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The Berlin Dossier

We just came back from Berlin and are happy to say that it is quite simply – still – the coolest city around. A city that is dynamic, creative, modern; one that is full of history, amazing art and architecture but not held back by it. Here are some of our favorite things (though there are plenty more that we didn't take pictures of), hope you will get a chance to (re)visit the city too in the not too distant future.


You can tell that AMODO is a labor of love even before you walk into the store. Everything down to the business card, the music – not to mention the goodies in the store – is well thought out and special.

It is the perfect store for finding that cool souvenir to take back home. We love the focus on discovery and appreciation of all things creative, different that are, at the same time, affordable. Designers beware – you will want to bring back the whole store! The proprietors are also very warm and friendly, and shared with us the insider’s view of the best places for coffee and dining in Berlin 🙂

Klub Kitchen

This was one of our favorites. We tried pretty much everything on the menu (yes, we came back a few times!). Our favorite was the Sultan Eggs. Who knew poached eggs could be so creative and delicious?! The way the menu described it made the combination of ingredients (yogurt with paprika butter) seemed a bit daunting to the North American palate and we were unsure of it first when we ordered it, but it turned out to be just amazing, very tasty, smooth and surprisingly light.

The Green Bowl is a delight for vegans. It has a divine citrusy dressing and was very refreshing on a hot summer day. And yes, broccoli can taste that good?! Be sure to try the handmade to order juices too – simple and creative. It’s also got a chic, simple interior and a very cool staff.


Even a simple coffee break at the richly decorated and elegant Grosz is an event. The relaxed outdoor seating right on the Ku’damm makes it a great place for people watching and enjoying a slice of cake.


The menu changes daily – literally! When we went there earlier in the day to ask about the menu, they told us to check back at 6 pm as that’s when the chef will tell them what they have prepared for the night! If you want food with a twist, minimalist modern interior with a cool vibe, then this is the place for you.

The potatoe gratin and the cucumber salad were our favorites. The bread with homemade butter was also to die for. The staff is very knowledgeable and can give recommendations.


We got lost for a very long time walking up and down Oranienstrasse trying to find this place, so by the time we got there we were famished and thirsty, and it did not disappoint. ORA used to be an old pharmacy and has kept most of the original décor and installations inside.

For lunch, we would recommend the Kurbispuree – you can choose either a puree of cauliflower or a puree of pumpkin. It had a very interesting texture and was delicious. We wanted to order more to take back! Everything comes in these little clear glass jars (like the ones you use for jam-making) so people working nearby can get the food to go and return the jars on their next visit.

Nano Kaffee

There are lots of choices for coffee shops in Berlin. We stopped by Nano Coffee for a pick-me up per the recommendation of a friend who’s a self-confessed coffee snob. It’s got a very nice minimalist-industrial look inside, with dark wood and a spacious interior.

The barista is very friendly and gave us a lowdown of the neighborhood (Kreuzberg) and the perks of living in Berlin. They make a very nicely designed tote bag too if you can get one.

The hardest part about visiting Berlin is coming home . . . See you in Berlin!




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