It took a while – you can probably guess why – but it’s finally here! I selected 115 restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops in Berlin – including 23 new additions – to go into the new Best Places in Berlin Guide, which comes as a handy pdf you can download right now to have it ready whenever you need it.
This post was first published March 17, and last updated May 14. Updates will happen regularly.
It’s a tough time, not just for gastronomy. Small businesses are especially affected, and I want to do my best to support. So here’s a list of what local restaurants and food businesses are doing during these trying times. I can’t feature all of them, but please add in the comments, whether you’re a customer or it’s your own business. I will add more, and keep this post updated. Let’s practice care and kindness.
What I love to see during this crisis is how motivated people are to support small, independent and local food businesses. So here’s another list with suggestions where to spread your love (and money). This time, the focus is on businesses that we tend to forget when most communication happens online on the ‘gram, the neighbourhood places we all highly depend on, which are often owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) but who don’t have the type of social media skills needed to stand out in your feed. The idea and start for this list came from the Smells Like collective, a Berlin based group celebrating food heritage, culture & identity. They started it on their instagram channel, collecting shops and restaurants not represented on the Instagram, then I extended the poll to my followers, threw my own recommendations in, and the result is this long list! Why not make it a goal to visit one or two of those per week, to make an effort to support those who often fall through the attention cracks. Happy eating!
While supporting small local businesses is important, we need to keep an eye out for those, who are even more affected by the current pandemic and are too often ignored in the urge to help. Homeless people, refugees, and other people in need are in even more dire situations when stay at home orders are in effect and enforced. The situation at Europe’s boarders is even more awful, even though that is hard to imagine. The pressure and stress on the people working in jobs that are “relevant to keep up the system” is unimaginable, and at the same time nurses, caretakers, delivery people and supermarket staff are massively underpaid. It’s important to take care of ourselves so much, that we can start taking care of others in need. To make it easier for you, I compiled a list of many local and some global initiatives to support right now.
Hope you’re all holding up okay. This is a really, really hard time, and there are so many questions around. And while I’m the last one to promote high productivity in times of crisis, small business owners need to face the challenge this shut-down brings and need to keep active for a chance to survive. We’re all hoping the government will provide security, help with loans, tax reductions, and more. Until this happens, we need to be proactive. Since last week, we’re collecting resources and information in the Feminist Food Club group and I wanted to share what we found here. This post will be regularly updated with new information. First, here are my four encouragements specifically for gastronomy owners, that probably apply to many small businesses.