Despite its ubiquity, schnitzel varies from restaurant to restaurant, depending on the chef. Originally created in Austria, hence the name Wiener schnitzel (Viennese schnitzel), the dish has become a German favourite and is even considered among traditional German classics. Traditional Wiener schnitzel is made from veal escalope, beaten until very thin, then dipped in flour, eggs and breadcrumbs before being deep fried. Modern recipes frequently replace veal with pork and chicken is also sometimes used. Here we guide you through some of the best places in Berlin to eat schnitzel.
Alpenstueck, which specialises in South German dishes, is one of the best places in Berlin to try Wiener schnitzel. The restaurant menu pays homage to German, Bavarian and Austrian cuisine, with all dishes home-made daily with natural ingredients. The Wiener schnitzel is made traditionally with veal and served with potato salad and cucumber salad; be sure to order a glass of wine to accompany it, as the wine list features the best German and Austrian vintages.
Alpenstueck, Gartenstrasse 9, 10115 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2175 1646
Jolesch’s exquisite Austrian food has built a loyal following of dedicated customers and the Wiener schnitzel is a top favourite. Frequently mentioned in guidebooks as one of Berlin’s best-loved restaurants for schnitzel, it is a must-visit in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood. The schnitzel is prepared traditionally with veal, beaten so thin that it takes up most of the plate and served in a crisp batter. Accompanied by the classic sides of potato and cucumber salads, this schnitzel ranks very highly.
Jolesch, Muskauer Strasse 1, 10997 Berlin, +40 (0)30 612 3581
As one of the most famous cafés in Berlin, it is no surprise that Einstein on Unter den Linden boulevard offers a range of authentic delicacies. A frequent haunt of some of Germany’s top politicians, the café is known for its delicious schnitzel.
Einstein, Unter den Linden 42, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 204 3632
Schnitzelei’s name reflects its dedication to the dish, so you can expect an impressive version here. The restaurant, dedicated largely to German cuisine, is known for adding flair to traditional dishes and its menu often takes surprising turns. Twists include vegan oyster mushroom schnitzel and fish schnitzel, two original takes on the classic veal dish.
Schnitzelei, Chausseestrasse 8/Novalisstrasse 11, 10115 Berlin, +49 (0)30 3251 9422
November is a traditional neighbourhood café with an emphasis on German and Austrian cuisine, and generous portions, making it a great place to visit after exploring the local area. The breakfast and the schnitzel, which is served with traditional potatoes, are particularly good, with hearty plates that are sure to keep you full. Outdoor seating is an extra bonus in the summer.
November, Husemannstrasse 15, 10435 Berlin, +49 (0)30 442 8425
Despite its relatively hidden location in the heart of the Friedrichshain district, Schneeweiss is well worth checking out, as it is a strong contender for the best Wiener schnitzel in Berlin. Schneeweiss (‘snow white’ in English) has an all-white asethetic, making a serene place to dine or enjoy Sunday brunch. The menu is traditional, with options that include goulash made with prime beef and cheese spätzle (noodles); vegetarians are also catered for with dishes such as soy roulade with potato ragout. The Viennese schnitzel is a main draw; served with salads of potato and cucumber, it is a must-try.
Schneeweiss, Simplonstrasse 16, 10245 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2904 9704