Last week we spent a very nice week in Berlin, we had a fantastic time despite the super cold weather. We went to Berlin for the transmediale, but of course we were also on the look out for great hotels and vegetarian food. These are my notes:
Torstrasse 136 10119 Berlin – Reservations +49 (0) 30 530 280 80
brandnew design hotel. great location, close to U-bahn Rosenthaler Platz and in walking distance to the trainstation. the rooms are small, but very sexy, with dark hardwood floors. free wifi. how idiotic to point this out, but the room had a really great shower. on the sixth floor we had this great view over the roofs of Berlin:
Rosenthaler Straße 72a 10119 Berlin – Öffnungszeiten Mo-Fr: 08:00-24:00 Sa-So: 09:00-24:00
just a few steps from our hotel, so we went there a lot. one of many such cafes in Berlin with free wifi, great coffee, croissants. they even provide electric outlets for the laptop armada that spends their days and evenings here.
Linienstraße 132 10115 Berlin-Mitte – Telefon: +49-30-27596927
ok. here I go. BEST! HUMMUS! EVER! and who would have thought that it would find it in Berlin. they add a little bit of mango-orange paste and some chili-paste, very exiting. the pitta they serve is not too great. but the falafel and the haloumi are also very nice. fresh leaf mint tea. we ate there 3! times.
55 Behrenstraße 10117 Berlin, Germany – Tue. – Sat. 7pm Tel: +(0)30 2749-2940
this restaurant tries a little too hard, but still manages to serve very interesting, creative vegetarian food. the location is fantastic, hidden in a back alley downtown. some nice ideas and combinations, but on the whole not even close to the best vegetarian restaurants i ever visited.
Linienstraße 94 10115 Berlin – Tel 030 432 097 75
this vegan restaurant was right around the corner from us, yet we never ate dinner there. the breakfast was great though and the menu looked very good. we should have eaten dinner here instead of chasing down a mexican… (see bellow)
Not so great
this portugese cafe close to our hotel has a good reputation, maybe because it was sunday, but they didn’t have the pastel de nata, and the coffee was not too good either.
these guys have quite a claim on their website, burritos as good as in the mission in san francisco. naturally we had to try it out. but sadly they do not even get close. the terrible, soggy burrito made me cry.
since the first mexican was such a fail, we thought we tried another one. yeh, stupid huh. this one was a little less attrocious than dolores, but still total crap.
german through and through, home-baked bread, quality. it sounded pretty good on paper. but when you ask the guy if the have chai tea and he gives you that arrogant, superior smile, you start to question their intention somewhat.