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Restaurants and bars: The best new places to eat this August

Our guide to the best new bars, restaurants, cafés and pop-ups that opened in Berlin this August.

This month’s gastronomic review takes us on a world tour. From (more) great Italian pizza through South American corn tortillas, Uzbek cuisine, Georgian wines, Vietnamese pastries and back home to a good old Prussian aperitif bar.

Ita Bistro

Ita Bistro. Photo: Clemens Niedenthal

Never heard of a tlayuda? Neither had we, but since our visit to Ita Bistro we’re very glad to say we’re now familiar with this delicious pizza-like corn tortilla loaded with coriander cream and re-fried beans.

Tlayudas and a small rotating selection of South American dishes are available at the new Ita Bistro on Helmholtzplatz: croquettes with smoked cod, grilled octopus with chorizo ​​or roasted lamb with mole. You might know the creators Micaela and Javier from Remi and Bar Normal.

  • Ita Bistro, Lettestr. 9, Prenzlauer Berg, details.

Roots Pizza

Photo: rootspizzaberlin

In our opinion there can never be too many great pizza joints. With that, we warmly welcome Roots Pizza at Kottbusser Damm on the border between Kreuzberg and Neukölln. So far only pizza is on the menu, but sharing appetizers and dessert are planned to follow.

The high quality regional and organic products speak for themselves. The recipe for the smooth and crispy dough, which rises for 72 hours, was developed by the head pizza maker after a lot of experimentation. The pizzas are baked for a maximum of 90 seconds at 450 degrees.

  • Roots Pizza, Kottbusser Damm 12a, Kreuzberg, details.

Richard Bistro

Richard Bistro. Photo: Vaan Erofeev

The Michelin starred Restaurant Richard has temporarily transformed into a bistro, so we feel justified in including it on our list.

As you would expect, it is a real culinary spectacular. Incredible ingredients take centre stage – Dine de Claire oysters, natural wines, steak tartare. Come and catch it while its seasonal.

  • Richard Bistro in Restaurant Richard, Köpenicker Str. 174, Kreuzberg, details.

Taste of Samarkand

Photo: Taste of Samarkand

Uzbekistan’s location on the historic Silk Road has given rise to culinary traditions that confound our perceptions of Asian, Russian and Caucasian dishes. Flavourful plov (a delicious slow cooked rice dish), hand-pulled noodles from central China, manti (stuffed dumplings) and medovik (a honey cake) are served at Taste of Samarkand.

Accompany your food with green or black tea – there is no alcohol on offer due to the owners’ religious beliefs.

  • Taste of Samarkand, Oranienstr. 187, Kreuzberg, details.

8000 Vintages

8000 Vintages. Photo: Marianne Rennella

Ok, so there may not be exactly 8000 different wines on the shelves, but there are definitely hundreds, with something to suit all price ranges. You can drink it on the spot on their gorgeous south-facing terrace for a corkage fee of eight euros.

There are also sharing plates to line the stomach somewhat, which includes all the Georgian classics such as the walnut aubergine rolls, or the more unusual jonjoli, made of pickled flowers.

  • 8000 Vintages, Großbeerenstr. 27a, Kreuzberg, details.

738 Krema Concept Store

Photo: @738.krema.berlin

This colourful concept store cum coffee shop in Mitte offers Vietnamese desserts and cakes, as well as a totally delicious salted caramel coffee and bubble tea. Funky jewellery and other cute trinkets are on sale here too.

  • 738 Krema Concept Store & Coffee, Auguststr. 47a, Mitte, details.


Material Berlin. Photo: @j.o.y.x

Open from 8am all the way through to 1am, Material is a café during the day serving great coffee, and a bistro in the evening featuring natural wines and homemade sourdough.

Material has a distinctly Mediterranean vibe, with its long opening hours meaning it acts as a meeting place for lots of different groups of people depending on the time of day.

  • Material, Schönhauser Allee 156, Prenzlauer Berg, details.


Photo: MXPSM / Alexander Kilian

Berlin’s history of indulgence has always featured liqueurs, and this grand old tradition is being continued by the Prussian Spirits Manufacturer in collaboration with the Michelberger Hotel (thus the rather convoluted acronym). It is open as an aperitif bar from 4-8pm on Thursdays if you fancy a very special tipple.

  • MXPSM, Seestr. 13, Wedding, details.

Thai Bridge

Jules B-Part. Photo: Seamus Platt

Thai Park’s new Friday offshoot Thai Bridge is now up and running at Jules B-Part in Gleisdreieck. It’s not a restaurant of course, but it’s a new (seasonal) street food market which we couldn’t miss off the list. Click here for more details about Thai Bridge.

This article has been adapted from the German by Poppy Smallwood.