Having first opened its doors in 1853, Borchardt restaurant is a Berlin dining institution. This classic French-German brasserie of international repute has welcomed famous rock stars such as Mick Jagger and politicians such as Barack Obama, and is one of the favourite dining haunts of the city’s celebrities, urban elite and local foodies. With dramatic interiors of soaring high ceilings, marble columns and leather banquettes, this vibrant dining space has a perenially buzzing atmosphere--noise levels tend to increase as the night wears on. Chef Markus Herbicht helms the kitchen, offering diners hearty, daily-changing classics of Franco-German cuisine. Expect dishes such as perfectly grilled steaks, terrines of duck, oysters sourced from the Bay of Biscay, and traditional breaded Wiener Schnitzels. Borchardt’s cuts of beef are also some of the most tenderly cooked in the city. Reservations are essential for this popular see-and-be-seen destination. Alternatively, come for lunch and enjoy the well-priced midday fixed menu.