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A plate of white asparagus at Einstein unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte

Asparagus in Berlin: A Short Guide

We’re in the midst of Spargelzeit, the high time of German obsession with white asparagus. And though one shouldn’t start a post with a disclaimer, I can’t avoid it – because I’m wary about joining the pale stalk craze. Neither do I count the days to when the first roots show up, nor is this the only veg I eat until June 24th. In fact, I’m rather critical about this obsession, since the increasing demand leads to asparagus monocultures, infinite fields covered in plastic foil (sometimes even artificially heated!), and loads of cases of unfair and abusive working conditions for the harvesters. So be cautious about the source of your asparagus, buy it on markets from trustworthy vendors and ask about the conditions, rather than shop the pale stalks at the supermarket. However, although this is a necessary disclaimer, I will tell you that a well prepared dish of white asparagus with sauce hollandaise and young potatoes with some parsley is actually a joy to eat. So due to many people asking, here are three prime places to try this quintessential German dish.

Food in Berlin: Martha’s

When reading about Martha’s in Schöneberg, one thing seems inevitable: the Blutwurstbrot, homemade bread with chunks of what is known as black pudding in British English and Boudin in French – blood sausage. I skipped that, went for vegetarian only and still had an enjoyable dinner. But you should probably try it…

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Food in Berlin: Lokal

It’s weird how some restaurants that are clearly on my list of all time favorite places in Berlin never appeared on this site. Maybe it’s because I take them for granted? Or maybe it’s because I expect you to know them all and thus consider it not necessary to “introduce” them? But well, it’s about time I at least express my love for this Mitte restaurant serving local and seasonal dishes. It’s my go-to place if I want to make sure I’ll have a nice, affordable and delicious meal in a pleasant and pretty atmosphere. It’s one of these places that rarely, if ever, disappoint.

Lunch in Berlin: Kantine

To call this place a Kantine (canteen) is of course a total understatement, not only because it belongs to the David Chipperfield Architect’s office and is thus impeccably designed, but also because the offered dishes only revoke memories of bland canteen food while actually being delicious. After closing down their first location, the team opened a new restaurant called Das Lokal (a personal favorite of mine thanks to its beautiful atmosphere and down-to-earth local and seasonal food) a couple of years ago. Now the entirely new build Chipperfield Berlin offices are finished and so is the remise in its backyard, the new home of Kantine.