So, I’m closing this year early. There’ll be one more thing coming tomorrow (or next week), and then that’s it before the new year. Here are seven places I’ve eaten at in the past two weeks, from one of my fav Chinese places, to some possibly detoxing greens, really good breakfast and pastry, and not so great pastry (that everyone else seems to love, though…). I’ve also dared going into one of those places I thought were only for tourists and have been pleasantly surprised! Read on to find out more. Have some happy holidays, eat whatever and how much you like, have a great slide into the new year (translated a German saying here), and see you again fresh and hungry in 2019!
Tag: hallesches haus
You probably know Hallesches Haus as one of the most instagram-ready places in Berlin, with a light filled café space adorned with loads of hanging plants and raw wood and black steel furniture. It makes a perfect background for your next hundreds of sosh-meeds likes. However, it’s not only about aesthetics at the Haus, but about serving scrumptious and contemporary breakfast, brunch and lunch fare. I went back to check their new menu und let me tell you, they’re currently making my favourite green salad in Berlin.
When Hallesches Haus opened two years ago, I couldn’t understand why anyone would choose this nondescript area around Hallesches Tor to open up a shop and café, devoted to artisanal everyday-objects. To be quite honest, despite the beauty of the place and the very well chosen selection of goods, I feared their plan wouldn’t work, and they’d end up rather lonely in their pretty shop housed in a former techno club. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. Not only did they add a lunch space and garden, but basically doubled the number of products, now offering the finest brands from all over the world, and being the absolute perfect place to shop gifts for your friends, family, and obviously yourself. I came back to take a new round of pictures, and a look into their current offerings.
Hallesches Haus, that gem in the wastelands around Hallesches Tor, just opened their shiny and bright new restaurant area. Twice the size of their shop and beautifully lit by a skylight, it’s obviously as beautifully decorated as the rest of the shop: Prouvé lamps hanging over giant Nuts & Woods oak-steel tables, many thriving succulents on used wooden sideboards, tiled floors and speckled enamel lights. With the new space comes a full, open kitchen, where they are preparing simple yet delicious lunch bites, sandwiches, cakes and cookies.
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.