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Vivamost favourite restaurants and cafés in Berlin convenient to the Berlinale

Here are a few good restaurants and cafés, perfect during your stay in Berlin for the Berlinale:


View of Lindenbräu restaurant, taken outside, Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz Berlin

View of Lindenbräu restaurant, taken outside, Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz Berlin


Potsdamer Platz


  • Tony Roma’s

The American restaurant founded in Miami in 1972 and today in 27 countries has a location in Berlin. In a relaxed atmosphere you can eat char-grilled steaks, BBQ chicken, ribs, burgers, but also salads and amazing desserts like chocolate fudge cake, American cheese cake or skillet brownie sundae.

Where is it?: Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 3   Call:30 25 29 58 30

Opening hours: Fri & Sat from noon to 12:30 a.m. and the rest of the week only opened from noon to midnight.


  • Lutter & Wegner

Already in Berlin for the last 200 years (1811), it has four locations: one in Charlottenburg, one in Gendarmenmarkt & two in Potsdamer Platz. It is a good choice for Austrian and German dishes and for wines. The location next to the Arkaden is at the Weinhaus Huth. You can also stand outside and drink a glass of wine.

Where is it?: Alte Potsdamer Str. 5, just next to the Arkaden         Call:30 25 29 43 50

in Kaisersaal (Sony Center) Bellevuestrasse 1                      Call:30 25 29 43 50

Opening hours: Mon to Sun from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Berlin Potsdamer Platz buidlings

Berlin Potsdamer Platz buidlings


  • Sushi Circle

The sushis are excellent there. The restaurant has more than 100 different makis, sashimis, nigris and different creations and also has some for take-aways. Sushi Circle is in 11 cities in Germany and have 7 locations in Berlin.

Where is it?: in Potsdamer Platz in the Arkaden Mall, downstairs in shop 40        Call:30 25 89 93 98

Opening hours: Mon to Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sun. and holidays only until 6:00 p.m.

  • Lindenbräu (Sony Center)

Enjoy typical German food with a brewery in the middle of Berlin. You will feel like in Bavaria eating delicious dishes such as roasted leg of pork, baked potato, Wiener Schnitzel, goulash soup, leberkäse, pretzels and apple pies. Try their Pils, Radler, Diesel and many other beers.

Where is it?: Bellevuestraße 3 – 5   Call:30 25 75 12 80

Opening hours: from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. except Frid & Sat only until 2:30 a.m.

Beers at Lindenbräu restaurant at the Sony Center in Berlin - copyright Daniel Schwab 2006

Beers at Lindenbräu restaurant at the Sony Center in Berlin – copyright Daniel Schwab 2006


  • Alex (Sony Center)

You can go to Alex for breakfast, lunch, dinner and later into the morning. It offers pastas, salads, burgers, Flammkuchen, wraps, kid foods and many desserts. It is the perfect place for a drink after a movie. Alex will have Valentine menus on February 14th.

Alex has 40 locations across Germany and 2 in Berlin.

Where is it?: Potsdamer Str. 4         Call:(30) 23 09 79 50

Opening hours: Fri & Sat from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. – Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Sun form 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.


  • Billy Wilder

This bar was opened by the famous 6 Oscar winner, Billy Wilder. One of the films of Wilder will be screening at the Berlinale in 2013 in the section Retrospective. It is the 1959 film “Some like it hot”. Wilder is also known for “Sabrina” (1954). If you love cocktails you can choose from 120 cocktails.

Where is it?: Postdamer Platz 2       Call: 30 26 554 861

Berlin Reichstag, top with restaurant Kaefer

Berlin Reichstag, top with restaurant Kaefer



  • Kaefer restaurant

What about a restaurant with a view? Then, why not trying out the rooftop restaurant at the Reichstag. You can try their dishes with pumpkin, gnocchis, fried Norwegian cod, flammkuchen or cheese cakes.

If you are planning to go visit the Reichstag and go eat there afterwards, make a reservation. It will save you time and will not need to queue for the Reichstag’s visit. You can also eat there without visiting the Reichstag but you need a reservation and your passport.

The entrance is right of the West Portal (West C).

Where is it?: Platz der Republik 1, reachable with Bus 100 & train (station Under den Linden)     Call: (0)30 22 62 99 33

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m to 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to midnight


Unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte


  • Lobby Lounge & Bar in Hotel Adlon, Pariser Platz
Guests can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and order from a wide selection of delicious cakes. A beautiful 3 meter high elephant water fountain stands in the middle and you can listen to the water dripping while enjoying your tea break. Anyone can access the café in the lobby.

Where is it?:  Unter den Linden 77       Call:30 22 61 19 59

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.


  • Café Einstein

Just a few hundred meters from the Brandenburg tower and the Hotel Adlon, you will find the Café Einstein.  The Film director, actor and owner of an art gallery,Gerald Uhlig opened it in 1996 and since it has been a place where many personalities love to come. You can eat there but also come for a nice coffee and read your newspaper. Try the Apfelstrudel or Kaiserschmarrn. There is another nice Café Einstein on the Kurfürstenstraße 58.

Where is it?:  Unter den Linden 42                        Call:30 204  36 32
Opening hours: daily from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Cafe Einstein interior - coyright Café Einstein

Cafe Einstein interior – coyright Café Einstein

Gendarmenmarkt, Mitte


  • Borchardt’s

It is a classy place for international and French cuisine. The service is quick and friendly and the food is excellent with great Wienerschnitzel. You will often see celebrities in the restaurant. Reserve early and try to come before rush hour. Just near the Galeries Lafayette.

Where is it:? Französische Strasse 47/ Friedrichstrasse           Call:30 81 88 62 62
  • Galeries Lafayette department store

Crêperie: perfect for a lunch break; they will serve you thin French pancakes filled with meat, cheese, mushrooms or sugar, jam among other things.

Where is it?: Französische Strasse 23


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