Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

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Klo restaurant Berlin
Think you've tried every themed restaurant out there? Klo offers a toilet motif that will make some flush with embarrassment. Photo: Roboppy

Though Berlin has now collected more Michelin stars than any other German city, its most special dining experiences may not lie within the hallowed, star-covered kitchens of the capital, but rather its unique and sometimes kitschy offerings.

Here a selection of Berlin’s weird but memorable food options.

Sauvage
Neukölln (Reuterkiez, U8-Hermannplatz)
Dinner only, closed Mondays. Reservations recommended

The Paleo Diet trend hasn’t passed Berlin by. If you’ve ever wanted to eat like a caveman (grunts excluded), head to Sauvage, Berlin’s first Paleo restaurant.   Expect entrees for hunters (meat and fish) and gatherers (fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts) — no dairy, sugars, grains, or legumes allowed.  While their concept should have broad appeal among slow and local foodies, be warned that given the reliance on meat-based proteins, vegetarians may only have one choice for entrees.

unsicht-Bar
Prezlauer Berg (U2-Weinmeisterstr.)
Dinner only, open daily. Reservations recommended

A play on the German word for “invisible,” dining at unsicht-Bar is more about the experience than the menu.  The restaurant’s total darkness creates the illusion of blindness for diners.  For your two- to three-hour dinner, blind and visually-impaired servers guide you through this new world, delivering (and interpreting) three courses of your choosing.

The "burger" of Burgermeister

The “burger” of Burgermeister. Photo: Aotearoalove


Klo

Charlottenburg (U7-Adenauerplatz)
Evenings only, open daily

Pack your sense of humor before taking a seat at Klo (Loo), Berlin’s toilet-themed bar and restaurant.

The atmosphere is jovial and entertaining, the decor, dishware, and even seating an eclectic hodgepodge of antique toilet articles.  Be ready for a few surprises!

And if that’s not enough potty humor for you …

Burgermeister
Kreuzberg (U1-Schlesisches Tor)
Open daily till 3 a.m., 4 a.m. on weekends.

This popular outdoor kiosk — still bearing the signage from the public toilet from which it was converted — sells reasonably-priced burgers, fries, and drinks directly under the U-Bahn station.

Also in our guide: If you’re planning a trip to the city, be sure to swing by our budget guide to Berlin, for information on budget hotels and tips for saving on sightseeing, transportation and dining.

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Hilary Bown

An academic by training, a writer by day, and a Cheapo by heritage, Hilary Bown's meagre means and insatiable travel appetite have helped her sharpen her "no-budget travel" skills across the European continent over the past decade. At home in Berlin or on an adventure abroad, you'll find her in sandals, riding the bus, reading novels while walking, drinking the local wine, writing out postcards with a felt-tip pen, and browsing the shelves of the supermarket and hardware store. Find her unique blend of travel adventure and tested advice at Less Than a Shoestring.

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