The Scene – News From the West

The one thing that always stays the same about Berlin is the low, humming energy, that fills the air and anybody can feel, but nobody can quite explain. It’s the magnet that draws people here and it’s the magnet that always makes you come back. But the streets, the places and names change all too quickly. With an energy like Berlin’s at the core, it’s just natural for the surface to vibrate and take different shapes at every turn.

West Berlin’s face has had its share of transforming energy in the last years, turning it into a thriving hub that’s – let’s be honest – a little more on the aesthetic site than the Eastern part of town. And luckily, where money flows, appetite isn’t far. With so much going on in West Berlin, it’s good to have an eye on the culinary development. We’ve compiled a list of the latest restaurants and shops to keep you (and us) up to date. Westside is the best side!

Colette
Where do seniors, food junkies and fine dining gourmets come together? Sounds like the beginning of a joke – luckily it’s not. Colette restaurant in Charlottenburg is the latest installment of the Colette series, which has been exclusive to Hamburg and Konstanz so far. It’s located on the ground floor of a retirement home for wealthy seniors and owes its superb taste to Tim Raue’s famous foodoo magic. If you genuinely enjoy french cuisine, this brasserie should be the next address on your food map.

Chicha
Have you ever had Peruvian cuisine before? No? Then pack your bags and go check out Chicha restaurant in Kreuzberg. Its lovely interior is complimented by an amazing menu, offering the next big hype in Berlin: Ceviche. They’ve already proven that their food tastes amazing at a pop up market stall at infamous Markthalle 9, where they’ve grown their loyal fanbase. You’ll want to book a table in advance, Chicha has already taken foodies’ hearts by storm.

Bourbon Dogs
Could there possibly be a better combination than Hot Dogs and American Whiskey? Yes, thought owner Max Paarlberg, and rounded off the love-triangle with a good portion of craft beer, to be had at Bourbon Dogs. With more than 10 craft beers to choose from, a selection of Bourbon-based cocktails and some of the best American Hot Dogs we’ve ever had, we’re glad this little gem is now part of the city. Welcome!

Le Petite Royal
Le Petite Royal is world-famous Grill Royal’s West Berlin spin-off. Sitting down, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a penguin standing on the counter, the lyrics of Talking Head’s “Psycho Killer” painted on the wall and a drawing by Yves Saint Laurent, depicting a lad with an exquisite bum. Essentially a smaller version of Grill Royal, Le Petite Royal boasts french cuisine and a great atmosphere. Don’t miss out!

MyMuesli
Berlin loves cereals. In the ever-growing food hype, exotic blends of morning cereals – Germans call it “Müsli” – are the latest trend. In Berlin-Steglitz you’ll now find the second MyMüsli shop, where you can get samples of dozens, if not hundreds of different cereal sorts and mix them together to your liking. Selfmade still tastes best.

Tulus Lotrek
An absolutely lovely new restaurant in Southern Kreuzberg. Owners Elona and Max, who’s also the chef, used to work together in another restaurant. There it took them the best part of 3 years to fall in love and finally become a couple. Their new restaurant is a modest, artsy, alternative concept to all those venues who brag about regional food sources à la “100% Bio. So organic. Regional food. We’re so cool.” Not to say Tulus Lotrek uses low quality ingredients – the opposite is the case – but they don’t put it on their banners. Instead they take it for granted for an aspiring upper class restaurant. We approve!

Goldhahn & Sampson
Unlike most markets, Goldhahn & Sampson feels like a cozy getaway from the hustle and bustle of the streets. The smell of wood, bread and coffee lingers in the air as you stroll through the carefully arranged aisles, where you’ll find anything from top notch ingredients to cooking books and wine. What you won’t find is the usual mass-processing at the counters. Instead there’s friendly and competent staff and – given the prices – relatively few customers. In the early evening you can even attend cooking classes and learn how to get all the taste out of your ingredients. Cooking has never been so delicious!

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