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Top 10: The new Berlin restaurants we’re most excited about

If you want to know what makes Berlin tick nowadays, you need to taste the city. We’ve compiled our 10 favourite restaurant openings of the past year.


Ferments and more: Vadim Otto Ursus in his laboratory in Brandenburg (Photo: Vadim Henselder).

Vadim Otto Ursus, the most exciting young chef in town, has found the fitting counterpart to his laboratory in the sticks: a restaurant designed in raw concrete, that is somehow still cosy with its mere 19 seats. He serves here what he ferments and ripens in Brandenburg. A whole char, for example, in a Japanese-inspired homemade fish sauce. Spectacular product-focused cuisine.

Address: Oderberger Straße 56, Prenzlauer Berg | Fri-Mon from 6pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße


ChungKing Noodles

Hot hot heat: homemade noodles and proper spice (Photo: ChungKing Noodles).

Ash Lee’s pop-ups have been a resounding success in the city. Now her (spicy!) noodles have found their own home in a restaurant that’s as cool as it is deliberately sparsely designed. Local brewery Motel Beer have created a corresponding beer especially for Lee.

Address: Reichenberger Straße 35, Kreuzberg | Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Kottbusser Tor



Unbeatable lunch and delightful dinner (Photo: Baldon).

Seasonal and regional conceptual cuisine that’s close to nature in Arno Brandlhuber’s brutalist new building at Gesundbrunnen. A truly special lunch spot. The evening menu is recommended for anyone who doesn’t make it out to Forsthaus Strelitz.

Address: Böttgerstraße 16, Wedding | Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, Thu & Fri from 6.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Gesundbrunnen


rocket + basil

Cookies with chocolate topping and two pieces of cake on tray on a light mint green terrazzo table.
Two sisters and a whole lot of taste at rocket + basil (Photo: Becca Crawford).

A window to Tehran: sisters Sophie and Xenia von Oswald, who you might know from their pop-up series ‘Das Brunch’, cook their way through their own biography at the cute deli on Lützowstraße. There’s the Persian cuisine of their mum, the childhood in Australia, the years in London. Well-travelled emotional craft cooking. Brunch at weekends.

Address: Lützowstraße 22, Tiergarten | Tue-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Kurfürstenstraße


Markthallen Restaurant

Interior shot of Markthallen Restaurant with wooden tables with people dining, wooden panels on walls and wooden bars.
Modern German everyday cooking at Markthallen Restaurant (Photo: Markthalle Neun).

These days, the Markthalle Neun team run the restaurant in their building by themselves. And they’ve turned it into a place that delivers brutally local New Berlin Cuisine with a pub-like atmosphere (and prices!).

Address: Pücklerstraße 34, Kreuzberg | Tue-Sat from 6pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof


La Maison

French vibes on the terrace: La Maison (Photo: F. Anthea Schaap)

Wonderful, charming café at a sun-drenched location by the canal. Eccentric opening times, very good coffee, and maybe the best croissants in town that are also available with savoury (and vegan!) toppings.

Address: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 17, Kreuzberg | Mon-Thu 7am-6pm, Fri & Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-8pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Schönleinstraße



Pizza topped with mixed vegetables in front of oven entrance at restaurant futura.
Looking for exceptional pizza? Look no further than Futura (Photo: Futura)

Alessandro Leonardi was the pizzaiolo at Standard on Templiner Straße, before opening his own pizzeria early last year. Gorgeously fluffy Neapolitan sourdough pizza from the cupola oven, terrific toppings.

Address: Bänschstraße 91, Friedrichshain | Tue-Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat & Sun 5pm-11pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Frankfurter Allee



The former Cordobar became a fine dining restaurant, finding an accomplished chef in Yannic Stockhausen (formerly at 3-starred Aqua in Wolfsburg) who’s as well-versed in brutally local cooking as he is strong in character.

Address: Große Hamburger Straße 32, Mitte | Tue-Sat from 6.30pm

Directions: S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt



bowl with egg and vegetables on green marble. a dish at vegetarian restaurant bonvivant.
At Bonvivant it’s all about the good vegetarian life and remarkable tipples (Photo: Jutar GmbH).

Charmingly designed cocktail bar with surprising and outstanding vegetarian cooking by Berlin’s eminent organic chef Ottmar Pohl-Hoffbauer. This is as contemporary and casually glamorous as Schöneberg gets.

Address: Goltzstraße 32, Schöneberg | daily 6pm-11pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Nollendorfplatz


Truffle Pig

Green and red marble table with menu and a black long-stemmed cocktail glass with a drink and a flower petal on top.
Drinking with style (Photo: Stefan Wolf Lucks Berlin).

Damien Guichard, the cool guy among the young, skilled bartenders of Berlin, has found his place at Truffle Pig: an unpretentious yet never careless bar with superbly well-made drinks.

Address: Reuterstraße 47, Neukölln | Wed-Sat from 8pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Schönleinstraße


Translated by Aida Baghernejad


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