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Author: Mary Scherpe

How to Make it in Berlin: Hüttenpalast

Unhappy in their previous careers, Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer decided to write their own second chapter as the proprietors of Hüttenpalast. The two combined their creative skills, business acumen and a little bit of nostalgia to create the most imaginative night’s rest Neukölln has on offer. They also happen to be a shining example of how to work with one’s partner and actually enjoy the experience. See how these two ladies quit their day jobs and let their passions lead them to success in this episode of How To Make It In: Berlin.

Brunch at Geist im Glas, Berlin's Best Brunch

Berlin’s Best: Breakfast & Brunch Guide – Epic & Indulgent

Time to give you a guide to the best breakfast and brunch in Berlin – It’s a glorious day when there’s plenty of time for a breakfast, when you want a table filled with poached delights, baked goodies and drizzled everything. Lucky for us, Berlin has some very worthwhile options to fill your belly and warm your heart in the morning, from delicious treats piled on étagères and plates, mountains of buttermilk pancakes and heaps of thick sauces. What is very important – Berlin offers many locations where hungry earlybirds can get a fancy cocktail with their first meal, a quintessential part of every brunch. And this isn’t limited to the weekend, we can have decadent brunches now every day, at almost any time. Enjoy!

French in Berlin: Les Valseuses

Entering Les Valseuses in Prenzlauer Berg is like entering the house of old friends: I am greeted with enthusiasm by the owners Olivier and Julien, and I am instantly asking myself why I haven’t been here for a year.
I’ve been a regular guest at their first restaurant, Themroc on Torstraße, back when they opened in 2009; and when they left it to start their own Les Valseuses in 2012, I was excited and followed them, documenting the action in their kitchen. However, I haven’t been a lot in the past months, and I really don’t know why…* Because Les Valseuses is a lovely place, with great food, very good wine, and, even more important and surprisingly still not a given in Berlin, two incredibly warm hosts that make every visit feel special.

Berlin’s Best: Breakfast Guide Part 1 – Quick & Easy

This guide was a long time in the making. I have repeatedly said that Berlin is not living up to its name of being a “breakfast-city”, while umpteen places offer breakfast, only really few manage to make a good one. However, my ongoing laments had an effect the current change in the food scene has yielded fruit in the morning meal department – so much, in fact, that I had to divide this guide into two parts. While the epic and indulgent breakfast experience is coming up, this part is presenting you options for when time is limited. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to lower your expectations when it comes to taste and satisfaction. There are a lot of places quickly serving you food that will give you a great mood for your day.

Berlin’s Best: Hot Dog

We weren’t sure how you, our beloved Berlin audience, would react to a (slight) change of plan – instead of grilled patties past Saturday’s Burgers & Hip Hop was dedicated to the wiener packed in a bun and topped with all kinds of stuff: the hot dog. We felt like it was finally getting the attention it deserved and brought along seven dog-lovers to show their craft. They served their inventive creations to a delighted crowd from afternoon till late night. And you returned the love by voting for one of them in the “Berlin’s Best Hot Dog” competition. Read on to find out which dogs were brought, who won the coveted trophy and find out more about the secret to Berliners’ foodie-hearts.