My Perfect Day
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.