As far back as anyone can remember, Berlin has always been the adopted homeland of choice for stars and starlets. On the one hand, it’s because Berlin is home to countless music, film, and television producers. And on the other, it’s because the city has a lot to offer when it comes to gastronomy, nightlife, and entertainment. But some celebrities want more than just a sample of Berlin’s culinary delights and have decided to take center stage in Berlin’s culinary landscape. These are five top VIP restaurants and cafés.
Most people know Ben as a baseball-cap-wearing German-language pop singer from the early 2000s. At the start of the year, however, he swapped his soul music for soul food—BerlinSoulFood to be precise. He stands behind the stove of his pop-up restaurant in Kreuzberg with his buddies Eugen and Jan, serving German home cooking under the slogan: “So you don’t have to call your mother anymore.” The born-and-bred Berliner has made his passion his career and, along with his friends, he now runs the restaurant and sells cookbooks and condiments under the BerlinSoulFood brand. He even has a range of unusual types of salt named after areas of Berlin, including Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, and Mitte.
Bötzowkiez in the Prenzlauer Berg area is home to the café owned by Christian Kahrmann, who is perhaps better known as Benny Beimer from long-running German soap, Lindenstraße. Young visitors, in particular, are drawn to Kahrmann’s Own by its small, yet impressive, ice cream cabinet, but it also has a lot to offer for those with a more mature sweet tooth. The freshly prepared crepes and French chocolate tarts are to die for, and the drinks menu includes the matcha latte, a delicious Japanese drink made from green tea powder. While you sit at your table in Kahrmann’s Own and gaze out onto the street, you might just spy Matthias Schweighöfer hurry past carrying his child.
Tapas restaurant Bar Ravel is run by Daniel Brühl, Germany’s most successful export to Hollywood. Since he opened the Kreuzberg-based Spanish restaurant with the help of his partner, Atilano Gonzáles, it has attracted plenty of visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the actor himself. But even if you’re not a fan, the restaurant is well worth a visit. The authentic tapas dishes are simply delicious, and on the first Monday of every month it’s paella for everyone!
“Vive la France” is the slogan adopted by one of Berlin’s VIP restaurants, La Raclette, owned by actor and “King of the Jungle,” Peer Kusmagk. True to its name, the restaurant serves traditional raclette, and the tables are even provided with a special raclette grill. There is also more traditional French food on the menu, including frogs’ legs and crème brûlée. With such a prominent owner and an eatery that is this well-established on the Berlin scene, don’t be surprised if other famous faces make an appearance from time to time. So, if you like the idea of dining among celebrities in Berlin, this is the place to be.
Just a Bite
Germany’s record-breaking comedian Mario Barth joined the ranks of stars-turned-restauranteurs in 2014. He made a name for himself by making fun of feminine nature, however, with his cupcake store Just a Bite in Gendarmenmarkt Square, he’s now aiming to indulge the ladies. All the baking done on this premises is free from artificial coloring and flavorings. As the name suggests, the little cupcakes are gone in one bite. And since they are so wonderfully tiny, there’s no need to agonize over which flavor to choose—you can always pick a whole selection. One particular favorite is the Venezian Love.