Guten Tag lovers & friends. The weekend has passed us..again. I had my first racing day experience yesterday at Rosehill for the Golden Slipper. It was so much fun getting dressed up, drinking Champagne and betting on the horses. We are heading to Derby Day next weekend at Randwick as well so time to start planning our outfits.
Today I share with you Berlin, which was our first stop in Germany before heading to Munich for Oktoberfest. The weather was steadily getting colder so a lot of my time was spent purchasing clothes for my new winter wardrobe. I left Sydney without even a pair of jeans and went a little crazy, but let’s just say my wardrobe is now set for this winter.
We booked a private room at Plus Hostel Berlin on Warschauer Platz which was situated right near the last 1.3km of the Berlin Wall. The wall is now titled the ‘East Side Gallery’ and has been turned into an international memorial for freedom and consists of 105 paintings from artists throughout the world. Below is a collection of my favourite shots.
Monsieur Vuong – Mitte
After searching for the best places to eat and checking out our Time Out Berlin app, Monsieur Vuong in Mitte was our choice for lunch. The place had positive reviews and we were both craving good Asian food which is pretty hard to find in Europe. We got there at the peak lunch hour with the place packed out with other hungry revellers.
The menu is full of a variety of drinks to order but only has a handful of food items with the rest of the food appearing on the daily specials board. We order a blended fruit drink each but I didn’t note down what was in each of them, I do remember them being yummy though.
To share we order some of the Prawn Spring Rolls which are not covered in their usual spring roll wrapper, but instead in an extremely crispy and shred like coating.
I love a good Chicken Pho Soup and couldn’t go past ordering this off the menu. Although the broth looks almost clear and bland, it was really flavoursome and quite possible one of the best Pho’s I have tried with the fresh herbs being the selling point. All I added was a bit of fresh chilli and it was exactly to my liking.
Ana went for the Glass Noodle & Chicken Salad which looks extremely fresh and crunchy and is served with a spicy ginger nuoc cham (dressing).
Lunch was the perfect fix for our Asian food cravings, the staff were efficient, our food came out at lightning fast speeds and the vibe in the restaurant was buzzing with the local Berliners.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119, Berlin
Ph: 030 3087 2643
We stopped by the Brandenburg Gate which has been seen as a symbol for unification and peace since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is situated at the end of Unter den Linden which is a beautiful and grand boulevard. The gate is also close to the Reichstag making the area a popular tourist site filled with buskers, expensive cafes and the noise of numerous languages from all corners of the world.
The monument at the top is the Quadragia, it symbolises victory as the statue was sent to Paris by Napoleon when the French occupied Berlin and then returned after the Battle of Waterloo.
Always up for trying street food, we visited Curry 36 to get ourselves some Currywurst. This is a fast food dish of German origin and consists of a steamed and then fried pork sausage which is served with tomato ketchup, curry powder and a bread roll on the side. Like most street food, its not the healthiest option at times but it did taste pretty good and was extremely cheap for a quick lunch option.
Right around the corner from out Hostel was Scheers Schnitzel your one stop shop for a quick, easy, traditional (kind of) and cheap dinner.
The shop is only small and often had a line going out the door most nights. The area we were staying in reminded me of the equivalent to Newtown in Sydney with heaps of different cool cafes, bars and a large variety of different cuisines to try (we also had some amazing Indian during our stay).
We visited pretty late in the night and the place was nice a quiet. Everyone eats a lot earlier in Central Europe then they do in Italy and Greece.
Here we have it…Chicken Schnitzel with a Side Salad and covered in Chilli Hot Sauce. All up this meal was 4.5 euro..so so cheap!
Wall art inside..
And the jumping photo begins…you will see quite a few of these throughout the post. Ana and I got a little carried away in Berlin.
This a corner angle photo of the Reichstag, which is the building of parliament for Berlin . The architecture is absolutely magnificent and was designed by Paul Wallot who entered a competition with his entry being chosen for the build.
….and now for my jumping shot in front of the Reichstag.
Chipps Cafe – Jägerstraße
We hit up Chipps a deli/restaurant one morning for a proper (non-European type) of breakfast. The place is owned by them same people who own Cookies nightclub Berlin and the Cookies & Cream restaurant. It was pretty quiet when we rocked up, I guess it was mid-morning on a weekday with the only other customers being the casual walker-by stopping to grab a coffee. We took our time trying to decipher the German menu until the waiter realised we had no idea what it said…at least we tried!
Freshly squeezed Grapefruit juice.
Bread & Butter.
I love poached eggs and decided to get the Eggs Benedict. I dont like Hollondaise sauce very much, hence why I asked for it on the side. The eggs were served with whole wheat toast and crispy bacon.
Oozing egg yolk porn.
Ana chose the Omelette with Spinach, Mushrooms and Tomato…
With a side of the Crispy Bacon.
We were happy with our first meal of the day, leaving full and satisfied we set off to explore more of the beautiful city.
Jägerstraße 35, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Ph: +49 30 36 444 588
The Berliner Dom Cathedral located on Museum island in the Mitte borough.
Across the road from the Cathedral was this interesting looking art installation.
Aperitif hour…stopping off for a beverage at some bar in the afternoon. Life was good!
Schneeweiss was our choice for dinner one night, the place is a popular and more refined restaurant near our hostel in Friedrichshain and near the metro stop at Warschauer Strasse.
Pretty flowers on each of the tables.
The restaurant is all white everything, with the mood inside being very warming and quite romantic with all the little candles.
Gen Y! =)
We start off with some bread served with a chive dip and butter.
We both choose the same meals for the night and start with the Pear Tartlet with Gorgonzola and Red Chard for our entree.
We then have the Monkfish coated in Pancetta, Aubergine, Rocket Salad, Palm Hearts and Risotto. This was my first time eating monkfish and I loved its texture and taste when paired with the pancetta. I would rate this as one of the best dishes we ate in Europe with everything from the flavour to the presentation being perfect.
Simplonstrasse 16, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Ph:+49 30 2904 9704
The Gendarmenmarkt is a huge square in Berlin and the site of the Konzerthaus (picture above) and the French and German Cathedrals which sit on either side of this impressive building.
I leave you with Ana outside of the the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) to finish off my Berlin post.
We both loved Berlin and had a great time exploring the area, eating many different cuisines (generally the food was to a really high standard), exploring the local areas, touching up on some history and checking out the crazy Berlin night life which is filled with clubs that never close over the weekend till Monday morning. Until next time Berlin…Auf Wiedersehen!
Have a fantastic week everyone, I’ll be back soon with my next post xxx