It's not all beer, schnitzel and currywurst, you know. Here's our top picks of places to eat in Berlin.
Simplonstrasse 16, 10245 Berlin - +49 30 29 04 97 04. Open daily from 6pm
The name of this modern Alpine restaurant translates as Snow White, given that everything thing in the venue is a pure white. Which is all white with us (sorry). It's a hip, modern place tucked away in Friedrichshain and there are hearty but contemporary plates of food at a great price. On offer might be a white tomato soup with smoked fish and parmesan (€7) to start, then homemade pumpkin, walnut and herb ravioli (€13.5). Mains include ox cheek with carrot, black salsify and dumplings (€23.50) or a rack of lamb with cassoulet of beans (€26). For something sweet, dessert is along the lines of hazelnut souffle with praline ice-cream and white chocolate (€8). Schneeweiss-berlin.de
Flughafenstrasse 46, D 12053 Berlin +49 30 62 72 21 52 Open Tues - Sat at 7.30pm
For something very special - and very Berlin, albeit Italian food - we'd recommend spending the night at Lavanderia Vecchia. Out in Neukoln, the cute restaurant is in a warehouse building that used to be a laundry, hence the name. It's a set-menu affair and an incredible spread of 13-courses is offered for the €58 price tag. There's delicious and seemingly never-ending rustic dishes of antipasti, risotto, beef or fish (depending on the week, be sure to check the website to find out which week it falls on) dessert, coffee and half a bottle of the wine of your choice (well, red or white, anyway). All the food is served at the same time, so you'll need to be at your table for 7.30pm and you'll be feasting until around 11pm. Don't forget to check out the little smokers room with a turntable and furniture made from old Lufthansa seats. lavanderiavecchia.de
Skalitzer Straße 36, 10999 Berlin +49 163 4580203 Open daily from midday - 11pm
It's bright, bolshy and loud in here - perfect for starting the weekend, really. This Korean restaurant in Kreuzberg has become as famous for it's SHOUTY design as it has for its food, which is fun, sharing Asian cuisine, with lots of kimchi, obviously. There's the traditional bibimbap (€8.8) - meat, vegetables and noodles served in a hot stone bowl, with a fresh egg cracked on top - ramyun soups (€4.5), pajeon (pancakes, €9.9) and the hearty Korean barbeque (€23.9), where you cook up your own meat or vegetables at the table. Washed down with some carafes of soju, and you're in for a very merry time. kimchiprincess.com
Stargarder Straße 82, 10437 Berlin. Open everyday from 7am until midnight (from 8am on the weekends).
AKA the one for the morning after the night before. While it's pretty easy to get a decent brunch in Berlin (they've really taken to it recently, especially with some all-you-can-eat places cleaning up of a weekend) Spreegold is by far and above our favourite. There's a couple of them in Mitte and two in Prenzlauer Berg and we visited the one on Stargarder Straße. You'll want for nothing in their epic tomes of a menu - if you can think it up, it's probably on there, from muesli, ham-and-cheese light bites and the classic 'egg in a glass house' (boiled eggs) (€7.9) through to Eggs Benedict (€7.9), Canadian banana pancakes (€9) or even "The Best" breakfast (€18.5) - basically a best-of plate of pretty much everything else on the breakfast menu. spreegold.com
Other special mentions:
Themroc - cute little bistro in Mitte where it's a set menu (you eat whatever the chef fancies cooking that night). Make sure to book in advance, as it only has about 12 seats. themroc-berlin.de
Bar Raval - tasty tapas place owned by the German actor Daniel Bruhl. Work your way through the small plates, washed down with excellent wine. barraval.de
Michelburger Hotel - where to hang out if you're into spotting bands and DJs. Pull up a pew on their so-laid-back-they're-horizontal sofas under the chandelier made of books and grab a beer. michelbergerhotel.com
John Muir - best cocktail bar in Berlin, hands down. It's a basement bar with a banging line in traditional cocktails with a modern twist. Good luck walking home after more than two of them... johnmuirberlin.com