On this particularly pretty July day, I’m sharing with you a new list of places I wanna try in the next weeks, when finally summer is rolling in again. Some exciting locations opened their doors in the past weeks, manifesting Berlin’s spot on the international list of culinary destinations – from long awaited ice cream parlors, to even more local and seasonal dishes, Berlin is by now offering something for almost all flavor profiles. As usual, I’ve not eaten at these places yet, but what I know of them is promising enough to put them on my list. If you want more or just make sure you checked all on the previous lists, here’s the spring edition. Can’t wait to hear your reviews and thoughts, and maybe even loads more recommendations? Until then, happy eating!
Jones Ice Cream
A very long time in the making, and eagerly awaited by literally all of us: Gabrielle Jones finally opened her first proper parlor! Now you can enjoy her lavish flavors like salted butter caramel, whisky & pecans, milk choco & pretzel, grapefruit & earl grey in their house baked waffle cones or on their delicious cookies every day.
Goltzstraße 3, 10781 Schöneberg, daily from 10:00–21:00
Technically speaking, this isn’t a new place, but the coolest of all Berlin hotels gave their restaurant a make-over – after six weeks of construction, the old team presents their new concept: modern, communal dining with seasonal organic produce, sourced locally, sustainably foraged, hunted, and farmed from forests & fields around Berlin.
Warschauer Str. 39, 10243 Friedrichshain, lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–14:30, dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–23:00
Opened just mere weeks ago, this Japanese restaurant serves their eight course Omakase menu to only 10 guests a night, so reservation is mandatory. The pictures of the space look amazing, I already wanna steal all their ceramics. Believing the incoming reports, the food receives as much attention as the interior and this has forever been my favorite combination.
Max-Beer-Str. 13, 10119 Mitte, Mon–Sat from 19:30
Technically not a restaurant, but a space, The Trucks is the summerly installment of some of the city’s best food trucks at the otherwise bleak area around Potsdamer Platz: favorites like Café 9, Big Stuff Smoked BBQ, Bone.Berlin, Kumpel & Keule, PIC NIC 34, Heisser Hobel and Zwei Dicke Bären are serving hungry office people until around September 30th.
Varian-Fry-Straße, 10785 Potsdamer Platz, Mon–Fri 11:30–15:00
I’ve always wondered why the hype around Potsdamer Straße with its many galleries and art spaces never resulted in some new food places to open around there. Finally, there is one! From the house of Cramer-Klett, that brought us Katz Orange and Candy on Bone, Panama is here to serve you local cuisine in a thought-out interior, with many references to the children’s book the place got its name from. NyTimes and more have been raving about it already.
Potsdamer Straße 91, 10785 Tiergarten, Tue–Sat from 17:00
Hallmann & Klee
When I saw the first photos of this new place in Rixdorf, I was like: ah, a new pretty café! But turns out, Hallmann & Klee is aiming for more than the picturesque eggs benedict on a weekend morning: their kitchen serves very local and seasonal dishes, from salads of kohlrabi, peas and mustard greens, to salmon served with dickmilch, pumpernickel and dill. And yeah, their pancakes look amazing.
Böhmische Straße 13, 12055 Neukölln, Wed–Sat 9:30–22:00, Sun 9:30–20:00
Dessert is in the air: long-time underrated, but forever-fan-favorite, the most important part of the menu is finally getting the attention it deserves. René Frank left his position as head patissier in a 3-star restaurant to open a dessert bar in Neukölln. That’s what food life in Berlin is right now. Opening August 10! Details coming soon.
Oak & Ice
Sticking with sweets, there’s a new player on Berlin’s ice-cream-fields! This one’s coming for you not only with scoops in cones, but sundaes and sandwiches and ice cream filled croissants.
Schönhauser Allee 52, 10437 Prenzlauer Berg, Mon-Fri 09:00-21:00, Sat-Sun 10:30-21:00
It wasn’t enough for the guys behind Industry Standard to run the hippest food place on Sonnenallee, they decided to open a wine bar just around the corner, where they’re serving simple dishes with an enormous selection of natural wine.
Weserstrasse 172, 12045 Neukölln, Mon-Fri 18:00-02:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-02:00
Duc Ngo, owner of Kuchi, Next to Kuchi and many more, is on a roll – after just opening his pho bar, Madame Ngo, he went for another opening just across the street, focussing again on Japanese kitchen – the very chic restaurant serves traditional as well as modern Japanese food in a black and green marble interior.
Kantstrasse 135, 10623 Charlottenburg, Wed-Sat 18:30 – 23:30