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WeShare Made in Berlin: Tiergarten Kieztour

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A couple of weeks ago, WeShare asked me to explore the area around Potsdamer Straße and Tiergarten, and share my finds as part of the three-part #WeShareMadeinBerlin series. The 100% electric car-sharing service wants to inspire you to discover Berlin’s unique Kiez culture – silently and sustainably. Some of my very, very favorite spots in Berlin are actually located in the area. First of all, Kin Dee, a popular, Michelin-starred restaurant: Dalad Kambhu’s approach to cooking is always delicious, straight-forward, and reflective, she uses local produce to create dishes evoking the flavors of her home country, Thailand. You can watch the video of us chatting, cooking, and meeting inspiring local suppliers of Dalad – like her ceramist Lisa Kosak of Helka Ceramics, and her farmer Lena Buss of Good Food Syndicate – here. A couple of days later, when the snow had melted, I set out on my own Kieztour, got in a 100% electric WeShare VW ID.3 (what a smooth driving experience!), and went to four chosen spots, to get lunch, dessert, dinner, and some very important pantry items. Check my selection below:

A bowl of gong orm soup at kin dee berlin

Vegetarian Thai food: Kin Dee

One of my favourite openings of the year was without a doubt Kin Dee, the Thai restaurant under the direction of head chef Dalad Kambhu and restaurant manager Moritz Estermann that took over the space of renown Edd’s in the spring. From the start, Dalad made a point of focussing on the strengths of her home country’s cooking: fresh, high quality ingredients and intense herb & spice mixes. That’s why she rather uses local produce like kohlrabi or radishes than imported veggies, and makes all her pastes in house. And much to my delight, she also included plenty vegetarian dishes from the beginning. By now, six months after opening their doors, there’s a full on vegetarian menu with many new dishes, that I can very much recommend. And for all you non-veggie friends out there: the meat and fish options are seriously delicious as well, my fellow eaters usually drool over the confit octopus with Kaprao sauce, some of them saying it’s the best they’ve ever eaten.

Thai in Berlin: Kin Dee

Breaking the rules twice this week by recommending you another place that is not even officially open right now… However, I want you to join in the fun early, in a phase where this new restaurant is still figuring out its menu, its specialities, and directions. Because the food is supreme – and you might also know it already. Because the head of the kitchen is Dalad Kambhu, who served some of the best Thai food during a two-week-pop-up at Mitte’s dottir last summer. After its success, Dalad now found a permanent home in the kitchen of the former Edd’s, now Kin Dee in Tiergarten, where she’ll be cooking Thai food with a local twist, using local vegetable instead of imported ones, and pushing the concept of Thai food into an even fresher, of-the-moment direction.

Shop in Berlin: Bikini Berlin

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Berlin is a grand city, but rarely looks like one, admittedly. While I mostly love its small town appeal, sometimes one needs to actually see and feel the attraction of a metropolis. I’m thinking about a backdrop of actually high buildings, a mix of shops and cafés and maybe the view on a zoo, preferably the “monkey hill”. Wait what? Yep, entirely possible at Bikini Berlin.

Lunch in Berlin: Oliv Eat

This new place on Potsdamer Straße is stemming from the Mitte café, which used to be one of the first beautifully styled cafés in that part of town and quickly gained popularity with the hip crowds back when it was still hard to find a hot porridge with toppings or an artisanal sandwich, which must’ve been around 2009 or 2010… Anyway, they have a new spot in an area that was surprisingly devoid of chic spots to eat and drink until a couple months ago, and they do what they do in Mitte: serve dainty lunch fare, cakes and coffee in a very good looking interior.