Our favorite restaurants and cafés.

Alpenstück
Alpenstück

Monday, August 26, 2013

Whether you prefer yours Viennese style, paper thin and spilling over your plate or the worryingly slab like variety in the supermarket chiller cabinet, Schnitzels are two a penny in Berlin. Finding a schnitzel is easy enough, but finding good schnitzel? That is another matter entirely. Thankfully, Miniloft is serviced by the relatively near Alpenstück, which offers a slice of South German cuisine by way of Mitte.

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van Loon Restaurant
van Loon Restaurant

Friday, August 16, 2013

Moored along the Landwehrkanal towards the leafier parts of Kreuzberg, the van Loon Restaurant boat is easy enough to find – just look for the boat by Baerwaldbrücke.

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Markthalle Neun
Markthalle Neun

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Markthalle was a mixed experiment in Berlin shopping when the first indoor market halls were opened in the late 19th Century. Within a relatively short space of time, the majority of the fourteen grand buildings, the design of August Lindemann, closed. Markthallen were an unfortunate casualty of capitalism, thwarted by outdoor markets like Maybachufer and new department stores that promised bigger, better and more exotic produce than Brandenburg ever had to offer.

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Michelin Stars
Michelin Stars

Friday, August 2, 2013

Berlin and food bring up numerous associations to visitors. There’s the ubiquitous currywurst and kebabs. There’s the slew of Swabisch, Turkish, Italian, Vietnamese, and the rather dubious Indian restaurants touting gastronomic delights from around the world. But fine dining may not be your first connection when you hear the words "eating out in Berlin".

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Westberlin
Westberlin

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A decent cup of coffee is a simple thing, yet a tricky business. Berlin has always taken coffee seriously, but in the last few years, there have been plenty of places keen to prove just how seriously they take their cup.

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MarcAnn's
MarcAnn's

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A French boulangerie that offers three types of chocolate brownies and isn’t afraid of adding Weißwurst and Eintopf next to the galettes on the menu? Only in Berlin... and thankfully, just around the corner from Miniloft at our neighbourhood café, MarcAnn’s.

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WEINmesse 2013
WEINmesse 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Berlin doesn’t seem like a natural wine capital in terms of production – but consumption? If the growing popularity of the WEINmesse Berlin is anything to go by, Berlin can quaff with the best of them. Now in its 20th year, the WINEfair Berlin has upgraded its space yet again to two of Tempelhof’s hangars, accommodating more than 30,000 wine lovers from Germany and beyond.

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Pantry
Pantry

Monday, June 25, 2012

The newly-opened Pantry is tucked discreetly behind a wall of bamboo on busy Friedrichstrasse. It's easy to walk right by, but it deserves to be a destination! We're pleased that it fits in so nicely in our culinary neighborhood: we have delicious quick-eats options in Risotto and Dada Falafel, the high-end, Michelin-starred Rutz and Reinstoff, and now Pantry joins the always-delicious La Bonne Franquette as an appealing mid-range option. They specialize in “Iberian-Pacific” cuisine, with flavorful, distinctive fare and a selective, changing menu.

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Rice Up Onigiri
Rice Up Onigiri

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Everyone's excited that you can finally get some healthy food on the go around here - handy little Japanese rice packages called Onigiri, yummy fillings wrapped in rice and seaweed. Dada's döner and falafel are excellent, of course, but it's nice to have another option (that's not currywurst, bless its ketchupy soul). Rice Up Onigiri has two locations so far - their little shop on the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Oranienburger Strasse is a delight

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Yoli
Yoli

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"What is this frozen yogurt stuff?" my East German mother-in-law asked me curiously. "Have you tried it?" I assured her that yes, it had been an inescapable part of my American childhood. Last summer, frozen yogurt became the latest food craze in Berlin, and an avalanche of shops serving the creamy fat-free frozen sweet overtook the city. Yoli was first on the scene, and is still the best and tastiest, as evidenced by their quick expansion to two other locations. Their minimalist white shops pop with colorful neon details, quirky drawings on the plate-glass windows, and a mouth-watering array of toppings and fruits on display behind the counter. It's pricier than your standard euro-a-scoop ice cream, but worth it.

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