berlin

If you consider yourself a cocktail connoisseur, you’ll feel at home with the folks at Torbar. This upscale bar welcomes its regulars like family, and the friendly bartenders make it easy to feel like you belong. 

9. Melody Nelson

Novalisstraße 2, 10115 Berlin

I love a bar that serves snacks with its house wine so Melody Nelson easily shot to the top of my favorites list. Its jazzy background music and dim red lights make it perfect for a cozy date night. 

10. Berghain

Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

No description needed. 

11. Cassiopeia

Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

The perfect club if you’re in the mood for clubs that play music with words and don’t feel out of place singing along to the usual 2000s mainstream hits. A smaller dancefloor upstairs play reggaeton while the bigger dancefloor downstairs spins all your embarrassing favorites. 

12. Tresor

Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin

A great club to get lost in for the night with multiple hallways, dancefloors, and floors that let you leave reality checked at the door. 

13. Bar Saint Jean

Ziegelstraße 29, 10117 Berlin

Minimal decoration, excellent cocktails, cool music and an interesting crowd are the perfect mix for Bar Saint Jean in Mitte. 

14. KitKat Club

Köpenicker Straße 76, Brückenstraße 1, 10179 Berlin

Iconic club in Berlin famous for all kinds of debauchery - definitely not for the weak of heart, but an unforgettable experience if you’re brave enough to go! 

15. 100 Gramm Bar

Weinbergsweg 25, 10119 Berlin

This Russian bar is always a good place to have a few drinks and to meet new people. Its cozy interior and friendly bartenders make it an easy choice for a casual weekend night out. 

16. AMANO Bar

Auguststraße 43, 10119 Berlin

One of my favorite rooftop bars in Mitte - upscale but still friendly, I could spend hours sipping endless glasses of Matthias Gaul Rose. Perfect for watching the sun set behind the TV Tower. 

17. The Castle Bar

Frankfurter Tor 7, 10243 Berlin

A beer lover’s paradise with over 50 draft beers available. Its sister location in Mitte has a smaller selection of 20 draft beers, but a mini beer garden terrace that’s perfect for catching up with friends in the summer. 

18. Neue Odessa Bar  

Torstraße 89, 10119 Berlin

Usually crowded with people coming home from their corporate jobs - if you can get past the bouncer on a crowded Friday night and shout loud enough over the crowd to get the bartender’s attention, order a pisco sour and it definitely won’t be the only one you order. 

19. Cafe am Neuen See

Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin

This outdoor beer garten located inside of Tiergarten is one of Berlin’s hidden gems - unless you know it’s there hidden between the trees and the Spanish embassy, you wouldn’t find this spot on the shores of Neuer See. Sip your beer and eat a bratwurst under fairy lights, or be daring enough to grab a kayak and venture out into the lake yourself after a few drinks. 

20. Prince

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9-11, 10178 Berlin

An easy spot to talk to co-workers while enjoying a quick cocktail, or treat yourself to a drink after a long week of work without being recognized in the dark lighting. 

21. Zu mir order zu dir

Lychener Str. 15, 10437 Berlin

My all-time favorite bar to go to with girlfriends - there’s an eclectic enough crowd for you to meet people without it being forced, a friendly bouncer who actually wants to let you in, a live DJ, and a strong house wine that will get you drunk after one glass.

22. My Bar ICI

Auguststraße 61, 10117 Berlin

Awesome,  neighborhood bar. Small, but very cozy and the staff is always nice and friendly. They've got a great array of drinks and the jazz and blues selection is always fantastic.


TO SEE

1. Topography of Terror

Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin

An outdoor and indoor history exhibit located at the former SS Headquarters and next to the longest stretch of the original Berlin Wall that is still standing. 

2. Lustgarten

Unter den Linden 1, 10178 Berlin

A wide expanse of greenery at the foot of the Berlinderdom to relax, listen to music, and meet up with friends. 

3. East Side Gallery

Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin

A must-see for anyone visiting Berlin, this every-changing art gallery pays tribute to socials issues of the past and present. 

4. Schloss Charlottenburg

Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin

A gorgeous rococo summer palace open to the public for tours. If you can’t make it to a tour, take a stroll through the public gardens for a quick escape from the hum of Berlin. 

5. Bebelplatz

Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin

A gorgeous square right on Unter den Linden, Bebelplatz is known as the site of one of the infamous Nazi book burning ceremonies held in the evening of 10 May 1933 in many German cities. Now students at Humboldt University hold a book sale in the square every year to mark the anniversary. The square hosts part of Humbolt University, the State Opera, and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral. 

6. Berlin Wall Memorial

Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin

Walk this 1.4km stretch to see parts of the Berlin wall that are still intact, learn more about the border between East and West Germany, and see how people managed their day to day life in a divided Berlin. 

7. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin

The memorial designed by Peter Eisenman gives every visitor a different feeling: maybe a sense of foreboding, uncertainty, and sometimes even gidiness. Getting lost between the concrete slabs always gives me chills and reminds me of the impactful history of Germany. A must visit when in Berlin!

8. Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin

My favorite plaza in all of Berlin - this stunning spot is perfect for sunbathing, people watching, or relaxing with a coffee or ice cream from one of the surrounding cafes. See if you can spot the differences between the French Cathedral and the Deutscher Dom.

TO DO

1. Alte Nationalgalerie

Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

This gorgeous museum houses classical paintings and marble statues - it’s a quick trip that can be done in 90 minutes if you’re not the type of person who wants to spend a whole day at the museum.

2. Neues Museum

Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

This museum suffered intense damage during World War II but today houses ancient Egyptian and Nubian artifacts including the stunning Bust of Queen Nefertiti. 

3. Maeurpark

Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin

This is one of my favorite spots in all of Berlin - you can find people playing basketball, public karaoke on Sundays, a flea market on the weekends, people of all ages at the skatepark, young children swinging high on the XL swingset, drummers and dancers in their own world, and so much more at this wonderful park in Prenzlauerberg. 

4. Landwehrkanal

Sitting along the section of Landwhrkanal in Kreuzberg is one of Berlin’s many summer pleasures - hang out with your friends on the grass, float down the Spree River in an inflatable water donut, or walk along the canal and stop at any one of the many cafes alongside it. 

5. Tempelhofer

Tempelhofer Damm, 12101 Berlin

The former Tempelhof airport is now a public park where people gather for picnics, kite flying, bike rides, rollerblading, and sunbathing with ice cream in hand. This is just one example of how Berlin takes something old and reinvents it for modern day pleasures. 

6. Viktoriapark

Katzbachstraße, 10965 Berlin

Stumble your way through this park in Kreuzberg to the top of the National Monument commemorating the victory of the Alliance against Napoleon in the wars of liberation. The view from the top of the moment of Berlin is unrivalled and just a little further into the park, you can hear the hum of a manmade waterfall. 

7. Hackesche Höfe Courtyards

Rosenthaler Str. 40, 10178 Berlin

A great place to wander around when you have time to spare. The complex of courtyards has all sorts of fantastical architecture that is home to restaurants, cafes, and shops, ending next to Hackescher Markt.

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