Where to Find the Best Alfresco Dining in Berlin

With weather that's warm and welcoming, let the fresh air whet your appetite at any one of Berlin's numerous outdoor restaurants.

Summer is the season for enjoying the outdoors as much as possible, and thankfully Berlin has a wealth of alfresco dining options to suit practically every taste and budget.

Every restaurant lucky enough to have the space for al-fresco will take advantage of it. You'll find outdoor tables set up outside many restaurants to let guests enjoy the fresh air while people-watching as they dine.

A few alfresco standouts, however, deserve special mention.

One such alfresco officianato is Katz Orange. Tucked into a peaceful back courtyard in Mitte, this refined dining spot is housed in a gorgeous, 19th-century brewery.

There are a few prime tables outside the red-bricked walls, ringed by glowing lanterns and lush planter boxes. Both the décor and the cuisine embody warm, casual chic atmosphere with farm-to-table, organic dishes like regional game meat cooked "sous vide" until perfectly tender.

The courtyard at Katz Orange in Berlin

At Pantry, a private terrace is shielded from the hubbub of Friedrichstraße to provide a secluded, shaded spot.

Take a seat to enjoy the cuisine of modern European fusion with generous Spanish and Asian influences. Think top-quality steaks, seared Scottish salmon tataki, or tangy octopus salad with pomelo.

Enjoy an alfresco brunch at Nola’s am Weinberg, with an expansive curved terrace overlooking the popular Weinbergspark.

After feasting on one of Nola’s generous breakfast platters featuring Swiss cheeses, meats, and fresh bread, you can join the Mitte hipsters and laze around on the park’s green slopes. 

The terrace and park view at Nola's am Weinberg

A bit further south in the city, the scenic Paul-Lincke-Ufer embankment of the Landwehr Canal is a popular summer spot for strolling, sunbathing, and—of course—eating.

Slurp on Japanese ramen noodles and nibble on green tea ice cream on the bustling front terrace of Cocolo.

Or for a dinner of unrivalled perfection, try Michelin-starred Horváth. The handful of outside tables overlooking the canal bridge are a lovely spot to enjoy chef Sebastian Frank’s much-lauded and highly creative masterpieces.

Hilda Hoy
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