Author: Mary Scherpe

Guide: Ten Great Christmas Gifts From Berlin

Tis’ the season! Let’s go gift shopping! Bring your loved ones something special from the city we all love the most. But instead of going for a stupid candle in the shape of the Fernsehturm or a useless breakfast plate with an image of Siegessäule warped by an insane filter, how about shopping your gifts at local store? Here, I’ve listed ten amazing gifts all made by inspiring, small scale, Berlin based businesses!

Still Delicious: Shaniu’s House of Noodles

I’m working on making this one a tradition: going out of Berlin on an Ausflug to Brandenburg, hiking through the forests and meadows to return and have a Chinese dinner with friends. All happening preferable on a Sunday late afternoon, so there’s enough time in the day to still do loads of nothing when I come home, which is very important for my weekend routine. Lucky me, many places in Berlin cater to those in need of a spicy feast, and this is one of my favs, especially because they serve a delicious gluten cake with mushrooms and peanuts, and a great plate of fried aubergine.

Lunch in Mitte: The Store Kitchen

The popularity of Laksa is a bit of a weird case, wildly beloved in Melbourne, but reportedly harder to find in its country of origin, Malaysia, it is making a slow rise in popularity in Berlin. Especially during those cold days when the Siberian winds are making you shiver, a bowl filled with coconut broth and noodles is what we all crave. The Store Kitchen now has it on its lunch menu – and it’s vegan!

Recap: Stil in Berlin’s Warm Up 3

Let me say it like this: You guys really showed up last Friday. When I announced this year’s Warm Up 3 and the very limited list of things we’d accept as donations for Kreuzberg Hilft, I wasn’t sure whether we would get enough people to come out on a dark, cold Friday night and bring us the coats and boots they didn’t need. Turned out, my worries weren’t necessary – we collected 134 pairs of shoes and boots, 203 jackets and coats, as well as over 480 Euros in only two hours!

Brunch in Neukölln: Isla x The Future Breakfast

Brunch in Berlin has become so good, it’s sometimes even hard to decide where to go and indulge in morning food. It almost looks like as if this guide needs an update soon. What definitely has to go in there is The Future Breakfasts new weekend brunch at Isla Coffee in Neukölln – with their breakfast menu featuring their beloved eggs benedict, but also jerusalem artichoke hummus, panzanella and – probably most important – french toast! Or Arme Ritter, as we Germans call it.