It’s August, the weather finally resembles something like summer, and the city is slowly falling asleep. We might not have the real Italian or French vacances-shut-down, but it’s certainly a downtime, with shops and restaurants going on holiday. And locals leaving the city, while loads of tourists flock to the major sight seeing spots – so most Kiezes do feel quite sleepy. And while I’m not going to be totally absent, I too will take August to slow it down, recharge batteries, and explore the city from another perspective (outside of its borders). So here’s a recommendation I wanted to give you all along: a very pleasant restaurant on the quiet Chamissoplatz square in Kreuzberg called G wie Goulasch, made for summer night dinners.
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Fes is serving a cuisine that is usually most celebrated and known for its fast food options. Here, Turkish food is going way beyond Döner, and into the realm of grilled meats, served with buttery rice, crispy flat bread, and a stunning assortment of mezze. This menu is combined with an of-the-moment aesthetic: bare brick walls, gorgeous embroidered pillows, furniture made from used wood, pleasant music, and friendly staff with full beards and skinny jeans. People flock to Fes to enjoy a long feast with friends and family, to slow down, relax, share stories, memories, and food. And this concept goes extremely well with a couple of glasses of Yeni Rakı, which is why the world´s number 1 aniseed brand is celebrating a whole festival in the joyful spirit of Istanbul.
Kottbusser Tor is a gritty place, especially in January, when ice cold winds and low grey skies make it look even uglier than usual. However, in between sketchy corners and broken windows lie some extraordinary delicious and friendly places like Doyum, an Anatolian restaurant with an open charcoal grill, and an especially delicious version of a classic Turkish dessert: Künefe.
When it comes to Little Joy, I might be biased, because they once gave me one of their amazing peanut butter and chocolate bars and I’ve been in love with everything they ever did since then. But literally everybody I introduce to the food of this collective is now equally smitten, so I’m inclined to state this as a fact: Little Joy is serving the best brunch food right now. And here’s their new winter menu!