my lovely friend Michele is over from New York, primarily to visit her son who is studying in Berlin – as I haven’t been to berlin since the 1980’s i decided to join her for a couple of days. i didn’t remember it at all, but the short taxi journey from the airport brought back memories of a grey city – a mish mash of new and old buildings, graffiti, bicycles and trams – its not an easy city to cross the road. we were staying in the lovely airy apartments of Gorki apartments, a clever complex of well designed and perfectly situated living spaces – the privacy of your own apartment, but the amenities of a hotel. there isn’t a big reception and bar, but there are a lot of eating places close by – just opposite is the super healthy daluma juice bar with salads and breakfast options – similar to roots and bulbs here, but at half the price. berlin is definitely cheaper than london, and especially now with the euro being in our favour. what i love about berlin is the amount of health food stores, dotted with the surplus of burger cafes – its a strange contrast. fortunately we managed to find a few restaurants with fish and vegetarian choices, but meat is definitely their speciality. restaurants that we went to and can recommend are
Lokal, lovely small restaurant with great vegetarian options and good atmosphere – especially loved the apple crumble. Pauly Sal, a michelin star restaurant situated in an old Jewish school – large and lofty, the food was beautifully presented, especially the beetroot starter and desserts and affordable considering its award; would be even lovelier in the summer as there is a large garden area to sit out in. shiso burger is great for everyone – especially lunch – japanese twist on the classic burgers – its an informal eating place and very affordable – all the family will be happy here – even i can’t resist a burger and french fries! la Soupe Populaire is housed in another great building – an old brewery – loved this new regeneration of old spaces – there seems to be a lot of empty spaces in berlin with pop up restaurants and shops – this restaurant is around a big gallery area that has constantly changing exhibits. if you go east to Friedrichshain, its young and hippy with lots of street cafes and restaurants – we popped into the very trendy michelberger hotel for a cup of tea.. basically you need to just walk around and you won’t be far from a street cafe. so ENJOY!