This is a market I wanted to visit for ages, but most of my Saturday mornings’ aren’t for making plans or fulfilling duties and thus it has taken me a while to cycle down to this small but beautiful farmers’ market in the heart of Kreuzberg. And what a gem it is, despite it featuring only about 20 or so stalls, the selection is well made, making it possible to do all your grocery shopping here, including a lunch and very fine coffee. But read on:
The breakfast market has established itself as a once-a-month Sunday breakfast-haven by now, where delicious morning-foods from all over the world like pulled pork sandwiches, eggs benedict, porridge and congee, are served to more-or-less awake eaters. For this Sunday’s edition the organizers have teamed up with Groove magazine’s Heiko Hoffmann to combine food and music!
Listen to their playlist here!
Describing this one isn’t easy, it’s a café serving delicious coffee drinks made with roasts from Tom’s Kaffeerösterei, a florist selling beautiful succulents and cacti, a general store stocking nifty items like Stanley pocket flasks and soap smelling like the forests in Big Sur, a furniture show room for Berlin based Nuts and Woods, and it will be a lunchroom and event space any time soon. Altogether it’s a gorgeous space managed by dedicated people trying to revive this rather dull area behind Hallesches Tor.
Berlin is, by now, a city were new food spots open every week, with some events counting over 1000 joined guests on social media. That means that this list is already old news. Since its publishing not even 6 months ago I have tried many of the restaurants on the list (and even found some of them delicious), but not all of them (yet!). However, it’s spring by now, re-awakening our (my) need for fresh explorations and new discoveries. As before, these recommendations for places come from my own, personal, private (as in: subjective) to-eat-list (sorted from a-z) only based on what I’ve heard about these in the media and through friends. Enjoy!
Dining at Zenkichi is an all-around experience, beginning when you open the door to the stairs leading you to the basement, in this bleak, completely unremarkable office building. Once you’ve descended, you’ll wander through a lobby that looks like a bamboo forest, to immerse into a selectively lit dining space composed of small, semi-private booths. As with the upstairs bistro called House of Small Wonder, Zenkichi’s perk is its all-embracing conceptual design – the basement has been completely remodeled from floor to ceiling to re-create a truly Japanese – In’ei Reisan – atmosphere, using black lacquered wood and bare bamboo, where guests enjoy a seasonal Omakase menu in seated in alcoves.