My Per­fect Day

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - Luisa Weiss

As a renowned food blog­ger and au­thor, she knows where to go for cake and other treats.

How has Ber­lin in­flu­enced your life in the kitchen? Ber­lin's made me much more ac­com­plished in Chi­nese and In­dian cook­ing. My crav­ings were rarely sat­is­fied by restau­rants here, so I just took it upon my­self to make those things at home and be­came far more ad­ven­tur­ous.

Where is the best place to shop (for food)? You do have to go to a cou­ple dif­fer­ent shops to get ev­ery­thing you need, but I have my fa­vorites: Frische-Paradies for re­ally high-qual­ity fish or seafood; my lo­cal Turk­ish green­gro­cer for the best zuc­chini, fresh herbs, canned chick­peas and other beans, and Cypriot hal­loumi cheese; Cen­tro Italia to stock up on high-qual­ity pasta, Si­cil­ian oregano, sea salt, and canned toma­toes; Gold­hahn & Samp­son for ev­ery­thing (lit­er­ally) else: dried Per­sian limes, mus­co­v­ado sugar, Por­tuguese sar­dines, Mex­i­can chiles, ex­otic choco­lates, the best olive oils, and cook­books from the U.S. – it's my happy place on earth.

What's your fa­vorite neigh­bor­hood? I love Char­lot­ten­burg – it's di­verse, in­ter­est­ing, full of big-city life and quiet green spa­ces like Li­et­zensee and Schloss Char­lot­ten­burg.

Where do you go for a de­li­cious piece of cake? Café Buch­wald in Moabit. Their old-world tea­room is beau­ti­ful and their cakes are mas­ter class. My fa­vorite is their spe­cialty, Baumkuchen, which they ship all over the world. They also make the best Pfannkuchen (dough­nuts) in Ber­lin around the New Year.

You have a friend vis­it­ing. Which se­cret Ber­lin spot would you take them to? I love the Ge­org Kolbe Mu­seum in Wes­tend, tucked away on the loveli­est lit­tle street, with a beau­ti­ful, peace­ful sculp­ture gar­den and a sweet café.

Which restau­rant would you rec­om­mend? I re­ally like To Beef or Not to Beef in Schöneberg, which gets their meat from famed Tus­can butcher Dario Cec­chini. Their food is straight­for­ward, hon­est, and de­li­cious. A real treat.

How do you spend your days off? With my hus­band and son, ei­ther out with friends or out in the city to help our tod­dler burn off some en­ergy. We love go­ing to Il Ca­so­lare or Mark­thalle Neun for lunch and Britzer Garten or Tem­pel­hofer Feld for run­ning around. If Hugo's lucky, we'll get an af­ter­noon ice cream, so we're always look­ing for new ice cream par­lors: vanille & mar­ille is a peren­nial fa­vorite. In the even­ing, we put Hugo to bed and col­lapse on the couch, like all other ex­hausted par­ents.

What is the best place to write or brain­storm for your next book? I just love Fürst & Iven, the café in the Au­toren­buch­hand­lung book­store in the Sav­i­gny­platz S-Bahn arches. I love watch­ing the peo­ple rush by the win­dows on their way to the train, the calm and quiet vibe in­side, and their per­fect soft-boiled eggs.

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