My Per­fect Day

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - Sissi Chen

Join this food blog­ger as she eats her way through Berlin's restau­rant and café scene.

What drives you to blog about Berlin’s restau­rants? I'm not just look­ing for the best places when it comes to qual­ity and in­te­rior, I also want to show cul­tur­ally in­ter­est­ing places to ex­pe­ri­ence. It's very re­ward­ing to see peo­ple open up to new types of food, be­cause they ex­pe­ri­ence new peo­ple and cul­tures. What do you find in­spir­ing about the city? Berlin is a thrilling cap­i­tal that is nei­ther too crowded nor too small. I love the open­ness, the guts for fresh ideas, and the wel­com­ing vibe to­wards new­com­ers. What part of the city do you call home? When I moved here, I had no clue, but I luck­ily found a su­per nice place in Pren­zlauer Berg. I've moved eight or nine times but have never lived in any other dis­trict. I ap­pre­ci­ate the quiet­ness and clean­ness of my neigh­bor­hood. What’s some­thing about the food scene here that might sur­prise first-timers? Berlin's food scene is pretty young but has been grow­ing rapidly, and peo­ple are of­ten sur­prised how much choice there is. Be­sides restau­rants, Berlin has also em­braced dif­fer­ent food con­cepts such as pop-up din­ners, street food mar­kets, and food and music events, such as Burg­ers & Hip Hop. If you had visi­tors, where would you take them for a fancier dinner? Last year, my boyfriend's par­ents vis­ited and we had dinner at So­lar, a 16th-floor restau­rant with a sky bar above. It's a com­bi­na­tion of top-notch food with an amaz­ing panoramic view (Stre­se­mannstr. 76, www. so­lar­ber­lin.com). I loved ev­ery bite of our beef tartare and risotto with sal­s­ic­cia and bur­rata cheese. I re­mem­ber the dessert best: ex­quis­ite fluffy cheesecake foam with mint ice cream un­der­neath, topped with choco­late and figs. Imag­ine one of your coolest friends is here for a visit – where would you take them? From spring to au­tumn, the must-see food place is Preußen­park in Wilmers­dorf, where Thai, Viet­namese, Korean, and Chi­nese ven­dors sell some of the best Asian food. It looks like a huge pic­nic with su­per-tasty dishes like pa­paya salad, Korean chicken wings, and dumplings. Imag­ine it’s beau­ti­ful out­side and you have the day off. How would you spend it? I'd sleep in, then get dressed and head to a nearby Viet­namese restau­rant called Umami (Knaack­str. 16) for fresh co­conut wa­ter slurped out of a co­conut. Af­ter that, I would walk to one of my fa­vorite brunch places, Sui­cide Sue (Dunck­er­str. 2), for maple syrup pan­cakes with ba­con and the “Mafia Stulle,” home­made bread topped with tuna, cheese, salami, and pep­per­oni. I love to walk, so I would stroll to Mitte for a gen­maicha tea at Mamecha, a cute Ja­panese café (Mu­lack­str. 33). Next, May­bachufer in Kreuzberg, where there's a huge Turk­ish mar­ket Tues­days and Fri­days with fresh pome­gran­ate juice, grilled fish, and Mediter­ranean snacks. It's one of the most ex­cit­ing mar­kets in Berlin. I'd then make my way to Cam­era Work (Kantstr. 149), a fan­tas­tic gallery in a Char­lot­ten­burg court­yard. They show great con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phy from in­flu­encers like Diane Ar­bus and Irv­ing Penn. For dinner, I'd meet friends for Chi­nese food at Asia Deli (Seestr. 41). Make sure to order from the red menu. And to end my per­fect day, I'd have some wine at Sorsi e Morsi (Marien­burger Str. 10).

Clock­wise from top left: Pren­zlauer Berg; Sissi Chen; Gen­maicha tea; The Cam­era Work gallery; A dish from Asia Deli; Thai food at the Thai­wiese.

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