Well… as unapologetic as I might be about my scepticism for anything Friedrichshain, I never gave up on the district and – stop the press – here’s a new and utterly delicious reason to hit the always crowded streets around Boxhagener Platz: to get a bowl filled with intense broth and perfect ramen noodles at Hako, to sooth the pain of what seems like a once again never ending winter.
It must be at least ten years ago that I saw Snax perform for the first time – it was one of these glorious Berlin summer days full of sunshine and happy people on the rooftop of the former office of then tiny Soundcloud. He delivered a set that underlined the amazingness of the day, playful and light, yet still intense on the bass, his singing, and completely danceable. The mood and sound of the day is still so present in my memory. When he sent me an email a couple weeks ago whether I wanted to premier the new video set in Brandenburg I was like: Sweet! Let’s do it!
Disclaimer: I was invited on this trip by MeetMerano & MGM, the local tourism agency.
Nope, no intention to torture you with this article and its accompanying pictures. Just a simple reminder that to escape the icy wind and cold, it can be a good idea to mentally travel back to your past summer vacation, and subsequently plan the next one! Because Vorfreude ist die schönste Freude. It’s also a reminder to clean and grease your hiking boots, because you’ll need them for your next trip to the southern edge of the Alps, where palm trees and rough peaks co-exist and every Knödel is better than the last.
This winter, I took a little break from cold and grey season and travelled from Berlin all the way south to Lisbon (and back), and I only returned this past weekend to a city that definitely has spring in the air, and I’m so glad. I settled in with a classic Kreuzkölln triple: breakfast and coffee at Okay, then I picked up a loaf at The Bread Station, and finished this round-trip off with a chai bagel at Brammibal’s. And while these favourites definitely made me excited to be back, I instantly wanted to work on finding new places to try out. Winter is a bit of a slow season for openings, but not entirely dire: we got some new places for Japanese soup, for fried food, and for sweets. Basically what we need to keep going through the last weeks of winter?
Of course, there’s been loads more openings, but as usual this is my personal top-interest list, sorted alphabetically. If you’ve visited one of these, please let me know what you thought about them in the comments! And if you think I missed a great new spot, let me know asap!
In case these are not enough new places, have you checked off all of these?
I’ll be honest and admit that, to me, Glühwein and snow are way overrated. Winter as a whole I could do without, tbh. But there’s one reason I don’t skip Berlin for all of its winter months and that’s Berlinale. For ten glorious days, at any time of day, we have our pick of dozens of different films. Most are from corners of the world I’ve not yet explored (Burma! Paraguay! the Democratic Republic of the Congo!), though there’s also Perspektive, an entire program of homegrown German titles (with English subtitles, of course, like all non-English films in the festival).