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Eastern delights: 4 of the best restaurants in Friedrichshain

Who says Friedrichshain is the Magaluf of Berlin’s nightlife hotspots? Nowadays you can eat really, really well in the party Bezirk. Here are four essential recommendations.

1. Khao Taan

Get ready for a feast to remember at Khao Taan (Photo: Khao Taan).

For Woraphon ‘Gaan’ Kitkoson, Khao Taan marks a decision to follow his passion, pursuing the taste of his childhood in Thailand — and abandoning the stable job he held before. At his restaurant, he serves the small bites known as Miang Kham and Ma Haw. They pack a lot of flavour into the smallest bite: sweet, umami, salty, bitter, all at once. Here, there’s only a set menu for a very fair price, paired with some contemporary natural wines upon request.

Address: Gryphiusstraße 10, Friedrichshain | Tue-Sat from 6pm

Directions: S-Bahn station Ostkreuz


2. Futura

A pizza with sliced mixed vegetables (potatoes, bell pepper, olives, red onion) next to oven. From Friedrichshain restaurant Futura.
Happiness is a warm Futura pizza. (Photo: Futura)

The best pizza parlour in town can be found North of Frankfurter Allee. And if you feel like you’ve seen the man slinging pizzas at the Neapolitan cupola wood-fire oven before: Alessandro Leonardi was previously the Pizzaiolo at Prenzlauer Berg’s Standard. There was never this much Naples in Berlin.

Address: Bänschstraße 91, Friedrichshain | Tue-Sun from 6pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Frankfurter Allee


3. Kong

Sichuan in Friedrichshain, but make it stylish (Photo: Kong).

You might know Tong Liu and Ling Ma from highly recommendable Sichuan restaurant The Tree in Mitte. Here, next to Prenzlauer Allee, their cooking is a little more refined, a little more pure — and once again served against a soothingly simple backdrop. The menu with five courses comes in at a well-calculated €35. There’s also homemade rice wines, and excellent teas and tea cocktails.

Address: Niederbarnimstraße 4, Friedrichshain | Wed-Sun, 7pm-10pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Frankfurter Tor


4. Aleppo Supper Club

Salad in blue-white patterned bowl with pomegranate seed on wooden table. Pomegranate and Koriander in background. A dish at Friedrichshain restaurant Aleppo Supper Club.
Challenge your preconceptions about Syrian cuisine at Aleppo Supper Club (Photo: Henry Schröder).

Owner Samer Hafez’s mum carried her meat grinder all the way from Aleppo — which tells you quite a bit about the importance of homemade food and culinary identity in this family. Aleppo Supper Club is a casual little hole in the wall that is still culinarily superior to plenty of other Levantine restaurants in town.

Address: Rigaer Straße 58, Mon-Sun 9am-10pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Frankfurter Allee


Translated by Aida Baghernejad


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