Facade at Borchardt, Berlin, Germany

Borchardt

This French-German bistro has been open in some capacity since the mid-1800s. A glam crowd sips Champagne and nibbles on the restaurant’s famous Wiener schnitzel among a backdrop of marble columns and Art Nouveau mosaics that recalls the roaring twenties.

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Entrance at Cookies Cream, Berlin, Germany

Cookies Cream

This acclaimed vegetarian restaurant, owned by nightclub impresario Heinz Gindullis (nicknamed Cookie), is no longer a secret.

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Katz Orange

Set in a castle-like former brewery with a lovely vine-filled courtyard, Katz Orange is not a typical restaurant. The eclectic venue puts equal emphasis on cuisine, art and atmosphere, which encourages socialization. With tables spread throughout various rooms featuring exposed brick, wood paneling, mason jars filled with wild flowers and rustic, western-meets-alpine adornments, Katz Orange serves as a lovely dinner spot for families and couples.

As many Berlin hotspots do, the restaurant incorporates contemporary art. A small gallery houses temporary exhibitions from food-centric artists. The ambiance is diverse and as well suited for a romantic evening as a fun night out with friends or dinner with kids. The service is friendly and relaxed and the food combines organic farm-to-table cuisine with a large selection of locally sourced, slow-cooked meats. Downstairs is a lively bar where the bartender whips up specialty cocktails and a Ray Charles look-alike DJ plays hit tunes.

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Dinning Area at Lavanderia Vecchia, Berlin, Germany

Lavanderia Vecchia

Berlin loves repurposing­, whether it’s turning a former bomb shelter into an art space or a power plant into a nightclub. One of the most innovative transformations is the wildly popular Italian restaurant that has popped up in an old laundromat. Linens are still hanging on clotheslines, but, of course, displaying the history of the space is part of the point. If you can snag one of the tables at dinner (reservations are a must), you will be served excellent Italian cuisine prepared in an open kitchen and served to all of the tables at once. Antipasti may include burrata and mozzarella, vitello tonnato, calamari and bean salads, which are followed by risotto and a meat dish. The menu changes depending on what is in season and the chef feels like preparing, but the family-style meals are consistently delicious.

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Lutter & Wegner

Elegant and formal, Lutter & Wegner is styled like a grand 19th-century café and makes a mean Wiener schnitzel. There are several locations, but you should visit the original at the Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte.

Exterior View : Paris Bar, Berlin, Germany - Photo Courtesy : Peter Kuley

Paris Bar

One of the city’s heyday bistros, the Paris Bar remains popular with an art crowd thanks to its location in Charlottenburg that is close to many of the city’s most-upscale galleries. It’s mobbed during periods when there are art happenings or the film festival, and though the food is fine (standard French fare), you come as much for the scene and history as for the steak-frites.

Rooftop Bar – Hotel de Rome, Berlin, Germany

Rooftop Bar - Hotel de Rome

The rooftop of the Hotel De Rome is one of the coolest bars in Mitte. It has a fabulous view of the Bebelplatz and gets an international, upscale crowd. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, a cocktail on this rooftop bar is a must in the summer months.

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