Ai Weiwei at Boros Collection
When I went through my city guide archive on iHeartBerlin I noticed that I neglected one of my favorite districts of the city a little bit in recent months. I lived in the North of Mitte for about 4,5 years and I quickly grew very fond of my neighborhood there around Rosenthaler Platz. Even though I live in Prenzlauer Berg now I still go there all the time and I really miss some of the places that I used to frequent on a daily basis. Mitte might have the reputation of being overly commercial, but I think still it is the best place for food, fashion and art as it has the best fashion shops, most important art galleries and the most popular restaurants in town.
As part of the brand new Heat Map by Heineken I was asked to create a list of my favorite places in Mitte. This Heat Map features the most interesting places not only in all the districts of Berlin, but also in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. For my list I decided to create a little art tour through Mitte with some of the most important galleries for contemporary art as well as some of my favorite places that you will come across on the way. This walking tour is my ultimate suggestions on how to spend a day in Berlin-Mitte dedicated to art. Keep your eyes open on the way, as you will come across some nice shops, cafes and restaurants as well. Enjoy and be inspired!
I’m a total breakfast person. Well, I’m a food person in general, but breakfast is the most important meal for me and even if I have a busy day ahead of me I will take my time and endulge in my daily breakfast routine.
I love eating out for breakfast with friends or for business meetings. It sets me in the perfect mood for just anything to be serviced with coffee, scrambled eggs, pancakes or cakes. But sadly the majority of cafes and restaurants don’t align with my nighthawk schedule and super late breakfast sessions. I never understood why restaurants decide to limit the time they serve certain dishes even though they still have the same cook and the same ingredients in the house. It seems to be one of those German beaurocratic rules that you just have to oblige.
But Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin if there wouldn’t be at least some places that operate outsite of these silly rules. I have selected 6 of my favorites places that I gratefully visit on a regular basis and put together a little all-day breakfast guide for Berlin.
If you are looking for more places to have an amazing breakfast (also at more common hours) I have curated a list of the 10 best breakfast places for the brand new and phantastic Friendly Berlin offline city guide iPhone app. You should definately download and check out this app if you want to get some inspiration on how to spend your days here as I have written many original themed routes about Berlin.
For those of you who like to hang out at Admiralbrücke and around the riverbanks along the Landwehrkanal we have some good news: No longer do you have to sit on the streets. Right at the popular hang-out spot at the bridge a brand new cafe and restaurant called Milou opened up offering freshly made breakfast, lunch and dinner from healthy and local ingredients.
We checked out the place recently and tried out all their breakfast options which includes a variety of egg dishes, yummy pancakes and oatmeal. Thew quality of the food and coffee was really good and the prices really fair, what more can you ask for? There is of course a lot more, but we needed to save some space for the gorgeous looking cakes (which tasted as just as great as they looked). For lunch and dinner they have a colorful menu plus some daily specials which we yet have to try out. It includes freshly made pasta, fish and meat dishes, salads, soups, Tarte Flambee, Quiche and a lot more. You won’t be missing anything here in this sunny and friendly place. Get some first impressions and the details after the jump.
photos: Ailine Lietfeld
Mitte has a fabulous new place for coffee at Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße. But Type Hype is not just about coffee, even tough theirs is really nice. The new concept store by the label of the same name is specialized in typography-related product design, so you will find things such as pillows, posters, wine bottles, mugs and stationary with big letters in different styles on it. Such a simple idea, but the design is so contemporary and clever that you just want to stack up on the A, B and Cs and decorate your home with it. By the way, you can only see a small selection of the width of products and letters in the shop. On the Type Hype website you can get much more as well as order sets of products with your own letter combinations. Get some first impressions of the beautiful shop after the jump along with the details.
Have you already been to the Holzmarkt? It’s the new cultural and social space that has been built on top of the former, legendary Bar 25 directly at the shore of the Spree. The Bar 25 is probably one of the most notable clubs of the post-millenium era and even though it has been closed down for years the legand never died with films and books coming out and new places opening up of people from the previous group of owners. The Kater Holzig across the Spree was one of them that was also open for a few years, and the Chalet at former Heinz Minki beer garden is yet another.
It’s pretty much a miracle that the grounds of the old Bar 25 are now back in the hands of the same people even though this area was meant to become one of the construction sites of the city developement catastrophy that is the Mediaspree. Gladly this could be prevented with the efforts of many people getting involved and maybe also some luck and good will of people in high places. The concept was far too tempting: A new cultural and social meeting point with lots of small alternative projects coming together in one place to create a little haven for those who want to escape the commercialized metropolis Berlin is slowly but surely becoming. Here you can grow your own carrots, have your children play on the adventurous playground, eat your vegan burger, watch independant theater productions and performances or simply enjoy the sunset with a view over the river Spree. And what it turned out to be is exactly that. A place that is open to everyone (without the ruthless door policy of the previous Bar 25) to come and feel a little free from everything.
I’m curious what else is going to grow at Holzmarkt as there are still some areas in construction. Right now you can also see the urban farming projects, some food stands and a bar, lots of seating and lounges, the playground, and the amazing looking Ding Dong Dom theater. I hear there are also plans for another club, artist studios and a gallery. I’m sure many events will take place there soon. Go and have a look for yourself. Some impressions after the jump.
Good food is the right thing to do, in any circumstance and in any occasion and for any diet you are going through. Actually, there is no excuse for bad food even if you are vegan or gluten-intollerant. At least if you live in a city with so many options such as Berlin. One of my favourite vegan places in town is called Goodies and it has now several stores all over town. It started as a small cafe at Warschauer Straße just a few years ago. Shortly, Goodies stood out of the hundreds of random pretentious hip coffee places of the area by giving the customer something unique: wonderfully extravagant and special vegan food at a good price and in charming atmosphere. Sounds simple, it is simple and it’s as good as the name of the place. No wonder that more places had to open to have more people in Berlin indulge in their unique treats. More photos and all the adsresses after the jump.
If there is one thing you guys might be interested right now the most in this wonderful weather: it’s places where you can hand out in the sun and enjoy the slow life of Berlin. So I went into my unreleased photo archive of places and found one, that I haven’t even published yet: The café Suicide Sue at Duncker Str. in Prenzlauer Berg. My brunch buddy Katja and me sort of fell into this routine of always meeting at Fleury. While we wanted to find an alternative to mix it up a bit we stumbled upon this wonderful cafe near Helmholtzplatz. Suicide Sue, who is anything but suicidal, offers great breakfast options, beautifuly decorated, and amazing cakes and pies. My favorite (eggs with bacon) even comes in a cute little frying pan and they even have a side of baked beans, something you normally only get in hotels or these (often overrated) American hipster brunch places. But see for yourself with my little photo set after the jump.
Photo: Katy Otto
Sometimes everything depends on the right timing. Marie Antoinette would have probably bit on her own tongue if she would have known that her cake fantasies would have brought a headless future for herself. On my side, I am wondering if writing about decadent little delicious cakes is the right thing to do in a week in which everybody else is blogging about homeless people and the hard winter. Anyhow, I discovered a little cake shop that I just want to share with you. So get more information after the jump, eat cake and then give your old clothes to homeless people.
Two weeks ago a brand new frozen yogurt place opened at Weinbergsweg conveniently located close to Rosenthaler Platz. Considering the frozen yogurt hype first started in the States sometime in the 80s this is one of those trends that took forever to reach good old Germany. But as I am a big fan of yogurt ice cream I say: better late then never! Here in Berlin we have frozen yogurt now for a couple of years all started by Yoli. Since then a few places have opened. But what makes Efa’s Frozen Yogurt so special apart from it’s great location and original interior? Their yogurt is all organic! Some impressions and details after the jump.
You always had naughty fantasies about a certain dress you would like to wear, but you never found it in a store? The do-it-yourself movement has brought up a magic hotspot that can make your dress dreams come true. The Kinkibox situated in Friedrichshain offers you a workspace and sewing machines for your sewing projects. And if you are still in the process of learning you can do it directly in this sweet little sewing cafe. A selection of different sewing courses is offered. Your way to your own Project Runway Experience should bring you to Friedrichshain and if not perhaps you like to get things at the boutique inside. More pictures of the little café shop and the address after the jump.