Café am Neuen See
+49 (0)30 2544 930
After visiting the Reichstag and the Brandenburg gate, go for a stroll in the Tiergarten and enjoy a bite or a beer at Café am Neuen See. Hidden secret: walk to the Tiergarten S-Bahn station and have a look at the 90 beautiful historic gas lanterns (from Berlin and other cities) that are on display outdoors for everyone to enjoy. They are illuminated at dusk.
Nola's am Weinberg
+49 (0)30 4404 0766
This pavilion from the fifties has a fantastic terrace overlooking the Weinberg Park near the fabcy Rosenthalerplatz. It's open all day, serving Swiss dishes -including different fondues- and brunch on Sunday. There are some good vegan and gluten-free options.
Wirtshaus zur Pfaueninsel
+49 (0)30 8052 225
This beer garden may be a little further away from the city centre but it's easy to get to by S-Bahn and bus. Your trip will be worth it, not because of the food per se -it's good but not too refined- but because of the fantastic location with a view over the Pfaueninsel (peacock island). After your meal, you can take the ferry and visit the 70-hectares-big island to say hi to the peacocks.
+49 (0)30 4530 56525
Another restaurant and beer garden in a big and beautiful park. It's a huge place, so not really hidden, but because it's in the middle of the park, you can easily miss it if you don't know it's there. On the menu you'll find pizzas and the omnipresent Currywurst.
Marienhöher Weg 30
+49 (0)30 7532 839
This wonderful garden is the place to go if you want to enjoy classic German dishes without hipsters around. This restaurant attracts locals who come here for a nice beer or Kaffee mit Kuchen. Sometimes that's all you need on a beautiful hot summer day.