Oh, Spain…How to describe you? Besides everything, Spain is a country that keeps charming and surprising both its new visitors and its inhabitants. Envied because of the weather, admired for its historical, cultural and artistic legacy and desired for it’s rich, healthy and extremely varied gastronomy, Spain never leaves you indifferent. That’s why if you are a Spaniard like me, you’ll find yourself missing the smells, the flavors and the warmth of the country that you have left behind. So if you are feeling the weight of the nostalgia bringing you down or just asking yourself how did you end up in this cold and rainy (but always amazing) city, here we have put together some great places that will, hopefully, make you feel a little bit like home. And of course, don’t forget to make a toast ¡salud!
With the motto “A meal for a meal” this eco-friendly bar collaborates with the non-profit organization Mary’s Meals to provide meals to children that live in extreme poverty. And then as you would expect from a bar, at El Colmado, you can enjoy the most iconic Spanish food like jamón, aceitunas o tortilla española among others.To me sounds like the perfect match between enjoying and taking responsibility for the world you are living in and contribute your bit.
El Colmado, Rathausstraße 13, 10178 Berlin
Open: Monday to Saturday: 9:30 – 20:30, Sunday: 10:30 – 20:30
photo: El Colmado
For those of you aren’t very familiar with the Spanish gastronomy you will have to get familiar with terms like tapas and pintxos. While tapas are more typical in the south of Spain, although you can find them almost everywhere around the country, pintxos are a typical thing of the north. Now that you now that and if you can’t go to Spain right now to try them you are still lucky to have On Egin in Neukölln. And the best thing is that they also have the most typical Spanish foods so what are you waiting for?
On Egin, Wildenbruchstraße 88, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln
Open: Tuesday to Saturday: 18:00 – 1:00, Sunday: 18:00 – 23:00
photo: On Egin
Of course, the food has to be good and really be able to transport you to those familiar flavors with which you have grown back home. But that is not everything. It also depends on the atmosphere of the place to really draw you and transport you to a typical Spanish “tasca”, with its uneven white walls and wooden pots and pans, “botijos”, flamenco pictures, guitars, hanging all over the place that make you feel almost at your grandparents’ house. El Borriquito has been achieving that and much more for already 30 years now.
El Borriquito, Wielandstraße 6, 10625 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Open daily: 18:00 – 5.00
photo: El Borriquito
With his “Jueves Denmedio” party Faro celebrates the southern Spanish culture dance of Flamenco and Cante always accompanied of course with the magic sounds of the Spanish guitar. Also for the football lovers, because there’s no better time than a shared time with friends to enjoy the match on the big screen, and of course, good food. Chipirones, pulpo, papas bravas, ensaladilla… and the list goes on. Who’s hungry?!
Faro, Schlesische Straße 14, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Monday to Thursday: 11:30 – 22:30, Friday: 11:30 – 0:00, Saturday: 18:00 – 0:00, Sunday: 18:00 – 22:30
Maybe the most known bar of all the list because of one of its owners is famous international actor Daniel Brühl. The really grungy look of the exterior that merges perfectly with the neighborhood is really different from the stylish interior that has been carefully decorated a really cute nod to something that is deeply rooted in the Spanish culture. A great selection of wines, and if you are a football fan you can come to Bar Raval to watch the Barça’s matches.
Bar Raval, Lübbener Str. 1, Ecke Görlitzer Str. 10997 Kreuzberg Berlin
Open: Monday to Thursday: 18:00 – 23:00, Friday: 18:00 – 24:00, Saturday: 18:00 – 24:00, Sunday: 18:00 – 23:00
photo: Bar Raval
El Atelier Tapas Bar
With an eclectic and picturesque decoration, El Atelier Tapas Bar true to its Spanish origins and customs offers paella every Sunday. On Fridays, you can have the unique “caña” with “tapa” for an amazing price and every Saturday El Atelier Tapas Bar grants you with an always delicious surprise, which could be lentils, or bocadillo de calamares, or fabada asturiana… Can’t wait for next Saturday!
Atelier Tapas Bar, Gärtnerstraße 21, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 17:00 – 22:00, Saturday: 13:00 – 22:00, Sunday: 13:00 – 20:00
photo: Atelier Tapas Bar
Galatea Wine and Music
Located in the area popularly known as Kreuzkölln at the very beginning the owners opened Azafrán Gourmet, a shop with Spanish products. Now, they also have Galatea Wine and Music, a bar that was born after the shop’s great success. And no wonder why, they have a really magical atmosphere, you can enjoy live music and of course, have a taste of Spain.
Galatea Wine and Music, Lenaustraße 5, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln
Open: Wednesday & Thursday: 19:30 – 1:00, Friday & Saturday: 19:30 – 2:00
photo: Galatea Wine and Music
This Spanish restaurant brings Catalan flavors to Berlin. Mariona offers you the “usual suspects” of the Spanish most typical cuisine but with little twits that make them unique and still rooted in the authentic Spanish flavors. And to quench your thirst they also have a great selection of wines for your culinary enjoyment.
Mariona, Skalitzer Str. 94b, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open daily: from 18:00
Sol y Sombra
You’ll find this lovely bar with Andalusian-inspired tiles on one of the corners of Oranienplatz. So whenever you’re having a walk through Kreuzberg and you feel like you really want to try something different and really good, just go to Sol y Sombra and enjoy their variety of tapas. And if you just want to read a book while enjoying a nice glass of wine this is your place. ¡Que aproveche!
Sol y Sombra, Oranienplatz 5, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open daily: 17:00 – 23:30
photo: Amanda Artiaga