Since we have moved to Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. There are so many good local restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from that it never gets boring. Some may be a little bit pricier than elsewhere in Berlin, but the rates are justified in my opinion. As a local Berliner, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my most favourite Prenzlauer Berg restaurants. Who knows, maybe you will try them out and we even bump into each other?
So where are the best places to eat in Prenzlauer Berg? Which restaurant tips can I share with you from a local’s point of view? And where do you get the very best cake in Berlin? Read on and find out which restaurants you should try when staying in Prenzlauer Berg! (Last Update: May 2019) Also, check out my helpful tips for visiting a restaurant in Germany on the bottom of this post.
Prenzlauer Berg Recommended Restaurants Map
Muse Restaurant is a bit like a pub with soul food, although it”s more than just a pub as they take their food very serious here. Their signature dish is the Muse burger which is brought to the table still sizzling in a hot pan. It is served with gorgonzola cheese and guacamole but you can also build your own burger using other ingredients. Vegetarians will find plenty of choice, and in summer the Summer Bowls give plenty of options to create your own vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish. Definitely try the wonderful sweet potato fries with chilli mayo! (website, Immanuelkirchstraße 31, 10405 Berlin)
Even though you will find lots of great representatives of all sorts of cuisines in Berlin, we struggle a little bit to find a worthy Indian restaurant. Our favourite Indian restaurant in all of Berlin is restaurant Chai Ji in nearby Friedrichshain, but since I am writing about local restaurants in Prenzlberg we consider Chandni a good alternative. You will find that most curries have complex aromas and a wonderful spiciness which you can adjust when you place your order. My favourite dish here is the vegetarian curry with mushrooms, peas and paneer cheese. (website, Immanuelkirchstraße 32, 10405 Berlin)
If I visit a restaurant for the first time and I am pretty undecided as to where to start I always make a point of also studying the “specialities” section of the menu. At Anjoy Vietnamese restaurant I was intrigued by one group of dishes advertised as “specials” which I simply had to try. Their “Flying Noodles” are exactly that (and not a flowery translation from some Asian language like “cloud ear fungus”). The noodles that are brought to your table are indeed flying, which makes for a perfect Instagram shot. Besides this fun highlight, the food is tasty (albeit a bit pricey), the atmosphere welcoming, the service great. (website, Rykestraße 11, 10405 Berlin)
The biggest problem that we have with Taleh Thai is that it is always booked out! Admittedly, there are not that many tables to choose from to begin with (a handful more outside in summer), but this Thai restaurant is so popular with the locals that you have to come early to secure a free table. My absolute favourite dish at this restaurant is called Tau Huu Pad Khi Mao which is prepared with Thai aubergines and fresh pepper – savouring these dishes always feels a little bit like a quick trip to the country of smiles. (website, Käthe-Niederkirchner-Straße 14, 10407 Berlin)
Opinions on Berlin burger restaurants are strong and differ widely, not just among the expats. But we find that at Bear Burger in Prenzlauer Berg you get a pretty good deal. There are so many different set menus and ingredients to choose from, including avocado, fried egg, feta cheese, and jalapeños that pretty much anybody should be able to find a nice burger here. Vegans and vegetarians can choose from patties made from cauliflower, tofu, and even spinach. As an extra treat, order curly fries with your burger! (website, Greifswalder Straße 215, 10405 Berlin)
As soon as the worst of winter is over, Rosa Canina re-open their doors to welcome children and adults who love to hang out at nearby Arnswalder Platz. There are no real seating options at this ice-cream parlour, but the variety of flavours is huge and tempting. Prices are a bit higher than at EisPiraten in Friedrichshain, but the quality is great. Try, for example, butter caramel with stone salt or matcha (green tea) or maybe have a go at the vegan sorbets. If you are visiting Berlin in winter, check out MarkthalleNeun in Kreuzberg, where the team sells their creations during the colder months. (website, Pasteurstraße 32, 10407 Berlin)
San Marco is a fairly recent discovery of ours but it’s a good one. There is always plenty of action going on, with families enjoying their lunches side-by-side next to business people on their lunch break. Prices are fantastic and very low, even for Berlin. I love their tuna pizza but do also have a look at their lasagna which costs only 4.50 Euro. (website, Greifswalder Str. 41, 10405 Berlin)
If you still have some space left after your meal, check out Monterey Bar for a delicious craft beer and whiskeys. The ever changing selection of local and craft beers is huge, and you can have a chat with the English speaking team to find out which beers may best suit your taste. I have been told that the atmosphere of this bar was indeed close to what you would expect to find in northern California, with the exception of the raunchy posters on the walls. Please note that this is a rare example of a smoker bar in Berlin. If you are not keen on smelling like an ash tray you may want to join the crowd on the seats outside instead. (website, Danziger Straße 61, 10435 Berlin)
One of the best things about my apartment in Prenzlauer Berg is the fact that it is so wonderfully close to patisserie Franz-Karl-Kuchenkultur. The selection of tarts and cakes here is simply amazing: fresh fruit and mascarpone, soft sponge and bitter poppy seeds, aromatic almonds and wholesome chocolate. In particular on Sundays, when Germans like to come together for “coffee and cake” this place is almost overrun by customers. But you can also buy cake to take with you to your hotel room, your Airbnb or to nearby Arnswalder Platz. The choice of cakes change constantly but I particularly enjoy their rhubarb and meringue tart. (website, Bötzowstraße 15, 10407 Berlin)
Knorke bar is one of these places that couldn”t be more local even if they tried. The interior consists of grandma furniture most likely saved from the dumpster, there is no distracting music, and guests are a wild mixture of friends, clubs, and date nights. Somehow it feels a little bit as if you ended up in someone else”s living room. A big bonus are the tart flambées which can be ordered with a variety of ingredients. (website, Bötzowstraße 18, 10407 Berlin)
This is my selection of recommended Berlin restaurants in Prenzlauer Berg. It is not a comprehensive list by any means, but rather my own personal selection based on what I as a local experience living in the city. I am sure there are plenty of other restaurants in the neighbourhood that are hipper and cooler than these 10 above. However, if you are looking for good food, a friendly service, and good prices, have a look at my recommendations.
Tips for visiting a restaurant in Berlin and Germany
- No traditional food: Noticed how most restaurants in the list did not offer traditional German food? That’s because Berliners are not very fond of paying for food that their mums cook at home. They are looking for exotic flavours which they first encountered on their trips around the world. It is of course possible to find “Alt-Berliner” restaurants in the city, but I am yet to convince myself to try them out since I can easily cook these dishes at home.
- (Don’t) Wait to be seated: Not all restaurants require you to wait to be seated. If it doesn’t say so on a sign at the entrance chances are that you get to pick your own table. Do keep an eye out for little signs saying “reserviert” though as these tables may not be available.
- English please: In Berlin in particular but also in other bigger German cities like Munich or Hamburg, most restaurants will have an English menu for you, or their menus are bilingual. If still in doubt about a certain dish, ask your waiter or make use of Google translate (which allows you to scan whole documents).
- All inclusive: Prices advertised on the menu are including tax, so what you see is what you pay. Rarely, it will say in small print on the bottom of the page that there is a public holiday surcharge or similar. You may tip the waiter some 10-20% if you like but it’s not obligatory.
- Cash or card? Germans do use credit cards or bank cards but it’s not as common as, for example, in the States. Some places will outright refuse to accept card payments. If the card is your only option check beforehand if it’s an acceptable means of payment at your chosen restaurant.
- Smokers beware! All restaurants in Germany are non-smoking. If you want to smoke find a seat outside.
- Drinking water: Germans love to drink their water “sparkling” (Sprudel) which may cause you to belch uncontrollably. If you prefer still water, ask for table water. You may order tap water, but the restaurant has the right to charge you for it, it is not necessarily a free drink option in Germany.
- When to eat or not to eat: In Berlin, many restaurants are open during lunch time, but not all. Check the internet for opening times. There are no real “peak times” for dining out, it is all pretty spread out time-wise, but if you worry about securing a free table call the restaurant to book a table.
- Some for now, and some for later: You did not finish your meal? In most restaurants in Germany it is ok to ask for a “doggy bag” to be finished later at home.
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