Somehow, the 2020 holiday season is of even more importance than any other year. It might be, because it’s literally the only cheerful thing going on in our lives. I for one have definitely enjoyed thinking about what to gift, may it be small baked goods for my neighbours or more conceptual packages for my loved ones. So why not share my trusted sources in the city?
It’s a weird year, my friends. The pandemic has changed all of our lives, and will continue to do so, even though we’re lucky with number of cases and fatalities in Germany and Berlin. I had to postpone the publication of my Best of Berlin 2020 guide from March to June, while losing a lot of other income myself. I’m very glad, that so many of you decided to support me by buying it, especially since I’m aware your own budgets for dining out and shopping have likely decreased. The support of the local community has been essential for our small-scale businesses, who’re doing their best to push through this crisis that is far from over. When I talk to young owners, they are most concerned with doing their best to serve you while keeping their staff safe and their finances in tact.
Carefully selecting where we spend our own money is more important than ever, and I wanna give you some ideas: here’s a list of where to get the best food in Berlin – in my mind. These are the restaurants I tell my friends they need to go to, the cafés I recommend to my guests, and the eateries I will queue for, essentially my own list of top food places in Berlin. It’s subjective, for sure, so you might miss your own favourite – don’t hesitate to put it in the comments!
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!