The sun’s out, temperatures are glorious and all we wanna do is get out of the city, hang below palm trees in an apple orchard and eat ice cream, right? I have the perfect place for you: Schloss Schwante, Clärchen’s Ballhaus’ Sommerfrische, a super pretty castle in the countryside about an hour north from Kreuzberg!
For my first trip to Japan, I decided to keep things simple – instead of doing the very popular route from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone and back, our travels focussed on Tokyo, where we stayed for most of our time. I wanted to save Kyoto and Osaka for a second visit, with more time for each. But what I didn’t want to miss was staying at a Ryokan in the countryside. But where? There’s an abundance of choices, from high-end to casual, with Fujisan-view or nestled at its feet, I didn’t know how to decide. When a trusted friend recommended Satoyama Jujo, telling me their kitchen’s focus are the many edible mountain plants surrounding the place, I was instantly smitten. And this ended up to be one of the best hotel experience ever.
It’s so weird to write this post, I certainly didn’t plan for it, I didn’t even wanna do it. But some people asked me to. I don’t feel entirely confident to actually list places to eat at in Tokyo, and I can only justify this list by being transparent about my sources. Anyhow, I had a great time eating at all of these, so you will very likely enjoy them as well. Enough with the excuses, here’s a list where to eat in Tokyo.
I love the countryside around Berlin, down to the Spreewald and all the way up to the Ostsee. However, if you wanna stay the night, things get tricky: most hotels don’t match the beauty of the surrounding nature, to put it politely. If you agree, you might be feeling the same joy I did when I discovered this gem through a lovely email sent to me by a landscape architect who highly recommended the Kranichhotel close by Stralsund as an escape destination. I clicked the link and floored I was. Couple weeks later, I packed my dog, jumped in the car and headed north to find the most beautifully renovated mansion in the middle of nowhere.
Kaffee und Kuchen is an important German tradition, so over Easter, we took to the outskirts of Berlin to have what the internet called the best cake in Brandenburg. Kaffeehaus Morgenrot is located in Hohen Neuendorf, which is technically not Berlin anymore, but still reachable by S-Bahn. Housed in a beautiful Gründerzeit mansion, they’re bringing Viennese coffee culture to the north, not only with cake but also with the many versions of Austrian coffee, in seriously good quality.