Taste Of The Season
Few things say winter more than a bag of hot chestnuts. The hard, double-skinned fruits stay warm for a long time and are like miniature heaters for freezing hands and hungry stomachs. Around the holiday season, Christmas markets citywide roast delicious chestnuts, perfuming the surroundings with a warm, cozy scent. Wrap your hands around a paper cone of roasted and enjoy a hearty taste of German yuletide.
Café am Neuen See and Biergarten
German/European. A waterside location in the middle of the Tiergarten park makes this a lovely spot come warm weather or chilly. Besides satisfying meals, visitors can enjoy a seat in the beer garden or a row on the lake in summer or glowing fireplaces and games of Eisstockschiessen – a Bavarian ice game similar to curling – in the winter. €. Daily B, L, D. www.cafeamneuensee.de. Lichtensteinallee 2. T: 030.2544930. S Tiergarten. C3
Café Einstein Stammhaus
German/Austrian. The 1878 Neo-Renaissance villa housing this Viennese-style coffee house makes for a lovely spot for a meal or to while away the afternoon with a coffee and a good book in oldtimey ambiance. Recommended: a slice of the café's famous apple strudel paired with a Wiener Melange coffee. €€. Daily B, L, D. www.cafeeinstein.com. Kurfürstenstr. 58. T: 030.26391918. U Nollendorfplatz. D4
International. This rustic house, built in 1898 and lucky to survive two World Wars, was a pub and a Russian restaurant in two of its many past lives. Today, it’s a fine restaurant that seamlessly incorporates French, Russian, and German culinary influences in a nostalgic setting. €€€. Daily D. www.paris-moskau.de. Alt- Moabit 141. T: 030.3942081. S+U Hauptbahnhof. D3
With an impressive selection of chocolate from all over the world, the Schöneberg shop
serves thick, Spanish- style cupfuls of hot chocolate that you need to eat with a spoon. Savor the spiced concoctions, and pile on the
marshmallows for the kids. Goltzstr. 23. T: 030 23623256. www.winterfeldt- schokoladen.de
FASSBENDER & RAUSCH
Founded in 1863, the family- run emporium features monumental chocolate sculptures as well as deliciously prepared
hot chocolates. Charlottenstr. 60. T: 030 757882443
Craving rich chocolate in liquid form? Nibs Cacao serves traditional Spanish hot chocolate with churros. Or warm up with the thinner “American Dream” version of the warm beverage, topped with little
marshmallows. Bleibtreustr. 46. T: 030 34726300.
RITTER SPORT BUNTE
Heaven for chocolate lovers, the Schokowelt spans four floors filled with the famous chocolate bars. The café serves various chocolate specialties made with melted
Ritter Sport bars. Französiche Str. 24. T: 030 20095080.