Berlin on a Plate x 3

Berlin was delicious. So yummy that I want to share three tips on where to eat in Berlin. One is meaty, the second one a long flowery brunch and the third a culinaristic surprise in a department store.

Markthalle Neun (Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43) is a market hall in Kreuzberg. The stands sell organic foods from the nearby farms, cheese, sausages, baked goods, smoked meats, fish, vegetables, wine, crêpes and flowers. We were there on a Saturday afternoon after a long walk from Alexander Platz to the East Side Gallery and then towards Kreuzberg. The mood was lively. We went for the smoked meats and it was a good choice: the large plate for two included three different types of meat, three sauces, potatoes and vegies. A few  people passing us stopped to ask what was it that we were having and where could one get it.

I had put Markthalle Neun on my Berlin selections list and it was a tasty visit. From the web page I spotted that they also have a Street Food Thursday every Thu starting at five o’clock.



Blumencafe (Schönhauser Allee 127, Prenzlauer Berg)


Now this place is great: it’s a flower shop, a cafe and the home of one sleepy cat and two giant parrots all in one. The decorations include hay bales, a disco ball, plants of course, candles, an old typewriter and a bicycle up in the ceiling. The best thing is that they serve breakfast menus until long in the afternoon. The mood on that Sunday was tranquil and leisurely. We ordered a fruity breakfast, a farmers breakfast, a bowl of milk coffee, one freshly squeezed orange juice and a midday barley beverage. The baked rolls were warm and soft and one specialty were the vegie spreads, the beetroot and carrot being the best ones. The brunch was tasty, colorful and plentiful and the singing/screaming of the parrots was an original jungle-like soundtrack.

After a Sunday brunch you can head towards the Mauerpark flea market (Bernauer Straße 63) to find some treasures. They also have karaoke sessions at the amphitheater in the park.

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And third, lets take a turn and the U-Bahn towards Charlottenburg. On the sixth floor of KaDeWe (the department store Kaufhaus des Westens, Tauentzienstr. 21-24) opens a food/gourmet deparment. We had the wish and the intention to have a nice lunch there but the size of the food hall, the selection of delicacies and the number of gourmet bars definitely caught us by surpise. You can both buy products to go or have a meal there. They say it’s the biggest delicatessen department in Europe and I think I’ll believe them. We chose the bouillabaisse with a glass (or two) of Chablis. If you will too, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Berlin: Zooming in and Zooming out

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Berlin. Berlin is rugged, boheme, charismatic, stylish in an original way and on your skin.

Berlin is long relaxed breakfasts that last until way over noon, inner courts with second hand shops that turn into coffee shops, the odour of cherry blossoms and biking along the runway at the Templehof airport that is no longer in use. A delicious meaty lunch at the Markthalle Neun on Eisenbahnstraße and a glass of cold sparkling Riesling. The glossy shop windows and luxury brands on Kurfürsterdamn and the crowd at the very popular Mauerpark flea market in Prenzlauer Berg on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Berlin is countless layers and spots of recent history, that challenge you to look back, recollect and not forget.

And what’s best, is that it’s near.  A plane ride of an hour and forty minutes and the bus TXL to the centre.

I did my Erasmus in Berlin. The city, it’s streets, graffiti, weingartens and vibes will always  have a special soft spot in my heart. The pictures are from last weekend, almost ten years after the-semester-of-my-life Erasmus and I felt that tingling Berlin feeling again. More tips will follow.

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