Spring has sprung, my friends. Blossoms fill the air with their sweet scent, and finally! the precious, young leaves grow from trees in such fresh green colors. And people are feeling it too, it’s the time of renewal, the time for new projects, the time for new openings! And plenty there are. So here’s to a new list of new places we all have to try. (It’s quite Kreuzberg and Neukölln heavy this time, I’m afraid. This has a little to do with a personal bias and much with a current “trend”.)
Have you checked off all spots on the last list? If not, don’t worry. Many of the places on the new list are not even open, so you got some time to catch up before making your spring plans. Happy Eating!
Lode & Stijn
Many have desperately awaited these two Dutch chefs to open their own place after appearing as guests throughout the city (like this one time for brunch at Silo) – and now it’s finally here! Luckily (purely selfish), their choice fell on Kreuzberg, just off the canal, and the place is already fully booked despite only being open for a week. Quick, make a call and get your table!
Lausitzer Straße 25, 10999 Kreuzberg, Tue–Sat 18:00-22:30
Update: As delicious as expected. Read more here.
Known for scoring many firsts during their career, the guys behind notorious fashion blog Dandy Diary are ready to score another one with opening their first (of many, as they say) diner in Neukölln this Saturday! Here’re some buzzwords: it’s going to be vegan(!) fast food, open every day of the week, the staff uniform was designed by Henrik Vibskov, and Jakob and David will be represented by two pink piglets.
Karl-Marx-Straße 9, 12043 Neukölln, Sun–Wed 12:00–22:00, Thu–Sat 12:00–00:00
Le Petit Royal
This opening a couple weeks ago has been a huge affair with tons of oysters and liters of bubbly champagne – but what else could be expected when Stefan Landwehr and Boris Radczun take their gastronomic empire West. Right by Savignyplatz the little sister of big hit Grill Royal now serves a decidedly more French fare: seafood, fresh fish and, of course, oysters.
Grolmanstrasse 59, 10623 Charlottenburg, Mon-Sat 18:00–23:00
Also brandnew – just opened last Saturday – this one strives to reanimate the quiet zone between Kotti and Hallesches Tor with a breakfast and lunch place. Their menu is short, featuring poached eggs, sandwiches and a weekly changing lunch plate. Let’s go and see!
Prinzenstraße 103, 10969 Kreuzberg, Mon–Wed 09:00-18:00, Thu 09:00-00:00, Fri 09:00-03:00, Sat 10:00-15:00, Sun 10:00-00:00
Literally, the white version of one of the best hidden spots for creative Japanese food, Gobento, is coming for us Kreuzbergers (!) in a couple of weeks: introducing the fanciest of Japanese dessert and lunch combinations. The facebook page already discloses an amazing cloud dessert with a chocolate shot, and a beautiful white mountain with red sauce. You see, I dunno much yet, but I’m totally sold! Will keep you updated!
Reichenberger Straße 118, 10999 Kreuzberg, Tue–Fri 12:00–20:00, Sat–Sun 16:00–21:00
There can never be enough coffee and breakfast places in my humble opinion. Especially not of those combining strong coffee with voluptuous tartes, and exciting bakes (like these lemon-rosemary biscuits with a hint of black pepper). Located by the canal, Populus will have no problem becoming popular.
Maybachufer 20, 12047 Neukölln, Tue–Fri 08:30–17:30, Sat 11:00–18:00
I had no thing for donuts until Brammibal came to town and started offering their incredible vegan donuts on street food markets and events. And I wasn’t the only one overly excited – Berlin’s been a no-donut-city for long enough. No wonder the announcement of their first store scored over 1200 likes on Facebook. Opening some time in May (I know…) – I will let you know!
Marybachufer 8, 12047 Neukölln, Tue–Sun 08:00–20:00, opening May 15th
Update: THESE DONUTS!!! Read more here.
Located in the former crematorium in Wedding, this one’s a stunner. With a beautiful terrace and a very pretty interior, I can’t wait to see if their food can keep up with the atmosphere.
Gerichtstrasse 35, 13347 Wedding, Mon-Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00
Housed in a former Alt-Berliner Kneipe, this new restaurant kept the cosy interiors but updated the German food with a small menu. Run by the owners of uber-famous Neue Odessa Bar, this one sounds promising for a new visit of Torstraße.
Torstraße 189, 10115 Mitte, Mon-Sun 18:00 – 01:00
Bonanza Coffee in Kreuzberg
Wait, what! Wait, yes! Bonanza coffee just opened a new roastery coffee shop in Kreuzberg! After renovating their joint in Prenzlauer Berg, the team was off to new adventures and created a new and stunning place just by Kottbusser Tor. Which is incredibly convenient because it’s also around the corner from my office. Oh yeah!
Adalbertstraße 70, 10999 Kreuzberg Wed–Fri 08:30–16:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–17:00
Update: So chic! Such good coffee. Read more here.