Three to Try: Berlin

Berlin is a city boasting a ton of things to do, and it has the food options to match. Whether you’re there for the sight-seeing, the culture, the football or the amazing Christmas markets, you’re going to want to eat – so here are three gems I picked out during a wintery weekend in Germany’s bustling capital.

Café Bleibtrau
Bleibtreustr. 45, 10623 Berlin || www

Framed posters of Hollywood icons adorn the walls of this affable and popular place, located just off the ever-busy Kurfürstendamm. We nestled ‘neath Kevin Costner’s watchful eyes for our dinner of Vienna-style schnitzel with lots of salad, bread and potatoes (you can choose your potato genre – I went with croquettes, which in hindsight was a schoolboy error, as it meant breadcrumb overload, but you live and learn). The food is lovely, and the portions are huge, so we were too stuffed to try the numerous dessert options.

Gasthaus Krombach
Meinekestr. 4, 10719 Berlin || www

For a homely, cosy vibe with cracking German grub, check out this gem of a restaurant just a short stroll from Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the zoo. After a cold day at Berlin’s Christmas markets, this was the place we made our way to. It was packed, but the friendly waitress was happy to squeeze us in (and speak to us in English, with much-appreciated disregard for my crap attempts at German). There’s a big menu, rustic décor and a welcoming atmosphere – but best of all is the food itself. I ordered the roast pork with dumplings and cabbage, while my travelling companion went for the meatballs in gravy with boiled potatoes. Both dishes had the feel of high quality home cooking. We’ll definitely seek this place out again the next time we’re in town.

Spreegold
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 2, 10178 Berlin || www

Ahead of a day’s wandering round Berlin’s brilliant Christmas markets, Spreegold makes an ideal starting point for a big breakfast. It’s a stone’s throw from the Alexanderplatz market, so you can stuff yourself here before leaping onto the ice rink and then immediately regretting it. It has a modern, health-conscious, hipster feel, with an enticing menu and long, busy tables that you should be prepared to share. I ordered the huevos rancheros, which was a spicy treat served with nice fresh bread to mop up the sauce. My other half went with one of the gigantic (and delicious) omelette options. An extra shout-out has to go to Spreegold’s impressive coffee selection. I’m not generally a huge coffee drinker (so what do I know?), but I can honestly say that the coconut-flavoured ‘California’ option I had here was one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever tasted.

Berlin trip: 7-9 December 2018

Read the full review of our weekend at the Berlin Christmas markets here.

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