If there is one thing about the restaurant scene in Berlin that I love it’s the amazing variety of Asian cuisine in town. I think I have never visited a city with more good Asian restaurants (outside of Asia of course) than Berlin. One of the most popular choices of Asian cuisine for the Berliners must be Indian. In some districts you get the feeling that literally every block has its own Indian restaurant. To be honest the huge amount of Indian places has also caused a mixed reputation for Indian cuisine in Berlin because apparently there are a lot of mediocre and bad ones. But those should not overshadow those places that have truely amazing Indian food. And to give you a helping hand in the big world of Indian food in Berlin, we have compiled a guide with our favorites and some of the most popular and loved Indian restaurants in Berlin. And in case this guide wets your appetite so much that you can’t wait to indulge into this food as soon as possible (as it did for me while writing this article) how about ordering in?
Let’s start with the newest kid on the block: Chutnify in Prenzlauer Berg. It’s probably the only true “cool kid” in our list with it’s modern design and street food style kitchen. What we like about this place is that is has a very different type of menu than the usual Indian places so you will have also a very different culinary experience eating here.
Open Tue-Sun 12-23h, Sredzkistraße 43, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
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photo: Krishna Restaurant Berlin
Our third place that we would like to recommend for the district of Prenzlauer Berg is called Krishna. They are specialized not only on traditional Indian kitchen, but also Nepalese dishes. You should try out one of the Biryani dishes which is a rice dish served with a yogurt and mint sauce.
They have a home delivery service.
Open daily 12-23:30h, Fri-Sat 12-24h, Danziger Str. 20, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
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This is your typical neighborhood Indian, but of the good variety! I’ve been to this place a couple of times as it’s near to my home, and I was always happy with my food. They have a very typical Indian menu with so many options that sound similar it’s hard to decide. But you basically have all the types of meat including chicken, lamb and duck, as well as fish and vegetarian options – plus some Tandoori specials.
You can order from their menu to your home here.
Open Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun 12-23h, Dunckerstraße 2a, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
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Despite this slightly touristic look this is actually one of the good ones in the neighborhood and beloved for its authentic kitchen. The place is bright, big and inviting in a very nice spot at Senefelder Platz. In addition to the otherwise quite typical dishes they have some Tandoori and Tikka specials served in a little pot with a flame as well as grilled dishes and a couple of 3-course-menues that make this place good for special occasion dinners.
Open daily 11-24h, Schönhauser Allee 10, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
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Anand is another traditional Indian place centrally located at the Friedrichsstraße station in Mitte. They have all you need from an Indian place including Tandoori, Biryani and Thali dishes. They also offer platters for several people which can make the dinner experience quite communal and fun. As typical for Indian places you can also order your food for home.
Open daily 12-24h , Albrechtstraße 12, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
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Now we are hopping over to the West of Berlin to Schöneberg to one of the most popular restaurants of the area. It’s called Haveli and is located at the beautiful Viktoria-Luise-Platz. The pleasant surroundings will make your culinary experience at Haveli all the better and it’s unlikely you will be disappointed by the food because this is one of the best reviewed places on various platforms.
Open Tue-Sat 17-23h, Sun 12-23h, Luitpoldstraße 26, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
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photo: Chai Ji
The Chai Ji is probably the most popular Indian place in Friedrichshain with their take on Indian fusion kitchen. It’s not so much the fusion with modern European or American style food, but with the different styles of Indian kitchen (the country is quite big and diverse after all) to create new variations and creative combinations that make for a great alternative experience of Indian food, both in taste and visually.
If you live in Friedrichshain or near-by you can also order in.
Open Mon-Thu 11:30-00h, Fri-Sat 11:30-02h, Sun 12-00h, Rigaerstr.30, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain
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photo: Delhi 6
The name sounds a bit generic, but this is actually a really hot insider tipp. Located on the Kreuzberg end of Friedrichstrasse it offers a changing day menu that goes beyond the typical Tandoori and rice dishes. Run by a young couple the restaurant has a more modern feel than most places while still maintaining the cute typical traditional kitsch-factor.
Open daily 11:30-00h, Friedrichstrasse 237, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
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The Shahjahan at Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg is the number one option in the Wrangelkiez. It’s a quite traditional place with the typical menu including chicken, lamb, duck, fish and vegetarian options. Just the right type of food to fill up before going out in all the bars and clubs around in the area. Or if you have a lazy day you can also use their delivery service.
Open daily 11:30-23:15h, Görlitzer Straße 41, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
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For all those vegans amoung you we have one place we would like to recommend in Wedding that is specialized in the Southern Indian kitchen that is more rare for Berlin (or Germany whatsoever). They have a lot of vegetarian options, as well as options without milkproducts for the vegans. The place is a small simple one without much fanfare, but the food will make you happy. You can also have their dishes delivered.
Open daily 11:30-23h, Tegeler Str. 22, 13353 Berlin-Wedding
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So, this was out Top-10 of our favorite Indian restaurants in Berlin. Do you know of any more Indian places that you think are special and should be recommended? Use the comments below to add your favorite place.