Two weeks ago I travelled to the beautiful capital of Germany, Berlin. It was the first time I visited the city, and after the many positive reviews I got from friends, I was eager to discover what Berlin had to offer.
Since the weeks before this citytrip were a bit hectic, my friend and I didn’t plan what we wanted to see while we were in Berlin. Normally I do know which areas I want to check out, but during this trip, we just decided on the spot. And, luckily our choices didn’t disappoint!
We arrived in Berlin on a Friday around 3PM. We quickly checked in at our hotel and afterwards decided to take the metro to Hallesches Tor. The idea was to stroll around Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain since we read in our travel guide that this was the borough with a lot of cafe’s and restaurants. However, the moment we left the metro station we came across a nice food festival. The atmosphere at the Karneval der Kulturen was great and we couldn’t resist walking around the festival for a couple of hours.
The rest of the weekend consisted of a lot of sightseeing and visiting well-known places such as Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz. Of course, our trip wouldn’t be complete without discovering some food spots that are less known in Berlin. Below, you’ll find a short list of those nice food spots.
Freckles – Nostitzstr 33, 10965 Berlin
Located in, by far the most beautiful area of Kreuzberg, this little gem was a true pleasure to discover. Since the overall exterior of Freckles is quite subtle, you can easily cycle passed this lunchroom (and we did just that, the first time). However, when you do go in, you’ll love it immediately. Since it’s a vegetarian/vegan restaurant you can choose a lot of greens and other healthy options. My advice for you is to buy their chocolate coconut cookies they sell next to the counter. They’re a delight and will make your day!
Funk You Food – Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str. 46 10787 Berlin
Located inside the concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin, Funk You Food is a great place to start your shopping day. Their wraps and juices are amazing. Their home made chai latte? Not so much. Either way, the staff is great, the location is nice and their healthy food options are good as well. I would definitely stop by Funk You Food again if I visit Berlin next time and try their gluten-free muesli bowl or one of their salads.
Vaust – Pestalozzistraße 8, 10625 Berlin, Germany
Vaust is a popular and a nice vegetarian restaurant in Charlottenburg. Since the restaurant was located close to our hotel, it was just what we needed after a whole day of sightseeing. Their homemade mango-chili and lime-mint lemonades are to die for! My friend and I both went for the dish of the day, which was white asparagus and potatoes. Even though Vaust is a popular restaurant, we didn’t see any other tourists eating there. It felt very local, which was nice. If you’re staying in West Berlin and want to go out for dinner, then look no further than Vaust!
Cassiopeia Café – Revaler Str 99, 10245 Berlin
You can’t really other any food at Cassiopeia Café, but it definitely deserves a place on this list. We accidentally came across this outdoor café. Since my friend and I were talking to each other, we barely noticed where we were going until we came across several abandoned buildings. There was a punk-metal crowd walking towards those buildings and we just decided to go with the flow and follow them. We eventually ended up at Cassiopeia Café. Apparently, there was going to be a live performance from a punk band later that night, which explained the crowd. The vibe was great and we enjoyed the music. It was definitely the discovery of the weekend for us.