you know I’ve already been in Berlin a month ago, so I will spare you my diary like entry and get right to the point.
You’re a major foodie, avid traveler and photographer like me? You don’t know where the best vegan/vegetarian (most restaurants have omnivore dishes too)?
You want to know where to take the nicest outfit shots or portraits?
Then please, continue reading. Here comes my carefully tested food & photo hot spots guide:
As we (Mili and I) love breakfast we went on the hunt for the BEST breakfast in town. Here are our recommendations:
1. The Bowl – an entirely vegan clean eating restaurant with lovely bowls (changing throughout seasons). We decided on lunch. I had the dish: ‘The Bowl’s Best’ and Mili the ‘Rice & Gamba Bowl’.
2. Benedict – just wow! Breakfast all day long, from omelettes to pancakes, they have everything 24/7. We shared a ‘Tower of Babylon’ and proceeded to eat a regular size pancake stack. I had the ‘Birthday Pancakes’ (filled with smarties and marshmellows – special) and Mili the ‘Banana Pancakes’. Order the mini portion, you won’t be able to finish it. Yes, they have vegan options like the ‘Vegan Breakfast’.
3. What do you fancy love? – Simply the best bagels. They have a pretzel bagel and I’d order the guacamole topping (vegan) and the ‘Love muesli’ (also vegan options). And the smoothies are delicious! I had the ‘Big Boy’ and ‘Glow Baby’. Healthy, priced fairly, delicious.
4. Dots – a very cute small little breakfast spot in Neukölln with vegan options (pancakes, croissants, banana porridge, banana bread, apple crumble, bagels). I had the pancakes (vegetarian) and the chocolate brownie. Absolutely heavenly!
5. A Never Ending Love Story – A little cute pink place with vegan options. We had the ‘Avocado on Toast topped with scrambled egg’ and ‘Nutella Pancake with fruits’. Yes, absolute recommendation. I was so full, but it was worth it.
1. Vapiano – ok, maybe lame, because it’s a chain, but when we were there they had a lot of vegan options, so I guess I want to say, check the specials every two months and otherwise opt for pasta, pizza, antipasti salads or dessert. I had a vegan lasagna.
2. Peter Pane – Used to be named ‘Hans im Glück’, but the owners split their business into halves after an argument. The Northern restaurants are now all named ‘Peter Pane’, and yes, the menu is different. They have maniok fries for example and other delicious vegan/veggie and omni burgers or salads.
3. Mustafa’s Gemüse Döner – You just can’t visit Berlin and not eat a kebap. That would be unacceptable. And in my opinion the BEST one is Mustafa’S. What makes it special is the fact that the kebap has Mediterranean veggies inside. The veggie (vegan only without the cheeses) has halloumi, feta and falafel in it to substitute the meat. Just delicious! (Even though I didn’t try it myself, but for a vegan kebap you should go to ‘Vöner’, so I heard)
4. Anna Blume – It used to be one of my favorite cafes when I lived in Berlin. The ice-cream still tastes as great as it used to. But they have things like cake, salads, other hot food and crepes too.
5. Feuer & Flamme – Close to our Air BnB was a fondue restaurant and yes, there’s a vegan fondue too, besides a lot of cheese, fish, meat or chocolate fondues. I took the vegetable one and tasted the other’s cheese ones as well. All were delicious!
Sugafari – Just because it’s a super cute candy place featuring sweets from all over the world. I bet there’s vegan stuff too.
1. Berlin Cathedral – It’s just a beautiful location. Sit on a bridge close to it to have it in frame full or stand directly in front of it for a follow me around vibe.
2. Brandenburg Gate – for the typical touri pic.
3. Charlottenburg Castle – A beautiful building with a huge garden in front. Perfect for outfit shoots.
4. Gärten der Welt – This location is in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, a little far out, but definitely worth the trip. It has 7 gardens, we only went to the Oriental and Japanese garden. You need a whole day to see them all.
This is where I did my first staged shoot. Here’s a sneak peek:
5. Museum Island – Right beside the museums the long floor can be used to snap a few outfit pics. I generally love contrasting modern clothes to old architectural places.
6. Bergmannkiez – for rustic cafes and just to get a flair of Kreuzberg. Perfect for street and food photographers.
7. Viktoriapark Waterfall – Yes, Berlin has a little waterfall (and a petting zoo is located there too). Perfect for landscape and portrait photographers.
8. Mauerpark – Go there on a Sunday, there’s a flea market and karaoke. Streetphotographers, this one’s for you.
9. Hackesche Höfe – Little shops in individual courtyards. Some walls have beautiful tiles. Architecture or portrait photographers will like it.
10. Oberbaum Bridge – I haven’t managed to snap a pic there, but you can either shoot through the oval form and capture ‘Molecule Man’ or put a subject in front and have the most beautifully lit golden hour portrait.
So, these are my food tips and photo hot spots.
Which places did I miss?
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