I’d never been to Berlin before. In fact, I’d never been to Germany which is crazy given it’s only a couple of hours on a plane from Scotland. Berlin was more than I could have wished for. A city that has so much to see and do, even in the briskest winter weather.
I only had 48 hours to explore this amazing city so the recommendations below are focussed mainly on the area I was staying in – East Berlin. I am by no means an expert! These are just a handful of some of the places I enjoyed and would thoroughly recommend. Here is my mini food guide which snapshots just some foodie highlights I wanted to share from my travels and worth checking out.
Coffee Stops & Morning Hangouts:
The Barn Coffee Shop: This is a great starting point to the day. If you like a morning caffeine fix then this is a great place to go before a day of sightseeing. Beautifully made coffee with pastries and sandwiches. Auguststrasse 58, 10119 Berlin | thebarn.de
Adlon To Go: Located off the small shopping plaza in the Hotel Kempinski at the Pariser Platz, this is a small contemporary coffee and pastry shop with amazing views of the Brandenburg Gate. A great coffee stop if you’re visiting this wonderful landmark. Serving coffee by Berlin based based coffee roasters Andraschko, you can be guaranteed a great coffee served here. My son had the hot chocolate with extra marshmallows from the friendly barista. All the milk is organic and local and they sell the most lovely traditional cakes and pastries alongside croissants and sandwiches. Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin | https://www.kempinski.com/en/berlin/hotel-adlon
House of Small Wonder: Organically baked bread, locally sourced ingredients and gluten free options make this a great spot for some brunch. You can’t go wrong with the homemade granola and some honey lemon ginger tea. Johannisstrasse 20, 10117, Berlin | http://www.houseofsmallwonder.de/
Augustiner: We ate Nuremberg sausages, beef goulash cooked in dark beer, fried hake fillet and enjoyed every mouthful. This is a large but traditional rustic German restaurant and full of locals. The Bavarian beer is a highlight but we drank the the pinot noir from Pfalz which was delicious with our food. A great location across the road from the Christmas markets at Gendarmenmarkt. Charlotte Street 55 (corner Jägerstraße) 10117 Berlin | http://www.augustiner-braeu-berlin.de/
Aigner: Centrally located and again handy for the Christmas market, we booked in advance for a table at this busy Austro-German restaurant. We ate goats cheese salad with pickled apricots, beef tea, schnitzel with cold stirred lingonberry washed down with the restaurants very own vineyard wine, Horcher from Kallstadt. Delicious! Französische Straße 25, 10117 Berlin | www.aigner-gendarmenmarkt.de
Dottir: Run by an Icelandic head chef, this is a very cool restaurant venue in the heart of the city. The venue itself is stunning (a former Jewish merchant house from the 19th century). It’s all about the seafood here. Mittelstrasse 40, 10117, Berlin | http://www.dottirberlin.com
Eat Berlin: Tucked away in the quaint Hackescher Markt, Berlin Eats is a small but fully stocked deli store selling local Berlin gourmet food and drink. I loved this shop – it’s all about local producers and I couldn’t resist trying the Strawberry Jam with Tonka Bean by Bols and Hansen, Jalapeno and Date Sauce by Berlin based Crazy Bastard Sauces & a bottle of Fraulein Brosels Johannisbeere “Currant” Liqueur, a delicious blackcurrant tipple for the holiday season. Hackesche Höfe, Hof 7
10178 Berlin | https://www.eatberlinstore.de
Christian Masche: I came across this artist and woodworker in the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt and bought a couple of beautifully carved rustic wooden bowls. Definitely worth checking out this artist’s website or instagram page @christian.masche | www.christian-masche.de
Goldhahn & Sampson: A food lovers treasure trove and a whole room dedicated to cookbooks!!! And then there is the wine and the cookery classes….. Dunckerstraße 9, 10437 Berlin | goldhahnundsampson.de