This year, World of Coffee has partnered with the team behind the Berlin Coffee Festival to build a guide to this year's host city. To help you make the most of your time in Berlin, PHILIPP REICHEL, co-founder of the Berlin Coffee Festival, has put together a list of handy tips and recommendations for this year's World of Coffee attendees.
Quick and Easy
Berlin is well known for its cheap food options. The classics are the Currywurst and the Kebab. The most original Currywurst can be found at Konnopke’s Imbiss at the Eberswalder Str. train station. If you’re in Kreuzberg, Curry36 is the place to go.
A proper Kebab (Döner, Shawarma, or Falafel sandwich) can be found on almost every street corner. Though delicious, plan your Kebab timing wisely - they’re full of garlic and onion!
Berlin is also famous for being the vegan capital of Europe. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan imbiss (“snack”) style food options around, give them a try!
Berlin’s New Level of Quality
Over the past few years, Berlin has evolved into a culinary city with plenty of Michelin-starred and high-quality, special concept restaurants. The influence of the global culinary food movement can be found all over the city. The range starts at easy going pub style places and extends to very well-run specialty restaurants. Here are some recommendations for young and fresh restaurants in the culinary scene of Berlin:
@simsim_berlin | Levantine kitchen
@koppsberlin | best vegetarian restaurant
@st.bart.pub | pub-style food with great wine selection
@cordo_berlin | casual fine dining
@ngokimpak | great asian food
@ramenxramen | one of the best ramen in town
@lode.and.stijn | casual fine dining
@barraberlin | regional and seasonal sharing plates
@tupacberlin | Peruvian Restaurant
@paolopinkelberlin | three kitchen styles in one place
Berlin as a city is constantly evolving. Nonetheless, there are some institutions that seem to never change. The following recommendations are worth a visit if you’d like to feel the old Berlin vibes:
Café Einstein Stammhaus Kurfürstenstr. 58 | Old and beautiful historical café with food available all day
Zur letzten Instanz Waisenstr. 14-16 | Berlin’s oldest restaurant with the most typical German dishes you could think of | @zurletzteninstanz
Prater Garten, Kastanienallee 7-9 | Berlin’s oldest beergarden | @pratergarten
Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr. 43 | Beautiful old markethall, Berlin’s culinary epicenter | @markthalleneun
Rogacki Wilmersdorfer Str. 145/146 | Legendary Deli with very authentic Berlin style meats, charcuterie etc. | @rogacki_feinkost
Wine Bars and Breweries
Wine in Berlin has shifted, like in almost every other capital city, towards the natural wine sector with small wine bars and shops opening almost every month.
Just like wine, craft beer bars and breweries have taken over the city as they showcase everything from specialty beers from all over the world to small craft beer breweries, to German beer culture and everything in between. Here are some outstanding places worth a visit:
@palstawinebar | winebar with great scandinavian food
@jaja.berlin | wine bar with great small dishes
@bar_freundschaft | great wines with small side dishes
@motifwein | easy going neighborhood wine bar
@mikkellerberlin | great craft beer bar in Mitte
@brlobeer | huge craft beer selection with great food from their smoker
@themutedhorn | constantly changing beers on tap with an outstanding selection of bottled beers as well
@lagerlagerberlin | very well curated beers on tap and bottled