Eat, drink, and be merry. Berlin’s many restaurant- Biergarten hybrids make it all possible, as Hilda Hoy discovered.
Biergartens are perfect for whiling away sunny spring afternoons without going hungry.
Winters are long and dark in Berlin, which makes the arrival of spring all the more welcome. As soon as the weather permits, Berliners like to spend as much time as possible outside, soaking up the sunshine and taking in the fresh air. There’s a special hybrid locale practically made for this very purpose: part restaurant, part Biergarten. In nearly every part of the city, you’ll find these places, which are perfect for whiling away long leisurely hours and enjoying the spring season. Here are the WhereBerlin favorites. On the verdant edge of Tiergarten is
Schleusenkrug (Müller- Breslau-Straße, www. schleusenkrug. de), a beloved spot with locals and tourists alike. It’s close enough to the zoo that you can practically smell the animals when the wind blows just right, and if you grab the right table, you’ll overlook boats as they go through the Landwehrkanal’s water lock. Apart from the great scenery and, of course, the beer, Schleusenkrug offers free- range meat sizzling off the grill and a menu of both lighter and heartier European dishes.
Kreuzberg’s Brachvogel is another locale that combines a tree- lined garden with a canal view (Carl- Herz- Ufer 34, www. brachvogel-berlin. de). From brunch to lunch to dinner, the culinary offerings are extensive and, in keeping with the Kreuzberg milieu, there’s a special vegan menu as well. Younger guests – or those who are still young at heart – can also practice their putt on Brachvogel’s own minigolf course. Parents will appreciate the on- site playground, which keeps the kids occupied and lets the grown- ups enjoy their beer in peace.
Overlooking the train tracks near Kreuzberg’s big Viktoriapark is Kurhaus
Ponte Rosa (Kreuzbergstr. 42B, www. kurhaus- ponte- rosa. de), a welcoming and laid- back pastoral spot with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The menu focuses on fresh, crispy pizzas, which you can enjoy at one of the picnic tables or swinging in a hammock.
Further afield but well worth the U- Bahn journey is Luise Biergarten (Königin- Luise-Str. 40– 42, www. luisedahlem. de). Tucked away in the quiet Dahlem district, Luise – named for the beloved Prussian queen – is best paired with a visit to the nearby Botanical Garden. Choose something meaty straight off the grill, or try their thin- crust pizzas or German classics.