We’ve revisited one of our tips – because there’s news at Layla: not only can you eat at this elegant restaurant vis-à-vis Tempodrom, but now you can also take a little taste of summer with you on the new terrace. Here you’ll find everything Berlin’s summer has to offer: balmy temperatures, a gentle breeze and, of course, the best of the Mediterranean cuisine that Layla stands for – in its very own “Meir” style. By “the best” we mean the incomparable mix of spices, flavors and ingredients from the Mediterranean region, with which the renowned Israeli chef Meir Adoni impresses his visitors time and again. In addition to signature dishes such as lamb chops cooked on the grill and seasoned with a “secret” pepper (that’s all we were told!) and the distinctive kubana (a traditional Shabbat bread) Layla is now a nice destination for sophisticated sunset drinks. At the beginning of May 2023, the new terrace opened with over 50 seats where you can enjoy summery drink creations by bar manager Valery Lela Shargorodsky.

One such drink is the Gamba: a fancy cocktail with a tequila bell pepper infusion, apricot and guava. It’s accompanied by sharing plates. Additional items on the menu include Middle Eastern Tacos and the Lima Beans Masabacha. Our tip: secure seats outside by the window, where you can enjoy the open air and take a peek through the window at the open kitchen, which can be seen from all sides and is one of our personal highlights. So, if you’re in the mood for summer and fancy a relaxed, discovery-filled evening, come on over. The terrace offers enough space to end the evening in a large group – something the sharing plates are ideal for. P.S. Meir himself will be in town for a few days (13-17.06.2023) cooking in the open kitchen – adding an extra portion of good vibes to the evening.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

Layla, Hallesche Str.10, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat from 18h, bar open daily from 18h. You can make reservation  here.