KINK. photo: Robert Rieger.
An annual selection of new restaurant openings is a staple of iHeartBerlin. Unsurprisingly, this year our list is a bit delayed and doesn’t showcase quite as many places as usual. But even in spite of all the challenges brought on by the pandemic, there are some new restaurant openings to celebrate and support.
Every single one of the eleven restaurants listed below offers something different. You’ll find such diverse offerings as Nepalese dumplings, Neapolitan pizza, Vietnamese rice porridge, or Swedish meatballs, along with many vegan versions available! Most of the places are relatively affordable, but make no mistake: those looking to elevate their restaurant experience should not be disappointed.
Do you remember back in 2017 when a group of over 100 visual artists transformed a vacant office building into an urban art gallery that was torn down after two months? Now many of the same creatives involved in that project are back with a more permanent venue: a new restaurant with the same name. The restaurant will not only be an art-filled cultural venue, but also a place to try some locally sourced German food and elaborate cocktails. Last but not least: thanks to virtual reality, you’ll be able to experience the original The Haus of 2017!
The Haus, Graefestraße 92, 10967 Berlin Kreuzberg
Open: Tue-Sun: 18:00-23:00h
artwork by Rocco und seine Brüder (in the back), Mr. Stan Nats (right wall)
artwork by Stereoheat (left), Anne Bengard (right)
photos: MILLION MOTIONS / Nuno Catuna
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The newly opened Chaomin in Prenzlauer Berg specializes in congee, a Vietnamese rice porridge. But that’s not the only thing on their menu, which also includes dishes with beef, chicken, shrimp, as well as vegan options. All these hearty meals can be paired up with delicious homemade drinks.
Chaomin-Congee Restaurant, Prenzlauer Allee 27A, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Open: every day 11:30-23:00h
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Kink Bar & Restaurant
If you’re looking for a unique gastronomical experience and don’t mind spending some money, the new Kink Bar & Restaurant might be a perfect choice. Kink goes way beyond simple food in their concept of a dining experience, relying not only on exquisite taste but also putting emphasis on the visual surroundings, including an installation by the internationally acclaimed artist Kerim Seiler.
Kink Bar & Restaurant, Schönhauser Allee 176, 10119 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Tue-Sat 18:00-23:00h
photo: View of KINK Bar & Restaurant, Berlin. Photography by Robert Rieger. Courtesy of Kerim Seiler.
photo: View of KINK Bar & Restaurant, Berlin. Photography by Lee Edward.
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The Bangkok Bites menu is an Australian spin on the delicious street food from Bangkok. Their first restaurant was opened in Sydney in 2012. Since then they’ve expanded to a few more locations, and now they’re also in Berlin, which international spirit seems to be the perfect match for their fusion cuisine concept!
Bangkok Bites, Schönhauser Allee 10-11, 10119 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Mon-Fri: 17:30-23:00h, Sat-Sun: 14:00-23:00h
photos: Bangkok Bites
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Great news for all folks in Prenzlauer Berg: you don’t have to travel an hour anymore to try the legendary Neapolitan style pizzas from Malafemmena, which is hands down one of the best authentic Italian pizzerias in town. They’ve successfully conveyed the atmosphere of their original location – they even got another blue neon light with the great motto: “In Bufala We Trust”. Needless to say, their new PBerg restaurant offers an equally astounding menu of excellent Italian food.
Malafemmena, Danziger Str. 16, 10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Wed-Mon 16:30-23:00h
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The restaurant and bar La Côte in Neukölln is a real neighborhood gem with a classy interior. Their wide selection of alcoholic beverages (including wine, beer, cocktails, and spirits) is accompanied by a refined choice of appetizers and dishes with influences from the Southern European cuisine.
La Côte, Kienitzer Str. 95, 12049 Berlin Neukölln
Open: Thu: 18:00-01:00h, Fri-Sat: 18:00-02:00h
photos: La Côte
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The availability of authentic cuisines from around the world is something Berlin is rightfully famous for. That’s the case with Holy Everest – an amazing restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg that will bring you closer to the Himalayas with their nourishing menu including momos (Nepalese dumplings), soups, and different kinds of Nepalese tapas.
Holy Everest, Gleimstraße 54, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Tue-Thu and Sun: 12:00-16:00h and 17:00-23:00h, Fri-Sat: 12:00-16:00h and 17:00-24:00h
photos: Holy Everest
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The recently opened Hinterland is a new deli and wine bistro in Kreuzberg which offers nourishing meals on a high-end level. Hinterland’s concept, developed by the female duo of gastronomy professionals Madeline McLean and Steffanie La, is based on sourcing fresh produce from the very best of local suppliers.
Hinterland, Gneisenaustraße 67, 10961 Berlin Kreuzberg
Open: Tue-Fri: 12:00-15:00h and 18:00-23:00h, Sat: 11:00-15:00 and 18:00-23:00h
photos: Jaclyn Locke
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Bantabaa Food Dealer
Expect delicious dishes from traditional Gambian cuisine served in Kreuzberg, perfect for vegans and carnivores alike. However, Bantabaa is not just a Food Dealer. The founders’ vision is to make the space available as a gathering spot for the community, too: that’s why every Thursday, joining forces with the refugee organization Bantabaa Community, they’re hosting Community Dinners and offer everyone the chance to cook and enjoy a meal together.
Bantabaa Food Dealer, Wrangelstraße 82, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
Open: every day 12:00-23:00h
photos: Bantabaa Food Dealer
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Who doesn’t love the Swedish meatballs? The answer is no-one, especially when there’s also a vegan version available! That’s why Möllers Köttbullar in Kreuzberg should definitely be on your radar: come by for some hearty meatballs prepared by folks who’ve mastered the recipe!
Möllers Köttbullar, Köpenicker Str. 190, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
Open: Mo-Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat: 13:00-21:00h
photos: Möllers Köttbullar
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This newly opened restaurant in Mitte is a rather sophisticated place with a carefully chosen menu and a rich selection of mostly German and French wines. The Osterberger stands out because of its atmosphere of an elegant bistro curated by the owners Stefan Gruber-Osterberger and Thorsten Osterberger.
Osterbeger, Elisabethkirchstraße 2, 10115 Berlin Mitte
Open: Wed-Sun: 18:00-02:00h
photos: Anne Smith