Our last brunch date for 2012 is in a vibrant, creative city that I’ve been to twice, but only really fell in love with this year. And that is Berlin!
One of my regrets from last spring’s “working” visit to Berlin is that I didn’t get to try any of the many breakfast places I saw or read about. My impression was that Berlin seems to be wild about breakfast—an impression confirmed by enthusiastic Berliner Lena from Mina Moka. Lena is a self-confessed brunch addict and big city lover, which makes her the perfect person to be our Berlin brunch guide.
Happy brunching, and here’s to more delicious brunches in 2013!
Hi, I’m Lena from MINA MOKA and I am taking you out for brunch in Berlin today!
Berlin is a paradise for brunch lovers. Berliners are huge fans of a lazy late breakfast at their favourite café. You are very likely to stumble upon a nice place that offers sweet and savoury breakfasts, and often also a brunch buffet on the weekends. This is why I decided to introduce you to a very special place you won’t find easily, unless you know about it.
The café/restaurant 3 Schwestern (3 Sisters) is hidden inside the Bethanien, a former hospital from the 19th century and today a center for contemporary arts. It is located in Kreuzberg, a young, lively and bohemian part of Berlin at Mariannenplatz, a big square park that’s a little off the beaten track.
The architecture of the place is impressive. In fact, this was the former chapel of the hospital.
I like how the simple interiors with dark wooden tables and bistro chairs give the space the chance to speak for itself.
The menu offers traditionally German main courses; the breakfast menu offers a couple of international choices, like the Italian breakfast with prosciutto and caprese, or an English breakfast with bacon and eggs. But if you like it sweet, you definitely have to try the Kaiserschmarrn, an Austrian dish with pancakes and hot plums.
If you are more adventurous (or have a hangover) go for a Weisswurst, a traditional Bavarian dish. It is a special kind of white sausage that is only (without any exception!) served for breakfast. It comes with a pretzel, sauerkraut and sweet mustard… and traditionally with a glass of beer, too! I love it, but it’s that kind of dish you’ll either love or hate.
In the summertime, 3 Schwestern also has a beautiful garden in the courtyard of the Bethanien, a very quiet and peaceful place you would never imagine to find in the middle of the city. There’s also a big sandbox for children, which solves many problems for brunch lovers with kids!
Of course the garden is closed now, but I think even these wintertime impressions can give you an idea of how nice this is for a Sunday brunch in the sun.
030 600 318 600
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am
Weekend breakfast served from 11am-4pm