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  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kreuzberg

    Markthalle Neun

    Markthalle Neun is a wonderful reminder that Berlin is a city of second chances. The 19th-century market hall, an architectural marvel of iron beams and latticework, was in a state of neglect several years ago – but is now enjoying a new era of glory days. What to eat Markthalle Neun is located in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood © JJFarquitectos/Getty At this food hall in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood, local and regional producers present wares made with passion. All-stars include the Tofu Tussis, a female tofu-making duo, a sausage maker named Simon and one of Berlin’s best cake-bakers, Frau Zeller. From the artisan cheese producers to vegetable farmers, organic and sustainable are more than just buzzwords here. All the excitement of wafting aromas, taste test marathons and scenesters shooting the breeze is enough to get any stomach rumbling – and thankfully, you’re in the right place. There’s plenty to snack your way through such as the on-site butchery Kumpel & Keule’s burger (perhaps Berlin’s best, assembled from ingredients sourced across the Markthalle’s stands), fresh homemade ravioli and gnocchi from Mani in Pasta, fluffy focaccia from Sironi ’s Italian bakery, and much more. Craft beer from the on-site Heidenpeters brewery is prime to wash it all down. Markthalle Neun is a community space with purpose, bringing together neighborhood residents, foodies and some of Berlin’s best gastronomes under one beautiful open roof. It’s the perfect place to watch locals weave in and around rows of fresh produce, ticking off their weekly grocery lists or scoping out delicacies for evening dinner parties. Even the employees of some of Berlin’s most lauded restaurants, like Coda Dessert & Dining and Nobelhart & Schmutzig, can be seen shopping ingredients here for staff meals and even dinner service. Events at Markthalle Neun In addition to the regular market days, check the Markthalle’s website for an ever-changing list of events – from cheese festivals to sake tastings and new editions of the Schlachtfest (a German feast and slaughter tradition). The history of the Markthalle Neun As the name implies, Markthalle Neun was the ninth (of a total of 14) market hall built in Berlin in the late 19th century. The market was successful in trade for decades, including following the Second World War when it luckily only sustained minor damage. Despite this, over time, the market succumbed to competition from local supermarkets. In Kreuzberg, a West Berlin neighborhood that was low-income and predominantly migrant, it fell into neglect. Right up until the 1990s, the building was a haunt primarily for tacky discounters. This all changed in 2009 when three locals formed an initiative to keep the market hall out of the mitts of big investors. Their concept to use the space for a local and sustainability-driven project was approved by city officials in 2012 and the Markthalle Neun was born. Since then, to say the space has become a tourist hotspot would be an understatement. Other revamped market halls, including the Arminius Markthalle and Markthalle Pfefferberg, have followed suit, but Markthalle Neun still remains a beloved trendsetter. Several of the independent businesses here, from Sironi to Rosa Canina organic ice cream shop, have gained such cult followings here they’ve opened additional brick-and-mortar stores. Due to its popularity, Kreuzbergers community groups regularly advocate for locals from their gentrifying neighborhood who may want to shop here but cannot afford some of the higher-priced artisan goods. Stands like the Wildnergartnerei, a collective of hippie farmers outside of Berlin, sell their veggies on a tiered scale to accommodate the neighborhood’s disparate incomes. In 2019, when the Markthalle announced it would cancel the contract of the Aldi discount supermarket, locals jumped into action and protested the decision in support of lower-income families. Gentrification is tricky and no other Kreuzberg establishment indicates that better than Markthalle Neun. But in spite of it all, it’s also a symbol of a very certain kind of Berlin solidarity. Berliners do their best to make sure that no one gets left behind. The Flutgraben water canal livens up during the summer months ©canadastock/Shutterstock Best time to visit Markthalle Neun Markthalle Neun is a sleeping giant. The market hall, like many German establishments, is closed on Sundays. Otherwise, throughout the week it is open from noon to 6pm. The only exception are Thursday evenings until 10pm when chaos ensues because of the blockbuster event: Street Food Thursdays. Every week in the historic market hall, a sea of hungry hipsters (mostly tourists) punch blindly between long queues and communal tables for international eats galore. It’s an exotic smorgasbord that might feature New Zealand meat pies, Taiwanese burgers, Argentine pulled pork sandwiches, Korean tacos or Vietnamese steamed pork buns. Pick and choose, score a seat at a table and chow down with a glass of wine or a pint of Thirsty Lady pale ale from Heidenpeters. However, if you want to experience the Markthalle Neun like a local, go on a Saturday afternoon. That’s when you can see the gastronomes doing their shopping for weekend service earlier in the day. Later on, Berliners ball out on all-day smorgasbords of their favorite stands, from the smoked barbecue sandwiches at Big Stuff to seafood platters at the Fisch Klub truck, cheese assortments from Alte Milch, and more. Along with a bottle (or two) of German sparkling wine from Weinhandlung Suff, you can’t do much better on a weekend afternoon. ​​Getting there Markthalle Neun is most easily reached from the Berlin U-bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof (about a five-minute walk away). You can also reach it by taking the M29 and 140 bus lines.

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    Restaurant Faubourg

    At this Sofitel hotel's château-worthy French restaurant, head chef Felix Mielke applies punctilious artisanship to top-notch regional ingredients, creating intensely flavoured and beautifully plated dishes. For maximum palate exposure, put together a meal from the appetiser menu, although the mains – prepared either in classic or contemporary fashion – also command attention, as does the wine list. The gorgeous Bauhaus-inspired decor completes the experience.

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    Restaurant am Steinplatz

    The 1920s get a 21st-century makeover at this stylish outpost with an open kitchen, where chef Nicholas Hahn and team create dishes with technique and passion. The menu takes diners on a culinary romp around Germany with occasional touchdowns in other countries, resulting in intellectually ambitious but super-satisfying dishes that often star unusual or rare ingredients.

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    Horváth

    At his canal-side restaurant, Sebastian Frank performs culinary alchemy with Austrian classics, fearlessly combining products, textures and flavours. The stunning results have earned him two Michelin stars and the title of Best Chef of Europe 2018. Wines are fabulous, of course, but Frank is also proud of his food-matching nonalcoholic beverage line-up, including tea infusions, vegetable juices and reductions. One of Frank's groundbreaking signatures is the 'Young and Old Celeriac'. For this, he bakes the root vegetable in a salt crust and leaves it to age for a whole year, during which all the moisture evaporates as the flavour intensifies. The golf-ball-sized celeriac is then grated like a truffle over freshly steamed celeriac slivers bathing in a thickened chicken bouillon. Despite the fanciful cuisine, the ambience in the elegantly rustic dining room remains relaxed.

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    Coda Dessert Bar

    Hidden between graffiti-scrawled apartments in edgy Neukölln, Germany’s first dessert restaurant serves six-course tasting menus of modern desserts escorted by crafts cocktails. A sweet tooth isn’t necessary to dig Coda's sensual fine-dining experience though – chef René Frank favours umami (savory) notes, natural ingredients and labour-intensive techniques for well-rounded flavour. Bites are satisfying yet light, intended to jump-start hedonistic Berlin evenings. Things get more informal after 10pm, when you can pop in just for cocktails and the late-night menu.

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    Tulus Lotrek

    Artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a bon vivant who embraced good food and wine, which is exactly what owner-chef Maximilian Strohe and owner-mâitre Ilona Scholl want their guests to do. With several awards and a Michelin star under their belts, the charismatic couple dishes up intellectually ambitious food with soul. Strohe is a wizard at taking international influences and turning them into something uniquely his own. Expect intensely aromatic sauces, flavour-rich meats, perfect wines and a warm ambience.

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    Kin Dee

    One of most buzzed-about new restaurants on Potsdamer Strasse is Dalad Kambhu's lair Kin Dee, where she fearlessly catapults classic Thai dishes into the 21st century, and even adapts them by using locally grown ingredients. One constant is her signature homemade spice pastes that beautifully underline the aromatic dimensions of each dish. Art by Rirkrit Tiravanija set design accents but doesn't distract from the food.

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    Cafe Jacques

    Like a fine wine, this darling French-Mediterranean lair keeps improving with age. Candlelit wooden tables and art-festooned brick walls feel as warm and welcoming as an old friend's embrace. And indeed, a welcoming embrace from charismatic owner-host Ahmad may well await you. The blackboard menu is a rotating festival of flavours, including mouth-watering meze, homemade pasta and fresh fish. Reservations advised.

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    Mrs Robinson's

    When Israel transplant Ben Zviel and his partner Samina Raza launched their minimalist parlour (white-brick walls, polished wooden tables) in 2016, they added another notch to Berlin's food ladder. The menu is constantly in flux, but by turning carefully edited ingredients into shareable small and big plates, Ben fearlessly captures the city's adventurous and uninhibited spirit. Casual fine dining at its best.

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    Orania.Restaurant

    Punctilious artisanship meets boundless creativity at Orania, where a small army of chefs fusses around culinary wunderkind Philipp Vogel in the shiny open kitchen. The flair is cosmo-chic with food and cocktails to match. Only three ingredients find their destiny in each product-focused dish, inspired by global flavours rather than the latest trends and often served with live music in the background.

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    Fes Turkish Barbecue

    If you like a DIY approach to dining, give this innovative Turkish restaurant a try. Perhaps borrowing a page from the Koreans, it requires you to cook your own slabs of marinated chicken, beef fillet and tender lamb on a grill sunk right into your table. For total happiness, pair it with your favourite meze and a jug of rakı (anise brandy). Book a few days ahead on weekends.

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    India Club

    No need to book a flight to Mumbai or London: authentic Indian cuisine has finally landed in Berlin. Thanks to top toque Manish Bahukhandi, these curries are like culinary poetry, the chicken tikka perfectly succulent and the stuffed cauliflower an inspiration. The dark mahogany furniture is enlivened by splashes of colour in the plates, the chandeliers and the servers' uniforms.

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    BRLO Brwhouse

    The house-crafted suds flow freely at this shooting star among Berlin's craft breweries. Production, taproom and restaurant are all housed in 38 shipping containers fronted by a big beer garden with sand box and views of Gleisdreieckpark. Shareable dishes are mostly vegetable-centric, although missing out on the meat prepared to succulent perfection in a smoker would be a shame.

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    Sironi

    The focaccia and ciabatta are as good as they get without taking a flight to Italy, thanks to Alfredo Sironi, who hails from the Boot and now treats Berlin bread lovers to his habit-forming carb creations. Watch the flour magicians whip up the next batch in his glass bakery right in the iconic Markthalle Neun, then order a piece to go.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in City West & Charlottenburg

    Mine Restaurant

    Italian restaurants may be a dime a dozen but Mine's decor, menu and service all blend together as perfectly as a Sicilian stew. The Berlin outpost of Russian TV celebrity chef Aram Mnatsakanov, it presents feistily flavoured next-gen fare from around the Boot by riffing on traditional recipes in innovative ways. The wine list should make even demanding oenophiles swoon.

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    Schwein

    This casual fine-dining lair delivers the perfect trifecta – fabulous food, wine and long drinks. Order the multicourse menu to truly experience the genius of kitchen champion Christopher Kümper, who creates globally inspired and regionally sourced symphonies of taste and textures. Or keep it 'casual' with just a bite and a gin and tonic.

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    Kuchenladen

    Even size-0 locals can't resist the siren call of this classic cafe whose homemade cakes are like works of art wrought from flour, sugar and cream. From cheesecake to carrot cake to the ridiculously rich Sacher Torte, it's all delicious down to the last crumb.

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    Burgermeister

    It’s green, ornate, a century old and…it used to be a toilet. Now it’s a burger joint beneath the elevated U-Bahn tracks. Get in line for the plump all-beef patties (try the Meisterburger with fried onions, bacon and barbecue sauce) tucked between a brioche bun and paired with thickly cut cheese fries. Fast-food heaven! There’s a second location – with tables – at Kottbusser Tor.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Historic Mitte

    Cookies Cream

    In 2017, this perennial local favourite became Berlin’s first flesh-free restaurant to enter the Michelin pantheon, on its 10th anniversary no less. Its industrial look and clandestine location are as unorthodox as the compositions of head chef Stephan Hentschel. The entrance is off the service alley of the Westin Grand Hotel (past the chandelier, ring the bell).

  • Restaurants in Neukölln

    Lavanderia Vecchia

    For a first-class culinary journey around Italy, book a table amid the rustic-industrial charm of this historic laundry. Cooked-to-order antipasti courses are followed by pasta or risotto, a fishy or meaty main, and dessert. Dinner starts at 7.30pm and includes half a bottle of wine, plus water, coffee and digestif. Reservations essential. Lunches are simpler and value-priced. A new innovation is the lively Dinner & Dance offered every other Tuesday, with five courses, wine and water costing €38.