Author: Mary Scherpe

Lunch in Kreuzberg: Pacifico

Sometimes, lunch on an office day can be tough – the routine kicks in and we find ourselves at the same spot, day in, day out. The area around Moritzplatz and Oranienstraße is certainly not short in opportunities. However, a little novelty goes a long way and every opening is greeted with excitement. This new kid on the block is taking everything everyone always liked for lunch, puts it in a bowl and serves it with kimchi fries: welcome Pacifico.

Café in Berlin: Buchholz

Giant savoy cabbages are growing in a hidden backyard in the middle of Mitte, just next to chard and herbs. They already harvested the kale, we were told by the lovely waiter, who took her time to explain us the concept of this new place, that can rightly be called gem. I know the location from when it used to house a somewhat “Alpine” restaurant and some of the most intense theater and art world parties about five or six years ago. Now it’s home to a new cooperation between furniture brand Buchholz and the guys behind Lokal and Kantine – and their new Laden is both stunning and delicious.

Shakshouka in Berlin: Gordon

I put this one in the list of 10 new places you have to try this Autumn, although it was already open for about a year. Because whatever, I hadn’t heard about it before and was too intrigued to double-check when I saw they had Shakshouka on the menu. In case you didn’t know, it’s a dish where eggs are poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin, and it is delicious as breakfast food. Gordon, a café / record shop in – where else – Neukölln serves a very fine version of this homey comfort food. Which is why it is now part of the quick and easy breakfast guide.

Soup in Berlin: Laksa

Turns out, Laksa is one of the most popular Asian dishes especially in Australia. And I’ve never even heard of that soup before this pop-up event at Industry Standard. Ozzies Julian Boyce, the owner of chicken burger haven Piri’s in Wiener Straße, and Sebastian Andrews wanted to bring their favorite comfort food from home to the cold streets of Berlin – and all I can say is: thank you so much! (And believe me, you will thank them too…)

How to Make it in Berlin: Hüttenpalast

Unhappy in their previous careers, Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer decided to write their own second chapter as the proprietors of Hüttenpalast. The two combined their creative skills, business acumen and a little bit of nostalgia to create the most imaginative night’s rest Neukölln has on offer. They also happen to be a shining example of how to work with one’s partner and actually enjoy the experience. See how these two ladies quit their day jobs and let their passions lead them to success in this episode of How To Make It In: Berlin.