Finally, I finally went to London again! It’s been way too long, considering the insanely low prices for flights and the only 1,5 hrs it takes to get there, and the fact that I love it so much. I was rewarded with glorious sunshine, loads of friendly and interesting people, and oh so delicious food. London has for a long time served as a place of longing for Berlin food people, “this is what could Berlin could be” – at one point in the future, maybe? – they whisper to each other while walking the food markets of East London. Does London have the best food in Europe? I wouldn’t disagree.
I’ve written about this place before, but I feel like it still doesn’t receive the love it deserves. This teeny-tiny place on Urbanstraße is the literal definition of hole in the wall: you’ll order at a window facing the street, your food is prepared in a kitchen space that can host two people max, and there are four narrow seats on the street, from where you can watch the fancy roof top terraces on the building across the street. But it is a super delicious falafel, probably the best falafel in Berlin, so don’t miss it.
You probably know that Sonnenallee is often nicknamed “Arab Street” due to the many Arab owned restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. For years, they’ve been mostly Lebanese owned, but with the arrival of many people from Syria in the past years, this has slightly shifted and the offered products and dishes are more diverse than ever. And it gets better and better – here’s one prime example for this development: Damaskus Konditorei is making the most delicious desserts, baklava, and kanafeh on Sonnenallee.
Germans love ice cream. I mean, we all love ice cream! Who doesn’t LOVE ice cream!? As a result, Berlin is full of ice cream places, many of them with lines out the door, because ice cream is one of the rare things in life, Germans (everyone) willingly queues for. Thanks to this wild love, the local scene is thriving with excellent places spread all over, who’ll serve you frozen treats in all their varieties. I made this guide to help you find the best places with the finest ice cream in the city.
We’re in the midst of Spargelzeit, the high time of German obsession with white asparagus. And though one shouldn’t start a post with a disclaimer, I can’t avoid it – because I’m wary about joining the pale stalk craze. Neither do I count the days to when the first roots show up, nor is this the only veg I eat until June 24th. In fact, I’m rather critical about this obsession, since the increasing demand leads to asparagus monocultures, infinite fields covered in plastic foil (sometimes even artificially heated!), and loads of cases of unfair and abusive working conditions for the harvesters. So be cautious about the source of your asparagus, buy it on markets from trustworthy vendors and ask about the conditions, rather than shop the pale stalks at the supermarket. However, although this is a necessary disclaimer, I will tell you that a well prepared dish of white asparagus with sauce hollandaise and young potatoes with some parsley is actually a joy to eat. So due to many people asking, here are three prime places to try this quintessential German dish.