5 – Cinco by Paco Pérez
Catalan star chef Paco Pérez’s very first endeavor outside Spain is this Michelin- starred restaurant in Das Stue Hotel. His aim is to tickle all five senses with avant- garde taste experiences that take full advantage of the flavors and ingredients of his home country. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.5- cinco.com. Drakestr. 1. T: 030.3117220. S Tiergarten. C3
Situated in a glass atrium of The Mandala Hotel and ringed by the courtyard’s trees, Facil has mastered understated elegance in both its décor and cuisine. Double- Michelin- starred chef Michael Kempf is particularly masterful with seafood when creating his fine menus. €€€€. Mon– Fri L&D. www.facil.de. Potsdamer Str. 3. T: 030.590051234. S Potsdamer Platz. D3
Named Best German Restaurant of 2012, recipient of a Michelin star, and with head chef Matthias Diether named Berlin Master Chef 2013, First Floor has clearly earned its gourmet stripes. Part of the Hotel Palace Berlin, the fine dining spot serves inspired French haute cuisine. €€€€. Daily D, closed Mon. www.firstfloor.palace.de. Budapester Str. 45. T: 030.25021020. S+U Zoologischer Garten, U Kurfürstendamm. C4
Pure, straightforward luxury is the formula at this restaurant in the Regent Berlin Hotel. One of just a handful of Berlin restaurants to earn two Michelin stars, Fischers Fritz will not fail to impress with its elevated cuisine and finely honed service. €€€€. Daily B, D. www.fischersfritzberlin.com. Charlottenstr. 49. T: 030.20336363. U Französische Straße. E3
Sonja Frühsammer is Berlin’s most celebrated female chef, and her culinary prowess was further confirmed when her restaurant received a Michelin star in late 2014. This gourmet getaway in a green corner of the city is much loved for its relaxed, approachable take on excellent cuisine. €€€. Thu– Fri L, Tue–Sat D. www.fruehsammers-restaurant.de. Flinsberger Platz 8. T: 030.89738628. S Hohenzollerndamm. A5
Austria- born chef Sebastian Frank has built himself a reputation – and earned a Michelin star – with his highly creative, oftentimes minimalist use of seasonal ingredients, from sunchokes to candied parsley root to spruce needles. Vegetarian options available. Warm, wooden interior and lovely outdoor patio for the warmer months. €€€. Wed– Sun D. www.restaurant- horvath.de. Paul- LinckeUfer 44a. T: 030.61289992. U Kottbusser Tor. F4
On the 14th floor of the InterContinental Hotel, Hugos offers panoramic views of the city along with Michelin- starred French- German cuisine. Its reputation as one of Berlin’s go-to gourmet destinations is well earned. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.hugos-restaurant.de. Budapester Str. 2. S+U Zoologischer Garten. C4
Refined yet bold top-notch dining has brought this restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria widespread renown. Under the leadership of star chef Pierre Gagnaire, the menu has clear French influences while daring to incorporate flavors from India, the Middle East, and further afield. €€€€. Daily D, closed Sun. www.waldorfastoriaberlin.com. Hardenbergstr. 28. T: 030.8140000. S+U Zoologischer Garten, U Kurfürstendamm. C4
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer
The Hotel Adlon restaurant boasts two Michelin stars and a well- earned spot in the upper echelon of Berlin’s finest restaurants. No detail is spared in the creation of an unforgettable dining experience, presided over by chef Hendrik Otto. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.lorenzadlon- esszimmer. de. Unter den Linden 77. T: 030.2661196. S+U Brandenburger Tor. E3
The chic, hip décor is matched by a menu of equally creative German cuisine, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2013. Meat dishes made from local game are a highlight. €€€. Daily L&D, closed Sun. www.paulysaal.com. Auguststr. 11–13. T: 030.33006070. S Oranienburger Straße. E2
Chef Daniel Achilles didn’t earn two Michelin stars by playing it safe. The two nightly dinner menus at Reinstoff – one focused on regional tastes, the other incorporating influences from farther afield – are successful experiments in exciting, avantgarde cuisine. €€€€. Tue–Sat D. www.reinstoff.eu. Schlegelstr. 26c. T: 030.30881214. U Naturkundemuseum, S Nordbahnhof. E2
Wine bar, wine shop, and restaurant in one, Rutz offers perfectly paired meals by Chef Marco Müller, whose six-, eight-, and 10- course “Inspiration Menus” combine simple yet diverse ingredients into creative taste sensations. €€€€. Tue–Sun D. www.rutz-weinbar.de. Chausseestr. 8. T: 030.24628760. U Oranienburger Tor. E4
Part of the andel’s Hotel, Skykitchen brings a welcome touch of luxury to the Lichtenberg district and was accordingly crowned with a Michelin star in 2014. Try chef Alexander Koppe’s four- course “From Berlin to the Sea” regional menu for modern takes on traditional favorites. €€€. Tue–Sat D. www.vi- hotels.com. Landsberger Allee 106. T: 030.4530532620. S Landsberger Allee.
From his humble beginnings growing up in Kreuzberg, Tim Raue has become one of the bestknown culinary names in Berlin. Plumbing the Far
Made with dried fruit, nuts, spices, and a marzipan center, then rolled in powdered sugar, Stollen is sure to change your mind
about the oft-maligned fruitcake. The centerpiece of Dresden's annual Stollenfest (5 December) is a several-ton version of the fruit bread, which is even paraded through the
streets before being cut into pieces.
The hard gingerbread used to make Lebkuchen hearts can be found year round at German fairs, but it’s the soft variety, which comes out during the holiday season, that everyone anticipates. The Nürnberger Lebkuchen that have become the most famous today can be found in the gourmet
section at KaDeWe (p. 27).
This literally translates to "tree cake," due to its characteristic golden layers resembling the rings of a cut tree trunk. To get this effect,
a very thin layer of batter is repeatedly brushed onto a spit and allowed to bake on an open flame. Pick up your sample at Christmas markets around town (p. 10).
You’ve probably already noticed the Germans love marzipan, but they also love potatoes, so
trust them to create a special Christmas marzipan treat that's rolled into little balls and dusted with cocoa and cinnamon for that
freshly harvested spud look. A box of Niederegger Lübeck marzipan potatoes can
be bought at local supermarkets.