Two of my favorites in the categories you mentioned for dinner are Marjellchen (German/East Prussian/Baltic cuisine) and Gerichtslaube (German). For lunch definitely try Rogacki (German deli). I also really enjoyed Monsieur Vuongs (Vietnamese). I am sure others can provide you with a lot more suggestions. Links below.
kb0503: What were some of the features, foods, etc that you enjoyed about those restaurants that made them memorable for you? Thank you for the links!
I will be staying in the Gendarmenmarkt (Hilton) Christmas-time and will be visiting Potsdamer Platz, Dali Museum, KaDewe, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandengerg Gate, and Fredrickstrasse in Berlin. Can you suggest great eateries near those areas? I have a bad seafood allergy and need to avoid those speciality restaurants, but love most other things.
Also, do you have suggestions for specific Christmas markets in Berlin that are special in terms of artisans or shows, etc?
KaDeWe has a fabulous food court that we always visit at least once for dinner when in Berlin. Fischkutter is our favorite for fresh and flavorful fish but that will not work for you. There are so many options and some are sit down restaurants and others more casual.
The market at Gendarmenmarkt is our favorite It is one Euro to enter and the quality of goods, food and entertainment very good. We go several times and will be there again this year. You can keep your ticket stub for re-entry on the same day.
We stay at Melia and enjoyed a lovely dinner at Cavillino Rosso in the area. A local spot we were recommended to is Twelve Apostles. It is a busting pizza/salad/pasta place with good food and lively atmosphere, very casual. We actually prefer the food at the local Vapiano branch which is very good for a chain. Great salads and reasonable prices.
There is also a small soup only shop located in this area. I know it by sight but not by address but soups are always fresh and tasty.
Just a warning about my recommendations: most of them will be a long walk or a ride on the metro from the spots you mentioned (which to me adds to the fun, but may not be for everyone). My memories of these specific places:
-Marjellchen (German/East Prussian/Baltic cuisine) has a very rustic atmosphere. The food choices reflect this and are somewhat different from Bavarian style food most people in the States associate with Germany. I think they have rabbit and duck dishes; I have had goose and boar here.
-Gerichtslaube (German) is in a restored medieval courtroom and has most of the traditional German dishes.
-Rogacki is a massive German style deli - huge sections for cold cuts, baked goods, and seafood (which I understand you must avoid).
-Monsieur Vuong is a Vietnamese place with a small but extremely well executed menu that is usually very popular.
I agree with caviar: definitely plan to spend time in KaDeWe food court - it is unlike anything anywhere else.
Another cool spot near Friedrichstrasse is Oranium. Really elegant interior and they have amazing brunch selections.
We have just come back from Berlin and had an amazing meal at Cafe No (it is also on this site) - IT is a couple of minutes walk from Leipaeiger strasse. It is small tapas food and lovely wine in a small cosy restaurant - Have the sharer platter and flambe tarte, you won t be disappointed !
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