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The Scene – 10 New Hotspots in Berlin

Spring descends upon Germany’s capital of cool. Berlin’s hipsters, foodies, lovers, bar hoppers, clubbers and lunatics curiously stick their heads out of the holes they have been hiding in during the freezing winter. Time to discover what’s new and trendy in Berlin city! We’ve compiled a list with the best new hotspots, from bars and clubs to restaurants and breweries.

Cafés

Mario Kaiser Patisserie
When Mario Kaiser left Berlin to work in kitchens around the world 8 years ago, Berlin’s trendy food scene was still a long way coming. With Mario having refined his skills in Paris, London, Zurich and the USA, he now offers delicious pastries in his brand new Prenzlauer Berg patisserie. Berlin is finally ready for upscale confectioners and Mario is planning to expand his menu soon. Just like trendsetting Coda Dessert Bar in Neukölln, he’s planning to add alcoholic beverages to pair with the delicacies soon – a promising concept.

The Visit Roastery
A bar-raising new addition to Berlin’s flourishing specialty coffee scene. Located in a Kreuzberg backyard near Kottbusser Tor, the coffee bar creates a strong contrast to its somewhat shabby surroundings. The stylishly decorated space inside is both welcoming and inviting, its openness allowing you to relax at either a regular table or in the MacBook-loaded sitting corner. The place feels very clean  – and a little sterile. As soon as you take the first sip on your specialty coffee, that’s easily forgotten.

Restaurants

Mine Restaurant
Mine’s Owner Aram Mnatsakanov is often considered the Russian Jamie Oliver. His Italian restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg rank among the best in their category and he’s been a prominent host for TV shows like “Hell’s Kitchen Russia” and “Hell’s Kitchen Ukraine”. With his intriguing modern interpretation of classic Italian cuisine and a premium selection of ingredients from all over Europe, you’ll find Mine’s dishes to taste familiar and yet refreshingly different.

Izakaya at Sra Bua
Renowned fine-dining restaurant Sra Bua by Tim Raue located on Hotel Adlon’s ground floor is surprising gourmets with a new concept this year! While the main room is still dedicated to classic menu service, the Izakaya section pays hommage to Japan’s dining culture, essentially creating two restaurants under one roof. The concept is to sit back, enjoy drinks (sake anyone?) and socialise as light dishes are shared family style. The delicacies range from spring rolls with green applesauce to delicious beef tartar “japan style”.

Bars

Mampe’s neue Heimat
Strictly speaking, Mampe isn’t a bar. It’s Berlin oldest existing liquor brand, on its way back to world domination. Their new location “Mampe’s neue Heimat” is an all-in-one museum, exclusive liquor store and event location housing its own distillery. With distilling workshops, liquor tastings and a strict Berlin-only delivery policy, Mampe is setting sail to once again become Berlin’s most prestigious and exclusive liquor brand.

Wine Bar
Mine restaurant’s bar is located in the neighbouring building and one word sums up the space perfectly: small. In fact, it’s better known as Berlin’s smallest bar and invites guests to sip on tasty aperetifs before dinner or tol roll over for a nightcap after a long meal. Don’t forget to check out the space at the back as you’ll find some hidden corners ideal for mingling.

Clubs

Beate Uwe
A small and intimate club hidden right under the noses of most tourists. Despite its close proximity to Alexanderplatz it remains a refuge for a very leaned back crowd. It’s the perfect start into a wild night out, but it’s just as perfect if you’re looking for an electronic club night without stomping on people’s feet. Probably the only club in Berlin where you can dance barefoot.

Haubentaucher
When Haubentaucher opened its doors two summers ago, it immediately drew a huge mixed crowd of sun-hungry Berliners, hipsters and tourists. Within weeks, it became the “in” location of the summer 2015, and 2016 was no less busy! What most people don’t know – they boast a small but high quality club with great lineups and even better party. Check it out!

Breweries

BRLO
The slavic word “BRLO” is the origin of “Berlin”. While they have strong roots to our beloved capital, BRLO is a creative brewery also inspired by international influences. With their German IPA, Pale Ale, Weisse, Helles and Porter they offer a solid selection of high quality beers. Brewmaster Michael Lembke secrets range from ecological malt to brewing water energized with gemstones. Added value: a fabulous food concept with shared vegetarian dishes (meat comes as sides) and a huge terrace for sunny days. They stick to the motto “Save the planet, it’s the only one with beer“.

BrewDog
Us Germans, we love beer. We absolutely worship it. Hence we’re thrilled to welcome Scottish brewery BrewDog to Berlin, where they opened their first craft beer bar in Germany. With its typical Berlin industrial charm, brick walls, vintage lamps and pinball machines, it’s the perfect location for thirsty beer lovers.

The Scene meets Nithan Thai

Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Mumbai, Prague, Tel Aviv and now Berlin. Chef Shahaf Shabtay’s impressive resume sounds like a rockstar’s tour schedule. Though he may never become a guitar hero, his restaurant series Nithan Thai is sure to strike a chord with foodies all over the world.

Shahaf learned his handicraft in Paris, the undisputed Capitol of gourmets. His talent landed him jobs in world class kitchens, but his inspiration stems from more exotic environments.

Every now and then he packs his bag and travels small villages all over Southeast Asia, returning home with unheard-of cooking techniques and culinary wisdom beyond his years. His aim is to promote a food language that is relatable, down-to-earth and yet innovative. Why not focus solely on French cuisine, though?

“French food takes too long to cook. I prefer the fast-paced Asian cuisine” Shahaf tells us with a grin. While his French teachers doubted his vision for a long time, the exceptional blend of Asian and French cuisine that Shahaf has brought to perfection is now held in high regard even by his old masters.

Tasting his Thong Kum, a roll filled with Bangkok style beef, calamandi orange, smoked sesame and Tia-To Nanami, we can’t quite believe our tongues. A slowly unfolding taste explosion. It’s meaty, fruity, sweet, bitter, salty and even a little crunchy. While chewing, the rest of the world seems to fade away as our brains try to process the firework of sensations. What many chefs struggle to accomplish in a whole menu, the Thong Kum does in one bite. Amazing!

The exceptional menu is complimented by an elegant and laid back interior design, held in a discreet mix of grey, green and yellow, topped off by dark wood elements. The Asian touch shows on the decor. A golden elephant here, a few white flowers there and golden vases around the room remind you where Shahaf finds inspiration.

Now, for the best part. Main courses are around 20€. That’s 20€ for dishes that easily compete with michelin-star kitchens. Nithan Thai’s pricing fills the gap between high class cuisine and your usual neighbourhood restaurant, while the taste is nothing short of spectacular. 10/10 from Berlinagenten!

The Scene – 5 Cool Hotels in 2017

Hotels love Berlin. With close to 30 million stays every year, there’s about 150.000 hotel beds to house guests from all over the world, coming to taste the bitter sweet nectar of our beloved capital. In a race for the title of best hotel in Berlin, owners come up with exciting new concepts as they go. We compiled a list of 5 new thrilling hotels to look out for in 2017.

Provocateur
The name’s resemblance with the popular lingerie designer is no coincidence. Newly opened Provocateur is Berlin’s first burlesque hotel. It’s a refuge for prosperous travellers who like to stay in a sexy atmosphere. When you hit the “Provocateur mode” button in your room, the light is dimmed and erotic pictures are projected on the walls. Unfortunately we weren’t asked to be models, but it’s still quite enjoyable. Another highlight is the 1912 elevator, transporting guests not only upwards but also into a different time and space.

Orania.Berlin
Located in the dodgy center of trendy Kreuzberg, Orania embodies the melting pot of influences of the district it resides in – but with glamour & fuzz. Timeless elegance meets oriental influences to create an oasis with 41 spacious rooms, complimented by classic concerts, poetry slams and electronic nights. The creative cuisine transforms the surrounding influences into a mouth-watering menu. The huge loft-style space on the top floor will be Orania’s true jewel. Wait and see.

Schloss Fleesensee
Berlin is a great place to be, but sometimes it’s nice to get some distance between you and the city. Schloss Fleesensee is just a 1 1/2 hour drive and has been named “Newcomer of the Year” by travel magazine Hideaways at Berlin international tourism fair. The investors just completed a restoration for no less than 10 million Euro, so expect all the luxury you can think of with all the facilities your heart and soul needs to relax.If you still need convincing, check out their lovely image video here:

Sir Savigny
Yet another star in West Berlin’s meteoric rise to glory, Sir Savigny is part of the Design Hotels collection and resides just a 10min walk from bustling Ku’Damm. The highlights are their Art Deco inspired interior, which blends in perfectly with modern influences, as well as their in-house burger bar “The Butcher”, which serves prime beef and spare ribs at reasonable prices. It’s the perfect getaway if you prefer a cozy design hotel over a pompous money burner like nearby Waldorf Astoria.

Max Brown Ku’damm
The ideal hotel for young creatives, globetrotters and night owls. Brown Hotel is an oasis for urban living, their rooms feeling like your own living room rather than an overstylized space ship. The perfect blend of discreet comfort and high quality furnishing is only topped by the social space on the ground floor. Its black marble floor and jungle wallpapers create the feeling of an urban jungle, rounded off by the amazing Benedict breakfast – a 24h breakfast restaurant.

The Scene – Benedict’s Beautiful Breakfast

If a good breakfast is anything like a lover’s kiss in the morning, recently opened Benedict is the new culinary Casanova in town. The difference is – Benedict kisses you good morning at any time of the day.

The concept restaurant from Tel-Aviv has a recipe for seduction that is simple but striking – offer a menu with the best breakfasts from around the world 24/7 in a stylish yet leaned back atmosphere – what could possibly go wrong?

Not much, really. Our visit to Benedict revealed a warm-hearted space divided into three interconnected rooms, each radiating a slightly different mood. With its white tiles, dark wood furniture, ceiling fans and shade lamps, Benedict blends Tel-Aviv serenity and Berlin coolness to a truly unique around-the-clock breakfast experience.

Berliners will have to be re-educated about having breakfast at any time of the day. But knowing Berliners and their habits of turning days into nights and night into days, we’re sure Benedict will win both foodies’ hearts as well as demanding night life hedonists, who don’t believe in segmented meal times anyway.

Flavours range from light to hearty and sweet, from Israel Shakshuka to English breakfast, from Steak and Egg to Cottage Pancakes, all based on the same common ground – a remarkable richness in taste. Usually we don’t have trouble recommending dishes, but everything we’ve had at Benedict was spectacular.

Things you definitely shouldn’t miss out on: The eggcelent Eggs Benedict and the incredible Banana pancakes. A customer from New York sitting close to us happily exclaimed he just had the best pancakes of his life. Coming from an American, that counts for something.

The Scene – Berlin’s Top 10 New Eateries

Berlin keeps you busy around the clock. There always is an opening to attend, a party to go to or an exciting new pop up location to visit. With so much going on, the craving for a tasty snack is never far. We compiled a list of great new eateries in 2016 that are still considered real insider tips. Enjoy!

The Butcher
Originally an upscale burger joint from Amsterdam, The Butcher’s second dependence now inhabits the ground floor of the new Sir Savigny luxury boutique hotel in Charlottenburg. The Butcher’s menu invites you to unrestrained drooling – prime beef burgers, delicious spare-ribs, hearty smoothies as well as an extensive selection of exotic cocktails and international beer brews are among the highlights. Hands down – the spare-ribs might be the best in the whole of Berlin.

 W – Der Imbiss
For conditions in Schöneberg, Nollendorfstraße is relatively quiet despise its proximity to the busy Maaßenstraße drag. The same can be said about the second edition of W – Der Imbiss that now resides on Nollendorfstraße. Guided by the principles of coziness, taste and intimacy, the small restaurant offers indo-mexican-italian fusion cuisine with emphasis on fresh ingredients and vegetarian dishes. The vividly decorated interior makes your forget space and time and takes your mind to a lush summer night in an Hawaiian hut. Bringing your headband and coconut necklace is up to you, though.

Gaststätte am Ufer
Paul-Lincke-Ufer in Kreuzberg is becoming more and more of a low-key mecca for foodies. The riverside restaurant line up boasts prominent eateries like Volt and Cocolo Ramen, so newly opened Gastsätte am Ufer joins a competitive environment. Their interior design is minimalistic without stripping away too much – the eye-catching bar creates an atmosphere of its own. The menu focuses on middle-european and mediterranean dishes that change on a weekly basis.

Rosa Lisbert
If you’re looking for a traditonally cooked tarte flambée in Berlin, be sure to pay Rosa Lisbert in Moabit’s Arminiusmarkthalle a visit. With their custom made clay oven and signature tin counter their atmosphere is as distinctive as the rich taste their alsace-inspired dishes know to impress with. Their recipe for success is relatively simple: Don’t just serve food – serve passion.

Wilde Kueche
Wilde Küche is nestled right at the entrance to Görlitzer Park and puts its emphasises on biophotonic cuisine. Biophotonics assume the light vegetables absorb in their growing process also pulses in our cells and is vital to our health. Converting that mindset into a culinary menu, Wilde Küche offers freely combinable ingredients consisting of a base like rice or mashed potatoes, sauces such as vegan gravy and thai curry and a choice of vegetables and toppings.

Parker Bowles
Parker Bowles is the culinary Harry Potter of Kreuzberg’s Moritzplatz. The combination of ingredients often seem daring, but to our surprise they create very unique flavours. Crispy pork belly with with sucuk, udon-noodles, coriander and saffron? The Parker Bowles magic makes it work. It’s the perfect place for foodies looking for new exciting dishes as well as night owls on their way to the close by clubs Prince Charles and Ritter Butzke.

Koyote Restaurant
Koyote’s easy nonchalance, its perfect location right at Admiralsbrücke and their german-south-american cuisine make the restaurant stand out in the highly competitive area around Kottbusser Tor. Culinary creativity is the guide for their menu and the outcome perfectly justifies the somewhat higher prices (about 30€ for a 3-course menu).

DATA Kitchen by SAP
DATA kitchen introduces a futuristic restaurant concept where you order using your smartphone in the restaurant or from home. Your order is freshly prepared and can be picked up in customized boxes with LED screens that read your name. In an adjoining high-tech room you can brainstorm to any given topic using an SAP-built machine that will browse the web for your keywords using advanced artificial intelligence. The perfect place for lunch with your tech-nerd buddies.

Mmaah
You got to leave it to the folks at Mmaah – they know how to make amazing Korean BBQ. Even if their newly opened dependence in Schöneberg feels very modest in size, their dishes are just the more potent in taste. With outstanding choices like Bulgogi beef BBQ and Hotgogi potatoes, they’re taking up the fight against the döner and pizza-heavy drag at Nollendorfplatz. Insiders know it’s an uneven fight – though Mmaah looks like just another fast-food place, their dishes are gourmet level.

Fes Turkish BBQ
Despite the fact Berlin is the international stronghold for Döner shops, it’s incredibly hard to find a trendy turkish eatery in Berlin that’s not just selling cheap eats. Luckily Fes Turkish BBQ is here to fill that gap. There’s a grill built into each table for your aspiring chef desires. The portions are lavish and served as a shared meal, creating a very social dining experience. And don’t worry if you’re not a grill master – if you need help, the service will gladly show you how to grill your meat to perfection.

The Scene meets Pigalle

The magic formula to turn vegetarians back into meat-lovers has been found. No kidding. It goes like this: π + gal + le, and uhm… okay. We lied. It’s not actually a formula. It’s a restaurant – which is great for people like us who prefer meat over math.

Pigalle is the third and yet largest addition to the popular Filetstück restaurants (translates to “filet piece”). It’s located in a former brothel in Neukölln whose name they inherited and we’re glad they aren’t breaking tradition. The place still pleases the desire for meat – but with more taste. Do not be irritated by the painting on the wall depicting a man seperated into the parts relevant for butchers. We investigated a little and to our relief we found out the chef’s name is NOT Hannibal Lector.

For starters we enjoyed the distinctive Pigalle snack -  black pudding served with a vodka shot, to be had for as little as 5€. The meat stems from the same supplier that also supplies the court of the Queen of England, but pshhht… don’t tell anyone in Neukölln… some people here are still allergic to luxury. The main course really spoiled us: Dry-aged meat so tender the first bite completely erased our memory of vegetables for a minute. Apparently we weren’t the first ones: Filetstück’s story began as a little eatery in hipsterhood Prenzlauer Berg, where their meaty snacks created a cult among people who usually insist on not getting within a 5m radius of anything meaty. Now they’re regulars.

The restaurant’s inside feels very straight and honest, allowing the focus to be where it should be – on the food. You can get your steak either as a filet or entrecôte and honestly, they both were so juicy, we kept dreaming about it for a week. The sides aren’t bad at all, but after tasting the spectacular meat it feels like they’re a bit behind. All in all Pigalle is an absolute must-visit for anyone who enjoys quality meat in an authentic atmosphere off the usual main drag steakhouses in Mitte. We will be back!

The Scene – 5 Best Summer Openings

The end of summer often marks the hour of truth for the thinkers and doers who opened new establishments this year. Success, or just another person’s dream crushed by the sometimes harsh Berlin reality? Though Berlin still has lots of space for culinary treats, not everyone manages to hit the nerve. We journeyed though Berlin’s raw, sexy and hip districts to find those who we believe will stay for good.

Fechtner Delikatessen

Opening a restaurant near Rosenthaler Platz isn’t exactly the most innovative idea of the year, but it admittedly still works well. Especially if you’re going with the times and open a lunch spot for health-conscious foodies looking for a quick snack. Fechtner’s emphasis lies on fresh and regional ingredients, both healthy and of highest quality. Expect great salads, sandwiches and self-made smoothies.

893 Ryotei

On busy Kantrstraße there’s a building that looks like a vacant, run-down supermarket with a mirror front panel. But don’t be fooled, beneath the dreary outside lies a culinary shrine for gourmets! Inside lies 893 Ryotei, the latest restaurant by food guru and chef The Duc Ngo, who already brought us Cocolo Ramen and legendary Kuchi. Sitting around a vast open kitchen you’ll find some of the finest fish creations in West Berlin, all the while being amused by the people outside who check their looks in the mirror panel, believing the place was deserted.

Coda Dessert Bar

You can expect greatness when a renowned restaurant designer and a leading pâtissier work on a new concept, and at Coda you get no less than brilliance. Newly opened in Neukölln it offers the perfect symbiosis between dessert and beverages. Many of the drinks are self-made and innovative – you won’t find them anywhere else in the world. They’re paired with world-class desserts and create a unique food experience starting at 15€. Absolutely new concept, unseen in Berlin. Check it out!

Panama

A beautiful two-story restaurant in a Schöneberg backyard paying hommage to Janosch’s children’s book “Oh, wie schön ist Panama” (“Oh, how beautiful Panama is”). It’s the story of a bear and a tiger who go on an adventure to look for an exotic place called Panama. When they finally find a beautiful and exotic cabin by the river, they believe they found Panama – not realizing it in fact is the very home they had left behind. The restaurant’s interior feels exotic but familiar – everything it contains was crafted in Germany. Chef Sophia Rudolph also pays hommage to Janosch, using local ingredients to create exotic tongue-pleasing flavours. 10 points from us!

Shiori

Shiori is a very well-kept Japanese secret in the heart of Mitte. There’s only 10 seats in total, creating a very intimate and private atmosphere that invites you to get in touch with other guests. The food is as brilliant as the minimalistic design – the perfect combination. Be advised: Reservation in advance is mandatory!

The Scene Goes Co-Working

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Berlin has given birth to cutting edge startups like SoundCloud (read our interview with SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss here), Zalando or Delivery Hero, all taking international markets by storm. In Berlin’s creative sphere ideas arise in all forms and places. Sometimes you dream of the next big thing while having a beer with a stranger at Sisyphos and sometimes the ideas are born and cultivated in the shaded offices of creative agencies. A new trend promises to  even further enrich the creative minds roaming the Capital: Co-working spaces.

The idea is as simple as it is genius: you share a vast, open office space with other professionals, often whole companies. It’s a fundamentally new approach to our relationship with work. Co-workers work in an environment that is based on community-building and sustainability. You share your experience with others, and in return you can build on their experience. You generate a network of skill and knowledge around you that’ll help you and your company grow and create a whole new flow of creativity. How cool is that?

Over the last few years the co-working concept has come of age. We selected some of Berlin’s coolest co-working spaces for you to check out.

Factory
Factory is the pulsing heart of Berlin’s creative scene. It’s home to SoundCloud, Twitter6Wunderkinder and more stars of Berlin’s start up sector. It creates the perfect environment to focus, meet, chat and relax. They also offer lunch yoga (not quite sure if that means doing Yoga while eating or afterwards), end of the week drinks (quite sure what that means) and cozy afterhours on the spacy outside terrace. The design is easy-going and has made many a worker forget that he’s at work at all. Go to Factory 

Mindspace
Mindspace opened in The Q shopping center in Mitte last month and is the brainchild of two entrepreneurs from Tel-Aviv, who’ve opened Mindspaces both in their hometown as well as Berlin and Hamburg. At Mindspace class and unpretentious style fuses to create a creative surrounding with flexible office sizes depending on your personal requirements. They’re one of the best looking spaces in the field. Go to Mindspace

Betahaus
Betahaus is the only space who also offer a hardware lab & woodshop. That means you can design your ideas in the co-working areas and get right to frankensteining them to life in the lab, before blowing your hat off at one of the community events. Which is a nice way to describe free beers on Thursdays at “betabeer”. The design is nice and clean and lures companies from all different sectors. Go to Betahaus

Unicorn
WORK EAT MEAT. No, wait. WORK EAT MEET. Yeah, that’s the one. At Unicorn sophisticated and minimalistic interior meets healthy, green, freshly-prepared food and delicious coffee. The focus at Unicorn is to combine the benefits of co-working with health-conscious food, putting them apart from the other co-coworking spaces thanks to their amazing food concept. If you’re someone who gets hungry at work a lot, Unicorn definitely is a great choice. Go to Unicorn

Ahoy
Likeable and relatively minimalistic design, described as “nautical” (hence the name). Ahoy considers co-working as a lifestyle and puts networking on the throne of the co-coworking virtues. Working at Ahoy is like being on a cruise ship – you easily drift through the waves as you’re making contact with the other passengers, be it start-ups, freelancers or corporate, this is where worlds meet. They also have a punching bag. Go to Ahoy

Office Club
Formerly known as Mobile Suite, Office Club has recently been redesigned and boasts a minimalistic office landscape that leaves your focus where you want it to be: on your work. They’re the perfect choice for freelancers or start-ups that don’t earn a fortune yet. Their prices and offers are very flexible, which is great if you’re working from project to project. Our tip for anyone who’s looking for value for money. Go to Office Club.

Soho House
Even though Soho House’s co-working space isn’t an officially dedicated one, it’s definitely where you’ll find the international elite of creative representatives drinking their coffee. Don’t expect too many start-ups here. Though the space is open to all (accessible via “The Store”), Soho House is a members’ club for those who’ve already made it far in the creative scene. The design is very cozy and the coffee is great – plus, you might be in for some promising acquaintances. Go to Soho House

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!

The Scene meets Ross

If you’re on the hunt for an honest, unpretentious restaurant with superb food in the heart of Berlin – hunt no more. Restaurant Ross is located in a former stable in a cozy Mitte backyard and has impressively reminded us of the true virtues of gastronomy: taste and atmosphere.

When Crackers’ former restaurant manager Sascha and self-learned chef Uri first passed their future restaurant, they sneaked through the unlocked backdoor to take a peek. Property viewing, Berlin-style. Not a year has passed since and their gourmet horse is making way for the fast lane.

The interior feels very honest. The décor is simple, the walls are plain white. The chairs and benches are made of wood – unique works. As the heavy odor of delicious spices fills the air, you feel like you’re sitting in a small country inn right in Bavaria. No pretense. This is not a hip “in-restaurant” that’s trying to blind you with its exceptional design. No. This place is timeless.

While the rocking horse above the entrance seems to be winking at us with one eye, manager and co-owner Sascha tells us about his youth in Germany’s South and how he wanted to become an architect when he was young. In consequence, he has taken the interior design into his own hands and created a restaurant whose simplicity immediately put a spell on us.

The food? Nothing short of spectacular. Chef Uri is an autodidact. After giving up on his Punk Band, he taught himself how to cook, started working at restaurants like Cracker’s and Soho House and kept on improving – by watching YouTube tutorials of Michelin-starred chefs. He then started creating his own culinary masterpieces and we would by lying if we said we’ve devoured a menu with more love of detail recently. At just 26 years, we’re sure Uri’s future will be bright, promising and most of all – tasty.

For starters we had poached egg with fennel, puree and sardines. What sounds like a relatively simple composition at first turned out to be a moderate stroke of genius. The egg and the puree were extremely rich in taste and perfectly rounded off by the delicious sauces. With every bite a subtle shudder of delight tingled down our necks. The main course took it further: moist and tender suckling pig, complimented by celery salad, apple and red cabbage. Again: the ingredients sound simple, but the result was a real mind blower. Just like the restaurant’s overall feel, the food is honest, appealing and wants to make you stay for hours, if not days.

As far as we’re concerned, we could eat through the menu all day every day. Definitely worth a visit! Or two! Or three! Or ten!