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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.