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The scoop on Berlin’s best ice cream

The scoop on Berlin’s best ice cream

It may be just starting to warm up, but that doesn’t stop Berliners from regularly indulging in a few scoops of German gelato. Italian ice creams followed Germany’s first guest workers from their homes in Italy and today “gelaterias” exist in even the smallest towns across the country. While they may never meet the selection » Read more

Berlin: Secret lunch spot with a view at Potsdamer Platz

Berlin: Secret lunch spot with a view at Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is one of my favorite central locations in Berlin. How can you go wrong with the Philharmonie and Neue Nationalgalerie, cinemas like CineStar and CinemaXX that screen blockbusters in English and host the Berlinale film festival each spring, living history lessons on the Berlin Wall, and a comfortable grassy knoll on which to » Read more

What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss

What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss

When in Venice, it’s a Spritz. In Dijon, Kir’s the thing. And in Berlin? Ask for a “Weisse mit Schuss.” You probably won’t be surprised to discover that Berlin’s unique potent potable is 99% beer – a local brew called Berliner Weisse. So what’s the Schuss? It’s up to you. There are two options: raspberry » Read more

Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

Though Berlin has now collected more Michelin stars than any other German city, its most special dining experiences may not lie within the hallowed, star-covered kitchens of the capital, but rather its unique and sometimes kitschy offerings. Here a selection of Berlin’s weird but memorable food options. Sauvage Neukölln (Reuterkiez, U8-Hermannplatz) Dinner only, closed Mondays. » Read more

Where to Get your Brunch on in Berlin

Where to Get your Brunch on in Berlin

Though Paris and Vienna may have Berlin beat for cafe culture, there is one thing this Teutonic neighbor does better – and that is Sunday brunch! After a late night out in Berlin’s club scene, the city sleeps in, then rises around 11 or noon and settles in at a favorite restaurant with a large » Read more

Berlin Cheap Eats: Eat and drink with locals along Akazienstrasse

Berlin Cheap Eats: Eat and drink with locals along Akazienstrasse

There are numerous addresses in Berlin where hotel desk clerks and even local friends may send you to find dinner – streets littered on both sides with any number of restaurants and bars to please the whims of nearly any crowd seeking chow. Here you’ll find yourself in good company with hundreds of other hungry » Read more

Bier Bitte! Three favorite biergartens in Berlin

Bier Bitte! Three favorite biergartens in Berlin

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— Although Germany’s southern region of Bavaria tends to rule the roost when it comes to beer, Berlin manages to deliver some good pours. With summer on the horizon, a biergarten visit is a necessity. Here is a list of three of our favorites from Berlin’s eclectic cast of biergartens—both on » Read more

Berlin: Our 3 favorite bakeries for your daily bread

Berlin: Our 3 favorite bakeries for your daily bread

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— It is no exaggeration to say that bread is the staff of life in Germany, and although the recent organic health-food renaissance may make whole-grain bread seem like a recent phenomenon, it clearly is not. This wholesome, dense bread dates back to the time of the Gauls and Visigoths and has » Read more

Berlin: 5 cocktail bars for a (shaken, not stirred) night out

Berlin: 5 cocktail bars for a (shaken, not stirred) night out

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— The cocktail renaissance is no gastro-fetish, but has become a lasting and lovable trend in cities around the world. Berlin is no exception and now the gritty capital, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, adds new verve to the art of mixology. With warmer weather in the forecast, spiked punch is » Read more

Berlin: 5 delicious cheap eats in Neukölln

Berlin: 5 delicious cheap eats in Neukölln

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— The predominantly Turkish district of Neukölln in Berlin is no longer a no man’s land of imbisses and döner kebab stands. Although the Turkish influence still looms large, there are some new kids in town, the majority of whom are artists, designers and chefs, all drawn to the neighborhood’s affordable rents. » Read more

Berlin: Cheap eats along Kreuzberg’s Falckensteinstrasse

Berlin: Cheap eats along Kreuzberg’s Falckensteinstrasse

By C H Kwak in Berlin— Some streets in Berlin are so jam-packed with cheapo establishments that they deserve their own blog post. Falckensteinstrasse, in the fast gentrifying Wrangelkiez, is one of them. This Kreuzberg street, which intersects with the hoppin’ Schlesische Strasse, has a number of budget eateries worth checking out. Here are my » Read more

Berlin: The city’s best beer gardens

Berlin: The city’s best beer gardens

By C H Kwak in Berlin— ‘Tis the time–to take a seat outside and enjoy a beer (or two) with friends. Going to a beer garden (biergarten in German) is a quintessential Berlin summer activity and should be on the list for any visitor during the warmer months. Among the many beer garden options the » Read more

Berlin: Vegetarian and vegan food on the cheap

Berlin: Vegetarian and vegan food on the cheap

By C H Kwak in Berlin— I stopped being a vegetarian when I came to Germany as an exchange student in a provincial town—otherwise I might have lived on salad for a whole semester. Things are a little different in Berlin. Many restaurants offer vegetarian options, and there are plenty of joints that are completely » Read more

Berlin Winter Survival: Cafes and bars with fireplaces

Berlin Winter Survival: Cafes and bars with fireplaces

I totally dig the screensavers that show burning logs on loop, but they’re not going to warm me up. Luckily, there are some bars and cafés around Berlin that still have real, functioning fireplaces.

Berlin: 5 delicious lunch deals for under €5

Berlin: 5 delicious lunch deals for under €5

By C H Kwak in Berlin— Döner kebap, currywurst, burgers and fries… There’s no shortage of options when it comes to fast food in Berlin. But why compromise when you can sit down and have a square midday meal for the price of a latte? Here are five weekday lunch deals that won’t set you » Read more

Berlin: 5 Tearooms to Keep You Warm in the Winter

Berlin: 5 Tearooms to Keep You Warm in the Winter

By C H Kwak in Berlin— “Abwarten und Tee trinken,” or wait and drink tea, is a German idiom that means being patient. Good things come to those who wait, and we Berliners have been patient long enough. Today, there’s a number of cozy tea places in Berlin to help us weather the long winter. » Read more

Berlin: The best Currywurst in town

Berlin: The best Currywurst in town

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— Currywurst, grilled or fried sausage served with ketchup and curry powder, is a signature Berlin dish. Inspired by American soldiers eating steaks with ketchup, a certain Frau Herta Heuwer invented it in 1949 from her sausage stand at Kantstrasse 101 (where a memorial to her legacy shares the address with » Read more

Berlin: 5 great bakeries for coffee and cake

Berlin: 5 great bakeries for coffee and cake

You know Germans take their baked goods seriously when the recipe for the famed Black Forrest Cake is strictly regulated by the state. Fittingly, one of the most venerable traditions in Germany is Kaffee und Kuchen, or coffee and cake eaten after an afternoon stroll. Finding affordable Kaffee und Kuchen is… well, a piece of » Read more

Berlin: Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean food for under €10

Berlin: Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean food for under €10

Let’s face it. A Cheapo in Berlin can only eat so many fat- and calorie-laden Döner Kebabs and Currywursts before feeling weighed down. Luckily, Berlin is rife with cheap, healthy, and delicious Asian food joints where budget hunters can fill their bellies for far less than €10. Here is the lowdown on our favorite Asian » Read more

Berlin Cheap Eats: Warm up with a wurst!

Berlin Cheap Eats: Warm up with a wurst!

Nothing says autumn in Berlin like a heaping plate of hearty German food. Berlin is famous for its wide array of delicious ethnic cuisines, but there’s only one way to warm up on a chilly autumn day: dig into a platter of meat, potatoes, and seasonal vegetables, including Grünkohl (curly green kale), Blumenkohl (cauliflower), and » Read more

Berlin Museum Review: The best of the (curry)Wurst

Berlin Museum Review: The best of the (curry)Wurst

Berlin bursts with street food kiosks specializing in Cheapo-friendly treats. It’s easy to snack on anything from Turkish Döner kebabs to vegan cheeseburgers here. But one speedy snack has been around the longest: the currywurst. Invented in 1949, currywurst is a colorful concoction of sliced sausage, ketchup-like tomato sauce, and curry powder, served on a ridged » Read more

Berlin bars: Pay what you wish at the “Weinerei”

Berlin bars: Pay what you wish at the “Weinerei”

For years we’d heard about a cool Berlin bar where you drank as much as you liked and paid whatever you thought was right at the end of the night. However, no one mentioned that the bar also offered vats of wholesome food and cushy couches! Welcome to the Weinerei Tourists to Berlin often refer » Read more

Berlin: “Mensa” cafeterias dish up cheap meals

Berlin: “Mensa” cafeterias dish up cheap meals

We are unapologetically fond of German cafeteria food. When visiting the German capital, we always stop for a sampling of local cuisine at one of the state-run (and subsidized) Mensa cafeterias, where a nourishing lunch may be enjoyed for just a few euros. Although Mensa cafeterias are commonly found on campus at German universities and » Read more

Berlin Flash: Ostalgic Grub at the Schwarze Pumpe

Berlin Flash: Ostalgic Grub at the Schwarze Pumpe

State communism may have gone its way in East Berlin, but the workers of the world can still get fed at the Schwarze Pumpe (Black Pump) in Mitte. The décor, featuring exposed pipes and wooden tables, is stylishly retro-factory canteen. The food is fresh, simple and cheap; the menu features daily specials such as goulash » Read more

Berlin: Anglophone Expat Haven

Berlin: Anglophone Expat Haven

Photo by Jennifer Sokolowsky Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. For English speakers in Berlin, that would be Hairy Mary’s, which opened last fall in a cellar space near Kollwitzplatz. The bar has the feel of a friend’s living room. The proprietors, Mark from Glasgow and Laura from Minnesota, offer a » Read more