Faced with yet another Berlin bar serving only cheap beer and bad wine, you must have at some point also imagined a Street Food Thursday for drinks; instead of smoked fish or barbecue there’d be craft ciders and special cocktails, instead of veggies and spätzle there’d be spicy bloody marys and crisply bright Rieslings. The setting wouldn’t be the Markthalle, instead it’d be in a more industrial space, maybe one in the very heart of Berlin’s nightlife?
When I walked into Five Elephant the other day and ordered a piece of cheesecake with my morning cappuccino, I was assured that I hadn’t been the first customer that day who asked for it; it appears to be the talk of the town.
Bite by bite, sip by sip, I realized why the 15-minute walk from the closest U-Bahn station was worth it; this quiet slice of Kreuzberg sweetness is something to be cherished.
It’s official, Berlin has a new favorite burger! It was a tight race this past Saturday, with all contenders scoring better than average (and the icecream sandwiches from Zwei Dicke Bären yet again earning a perfect score). There was more time than ever to try the burgers now that Prince Charles opened its doors at 3pm, letting in 3.000 happy fans of both Burgers and Hip Hop. Voter turnout was impressive, as was the remarkably friendly weather; there we were, sitting around outside in early March and not freezing or getting soaked! What’s more, we are happy to report that most of the burgers this time around were ‘proper’ burgers: a patty of grilled meat served in a bun. Bam!
Berlin’s spring is having kind of a jump start this year, and while the fresh green springs in parks and on lawns, some might feel the urge to fuel themselves with fresh foods of the same color. Sadly, Berlin is still lacking in decent green smoothie and cold-pressed juices vendors, but don’t be afraid – your spring detox is saved with the fabulous delivery service of Wild.Kräuter.
And if you can’t wait to try, we’re giving away four one-day detox packages in this post!
Berlin might be ever changing, but some spots are here to stay: Konditorei Buchwald has been baking its well-known specialty, Baumkuchen, since 1852—not only for Berliners, but lovers of all things sweet worldwide, seeing as they regularly ship these cakes to Japan and the US. Shaped like circles or parentheses, the staff refers to their Baumkuchen as a pyramid cake. The dough is rolled onto a spit of sorts that slowly turns over an open flame, creating fine layers upon layers baked in turn and forming a beautiful tree-ring texture that’s sealed with apricot marmalade.