The vibrant and sometimes chaotic Wrangelkiez in Kreuzberg is home to a variety of great food options and… me! After moving here a few months ago, I have been on the hunt to find new local favourite haunts. Here are 9 places where I love to eat.
The tasty burgers available at Burgermeister are obviously no secret. Those ridiculously long lines that often curve down the footpath are no attraction to me, but if there is little to no line, I’m there in a flash. Burgermeister is still one of my favourite burger joints in town.
It’s the weekend. You’re hungover. Out of sorts. And the only thing you can think about is a good feed! But, as it often does, the hangover brain skips from one idea to another and a decision cannot be made. So, for this weekend, we’ll make one for you. Go to Geist im Glas.
Some time ago now I wrote about the tasty meat pie creations being served up at the New Zealand owned cafe Oma Marnie’s. As good as Oma Marnie’s may be, I am not so fond of the journey up to Prenzlauer Berg just for a meat pie. Thankfully I recently discovered another pie shop just minutes walk from my new apartment in the Wrangelkiez that has delicious stomach satisfying meat pies and sides, and also has the very witty name of Hellogoodpie.
Since my first tasty bao burger experience at the relatively new Indochinese restaurant Umami I’ve been on the hunt for other bao burger creations. As part of this search I recently teamed up with Danee from Lucy Vs. The Globe to sample the bao burgers from the newest burger joint in town Bun Bao – Finest Asian Burgers.
It seems as though every blog in Berlin has drummed up a guide for the chaotic May Day protests and street party held annually in Kreuzberg. I thought I might jump on the bandwagon (or jump off it), but with a bit of a twist. Below are a few tips of events that will take place away from the MyFest crowds, the rock and bottle throwing, the loud music and all that other chaos.
1. Open Air Parties
If you want to party, but are not so keen on hitting up the MyFest area, there are a few other options to check out including:
Umsonst & Draussen Open Air @ IPSE
If you were to arrive to Berlin as a newbie in Spring, I imagine one of the first German words you master would be the much talked about Spargel! Spargel in Facebook statuses. Spargel in advertisements. Spargel in supermarkets. Spargel at markets. Spargel in restaurants. Spargel in conversations you hear. At this time of year, you can’t escape it! But what is up with this German Spargel obsession?
Yesterday I took myself on a little street art spaziergang around Berlin to try and track down new pieces of Alice Pasquini‘s which she painted here over the last week or so. Thanks to modern technology and fellow street art lovers I was able to track all of her pieces down.
This one has been a long time coming, but I think it is about time I share with you one of my favourite and most visited sandwich joints in town, who produce delicious and fresh Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Co Co – banh mi deli.
At the end of last year, Opal collective gave birth to a very special and successful event that fused together Thai cuisine with Techno music. The aptly titled, Thai & Techno, returns this Friday evening, with hawker styled Thai street food, Thai inspired drink concoctions and deep techno!
If you want to check it out, Thai & Techno opens their doors at 6 pm this Friday at Fluxbau in Kreuzberg. Entry is 2 € before 11 pm and 6 € thereafter. I imagine this event will be quite popular, so if you want to eat, I’d suggest getting in early!
Living in a foreign country often unveils secret love affairs that you never knew you had. Suddenly, when things you take for granted at home are no longer around, you miss them… oh so much. But then when you find out that that certain thing is now available in your adopted home, hallelujah! This is the feeling that I got when recently I found a bottle of Bundaberg Ginger Beer in a Spaeti in Kreuzberg!
If you are unfamiliar with Bundaberg Ginger Beer, you are most likely not from Australia! But let me just tell you, this drink is about as good as it gets in terms of ginger beer! Forget that pussy ginger ale you find in supermarkets here, if you want those Moscow Mules spiced up with a real ginger drink, Bundaberg Ginger Beer is your new best friend!
If you are an Aussie wanting to rekindle a forgotten flame or if you are just curious to try this spicy ginger brew, I have so far found Bundaberg Ginger Beer in a few places including Getraenkefeinkost Berlin, KaDeWe and the Australian Shop, as well as, strangely enough, a few petrol stations in Berlin. But for me the most convenient location to grab a bottle, is from the Spaeti situated between the U1 & U8 platforms at Kottbusser Tor. Here you will only pay 1,85 euros, whereas other locations are around 2,50 + euro.