A Foodie’s Guide to Berlin
If you’re considering traveling or moving to Berlin, one important thing to keep in mind is food. Whether haute cuisine or down and dirty street food is your thing, there’s something in Berlin to please both your tastebuds and your pocket. Got a hot tip for where (or what) to eat Berlin? Drop us a comment below!
Simplonstrasse 16 10245 Berlin + 03029049704 schneeweiss-berlin.de
A hip and trendy little find that translates as ‘Snow White,’ and the service here is seriously good. This is just a little way out of central Berlin in a quiet and pretty neighbourhood, but worth the journey for the chilled-out setting and crisp, cool interiors. Oh – and the food, of course. Look out for the chandelier of deer antlers, and try the Schnitzel or the Teigtaschen (stuffed pasta). Schneeweiss does local food and does it really very well, and they have a cosy back bar with an open fireplace and armchairs for those who fancy a pre-prandial drink.
Doner kebabs £
Berlin has more doner kebab stands than Istanbul (where the doner originated) thanks to the doner’s introduction to Germany by the Turkish in the 1970s. Berlin soon became the doner kebab’s home-from-home, and this tasty fast food is very much part of Berlin’s culinary identity. Over here, kebabs are far more than something to stuff your face with after a night out, so it might take you a while to get used to eating kebab for lunch. Kebab shops in Berlin range from basic vans to proper sit-down restaurants, and you can get yourself a meaty flatbread with salad for as little as €2 if you’re going to take-away.
Les Solistes £££
Hardenbergstrasse 28 10623 Berlin 49-30-814000-0 waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
Situated in the opulent Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Charlottenburg, Les Solistes is headed up by Head Chef Pierre Gagnaire, who brings with him a whole clutch of Michelin stars. Treat yourself to one of their tasting menus and you won’t be disappointed – you’ll be served wave upon wave of inventive (and generous) helpings of French fusion fare. The rose marshmallows come highly recommended, and they serve mint leaves with manuka honey as a sweet and settling palate-cleanser to finish. Nice touch. Have a cocktail at the Long Bar first if you’re feeling really spendy.
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Oberbaumstrasse U1 Schlesisches Tor station Kreuzberg, Berlin burger-meister.de
No prizes for guessing what this place specialises in. Yep, this funky little kiosk under the U-Bahn serves six types of hamburger and a tofu burger for veggies, and you’ll get a meal for two with drinks and get decent change from €20. All sauces and sides are home made from fresh and good quality ingredients, and you can get a cold beer here too. Burgermeister is wildly popular but it’s also open late. Our tip: arrive before you’re hungry or the queue could be absolute agony as you watch diners enjoying their Mesiterburgers and chilli cheese fries…