It’s no secret how much I like the Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg, we’ve reviewed (more, praised) most of the vendors and the events on this very blog (see Big Stuff, Kantine 9, Sironi, Street Food Thursday and Wilde Gärtnerei). Another favorite is the little vegan and raw food spot Sun Day Burgers.
When my dear mother rolled through town the other day, we had no plans other than enjoying all the food the city has to offer. Being nurtured by her home cooking and baking, I can only remember a few culinary adventures with ingredients used in non-German cooking. Like watching soy bean sprouts grow besides the kitchen sink for weeks and then spice up some salad.
When we found ourselves wandering around the sunny streets of Berlin, suddenly it was my turn to introduce her to some of the best food from foreign cuisines: like the culinary chickpea spectacle at Al Pasha, where some of the best hummus in Berlin is served.
Oranienstraße is the prominent street that is crowded with people searching for drinks and fun at night, and hundreds of hungry working lot looking for a good lunch during the day. Hence the street is filled with restaurants, cafés and bars. Many of them rather unspectacular and living off circumstance that people have to eat somewhere. And then there are the little foodie havens, which I enjoyed to discover since we moved our office to this part of Kreuzberg. One of the first places I went was Anaveda, and I have loved it ever since.
We already took you for a walk around Prinzessinnengarten almost two years ago – and needless to say, it’s still one of our most favorite places in this city: what used to be an abandoned and almost forgotten lot right in the middle of Berlin has turned into one of the most popular urban gardening projects with international acclaim. It’s a great place to plant and harvest your own fruits and vegetables. (If you ever tried to grow your own food, you’ll know how much joy it brings to take care of, let’s say, a small radish – when at first, you only see the green but then it gets bigger and then there are more and more of until you’re running out of ideas for recipes including radishes) But it gets even better: what makes us come back again and again is their magical garden in the middle of the planting beds where they’re serving a delicious and super-healthy lunch.
Vegan spots are on the rise, not only in Friedrichshain. This little deli is located just off Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg and thus makes the perfect vegan alternative, and despite calling itself a haven for all vegan junk food lovers, its offered dishes are a lot more healthy than your usual vöner.