I really do love my local go-to restaurants but sometimes we all get cravings to try something new. And as I am always scouting for my travel guides of Berlin, I've been looking out for new favourite dinner spots in Berlin, Kreuzberg. After lately eating and drinking so much at home, here are my "Top 5 Restaurants of Kreuzberg" to leave your house for! More hidden gems can be found in my BertaBerlin map of Kreuzberg.
This restaurant is a hidden gem in the heart of Kreuzberg! Founded by three siblings, this spot has been developed through a long connection to the Prinzenkiez. With Mirika, the team want to create a place that brings people together in the neighbourhood. The name Mirika comes from de Myrica Gale plant. Many hundreds of years ago, this plant grew in Kreuzberg. They not only serve breakfast and lunch here but also coffee and homemade cake.
Prinzenstraße 103, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg), www.mirikaberlin.com, Station: U1, U3 Prinzenstraße, Mon–Fr 10:00–17:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–16:00
Located in the charming Graefekiez, Lausebengel delights visitors with their Berlin cuisine and beer varieties. As you would expect from a "gastropub" (Speisekneipe), here there is a large selection of local and international craft beers and handmade, homemade "Happen" (snacks). Dishes such as black pudding croquettes, mustard egg and potato salad are served next to Berliner Stullen (Sandwich). They are also the only restaurant in Germany that offers coconut cider! This is a must-try! With a large group of friends, you can sit at the community table or when the sun is shining on their large terrace.
Grimmstraße 21, 10967 Berlin (Kreuzberg), www.lausebengel.berlin, Mon–Fr 17:00–24:00, Sat–Sun 16:00–24:00
NaNum restaurant is located opposite the Jewish Museum and is definitely worth a visit. After her successful career as an alto, the passionate chef Jinok has created a place with a family atmosphere and authentic Korean cuisine. On weekends, seasonal dishes such as cold buckwheat noodles and bibimbap as well as experimental desserts are served. At this Kreuzberg restaurant everything is handmade and served in ceramic dishes specifically made for the restaurant, which are distilled and exhibited on the second floor of the restaurant. Check their website before going as you don’t want to miss out on the events like piano concerts they host!
Lindenstraße 90, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg), www.nanumberlin.com, Station: M41 Zossener Brücke, Tue–Fr 12:00–14:30, Thu–Sat 18:00–22:30
As I am - for my BertaBerlin travel guides - always looking for the hidden gems in Berlin, I visited this hidden gem, Little Long restaurant. From the outside, this Japanese restaurant with its open terrace and lanterns and plants looks relatively traditional. At this Kreuzberg restaurant, you will be greeted by a large portrait of Bruce Lee, painted by the restaurant owner. There are many other paintings here too so you'll feel like you're in a gallery! The menu offers a fusion of European dishes with an Asian twist and vice versa. For example, they serve Udon Carbonara: the typical Italian spaghetti sauce made from cream and egg is combined with the thick wheat noodles of Japanese cuisine. Very, very tasty! In addition to such fusion dishes, Little Long also offers traditional dishes such as ramen soups, sushi and yakiniku. Unfortunately, I couldn't eat that this time, but I am very much looking forward to visit this cute restaurant again soon!
Little Long Wiener Straße 60, 10999 Berlin (Kreuzberg), www.littlelong.de, Station: U1, U3 Görlitzer Bahnhof, daily 12:00–24:00
Oh my, what a magical spot right opposite the infamous Hasenheide park. Stop by Con Tho restaurant for delicious vegan & veggie Vietnamese cuisine - creative, flavoursome & authentic. My recommendation at this Kreuzberg restaurant would be to try the “spring snow” tofu & the incredible Ban Xeo pancakes!
Hasenheide 16, 10967 Berlin (Kreuzberg), www.conthoberlin.de, Station: U7, U8 Hermanplatz, daily 18:00–24:00
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