My Berlin Diary – Where to eat, drink, shop

This November I spent 8 days in Berlin for work. I don’t have a full guide for you because I clearly spent most of my time working and not exploring, but decided to still write down the Cafés, Shops and Restaurants I (re)discovered and share some of the photos I took with you in this post. Maybe it will inspire you to go (back) to Berlin!

Update: I’ve been back to Berlin again and I added a few new places to the list!

Berlin Mitte

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I was staying at Motel One between Alexanderplatz and Hacksche Markt in Berlin Mitte. Right across the street was a place called Spreegold where I enjoyed this wonderful avocado bread with a poached egg. They have lots of different breakfast options but also lunch and dinner.

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Warschauer Straße

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Markthalle Neun

This photo is from Markthalle Neun. It’s an old industry hall that’s now a food hall with stalls from all around the world: Asian, Italian, Turkish, Mexican… And they even have a vegan stall. Definitely worth a visit!
On Thursdays they have a Street Food Market and are open longer or you visit it for lunch any of the other days. On weekends you’ll have the best chance to see all the stalls being open!

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Fernsehturm at Alexanderplatz

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Museumsinsel

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On the weekend I stayed at my sister’s place in Neukölln. On Sunday morning I just strolled around to find a place where I could grab some breakfast and stumbled upon the Okay Café where I got a hot chocolate and an Omelette with Avocado and was the happiest person. The staff was amazingly friendly and the menu full of pancakes, different type of eggs and cake made it hard for me to decide.

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This was at the East Side Gallery, a part of the Berlin Wall that’s been painted by artists in 1990 (and repainted in 2007). You can find a post about the Street Art I found around Berlin here.

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Thanks to my colleagues I found the Café What do you fancy love? in Berlin Mitte. They have wonderful cakes and cookies, but also savory food. And super delicious juices!

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This is the staircase at the Helmut Newton Foundation / Museum of Photography. The museum at Zoologischer Garten has changing photography exhibitions plus an ongoing exhibition about Helmut Newton showing his best pieces. Unfortunately you weren’t allowed to take any photos but it is definitely worth it, if you are a fan of photography.

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Mauerpark on a sunny Sunday

For the summer, probably one of the best parts about Berlin is, that it has plenty of different parks – Görlitzer Park, Mauerpark, … the list probably never ends. It’s pretty busy there but I guess that’s just how it is in big cities when the weather’s great. So definitely get a beer at one of their Spätis and go enjoy Berlin’s parks!

What else?

  • Check out Zeit für Brot, my absolute favourite bakery for a coffee around Mitte.
  • If you are a fan of flea markets go to Mauerpark Flohmarkt. It’s happening every Sunday and you can find treasures such as furniture, clothes, jewelery and many more.
  • And if you are around, go and have coffee, a sandwich or one of their delicous looking cakes at Café Krone. Make sure to bring some time because you might have to wait a little bit for a table.
  • Mister Vuong is a Vietnamese place you should definitely try if you are into Asia food. But bring some time here as well.
  • The cool thing about Berlin is that they have so many different cultures and therefore food from all around the world. Something I’ve never tried but fell in love with: Bibimami! Apparently Bibipapi is even better, but they only serve that after 5pm. So go check out Bibimix in Berlin Mitte if you want to try this popular Korean dish!
  • Yumcha Heroes in Berlin Mitte, close to Rosenthaler Platz, had some of the best dumplings I’ve ever had – and they are not even that expensive.
  • There’s a healthy place close to Weinmeister Straße (Berlin Mitte again) that blew me away with their Sweet Potato Glass Noodle Salad – Klub Kitchen.
  • And because I’m addicted to Matcha, this Café has to be on the list: Mamecha. It’s a Café devoted to Matcha – you can get everything from sweets to plenty of different matcha drinks. Yum!
  • 1990 Vegan Living is a (surprise!) vegan place in Friedrichshain. The great thing about it is, that their dishes come in small bowls, so you can easily try 2-3 different dishes. Definitely worth it, not only as a vegan!
  • Broke+Schön is a place that stays true to its name: The clothes are affordable and still very beautiful! Definitely go check it out.
  • Berlin has lots of great shops in general. Some of my (well-known) favourites include Monki, Weekday, COS, Made in Berlin and Pick & Weigh.
  • Berlin Mitte, especially Alte Schönhauser Straße, has lots of great interior shops as well, for example Granit, one of my favourite shops from Scandinavia!

If you need a few more inspirations, here’s another guide to hidden (food and shopping) gems in Berlin.

5 Quick Bites in Munich

I’m a huge foodist. And I love having an actual sit-down lunch/dinner. But sometimes things get in the way – work, university, the errands you need to run, the uncomfortable feeling of having to eat alone (when solo traveling) and so on.
This is why I decided to put a list together on where to get great quick bites around Munich. This is Part 1, since I am sure I will discover a few more great places in the next few months.


#1 Dean and David (e.g. Tal 42 or Schellingstraße 13)

Dean and David offers a variety of great salads, sandwiches, smoothies and a few different curries. You can either let them mix your own salad or choose one of their already-put-together combinations. Either way, you will have a great, delicious AND healthy lunch (or dinner). Needless to say, that there are a lot of vegetarian options here.
There are 15 different locations around Munich, for example in the subway station at Karlsplatz (Stachus), one in the Tal (close to Viktualienmarkt) and one in Leopoldstraße (Schwabing). Check out their website for all their locations, since they also have a few others around Germany.


#2 Yum2take (Hohenzollernplatz 1 and Sebastiansplatz 8)

Yum2take isn’t only a take away place, as the restaurant might suggest. It also has seats to eat in, but the preparation of the food is very quick and you’ll definitely only spend around 30 minutes in there. (Obviously it might be a bite longer if you hit the peak time.)
The dishes are all thai and even though they might to be the most authentic thai I’ve ever had, they are very enjoyable and well priced.
Obviously, just like you know Thai food, you can find enough vegetarian options if wanted.
One in Schwabing, Hohenzollernplatz and one close to Viktualienmarkt, Sebastiansplatz.


#3 Aloha Poke (Türkenstraße 80)

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Photo by me

Ever been to Hawaii? Nope, me neither. Still, I’ve heard about the new trend of Poke bowls before and when a store dedicated to it opened in Munich (Aloha PokeTürkenstraße 80, Maxvorstadt) a few weeks ago, I obviously had to try it out.
And it didn’t disappoint me. All the ingredients are super fresh and the interior feels like you’re on your summer holiday. Even if it’s snowing outside.
You can either get a combination put together by the shop or you get inspired by the ingredients on display and create your very own bowl.
Even vegetarians will find a way to try this deliciousness, since they also offer Tofu as a substitute for the fish.
(For all the Coriander Haters out there: The peanut coriander sauce doesn’t taste like coriander. Not at all. Not even a little. It’s actually very delicious. Trust me.)
And if you don’t feel like eating inside or you can’t find a seat, just get your bowl to take away and stroll down to the English Garden to enjoy it there.


#4 Bite Delight (Schellingstraße 15 and FÜNF HÖFE, Maffaistraße 6)

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The Mango Bowl and a Matcha Latte (by me)

Bite Delight attracted me because they offer one of the only (and best) Matcha Lattes in Munich. But then I discovered that their food options are actually delicious as well.
They offer Acai, Matcha or Mango bowl all day, next to a delicious range of sandwiches, salads and other healthy snacks.
A lot of their stuff is vegetarian as well, so no need to worry there if you’re not keen on meat.
There’s one in the Fünf Höfe, between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz and one at Schellingstraße close to the University.


#5 Ringlers (Sendlinger Straße 45)

Ringlers is located in the heart of Munich, right in Sendlinger Straße, close to the Sendlinger Tor (U1, U2, U3 or U6 subway station). The place is really small and maybe some of your passed it millions of times without noticing it or going it, but trust me, you missed out. They don’t only have a changing daily menu you can choose from and either take away or eat in, but they also have great sandwiches, including a mediterranean grill sandwich or a vegetarian grill sandwich. (So yes, it’s vegetarian friendly!)