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?
I’ve been eating a ton of breakfasts in Berlin – starting from the 2003 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with sweaty cheese in Friedrichshain to the 2016 2hrs-min wait-time at the hottest pop-up in a deserted factory in Moabit. I love my classics as much as I love a playful and creative menu. I value good coffee as much as its alternatives. So here’s my choice of breakfast excellency: From a quick Simit in Kreuzberg to extended Palestinian-Israeli feasts in Prenzlauer Berg, Southeast Asian twists on brunch classics in Neukölln as well as the classic German Frühstück in Lichterfelde.
In celebration of the relaunch of the map of this very blog, I decided to write “one of those articles”, a boiled down list of current favorite places to eat in this very city. Because of course these are the questions I receive the most: What’s your favorite restaurant? What’s the best place for sweets? Where do I get the best brunch? What’s the best ice cream? And yes, I do have answers. Very personal, subjective ones, that is. So this is not a final list, nor one that claims to be exhaustive, or timeless. I’ve only added brick-and-mortar places, no pop-ups, no trucks, no supper clubs. And there’s no hierarchy. But seriously, if I had to tell you 10 of my favorites, these are it.
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.
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.