DINING

Eat, drink, and be merry. Ber­lin’s many restau­rant- Bier­garten hy­brids make it all pos­si­ble, as Hilda Hoy dis­cov­ered.

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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.

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