Best food and drinks in Berlin

Looking back there were a lot of posts in my blog about restaurants and cafés in the recent past. So, time to sit down and write a short little list of the best food and drink places in Berlin that I visited so far. This list is purely biased of course, created by a vegetarian and subject to change from time to time as soon as I find an even better place in a category:

Best vegetarian restaurant: Samadhi

Best cafè: Café & Bar Hilde

Best cakes: Tortenwerkstatt (Sredzkistraße 63, 10405 Berlin), Café Frau Paul (Hans-Otto-Str. 6, 10407 Berlin)

Best burgers and fries: Yellow Sunshine

Best sandwiches: Luigi Zuckermann Traditional Gourmet Deli

Best juices: Eve & Adams

Best noodles: Spreegold (Hufelandstr. 20, 10407 Berlin)

Best american pizza: Fatass Pizza

Best italian pizza: Pizza Nostra (Lychener Str. 2 – 4, 10437 Berlin)

Best burritos: Dolores

Best falafel: El rief (Schönhauser Allee 47, 10437 Berlin)

Best crêpes: Crêperie Bretonne

Best bagels: Bagels & Bialys (Rosenthaler Str. 46 – 48, 10178 Berlin)

Best soups: Suppen Cult

Best hot dogs: Hot Dog World (Kastanienallee 102, 10435 Berlin)

Best ice cream parlor: Häagen Dasz

Non-smoking restaurants in Berlin

Update 10/08: There are still a lot of people visiting this page when searching for smokefree restaurants and pubs in Berlin. As of Jan 08 a non-smoking ban made a lot of public place smokefree but parts of it were declared invalid by the “Supreme Court” of Germany a while later. This happened because the judges ruled that it is unfair if bigger pubs are able to create separate smoking rooms while smaller pubs do not have the space for that. The Berlin senate is working at a new version of the non-smoking ban.

So, how is the current situation? The simple rule is like this: If it looks like a restaurant, profits in big parts from offering food then in almost all the cases it is smokefree, if it looks like a pub or bar basing their profits on drinks then it is not smokefree. The new law being worked on at the moment will have some paragraphs telling pubs that are offering food to not allow smoking but due to the fact that there are only a few people running around in the city being employed for controlling restaurants and pubs the chances, that they’ll find the black sheeps are very small. Summarizing what is happing you could say: If you wanna eat smokefree – no problem, if you just wanna have a drink or beer in a smokefree pub – forget it, stay at the restaurant and drink there.

Before the non-smoking ban this page was visited very often for its list of non-smoking restaurants/cafes/bars and at least for the restaurants it is not necessary anymore, for the pubs it would contain no entry so far because at least I don’t know of any pub that is smokefree in this city.
But here is the old list, just for the fun of it:


(district including War Memorial church, boulevard Kurfürstendamm, department store KadeWe)

Balzac Coffee
Knesebeckstraße 1-2, 10623 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffeehouse chain, in opposite to Starbucks, this german coffee house chain offers cheaper prizes for similar drinks and cakes, after being smoked up completely the whole chain went smokefree a while ago

Hard Rock Cafe
Meinekestraße 21, 10719 Berlin
non-smoking section
american restaurant situated in one of the side streets of the Kurfürstendamm. Why this american restaurant owned by an american company only offers a small non smoking zone I don’t understand.

Tauentzienstraße 21 – 24, 10789 Berlin
non-smoking section
self service restaurant at the highest level of the department store. This is not the main place to go and eat something at the Kadewe though. If you go down one level you’ll find various delicacies and special foods to buy and you have the chance to eat at various mini-restaurants directly. All of them are smokefree.

Kurfürstendamm 14/15, 10719 Berlin
swiss self service restaurant
big non-smoking section
I’m not a fan of food that once was made fresh but is just sitting there under some heating lamps. Some food is being made fresh in front of your eyes though, if you are in a hurry this place is ok

Pizza Hut
Tauentzienstraße 8, 10789 Berlin
non-smoking section
american pizza restaurant chain

Goethestraße 2, 10623 Berlin
completely smokefree
indian vegetarian restaurant. This seems to be the only smokefree indian restaurant in town, vegan menues available too. Somebody working there told me though that in absolute exceptional cases they have two tables in the far back near the beergarden where people if they insist on it can smoke. So, it might sometimes be not completely smokefree? Big variety of known and more unknown indian meals.

Starbucks Coffee
Kurfürstendamm 231, 10719 Berlin
completely smokefree
small store of that chain, short opening hours which is, looking at the location of this store, not understandable

Ansbacher Straße 21, 10787 Berlin
completely smokefree
big variety of freshmade soups. I can not say more about this specific store of this chain since I am almost exclusivly being customer at the other store in Mitte

Goethestrasse 5, 10623 Berlin
completely smokefree
Small Swingcafe with short opening times offering some concerts

World Coffee in Hugendubel
Tauentzienstraße 13, 10789 Berlin
completely smokefree
cafe in a bookstore, while other World Coffee stores are smoked up, the ones in malls and this one here is smokefree

(district with a lot of specialty stores, Bergmannstraße, restaurants and lots of nice looking renovated houses)
My hope is this district has much more non-smoking restaurants, but I don’t know them since I don’t go there that often.

Backhaus Liberda
Zossener Straße 47, 10961 Berlin
completely smokefree
Standard offer of cakes, snacks and coffee, pretty spacious with lots of tables

Bergmannstraße 21, 10961 Berlin
completely smokefree
Deli and Cafe, selfmade cakes, bagels, soups, hot meals, the coffee for both Barcomi’s is roasted here, compared with the other Barcomi’s in Mitte this cafe is pretty narrow, dark and has some simple, older furniture

Krossener Straße 12, 10245 Berlin
completely smokefree
Cafè offering american and english breakfast as well as goodies like cupcakes, rice crispy treats and beans on toast

Simon-Dach-Straße 41a, 10245 Berlin
completely smokefree
nice cafè not only offering the standard drinks but having coffee specialities from other countries as well, teas and cakes

Gneisenaustr. 22, 10961 Berlin
small Falafel place, friendly service, good food and tea.

(district including the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin cathedral, TV Tower, Hackesche Höfe and Alexanderplatz):

All in One
Rosenthaler Straße 43, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
arabian specialities, Döner, Falafel, open 24 h, always crowded, directly in the entrance to a grocery store that could be open all day long like this place but it sadly isn’t, you order and pay right away when you enter

Bäcker Steinecke
Dircksenstrasse 52, 10178 Berlin
non-smoking section
normally bakeries do not offer many tables to sit at, this has a lot of them though

Bagels & Bialys
Rosenthaler Straße 47, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
open 24h, always crowded, big variety of wraps and bagels

Balzac Coffee
Friedrichstraße 194-199, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffeehouse chain, this store has short opening times which is no wonder looking at Friedrichstraße at later times

Balzac Coffee
Karl-Liebknecht Straße 5, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffeehouse chain, at the entrance to the Dom Aquaree, a businesshouse/hotel/Aquarium combination

Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
Deli and Cafe, selfmade original american cakes, bagels, soups, hot meals, spacious, pretty much hidden in a courtyard, you can not reserve a table at the weekend although due to the big crowds then it would actually be necessary

Charlottenstr. 63, 10117 Berlin
soup bar, big variety, often non-standard, interesting soups

Cafe Galao
Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin
completely smokefree
small Cafe offering croissants, tortillas, toasts and various drinks

Cafe Napoljanska
Kastanienallee 43, 10119 Berlin
everything is selfmade here, nice tarts and icecream, you might not have a lot of space for yourself since the tables are not far from each other and it is often very crowded.

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
delicious californian style burritos and soups simple but nicely decorated, one of most original and best places to enjoy a smokefree meal, see also blog entry (in German)

Falafel Dada
Linienstraße 132, 10115 Berlin
completely smokefree
small store but excellent falafels

Galerie Lafayette
Friedrichstraße 76 – 78, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
food court with diverse french food

Good Pasta
Reinhardtstraße 11, 10117 Berlin
competely smokefree
variation of freshly made pasta and sauces

Häagen Dazs
Hackescher Markt, Neue Promenade 3,10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
spacious cafe offering delicious ice cream, went smokefree a short while ago, this bustling square with a lot of restaurants at it needed a smokefree place since all the other restaurants here are not smokefree

Potsdamer Platz 8, 10785 Berlin
completely smokefree
delicious pralines, waffles and icecream

Henriette-Herz-Platz 2, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
Pizza delivery service that has a some tables and stools, open long

Kronenstraße 55 – 58, 10117 Berlin
big non-smoking section
italian food, this was one of the first restaurants of it’s kind where you have an open kitchen, you get a card, go to the kitchen counter, order the noodle sort that you want and the sauce you want – or the pizza – you wait and can actually watch how your food is being prepared

Leo Bettini
Mulackstraße 33, 10119 Berlin
completely smokefree
selfmade pasta and delicious various dumplings

Unter den Linden 36 – 38, 10117 Berlin
big non-smoking section
argentinian steak house offering vegetarian food also, good salad bar, sadly situated in the smoking zone though

Charlottenstraße 79/80, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
small store, south german filled pasta squares, vegetarian variations available

MC Donald’s / MC Café
Europaplatz 1 (Berlin central train station)
10557 Berlin
completely smokefree
23 h open, delicious coffee creations and cakes, see blog entry

Sophienstraße 19, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree

south german cuisine

Moreno Carusi
Leipziger Platz 15, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
original italian cuisine

Auguststr. 58, 10119 Berlin
completely smokefree
asian health fast food, shows which is being prepared in front of your eyes, vegetarian food too

Wilhelmstraße 77, 10177 Berlin
big non- smoking room separated from the smoking room
superb vietnamese vegetarian restaurant, you might not know some of the vegetables that are listed in the menue, but the staff is very friendly and helpful, so they will explain them to you and give you tips also, see blog entry (in German)

Schlotzky’s Deli
Friedrichstraße 200, 10117 Berlin
non-smoking section
delicious american sandwiches and pizzas, smoke could come over from the smoking zone

Splendid Delikatessen
Dorotheenstraße 37 , 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
small and fancy store with a lot of organic food plus Bistro

Starbucks Coffee
Rosenthaler Straße 40, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
very spacious, 2 level store, the longest opening times of all Starbuck Cafes in Berlin, on the upper level you have an excellent view over Hackescher Markt, see also blog entry (in German)

Starbucks Coffee
Friedrichstraße 61, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
near the trainstation “Friedrichstrasse”

Starbucks Coffee
Friedrichstraße 96, 10117 Berlin
completly smokefree
in the business area of east-downtown

Starbucks Coffee
Pariser Platz 1a, 10117 Berlin
completly smokefree
with a view of the Brandenburg Gate, looking at the big crowds of tourists at Pariser Platz this store could be open much longer

Friedrichstraße 90, 10117 Berlin
competely smokefree
big variety of freshmade soups, vegetarian and vegan soups available, very friendly staff

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 17, 10178 Berlin
completely smokefree
Japanese Noodle Bar, interesting design, long opening times, see also blog entry (in German)

The Coffee House,
Hausvogteiplatz 11, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffeehouse chain, small store

The Corner Berlin
Französische Straße 40, 10117 Berlin
completely smokefree
combination of a store and big restaurant, upscale cuisine

(district including galleries, specialty stores, many restaurants and bars)

Arom di Sushi
Dietzgenstraße 43, 13125 Berlin
completely smokefree
Thaifood and Sushi, every meal can be ordered as a vegetarian dish also

Balzac Coffee
Schönhauser Allee 116, 10439 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffeehouse chain, compared to many other Balzac stores this has pretty extensive opening times

Schönhauser Allee 127 a, 10437 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffee, snacks, cakes in a flower shop

Cafe-Bar Manolo
Schönhauser Allee 45, 10435 Berlin
coffee, cakes, small non smoking section, the smoke comes over from the smoking zone

Cafe-Bar Mia
Pappelallee 58, 10437 Berlin
Sandwiches, soups, salads and cocktails in a nicely designed cafe-bar. To my knowledge the only smokefree place in Berlin where you can drink a cocktail. Child-friendly being visited by a lot of parents with their kids who can play with toys
completely smokefree, see also blog entry (in German)

Cafe Paula
Florastraße 14, 13187 Berlin
completely smokefree
selfmade organic cakes, croissants, toasts and bagels, small cafe visited by a lot of families with their children, see also blog entry (in German)

Cupcake Bakery
Zionskirchstraße 36, 10119 Berlin
completely smokefree
lots of different cupcakes, scones, sandwiches, English tea, soups etc. Very cozy café, see also blog entry.

Dodoos Palatschinken-Bar
Schönhauser Allee 155, 10435 Berlin
completely smokefree
Austrian, filled pancakes in many variations.

Max-Beer-Str. 56, 10119 Berlin
completely smokefree
cocktail bar, big variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Live DJs, extensive opening times, see also blog entry.

Rykestraße 48, 10405 Berlin
big non-smoking zone
belgian fries, other deep fried food also, lots of selfmade sauces, the small smoking zone is directly at the counter by the entrance

Focaccia King
Danziger Straße 25, 10435 Berlin
competely smokefree
Little focacceria. In difference to other focaccia breads I noticed that the prepared pieces were not reheated but actually were baked freshly

Fräulein Smillas
Pappelallee 63, 10437 Berlin
completely smokefree
Small cafe and reading salon

Hans Wurst
Dunckerstraße 2a, 10437 Berlin
completely smokefree
vegan, organic cafè and restaurant, very nice place to go out to. Offers cultural events like readings, concerts, theater and exhibitions too.

L’Isola Verde
Choriner Straße 45, 10435 Berlin
completely smokefree
vegetarian and vegan food, coffee, organic food

Maja’s Deli
Pappelallee 11, 10437 Berlin
completely smokefree
fresh soups, sandwiches and cakes, vegetarian and vegan food available, friendly staff, see also blog entry (in German)

Kopenhagener Straße 14, 10437 Berlin
completely smokefree
japanese and korean kitchen

Breite Straße 22, 13187 Berlin
completely smokefree
near Rathaus, fresh sandwiches, not every Subway is smokefree or offers a non-smoking zone, this here though is completely smokefree

Oderberger Str. 21, 10435 Berlin
completely smokefree
little, cosy noodle restaurants. You pick what you want from the fresh made noodles at the counter and they prepare them for you

Viv Lounge
Schönhauser Allee 10 – 11, 10119 Berlin
completely smokefree
offering organic coffee, cakes, snacks and soups

(district including bars, restaurants, interesting stores)

Rheingaustraße 1, 12161 Berlin
completely smokefree
Restaurant and Cafe with long opening times and an extensive menue and food from different countries

Goltzstraße 2, 10781 Berlin
completely smokefree
teahouse, recommendation by Bryah (see comment below)

(district including Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz)

Balzac Coffee
Potsdamer Platz 10, 10785 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffehouse chain, this store has the most extensive opening times of the chain

Meyerbeer Coffee
Eichhornstr. 1, 10785 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffeehouse chain, pretty short opening times

Potsdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin
non-smoking section
Argentinian steakhouse

Tony Romas
Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 3, 10785 Berlin
non-smoking zone
American restaurant close to the Berlin Casino

Starbucks Coffee
Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, 10785 Berlin
completely smokefree
coffee house chain

Potsdamer Platz 5, 10785 Berlin
big non-smoking section
fresh Italian noodles and pizzas, same system as the Lagano restaurant in Mitte

Weiland’s Wellfood
Marlene Dietrich Platz 1, 10785 Berlin
completely smokefree
Wok dishes, bagels and salads

updated 2005-11-14 added Pankow section, added Maja’s Deli
updated 2005-11-15 added Suppenbörse in Berlin-Mitte and in Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf
updated 2005-11-16 added All in One and Bagels & Bialys in Mitte
updated 2006-01-14 added Schöneberg section, added TeeTeaThé, added Subway in Pankow
updated 2006-01-31 added Cafe-Bar Mia in Pankow
updated 2006-02-20 removed Pommy & Friends in Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf, does not exist there anymore
updated 2006-02-27 added Bäcker Steinecke in Mitte, added link to Dolores in Mitte
updated 2006-03-06 added Cafe-Bar Manolo, L’Isola Verde in Pankow, added Leo Bettini, Milchhalle Berlin, The Corner Store in Mitte
updated 2006-03-09 added links to the districts
updated 2006-04-05 added Barcomi’s in Mitte
updated 2006-05-12 added Viv Lounge in Pankow
updated 2006-06-02 added MC Donald’s / MC Café in Mitte
updated 2006-07-24 added Good Pasta in Mitte
updated 2006-10-04 added Cafe Paula in Pankow, added Splendid Delikatessen in Mitte, Vapiano in Tiergarten
updated 2006-10-07 added Susuru in Mitte
updated 2006-10-23 added Cafe Galao and Joey’s in Mitte, added Barcomi’s in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg
updated 2006-11-02 added Familienwirtschaft in Steglitz/Zehlendorf and Falafel Dada in Mitte
updated 2006-11-05 added Fräulein Smillas and Fettnapf in Pankow
updated 2006-12-13 added Weiland’s Wellfood in Tiergarten, Pastakontor in Mitte
updated 2007-04-01 added Balzac Coffee in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Mitte, Tiergarten and Pankow, added Swingdiele in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, added The Coffee House in Mitte, added Arom di Sushi in Pankow, added Häagen Dazs in Mitte
updated 2007-04-07 added Moreno Carusi in Mitte
updated 2007-05-20 added Omoni and Blumencafe in Pankow
updated 2007-05-30 added Satyam in Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf and Backhaus Liberda in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg
updated 2007-06-05 added map links and some longer descriptions
updated 2007-07-20 added Cupcake in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Icexoc in Mitte
updated 2007-08-01 added Kaffeeladen in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
updated 2007-08-13 added Sesam in Friedrichshaim-Kreuzberg, Cadadia and Cafe Napoljanska in Mitte
updated 2007-09-27 added Hans Wurst in Pankow
updated 2007-10-25 added Cupcake Bakery, Erdbeer-Bar and Focaccia King in Pankow
updated 2007-11-14 added Teigwaren and Dodoo’s Palatschinken-Bar in Pankow, removed Pastakontor in Mitte