Finally, I finally went to London again! It’s been way too long, considering the insanely low prices for flights and the only 1,5 hrs it takes to get there, and the fact that I love it so much. I was rewarded with glorious sunshine, loads of friendly and interesting people, and oh so delicious food. London has for a long time served as a place of longing for Berlin food people, “this is what could Berlin could be” – at one point in the future, maybe? – they whisper to each other while walking the food markets of East London. Does London have the best food in Europe? I wouldn’t disagree.
When Hallesches Haus opened two years ago, I couldn’t understand why anyone would choose this nondescript area around Hallesches Tor to open up a shop and café, devoted to artisanal everyday-objects. To be quite honest, despite the beauty of the place and the very well chosen selection of goods, I feared their plan wouldn’t work, and they’d end up rather lonely in their pretty shop housed in a former techno club. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. Not only did they add a lunch space and garden, but basically doubled the number of products, now offering the finest brands from all over the world, and being the absolute perfect place to shop gifts for your friends, family, and obviously yourself. I came back to take a new round of pictures, and a look into their current offerings.
It’s summer and you might be planning that spontaneous trip to Berlin, so I’ve decided to release a downloadable pdf-version of the Best Places in Berlin Map, guiding you to all my favs in this vast city, from pizza to coffee, fine dining to falafel, stationery to furniture and fashion. It has all the content the original printed one has, just not the haptic qualities – if you’re a fan of printed matter, you can get the folded paper version, that has the perfect pocket-sized format, and a pretty banderole to hold it together, here.
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Have you ever asked yourself, why Kreuzberg is actually named Kreuzberg? Turns out it’s strikingly simple: it’s named after the cross on top of a hill in Victoriapark, located in the south west corner of the borough. In contrary to most of the rare and small “hills” in Berlin – which are mostly high piles of war-rubble – this one’s a natural, glaciation formed hill. Rising 66m above the ground, topped with a Prussian national monument, it’s a perfect place for a sundown-drink with a Belsazar Vermouth. Read on for a chance to win an all-inclusive package of Belsazar.
I’ve written about this place before, but I feel like it still doesn’t receive the love it deserves. This teeny-tiny place on Urbanstraße is the literal definition of hole in the wall: you’ll order at a window facing the street, your food is prepared in a kitchen space that can host two people max, and there are four narrow seats on the street, from where you can watch the fancy roof top terraces on the building across the street. But it is a super delicious falafel, probably the best falafel in Berlin, so don’t miss it.