Where I ate in Berlin

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that last weekend I went to Berlin. We spent five days in the city over a long weekend and had a lovely time exploring and doing lots of touristy things. I wanted to do a quick roundup of what we ate and where you can find it, as that’s probably what we struggled with the most whilst we were away! You’ll notice there’s basically no German food on this list which wasn’t intentional, but if you’re looking for a list of authentic cuisine – this isn’t it!

Steel Vintage Bikes Cafe
Nearest station: U Mohrenstraße
Ideal for: light lunch, a quick coffee

We stumbled across this place on our first day, walking back towards Potsdamer Platz from the Brandenburg Gate. It’s right by the famous face-shaped lamp if you’re looking to cross another tourist attraction off your list, and I can highly recommend the pancakes with bacon and scrambled eggs. There are vintage bikes hanging from the ceiling everywhere (hence the name) and at first glance we didn’t actually realise it was a cafe! Well worth a stop if you’re in the area.

Sushi Miyabe
Nearest station: S+U Friedrichstraße
Ideal for: light lunch, evening meal, dinner with friends

I didn’t like the vibe of Sushi Miyabe so much – I think they were a little understaffed and our waitress was just rude – but the food was great! We’d eaten a hotdog each from the Potsdamer Platz Christmas market so weren’t especially hungry for dinner and sushi was a great shout. We shared a small platter between us and the best part was that they have a permanent happy hour where everything is two for one.

When we went, they were only taking cash payment so make sure you have enough cash on you before you order.

Barcelona Tapas
Nearest station: U Kochstraße
Ideal for: sightseers, groups, light lunch, evening meal

Located right by Checkpoint Charlie, we stumbled across this beauty on day two. We shared tapas at around 3pm and it was great as it was pretty empty. The food was delicious and my recommendation would be the albondigas! We actually got a recommendation to go here before we went, but didn’t realise until after we’d eaten that it was the same place.

Nearest station: U Uhlandstraße or Kurfürstendamm
Ideal for: couples, groups, those with a bit of cash to splash!

One of our first nights in the city saw us head to the Italian restaurant Inizo. This was definitely a bit of a ‘treat’ meal as it wasn’t exactly purse-friendly, but we both really enjoyed it. Sam had a carpaccio to start which looked incredible, whilst I opted for the tomato soup. It was a little bit rich for my taste but still so, so good. For main, I ordered a salmon pasta which was delicious. I could happily have eaten here every night if it weren’t for the price tag.

Hard Rock Cafe Berlin
Nearest station: U Uhlandstraße or Kurfürstendamm
Ideal for: a home from home, evening meal, groups, couples, American-style burgers

It’s becoming a bit of a tradition for us to seek out the Hard Rock Cafe wherever we go, and the one in Berlin wasn’t too far from our hotel. We actually intended to go here the night we ended up in Inizio, but as there was a pretty hefty wait time and no space to wait at the bar, we ended up going for an early lunch on a different day. I don’t think lunch time is the best time to visit, but I’d definitely try and book if you want to go in the evening! I had the original legendary burger which I’m pretty sure is what I always get and it didn’t disappoint. 

The rest of our meals were pretty boring. We ate at both McDonalds and KFC because we’re basic English travellers, and had a couple of breakfasts which weren’t anything to write home about. We tried and failed to get into Benedict’s (one and a half hours waiting time! No thank you.) and we also ordered room service on our last night as a bit of a lazy treat. I think that pretty much sums up what I ate in Berlin, and I hope it gives you some food for thought when planning your own trip!

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