Charlottenburg has long been the grand dame of Berlin’s neighborhoods, with a high concentration of elegant, upscale dining spots frequented by long-time area residents. The past few years have seen new life infusing the area, though, which translates to exciting dining destinations.
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Café Einstein Stammhaus
Wok ShowGreifenhagenerstr. 31 030-4391–1857
Café Einstein Stammhaus
The Einstein is a Berlin landmark and one of the leading coffeehouses in town. In the historic grand villa of silent movie star Henny Porten, it charmingly recalls the elegant days of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, complete with slightly snobbish waiters gliding across squeaking parquet floors. The Einstein's very own coffee roasting facility produces some of Germany's best java, and the cakes are fabulous, especially the fresh strawberry cake—probably best enjoyed in summer, in the shady garden behind the villa. The café also excels in preparing solid Austrian fare such as schnitzel or goulash for an artsy, high-brow clientele. Up one flight of stairs is the cocktail bar Lebensstern, which matches the restaurant in sumptuous, old-world feel.
This local favorite looks so nondescript from the outside, you might walk up and down the street a few times before realizing you're here. Although there's a full menu of Chinese dishes, it's the Jiaozi you want: juicy, perfectly wrapped dumplings with veggie, pork, or lamb fillings, to be dipped in a sour black vinegar and spicy chili paste. Start off with addictive appetizers like tofu with crispy shrimp, cucumber with garlic, or Kaofu–silky tofu skins with bean sprouts and soy bean. Then dive into the dumplings, which can be ordered in batches of 20 or 40. The friendly waitstaff is happy to accept repeat orders; go with a group and you'll be surprised how many you'll devour within minutes.
For proof that Wedding is on the rise, look no further than this tiny, trendy restaurant, which serves high-end, beautifully presented bar food (including a burger with a reputation) along with local beers.
Volta makes its unusual round space work with a central horseshoe-shape bar and wraparound banquettes. The menu varies, but aside from the burger, which comes with onion rings, barbecue sauce, and shoestring fries, look out for the miso-glazed salmon with seaweed salad, or the decadent and satisfying pork belly. A small list of cocktails and one dessert round out the short but sweet menu.
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