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The 38 Essential Berlin Restaurants

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Since the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago, the city's restaurant scene has progressed tremendously, and it now stands on the verge of a true culinary explosion. With its eclectic mix of immigrant and classic German food cultures at relatively low prices, Berlin is on course to become one of the most exciting food destinations in Europe.

(A brief note: One modern institution missing from this list is La Soupe Populaire, the German restaurant that serves the very best modern take on classic Berlin cuisine out of an abandoned brewery in Prenzlauer Berg. The restaurant is closed for renovation and is scheduled to reopen again in early 2017. )

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rogacki

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Wilmersdorfer Str.145-146, Berlin
Berlin 10585, Germany
+49 30 3438250
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This legendary deli, the origins of which date back to the 1930s, sells some of the finest meats, charcuterie, and smoked seafood in West Berlin. The pro move is a quick lunch of German sausage. Or try the smoked freshwater trout and eel; both are pulled fresh from the lakes surrounding the city. [$]

2. Thai Park

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Fehrbelliner Pl.
10707 Berlin, Germany

Every summer weekend, a large number of Thai ladies congregate in a park in Wilmersdorf under colorful umbrellas and sell a sublime selection of homemade noodle soups, curries, desserts, and drinks. This massive picnic of dishes from throughout Thailand — especially the region of Isaan — draws crowds from all over Berlin. [$]

3. Krasselt's Imbiss

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Steglitzer Damm 22, Berlin
Berlin 12169, Germany
+49 30 7969147
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What began as a cart in a Berlin market in 1959 is now ground zero for the definitive version of currywurst, Berlin's uniquely funky sausage dish. Thankfully, Krasselt’s doesn't draw long lines of tourists that stream out of other, more mediocre spots. [$]

4. Rüya Gemüse Kebap

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Hauptstr. 133, Berlin
Berlin 10825, Germany

Don't waste 45 minutes of your life queuing with the tourists at Mustafas, home of Berlin's most famous chicken döner kebab. This off-the-grid spot's extraordinarily delicious chicken döner, a crispy flatbread filled with tender chicken, grilled vegetables, and a fistful of fresh herbs, is at least as good — if not better. [$]

5. Jones

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Goltzstraße 3
10781 Berlin, Germany
+ 49 163 421 58 65
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French chef Gabrielle Jones now also has a brick and mortar spinoff of her enormously popular Jones ice cream truck in Schöneberg. The mobile outfit serves Berlin's most idiosyncratic ice cream creation — scoops of ice cream on a large, U.S.-style cookie. Think: open face ice cream sandwich. Signature creations include her whisky cornflake ice cream on a bacon pecan cookie. [$]

6. Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

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Tauentzienstr. 21-24, Berlin
Berlin 10789, Germany

Imagine two football fields filled with food: Over 100 cooks and 40 bakers and confectioners spread across more than 30 gourmet counters on the top floors of the KaDeWe. The most worthwhile snacks can be found at the oyster bar and the German sausage grill. [$$]

7. Café am Neuen See

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Lichtensteinallee 2, Berlin
Berlin 10787, Germany
+49 30 2544930
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Located on the shore of a lake in Tiergarten, this is quite possibly the most beautiful biergarten in Berlin. [$]

8. Nobelhart & Schmutzig

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Friedrichstr. 218, Berlin
Berlin 10969, Germany
+49 30 25940610
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The counter bar that wraps around chef Micha Schäfer's kitchen is a stunner, and an effective stage for his 10-course tasting menu with a focus on ingredients from the nearby region, deeply influenced by modern Nordic cooking. The food is deftly paired with contemporary wines by owner and host Billy Wagner, who is widely regarded as one of the best sommeliers in the city. [$$$]

9. Dóttir

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Mittelstr. 40, Berlin
Berlin 10117, Germany
+49 30 330060760
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Victoria Eliasdóttir — sister of renowned Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson — is cooking some of Berlin's finest seafood at Dóttir. Operating out of a vacant apartment building that once housed a secret Stasi surveillance center, Dóttir's highly seasonal three-course menu is a simple and hearty take on new Nordic cooking with influences from Icelandic, Danish, and Swedish cuisine. It's also the most low-key restaurant from restaurateurs Stephan Landwehr and Boris Radczun, the brains behind Grill Royal, Pauly Saal and Le Petit Royal. [$$$]

10. Grill Royal

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Friedrichstr. 105b, Berlin
Berlin 10117, Germany
+49 30 28879288
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Berlin's most notorious celebrity hangout is by far the best way to get a peek at George Clooney when he's in town. The massive and elegant venue is cleverly hidden beneath a bridge next to the river Spree and the wide assortment of aged German, U.S., and Japanese steak cuts is unmatched in Berlin. No guarantees on the quality of the other food. [$$$]

11. Zenkichi

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Johannisstr. 20, Berlin
Berlin 10117, Germany
+49 30 24630810
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Discreetly hidden beneath the House of Small Wonder, Zenkichi’s labyrinth of hidden dining chambers seems to lead directly to Japan. This izakaya has extraordinarily fresh sashimi, buttery black cod, and the silkiest tofu in town, as well the most extensive selection of rare sakes in Berlin. [$$$]

12. Mogg

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Auguststr. 11-13, Berlin
Berlin 10117, Germany
+49 30 330060770
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Hidden in an impressive building which formerly housed a Jewish girls school, Mogg has been knighted by the New York Times as a Jewish deli where the pastrami can easily match the quality of what New York delis have to offer. You won't be disappointed by the rest of the menu either, including dishes like brioche with truffled mushrooms and eggs. [$]

13. Pauly Saal

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Auguststr. 11-13, Berlin
Berlin 10117, Germany
+49 30 33006070
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Acclaimed chef Arne Anker is a rising star in Berlin's fine dining scene, with a detail-oriented and complex cooking style that focuses heavily on seafood. Add a ridiculously stunning venue — with a 20-foot ceiling that's overlooked by a massive, custom-made rocket sculpture — and a truly solid wine list with more than 600 wines from all over the Old World, and you have one of the most worthwhile and extravagant fine dining experiences in Berlin. Tip: Try the stellar cocktails and bar snacks in the connected Pauly Bar. [$$$$]

14. Lokal

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Linienstr. 160, Berlin
Berlin 10115, Germany
+49 30 28449500
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A Berlin institution, Lokal was the first place in the city to embrace nose-to-tail cooking and heavy use of regional ingredients. A refreshingly simple restaurant with an unpretentious, seasonal menu and a casual vibe, it feels timeless, and six years after its opening is still one of the exemplars of modern, terroir-focused German cooking. [$$]

15. Cordobar

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Große Hamburger Str. 32, Berlin
Berlin 10115, Germany
+49 30 27581215
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Named after an iconic Austrian football win over Germany, Cordobar features a carefully curated list of over 1,000 different wines, which has made it the prime after-hour hangout for Berlin's chefs. Cordobar's Lukas Mraz also cooks some of the city's most innovative bar food. He has a habit of incorporating Asian flavors into bar staples, which is most notably showcased in his signature blood sausage pizza with beetroot and wasabi. [$$]

16. Cocolo Ramen

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Gipsstr. 3, Berlin
Berlin 10119, Germany
+49 30 9833 9073
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That Berlin has an outstanding Japanese ramen joint always surprises visitors, but it shouldn't: Cocolo's rich tonkotsu broth and housemade, perfectly chewy noodles are well worth standing in line for a seat at this tiny restaurant in Mitte. Oh, and don't miss the homemade pork gyoza. [$]

17. Buck & Breck

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Brunnenstr. 177, Berlin
Berlin 10119, Germany
+49 176 32315507
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Located next to a police station in Mitte, this speakeasy is only accessible by ringing a tiny doorbell. If you are let in — most easily accomplished in small numbers — you're in for one of the best and most exclusive cocktail experiences in Germany, where both classic and innovative drink creations are perfectly executed. [$$]

18. Du Bonheur

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Brunnenstr. 39, Berlin
Berlin 10115, Germany
+49 30 56591955
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You might not be planning to visit a French bakery in Berlin, but Du Bonheur's eclairs and pastries are so exquisite in terms of texture and flavor that you just might have to reconsider. If you have even a hint of a sweet tooth, there is no way around a trip to Northern Mitte for a taste of these prime specimens of French baking. [$]

19. Bonanza Coffee Heroes

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Oderberger Str. 35, Berlin
Berlin 10435, Germany
+49 171 5630765
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This was the very first third-wave coffee roaster — and the first shop to put a flat white on its menu — in Berlin. Bonanza supplies countless restaurants in the city with beans, and its cute shop near Mauerpark remains one of the best places in town for a cup of coffee. A second, stunning café was just added to their warehouse roastery in Kreuzberg, located within a hidden courtyard behind Adalbertstraße. [$]

20. Engelberg

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Oderberger Str. 21, Berlin
Berlin 10435, Germany
+49 30 44030637
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A visit at Engelberg is a great way to experience a proper German breakfast, which traditionally consists of sourdough bread and rolls served with of loads of charcuterie, cheeses, and spreads. The secret to Engelberg is simple: The crew sources the best goods from all over the country and serves it on a beautiful sidewalk patio. [$]

21. The Bird

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Am Falkplatz 5, Berlin
Berlin 10437, Germany
+49 30 51053283
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This is Berlin's most faithful New York-style bar and steakhouse. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Bird serves the city’s most celebrated burger. One of the most popular restaurants in the city, you'll need to book far in advance to be able to cut into its steaks, which come from the U.S. via Iowa Beef Packers and are then dry-aged for 30 days. [$$]

22. Prater Garten

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Kastanienallee 7-9, Berlin
Berlin 10435, Germany
+49 30 4485688
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Berlin's oldest Biergarten becomes Prenzlauer Berg's busiest bar during the May through September open season. Tucked away from the iconic bar and shopping street Kastanienallee, enjoy the home-brewed Prater Pils while sitting at this idyllic watering hole. For food, relocate to the attached eponymous restaurant, famous for German classics and Austrian Schnitzel. [$$]

23. Zeit für Brot

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Alte Schönhauser Str. 4, Berlin
Berlin 10119, Germany
+49 30 28046780
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Be ready to line up at Zeit für Brot, because the hype about this place's cinnamon buns — the richest, most indulgent ones in Berlin — has pushed past the borders of Mitte. It's also an excellent pit stop for a German breakfast stulle (full grain bread roll with cheese or ham) and a solid cup of coffee, or just a loaf of sublime bread. [$]

24. The Store Kitchen

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Torstraße 1
10119 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 405044550
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A stunning fashion and design store that also hides a contemporary restaurant where a couple of British chefs cook stunningly delicious food that draws on both modern British cuisine and Ottolenghi-style cooking. At lunch, this is the place for the best vegetarian food in Berlin, while on weekends the fixed dinners incorporate meat and seafood. [$$]

25. Zur letzten Instanz

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Waisenstraße 14-16, Berlin
Berlin 10179, Germany
+49 30 2425528
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Records show Zur letzen Instanz has been in the same location since 1621, making it Berlin's oldest restaurant. Over the years, this two-story iconic eatery has purportedly hosted countless famous faces, including Napoleon and Charlie Chaplin. Whether or not that's true, since the modern incarnation opened its doors in 1924, iconic dishes like the pork knuckle Eisbein have made it one of the best places for traditional Berlin cuisine. [$$]

26. Burgermeister

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Oberbaumstr. 8, Berlin
Berlin 10997, Germany
+49 30 23883840
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Standing underneath the Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn station in the middle of a busy street to order a cheeseburger out of a former public toilet may not sound like gastronomic bliss, but the line for Burgermeister persists for a reason. Fortunately, there's a new location (with seats!) at Kotbusser Tor. [$]

27. Markthalle Neun

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Eisenbahnstr. 42 / 43, Berlin
Berlin 10997, Germany
+49 30 61073473
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The undisputed culinary epicenter of Berlin's food scene, this beautiful market hall is home to Berlin’s most famous butcher (Kumpel & Keule), U.S.-style barbecue (Big Stuff), Italian baker (Sironi), fish smoker (Glut & Späne) and craft beer brewer (Heidenpeters). Apart from that, Markthalle Neun is the home of the weekly Street Food Thursday and the monthly Breakfast Market (every third Sunday), which are by far the best street food markets in Berlin. [$]

28. Adana Grillhaus

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Manteuffelstr. 86, Berlin
Berlin 10997, Germany
+49 30 6127790
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Adana is the most iconic Turkish grill in all of Berlin and the go-to choice for local Turkish residents. Grab a seat so you can watch the chefs grill spectacular lamb chops and adana (minced) meat skewers over sizzling hot charcoals on an open fire. The trick to digesting all of the meat is to order cold mezze to start, followed by plenty of raki (an anise-flavored drink) with ice and water. [$]

29. Konak Izmir Grill

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Reichenberger Str. 10, Berlin
Berlin 10999, Germany
+49 30 6159266
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The köfte sandwich is a sublime creation of several grilled minced meat sausages layered with fresh herbs, sauces, and radishes into a Turkish flatbread baguette. The best version can be found at Konak Izmir, where customers devour sandwiches from lunch until at least 3 in the morning. [$]

30. Turkish Market

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Maybachufer
Berlin, Germany

A little piece of Istanbul along the canal banks of Neukölln, this bazaar runs every Tuesday and Friday. Find Turkish delicacies in the form of jalapeño böreks (filled phyllo dough), freshly made gözlemes (a savory pastry), and home-cooked stews. After eating, shop for locally grown vegetables, ground spices, and the work of local artists. [$]

31. Lode & Stijn

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Lausitzer Straße 25, Berlin
Berlin 10999, Germany
+49 30 65214507
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This Dutch chef duo built a large and dedicated fan base after hosting an extensive series of pop-up restaurants over the last two years. In the beginning of 2016, they finally settled into their own permanent space, a cozy and humble restaurant right off the canal in Kreuzberg. Their simple food is is a mix of bistro classics like beef tartare alongside refined takes on Dutch staples like beef croquettes. [$$$]

32. Azzam

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Sonnenallee 54, Berlin
Berlin 12045, Germany
+49 30 60977541
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Famous for extraordinarily tasty fatteh and hummus, the Palestinian owners of Azzam have created a true melting pot for hungry diners of all stripes to experience the cultural and culinary diversity of Neukölln. [$]

33. Industry Standard

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Sonnenallee 83, Berlin
Berlin 12045, Germany
+49 30 62727732
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The definition of modern bistro dining in Berlin, Industry Standard opened in 2015 in the historically Turkish neighborhood of Neukölln. The restaurant's casual yet incredibly delicious fare — strongly inspired by St. John in London — is well-paired with natural wines. A year and a half later, people still travel from all over Berlin for the standout weekend brunch and what remains the city's best beef tartare. [$$$]

34. Imren Grill

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Karl-Marx-Str. 75, Berlin
Berlin 12053, Germany

Here's a Turkish kebab joint that does everything right: The flatbreads and sauces are made in-house, and the giant, rotating kebab — beef, layered with lamb fat — is stacked and freshly skewered by hand. The result is the best beef döner kebab in the city and the undisputed choice for Berlin's quintessential late night snack. [$]

35. Klunkerkranich

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Karl-Marx-Str. 66, Berlin
Berlin 12043, Germany
+49 1522 3447181
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It doesn't get much more Berlin than Klunkerkranich, a makeshift bar on the top floor of an abandoned parking garage in the middle of Neukölln. Equipped with one of the best views over the city and stocked with plenty of of cold drinks and savory snacks, this place is one of the ultimate late night bars in Berlin. Stick around for its famous after-hour parties. [$]

36. Lavanderia Vecchia

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Flughafenstr. 46, Berlin
Berlin 12053, Germany
+49 30 62722152
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Located in an old laundromat, Lavanderia Vecchia specializes in family-style Italian dinners from the region of Umbria and Abruzzo. For 58 Euros per person, you will be served a 4-course menu with more food than you can eat, as well as wine and espresso. This peak German-Italian experience is best enjoyed with the largest group of friends you can corral. [$]

37. Dong Xuan Center

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Herzbergstr. 128 - 139, Berlin
Berlin 10365, Germany
+49 30 55152038
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The Dong Xuan Center in Lichtenberg is a Vietnamese business center located inside of a couple of industrial warehouses. Apart from being the go-to destination for Asian merchandise and cooking ingredients, this buzzing Vietnamese enclave is also home to two restaurants that serve some of the best Vietnamese food in Berlin. Look for the restaurant Duc Anh in Halle 3 (all the way to the left), where the chef charcoal grills beef for his delicious Bo La Lot. [$]

38. Buns Mobile

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Berlin
Berlin, Germany
+49 160 8741915
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Hands down the most famous burger food truck in the city. The signature Buns Mobile Cheeseburger, with its perfectly chewy brioche bun and juicy patty made from aged German beef, is widely regarded as one of the city's best. Check the truck's Facebook page for location information and look for it at the city's street food markets. [$]

1. Rogacki

Wilmersdorfer Str.145-146, Berlin, Berlin 10585, Germany

This legendary deli, the origins of which date back to the 1930s, sells some of the finest meats, charcuterie, and smoked seafood in West Berlin. The pro move is a quick lunch of German sausage. Or try the smoked freshwater trout and eel; both are pulled fresh from the lakes surrounding the city. [$]

Wilmersdorfer Str.145-146, Berlin
Berlin 10585, Germany

2. Thai Park

Fehrbelliner Pl., 10707 Berlin, Germany

Every summer weekend, a large number of Thai ladies congregate in a park in Wilmersdorf under colorful umbrellas and sell a sublime selection of homemade noodle soups, curries, desserts, and drinks. This massive picnic of dishes from throughout Thailand — especially the region of Isaan — draws crowds from all over Berlin. [$]

Fehrbelliner Pl.
10707 Berlin, Germany

3. Krasselt's Imbiss

Steglitzer Damm 22, Berlin, Berlin 12169, Germany

What began as a cart in a Berlin market in 1959 is now ground zero for the definitive version of currywurst, Berlin's uniquely funky sausage dish. Thankfully, Krasselt’s doesn't draw long lines of tourists that stream out of other, more mediocre spots. [$]

Steglitzer Damm 22, Berlin
Berlin 12169, Germany

4. Rüya Gemüse Kebap

Hauptstr. 133, Berlin, Berlin 10825, Germany

Don't waste 45 minutes of your life queuing with the tourists at Mustafas, home of Berlin's most famous chicken döner kebab. This off-the-grid spot's extraordinarily delicious chicken döner, a crispy flatbread filled with tender chicken, grilled vegetables, and a fistful of fresh herbs, is at least as good — if not better. [$]

Hauptstr. 133, Berlin
Berlin 10825, Germany

5. Jones

Goltzstraße 3, 10781 Berlin, Germany

French chef Gabrielle Jones now also has a brick and mortar spinoff of her enormously popular Jones ice cream truck in Schöneberg. The mobile outfit serves Berlin's most idiosyncratic ice cream creation — scoops of ice cream on a large, U.S.-style cookie. Think: open face ice cream sandwich. Signature creations include her whisky cornflake ice cream on a bacon pecan cookie. [$]

Goltzstraße 3
10781 Berlin, Germany

6. Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

Tauentzienstr. 21-24, Berlin, Berlin 10789, Germany

Imagine two football fields filled with food: Over 100 cooks and 40 bakers and confectioners spread across more than 30 gourmet counters on the top floors of the KaDeWe. The most worthwhile snacks can be found at the oyster bar and the German sausage grill. [$$]

Tauentzienstr. 21-24, Berlin
Berlin 10789, Germany

7. Café am Neuen See

Lichtensteinallee 2, Berlin, Berlin 10787, Germany