On Friday I shall be on my way to Berlin for the Hive Conference. I lived in Berlin for about 18 months and today I thought I would share five of my favourite places to eat (plus some other local tips) for fellower Hivers or in case you find yourself in the city this summer. 1 Yumcha Heroes, Mitte/Prenzlauer Berg – some of the best Chinese dumplings ever (IMO). Address: Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin. Also in this area: Weinbergsweg is also an interesting shopping street, my favourite shop on this street is Schoene Schreibwaren, which sells beautiful leather purses/wallets, pencil cases and glasses cases. At the top of the hill is Glücklich am Park (Kastanienallee 54), a lovely little cafe with a shop selling beautiful and individual clothes and accessories upstairs. The pretty chairs outside are Instagram gold.
2 Nola’s am Weinberg, Mitte/Prenzlauer Berg – quirky Swiss themed restaurant with a lovely terrace and delicious seasonal menu. If the risotto is on, have it! Address: Veteranenstraße 9, 10119 Berlin. It is situated in a lovely public park, Volkspark am Weinbergsweg, perfect for relaxing in the Berlin spring sunshine.
3 Da Piadina, Mitte – little family run Italian cafe serving amazing homemade piadina or flat breads. Address: Auguststrasse 49a, 10119 Berlin. Also in this area: Close by is a fantastic magazine and bookshop, Do you read me?, which is well worth a visit. The Barn (Auguststraße 58) is a well hyped coffee house you should at least try out whilst browsing in the galleries along this street.
4 La Käserie, Prenzlauer Berg – fantastic little cheese shop and cafe. Try the cheese and charcuterie plate, you won’t regret it. Address: Lychener Strasse 6, 10437 Berlin
5 Cha Cha, Mitte – a Thai restaurant with a concept a bit like Wagamamas but better. Address: Friedrichstrasse 63, 10117 Berlin