Berlin’s Coolest Cafes and Restaurants

The dining scene in Berlin has been dramatically transformed in recent years and virtually every type of cuisine is represented by the hundreds of eateries that can be found scattered throughout the city. People who like to dine in style will really be spoilt for choice, while there are also plenty of cheap and cheerful eateries to choose from. Here are some of the coolest cafés and restaurants that the city has to offer.



Les Solistes

This is one of the newest gourmet restaurants to arrive in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin and is run by Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. Les Solistes serves an imaginative collection of reinventions of classic French dishes with signature dishes such as roasted pigeon in a tangy blackcurrant and cherry compote and foie gras custard with sautéed squid just waiting to be tried in a luxurious setting.

Der Goldene Hahn

The vintage style is all the rage in Berlin right now, which makes Der Goldene Hahn one of the coolest restaurants in the city. The dining room has been decked out like an ancient apothecary with a unique twist in the form of innovative artwork that adds a humorous touch. The red brickwork and chequered tablecloths help to set the scene for the homely cuisine that includes Sicily’s classic cold sweet and sour aubergine stew, gratinated scallops and lamb cutlets. The wine bar comes complete with an extensive list and there are also plenty of cool cocktails for visitors to try.

Bar Raval

This colorful café is a real haven for budget diners who still want to enjoy comfort and style. This restaurant fully embraces the New Spanish wave of restaurants that have hit the city and diners will be able to try an extensive range of tapas dishes that are as kind to the wallet as they are delicious and juicy. The restaurant overlooks the picturesque Görlitzer Park and there are plenty of monthly specials to keep diners coming back for more.

The Bird

Everybody’s heard about The Bird, but if you haven’t you will want to make sure you pay this cool restaurant a visit while spending time in Berlin. The Bird puts a whole new twist on the dining experience and instead of using a knife and fork to cut up main courses, the steaks and other dishes come already cut. The main emphasis here is on dipping the dishes in a selection of tasty sauces, which helps to make the dining experience more fun and light hearted. The restaurant clearly has a good sense of humor, which is reflected in the angry hours daily deals, that run from 6pm to 8pm every day and the interesting names of some of the food and drink on offer.

Photo by Alexander Cahlenstein