Yes Yes: Polish Food in Berlin

Pierogi please. I would like to pretend that this post about hearty pierogi and restorative beetroot soup is tied in with autumn sneaking in. But it’s not – I don’t give a damn what season it is, I always fiend after them. Have you ever had them before? Yes? Thank God. No?! I’m sorry. After a trip to…

Play the Field: Berlin’s Best Board Game Cafe

Bad pun about a board game cafe? Never. It’s a… translation. “Spiel” is the German word for game. “Wiese” is the German word for meadow. And “Spielwiese” is my word for inexhaustible fun. Spielwiese is also the name of a board game cafe in Friedrichshain. This place has been a favourite of mine since 2012 – that’s commitment…

T is for Tajik Tearoom

Leave your shoes and sorrows at the door. There is only one place more relaxing than my own bed. And it’s one of Berlin’s best-kept secrets. Or, it used to be, until a couple of years ago when I became a regular and dragged carefully selected confidants along with me. I’m not too worried about…

Two and Two = 10/10 Cafe in Berlin

Maths isn’t my forte. Drinking coffee in nice cafés is. Don’t ever big up a brunch place in Berlin. It’s as if they know you’re coming, and to prepare for your modest party of two they’ll hire hipsters & co. to strategically spread themselves across the five only tiny tables. This was my experience at Roamers,…

Yours for a euro

   Paupers become book billionaires thanks to Tasso’s magic number. Are you a student? A read-a-holic? A polymath – of course you are. Now read this sentence; you’ll never be the same again: There is a cafe which sells books for one euro each.

A Small Wonder

House of Small Wonder is a little miracle in the big city. When people visit and we’ve done the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, etc. and we’re trudging along Friedrichstrasse, there is one question that I dread above all other questions: know anywhere good to eat near here? NO. No (I would think, sweating a storm…

Night-saver

Thank you, late-night café and ice cream parlour. It’s 11pm on a Monday night. I just handed over 90 cents for a scoop of tiramisu ice cream. Now I’m clutching the cone as I type. I think the word is content.

Simple is sweet

And I don’t mean in a let’s-get-back-to-our-coffee-roasting-roots kind of way.   Incidentally, Ako does do good coffee. And sweetly decorated notebooks. And soft padded stationery cases. And is a mini art gallery. And co-shares the space with a record shop and two cats. And does the best interpretation of the elusive British scone that I’ve…

Nibbles at Nibs

Let me introduce you to chocolate.   Mine. Hot chocolate should be so good that you’d squeeze yourself, chunky winter layers and all, onto a tiny bench for it. Hence why the above photo features someone’s legs in the background. In fact, Nibs Cacao is so tiny that I barely had enough space to swing a camera around. If you…

Sofas can float

Well, almost. You might have reached the bottom of this photo and found the floor was missing. Sorry to disappoint you. Ever been to a café with sofas nailed halfway up the walls? With a mattress on an upper level only accessible by a ladder? Or with concrete blocks on wheels for coffee tables? This is what…