Eating Out in Berlin Mitte

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Fridas Schwester Restaurant

Fridas Schwester Restaurant

Lars Henke

Berlin is a city that has turned into a virtual melting pot of other nations. One way this is reflected is in the food that is served. Berlin is full of restaurants serving a mix of local as well as international dishes. In fact, many German dishes are beginning to show some foreign influence with spicy sausages and currywurst stands popping up all over the city. For the traveler, Berlin Mitte Restaurants offer something for nearly every type of palate from the traditional and conservative to the daring.

Foreign Influences

If someone were to take a survey asking travelers where the Doner Kebab originated the vast majority of answers would likely range from Turkey to other Middle Eastern nations. The truth is the Doner Kebab's home is Berlin. The large Turkish influence in Berlin, as well as Germany as a whole, has brought many dish variations to the country. Those who desire Turkish and Middle Easter styles of foods will have more choices than they could hope for while visiting Berlin. The choices do not stop there. Outside of going to India, the best city to get great curry dishes is arguably London. However, Berlin is slowly nipping at London's heals with a huge assortment of Indian style restaurants infiltrating the city. Some will even blend Indian spices with traditional German foods creating a delightful international mixture. Italian and Greek restaurants are also plentiful with some of the best pasta dishes in the world being dished up right in the German capital.

Restaurants

Most travelers will find restaurants in Berlin similar to what they would expect in most western cities. There are however a few notable exceptions. Tipping is not expected but still appreciated. Some restaurants will place a 10 percent service charge on your bill so check it over if you don't feel the service is deserving. You may also find that breakfasts are served quite late in the day, with some establishments still serving well after 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Berlin is the party capital of Germany and the restaurants cater to those who roll out of bed well after the noon hour.

Costs

Berlin has a reputation for being one of the more expensive cities to eat out in. However, its size and the availability of so many restaurants means that there is something to suit nearly every budget. Those looking for luxury food and 5-star service will have no problems locating it. The many fine high-end hotels in the city are just the beginning of where to look. Those on a more moderate budget will be spoiled for choice as well because literally thousands of establishments exist in Berlin. Whether its international or traditional German food your after, Berlin will offer something good that doesn't cost a fortune.

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Barcomi's Deli

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An oasis in the Sophie-Gips-Höfe for American coffee and tea with muffins, cakes, and brownies as well as bagels, salads and other delicacies. Ideal fro stoking up before you continue the tourist round.

type:International
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connections:U Weinmeisterstr., S Hackescher Markt,
openings:Mo-Sa 9am -10pm, Su 10am -10pm
address:Sophiestr. 21 (2nd courtyard)

Bangkok Treffpunkt

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Bangkok Treffpunk is reputedly one of the most authentic Thai Restaurants in Berlin.  In addition, the food is very inexpensive, you are served within 10 minutes of ordering, and the staff is very friendly.  Very small and very popular, so you might have to wait for a table.  (Take the M2 to Marienstrasse)

type:Thai
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tel:030-4439405
url:www.bangkok-treffpunkt.de
address:Prenzlauer Allee 46 10405 Berlin
PriceOfMenu:3-8 euros

Monsieur Vuong

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Mr. Vuong is utterly charming and his Vietnamese food attracts the scene like a magnet. Despite the low prices (dishes are under 8 EUR), the food is always elegantly prepared: just choose one of the two main dishes of the day written on the blackboard to get what you really want and sit back and people watch. The homoerotic posters and sexy waiters are also a big draw too.

type:Vietnamese
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connections:U Weinmeisterstr
openings:Mo - Sa noon-midnight, Su 2pm -1am
address: Alte Schönhauser Str. 46
email:indochina@monsieurvuong.de
url:www.monsieurvuong.de
tel:+49 30-3087 2643

Marcann's

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Pioneer of the new sandwich and baguette movement (cheap and lavish) in a wonderful atmosphere. A bit off the beaten track but still a meeting-point for tourists from abroad.

type:International
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connections:U Zinnowitzer Str
openings:Mo-Fr 7am -6pm, Sa 10am -4pm
address:Invalidenstr. 112, 10115 Berlin

Frida's Schwester

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Fridas Schwester Restaurant
Fridas Schwester Restaurant
photo by: Lars Henke

Good atmosphere, delicius food and nice staff so book ahead.

type:International
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connections: U Weinmeisterstr., S Hackescher Markt
openings: Su-Th 10am -2am, meals till midnight, Sa+Su longer
address: Neue Schönhauser Str. 11
tel:+493028384710
email:www.fridas-schwester.com

Amrit 2

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Branch of Kreuzberg's most popular Indian restaurant -for anyone who wants to taste the food of half a subcontinent (north India) or just needs a tip for eating in Oranienburgerstr.

type:Indian
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connections:U Oranienburger Tor
openings:Daily noon 1am, Fr+Sa open end
address:Oranienburgerstraße 45

Die Weltbühne Berlin

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This big new café restaurant is named after the socially-critical magazine edited by Tucholsky and Ossietzky that was published during the Weimar Republic till it was banned by the Nazis. The international press café with its 50 seats is a vivid reminder of this. Test out its progressive aim and its commitment to tradition -at one of the events in the Weltbar (world bar), for instance.

type:International
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connections:U Rosenthaler Platz, U Weinmeisterstr
openings:Daily 9am -4am
address:Gormannstr. 14

Schwarzenraben

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Good service, but a bit expensive.

type:International
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connections: U Weinmeisterstr.
openings: Café 10am -ca. 2am, restaurant 6.30pm -2am, bar from 10pm -open end
address: Neue-Schönhauser-Str. 13

Aapka

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Aapka Restaurant & Cocktailbar  located at Kastanienallee is one of the hot spots in Berlin Mitte / Prenzlauer Berg. It`s delicious and exotic indian cuisine has to be tased.

type:Indian and Pakistani
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tel:030 - 44010494
url:www.aapka.de
address:Kastanienallee 50
PriceOfMenu:about 10 €
email:hasingh@aapka.de

McBride's Restaurant

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Restaurant in Queen Sophie Charlotte's old coach-house, now beautifully restored in the newly renovated Heckmann Höfe right next to the synagogue. Attracts a mixed crowd, from scene people to solid citizens. This jewel is still an insider tip.

type:International
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connections:S Oranienburger Tor
openings:Daily 11.30am -1am
address:Oranienburger Str. 32

Espresso-Bar & Paninoteca l'una

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If you're gripped by that yearning for Italy, this stand-up café is the authentic place for espressi from manaresi caffé and delicious panini - really nice and lively.

type:Italian
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connections:U Weinmeisterstr
openings:Mo-Fr 10am -7pm, Sa 11am -3pm
address: Neue Schönhauserstr. 15

Oren

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Eat good kosher and vegetarian food here, meals till midnight

type:Jewish
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connections:U Oranienburger Tor, S Oranienburger Str.
openings:Daily 10am -1am, Fr+Sa till 2am,
address:Oranienburger Str. 28

Skales

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The Greek restaurant for the scene in Mitte, always packed till late at night -you can still eat here after midnight. Try the big platter of hot hors d'oeuvres, 22 DM for 2 people.

type:Greek
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connections:U Weinmeisterstr
openings:Daily 5pm -open end, Su-Th till 1am, Fr+Sa till 3am
address:Rosenthaler Str.13

Tuans Hütte

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Grilled Thai food and Sushi - the Thai basil on the crispy duck is specially tasty. Sushi-free zone 3pm -6pm and Sundays.

type:Thai
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connections:U+S Alexanderplatz
openings:Mo-Th noon -11pm, Fr noon -midnight, Sa+Su 5pm -1am
address:Dircksenstr. 40

Beth-Café

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This Jewish café is a scene meeting-place with kosher coffee and cakes and fabulous ice-cream. The inner courtyard is a charming dining spot.

type:African
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connections:U Oranienburger Tor
openings:Sun-Thur 9am-8pm
address:Tucholskystr. 40

Ossena

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Very tastefully designed restaurant on two floors with big windows, great for watching the bustle at Hackescher Markt and enjoying so-so Italian food -at reasonable prices.

type:Italian
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connections: S Hackescher Markt
openings:Daily 1pm -2am
address:Rosenthaler Str.42

Offers

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Home-made pasta and other Italian delicacies to make you happy and the right wine to bless your pleasure. Could there be anything nicer?

type:Italian
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connections:U Weinmeisterstr.
openings:Daily from 5pm, open end
address:Alte-Schönhauser-Str. 12

Cantamaggio

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Lively up/market Italian restaurant where you can enjoy the dolce vita fortissimo after the theatre.

type:Italian
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connections:U Weinmeisterstr.
openings:Mo-Fr noon -3pm, lunch menu; daily from 6pm -1am
address: Alte Schönhauser Str. 4

Bar-Celona

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Enjoy Spanish temptations like spicy tapas and tortillas with wine to match -in a long, deliberately sparsely-decorated room. No longer a tip for insiders.

type:Spanish
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connections:U Oranienburger Tor
openings:Daily noon-midnight
address:Hannoversche Str. 2

Café Silberstein

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One of the first cafés in Oranienburgerstr. and still one of the best, because the chairs aren't only good to look at, your needs are well catered for -musically (often live DJs), gastronomically (sushi and good miso soup), and we hardly have to mention the drinks.

type:International
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connections:U Oranienburger Tor, S Oranienburger Str.
openings:Daily 10am -4am (in winter from noon), meals till midnight
address:Oranienburger Str. 27
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