French cuisine continues to flourish in Berlin, helped along by chefs who are by turns innovative, devoted to the classics and flat-out passionate. In this city, traditional dishes and Franco-German fusions make our city's gastronomic landscape endlessly varied and exciting. Here are just a few of the places that do French flavors right.

Restaurant Le Faubourg

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Le Faubourg brings its own brand of grandiosity to the table, with chef Felix Mielke using an array of organic and seasonal German ingredients, from quail to wild garlic. The ambience is also top-notch: From the laid-back luxury of the restaurant to the Bauhaus-style bar and lounge, this place oozes elegance. 
 
Where: Augsburger Straße 41, 10789 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., noon-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 6-11 p.m.
More info: 030 8009997700; lefaubourg.berlin

 

Lamazère Brasserie

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With its soft spot for rustic charm, Lamazère Brasserie really is stunning. The staff succeeds in achieving what feels like a classic Parisian vibe with delicious cold starters, a vivacious wine list, and fine and fanciful entrees
 
Where: Stuttgarter Platz 18, 10627 Berlin
When: Tues.-Sun., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
More info: 030 31800712; lamazere.de
 

 

Frenc

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Melted cheese, mushrooms, crepes and craft beer all under one roof: This combination of brunch and brews is what happens when you mix France with Friedrichshain. Frenc has the finesse to pull off some of the best brunching any bar could hope for.
 
Where: Niederbarnimstraße 16, 10247 Berlin
When: Mon.-Sat., 6-10 p.m.
More info: 030 23916709; jumpage.com

 

Entrecote

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Entrecote is where you half-expect to see Ernest Hemingway or Gertrude Stein sipping sours and sampling starters from across the bar. It's a perfect union of Parisian pomp and German gemütlichkeit, serving old favorites such as escargot and smoked salmon.

Where: Schützenstraße 5, 10117 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-midnight
More info: entrecote.de

 

Brasserie Gendarmenmarkt

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With its Art Deco interior, sculptures, mirrors, white tablecloths and beautiful paintings, Brasserie Gendarmenmarkt is one of Charlottenburg’s finest spots for French food. An ideal space both for private events and casual dinners, everything enraptures, from the beef tartare to the gourmet desserts. 
 
Where: Taubenstraße 30, 10117 Berlin
When: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-midnight
More info: 030 20453501; brasserieamgendarmenmarkt.de

 

3 Minutes Sur Mer

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With a relaxed vibe and a nice selection of seafood, 3 Minutes Sur Mer makes for a solid evening of French feasting with a few refreshing drinks. Great soups and steaks are served in a cozy little spot that feels neither too big nor too small. For anyone who enjoys an intimate place that makes good use of fine ingredients, this is your go-to.
 
Where: Torstraße 167, 10115 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
More info: 030 67302052; 3minutessurmer.de

By Jesse Van Mouwerik

Berlin-based illustrator and columnist Jesse Van Mouwerik is an avid fan of art, whisky sours and being alive. When the aliens land, he will draw them a picture.