Prenzlauer Berg has become one of Berlin’s most elegant areas and is not just popular with young people and foreigners visiting the city, but also with professionals and families. The neighborhood now has almost everything on offer when it comes to bars, cafes and restaurants, ideal for those visiting Berlin. We thought you might therefore appreciate a small Berlin guide focused on Prenzlauer Berg restaurants, takeaways and coffee places…
If you like to start your day with a good breakfast, or you rather feel like brunch after a lie-in, go to the corner of Kollwitzstrasse and Sredzkistrasse, where you will find Sowohl als Auch. They serve absolutely amazing brunch, with lots of options, such as the New Yorker, Berliner or Basler breakfast. It is extremely popular weekends, meaning you may have to wait a while to get a table (they don’t take reservations). In Summer it will be easier as they can also seat you on their pleasant and large terrace.
On weekdays, it is much less busy, or it will also be easier to find a table for lunch or dinner, anyday. If you rather just feel like coffee and croissant, head to Kaffee Marlene on Kastanienallee (close to the corner of Schoenhauser Allee), popular with the more gentrified crowd of Prenzlauer Berg, i.e. young professionals and couples with or without children. You can find the Handelsblatt or the Frankfurter Allgemeine among the newspapers to read while drinking one of their tasty large latte macchiatos. Later in the day – be it for lunch or dinner, or whenever you feel hungry – go to Schoenhauser Allee 156 and follow the sign which looks like the white P on blue background used to indicate Parking space. But instead, you will find what is, in my view and according to many others, the best pizza in Berlin, made in Italy. Have a slice (or more) of the large,always freshly prepared pizzas – you can see that the friendly staff at Pizza alla Grande Berlino do it with real know-how and passion. In addition, you can now even order your pizza online. Highly recommended.
Just on Kollwitzplatz, you will find specialties from Germany, Switzerland and France, the so-called „Dreilaendereck“ (corner of three countries) at Gugelhof, one of the very nice established Prenzlauer Berg restaurants. Good food in a traditional setting and with friendly service.
A bit further up in the Northern part of Prenzlauer Berg, close to Schoenhauser Allee station, you will find the cozy Schall und Rauch bar and restaurant on Gleimstrasse. Food is excellent, also for breakfast, and you can even spend the night in one of their rooms.
In spite of Prenzlauer Berg’s gentrification, there are, fortunately, still some good kebab shops left. Ali Baba on Danzigerstrasse, close to the metro station Eberswalderstrasse, is probably one of the most popular ones Prenzlauer Berg, it is also larger than average with cosy tables inside and a terrace. The place is clean, kebabs are delicious, and, if you are on the go, there also are decent toilets (and if you don’t consume any food they will cost you 50 cents). On a nice summer day, you may just anytime want to have a really good ice cream. Prenzlauer Berg certainly has it on offer too. One of the best places is Eiscafe Annamaria on Husemannstrasse. Around the corner, on Sredzkistrasse, there are also plenty of cafes and bars with chairs and tables outside when the weather is warm enough, ideal for a drink before or after eating.
Last but not least, one of our favourite restaurants for vegan and vegetarian food in Prenzlauer Berg is Momos, located on Fehrbelliner Strasse 5. Here you can find vegan and vegetarian dumplings comprised of organic ingredients. More on vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Berlin can be found in our article dedicated to the topic.