Sometimes, people complain about the lack of local diversity on this very page. I wouldn’t 100% agree (look how spread out the over 450 places on this map are), but it’s true, I am focussed on the areas I frequent daily, where I live and work. For one, because Berlin is actually humongous, stuff is far and commuting can take too much time to just go for a quick bite. And I’m often lazy, it takes planning and willpower to go check out a place in northern Reinickendorf. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy traveling the city and I ensure you, I’m much more mobile than your usual Berliner, who needs strong incentives to leave the Kiez (that’s why we don’t have friends who live in other districts). Because all the Bezirke have their own distinct flavour, especially those beyond the park (my own wording). Breakfast in Grunewald feels like you went on a weekend trip (with the M29 bus), and dining in Charlottenburg feels like dining in another city. That is because Charlottenburg actually was its own city, until 99 years ago! So I want to encourage you to roam the city, like I did when I went to Wilmersdorf for breakfast and then to two places in Mitte! Told you, I’m lazy.
Working in Mitte, there’s certainly nothing to complain about when it comes to choosing a place to have lunch. Nevertheless, I am very sure you’ve not only once experienced one of those where-should-we-go situations… Hence, this list. Which is far from complete, naturally, but a list of my personal favorites for lunch. Nothing more, nothing less. And with a foursquare list.
To call this place a Kantine (canteen) is of course a total understatement, not only because it belongs to the David Chipperfield Architect’s office and is thus impeccably designed, but also because the offered dishes only revoke memories of bland canteen food while actually being delicious. After closing down their first location, the team opened a new restaurant called Das Lokal (a personal favorite of mine thanks to its beautiful atmosphere and down-to-earth local and seasonal food) a couple of years ago. Now the entirely new build Chipperfield Berlin offices are finished and so is the remise in its backyard, the new home of Kantine.