Right next to the relaxing Spreewaldbad, you will find this wonderful vegan and vegetarin venue: The Wildeküche reopened in April 2017 and has an even better and more consequent concept than before. Under the motto: Love, Light, Food you will find here everything your green heart is beating for: gluten free, nut free, soy free, sugar free and wheat free drinks and food. Next to the great Mix Veggie Bar, you will find an experimental and excellent selection of drinks and food in the Cookie Bar, Latte Bar, Grill Bar, Power Food Bar, Trink Bar and the Schnittchen Bar. In all bars the creative cooks and team members claim to be the first biophotonic and basic catering company from Berlin, who serve a 100 percent natural kitchen with a simple food design. Their vegetables and fruis are are preferred from regional gardens and processed fresh and untreated. They also just use precious ingredients such as thistle and coconut oil as wel as high-quality salts and spices. In addition, the team rediscovered native wild herbs and plants and use them with pleasure. The focus is to serve a balanced, undogmatic cuisine and to provide a new perspective on food. If you love pure, pure and substantial food, the Wildeküche is your place to be.
Wildeküche, Catering and Restaurant Spreewaldplatz 5, D-10999 Berlin Tue–Sun 11am to 11pm
Saturday we spent the first summer night 2017 at Rosengarten with our beloved neighbors and friends from Denmark. Being way too late for Torstraßenfestival we were strolling around seeking for a quiet place with cool drinks and just should have went here earlier: Right on top of the historical Weinbergspark sits the the cultural pavilion, built of natural stones in the 1950s and renovated in 2003 by the architects Anja Berg and Horst Ploss. They and a team of cultural interested neighbors further developed the idea to create a place for various art, community and neighborhood projects. Now the Rosengarten has as a multifunctional area – folding wooden terraces serve as a stage for all kind of artists and as a seating area for guests. In addition to the geometrically arranged beautifully smelling rose beds and a shady pergola, the porphyry wall with the relief images by Waldemar Grzimek is also worth a visit. You can always come here, buy a cold drink at the bar or bring along your own stuff – check out the cultural program from open-air cinema, run by Cinema for Peace and Amnesty International to Hoola Hoop courses on Wednesdays or Swing dance Sundays. Most events are free, but the team of Rosengarten e.V. and their guests always appreciate your donations.
With the beginning of the summer season after a way too long Berlin winter, we want to introduce you to one of our classic beergardens – the famous Café an Neuen See. Owned by Roland Mary, one of the most famous restaurateurs in Berlin, who also runs the Borchardts at Gendarmenmarkt and the Grosz at Ku'Damm,the place is beautifully located right next to an idyllic lake in Tiergarten. There is also a nice playground for kids and couples in love can take a romantic boat drive from here. The food is nice comfort food and the portions are generous – next to homemade Brezeln and Beer from the draft, you can have Italian specialities, pulled pork, grilled fish, nice salads – all good traditional food with a twist. Everything is a litte bit more expensive than in town beergardens, but really cheap compared to the Müncher Oktoberfest. The place was just renovated and has some kind of a modern chalet atmosphere with wooden walls and tables – with it's ambiance decoration and hidden lights everything is nicely balanced between hip, modern and traditional. Better miss it out on Friday nights and weekends, but during the week or on sunny afternoons it is one of the loveliest places to spend some time in the sun and have a cool beer or Radler along. We almost forgot, but when we first came here yesterday, the gentle murmur of international conversations around us whilst sitting next to the boating lake was close to perfection. Enjoy your summer in Berlin.
Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten Opening hours Mon–Fri from 11:00am, Sat and Sun from 10:00am www.cafeamneuensee.de
You should know what it means to name a bar Sodom und Gomorra: The fire will burn down everything. And this is what happened to this gorgeous bar more that a year ago. Now it is completely renovated and reopened again. To enter, you ring a bell in front of the entrance stand in the middle of an impressing and very cool library, where the team can read and meet with friends. The welcome fromFerhart Akbiyik is heartfelt, as always - you feel more like entering an extremely loving and elaborately renoed apartment than a bar. Inside we bump into owner Cem Erzincan and DJ Senay Gueler, who just partied his 40tiest birthday in here. Since none of the comfortable Chesterfield sofas is available anymore, we take a seat at the bar – along with my friends Stefan and Miha, who came from Cologne to Berlin, we are waiting for our neighbour Silke and her friend Thomas from Munic. Although we just wanted to take one drink, before we go to bed, we get trapped by the sexy and sinful athmosphere, the danceable live music and end up chatting and laughing while testing just some of the offered 1.001 drinks. Although we made it out early enough not to see the blue sky outside right after the Davinci ceiling inside, the party for sure went on for quite a while. Thanks for the great evening to all of you.
The Schwarze Cafe is located in the Kantstraße in Berlin Charlottenburg and a true institution since 1978. Berliners and night owls love it, because it is open 24 hours and you can get a fresh breakfast here at any time of the day or night. The location underlines its name with some night-black painted walls, a hallmark of is also the bright neon parrot in the window, which can be seen from afar. In addition to a rich breakfast menu, you can also choose from a changing menu for lunch or dinner. The selection is extensive, the service alwas fast and friendly, prices are moderate and a rich variety of breakfast menus are available – ranging from the sweet French breakfast over my favourite Avocado breakfast with olive oil and salami to muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit. Happy to be a regular guest since 1986 and meeting here with Sabine today for an early breakfast. Still love it.
Seven years after our first Swing dance course, we started again this January at Clärchens Ballhaus. About time to recommend this great venue in our neighbourhood to you: The formerly ballroom was opened by Clara and Fritz Bühler as Bühler's Ballhaus on September the 13th 1913 in the rear building of Auguststraße 24-25. After Fritz Buehler's death 1929, Clara – who was called Clärchen by everybody and lived until 1971– led the dance hall on her own and since the mid-1930's her name was hanging above the old Bühlers Ballhaus sign outside. After a long and constantly changing history Christian Schulz and David Regehr took on the management in 2005, restoring it to its current popularity. The duo turned it back into a lively location for celebrating, dancing, eating, drinking, and falling in love – all of the things in life, that really matter. Today, the ballroom offers every day different dancing lessons – Swing is every Wednesday – but also hosts concerts and events and serves delicious German and Italian food. In summertimes they have a great beergarden in tje back- and frontyard. Especially on Friday and Saturday nights, the dance floor is packed with a sweaty cross-generation crowd: Old and young, east and west, pair and club dancers of all ages and nations are partying and singing along to Live and and DJs gigs until dawn. And everybody enters the dancefloor with a big smile – no matter what weather outside.
Clärchens Ballhaus, daily from 11 until the last guests leave. Auguststraße 24, D-10117 Berlin-Mitte, www.ballhaus.de