Berlin

Cities and CHIPPS

A topic Jack and I discuss a lot is what makes up great cities. It may be nerdy, but we’re just really into cities. We like comparing one to the next, thinking up ways they could be improved, and listing their qualities that work. We do this for fun. We’re weird, we know.

Our visit to Berlin in March was the first time I ever stepped foot in Germany. I was really looking forward to that passport stamp. People kept telling me that I would fall in love with Berlin for it’s ugliness. And I did. I was charmed by the history behind the abandoned buildings down Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain, where we called home. I was fascinated by the rows of apartments used to showcase everything from mediocre to political graffiti in Kreuzberg, where we spent most of our time.

Until that point, Berlin was just the way I had imagined it: an exciting, creative and seductive city inspired by an affected past.

The very same week we watched the video above we decided to venture out to Mitte for breakfast at CHIPPS. CHIPPS just happens to be located at the end of Jägerstraße, a street that should be ordained “Master of Organised Individuality”, or something. The row of buildings on the street are uniform, unique and invite social activity. There was a communal ping pong table in front of the buildings for goodness sake!

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It was like the tips and tricks outlined in the video had come to life as a small-scale example of what could be.

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It made total sense that a restaurant like CHIPPS would be located on this street. Don’t let the silly, playful names of the breakfast plates on their menu fool you, this place is serious about eating. That’s even their slogan! We ordered the Sleep Walker (waffles, blueberries and and whipped cream), the Bed Head (eggs Benedict with bacon) and a couple of pick-what-goes-in fresh juices. Everything was so good we contemplated getting another round.

Chipps

Breakfast in berlin

Instead, we sat by the floor to ceilings windows for far too long, wondering what life would be like if we lived on a street as attractive as Jägerstraße with a neighbourhood restaurant as delicious as CHIPPS.

CHIPPS
Jägerstraße 35, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

 

*The video above really hit home for us both. I know it’s almost 15 minutes long, and that’s way longer than you (and I) have, but watch it if you get a chance.

Australian Breakfast

Silo Coffee: A Berlin Cafe that Cures the Homesick

Melbourne has a very niche breakfast scene that differs from anywhere else we’ve been on this trip, and ever before.

Popular Melbourne cafes are filled as soon as their doors open at 7am. By 9am the cafes are packed. No one I know in Melbourne is ashamed or embarrassed to order the same meal where ever they go: [Insert name for the AVOCADO dish the restaurant serves] (see herehere and here). I have two very good friends whose ‘Story of Their Life’ is just that. Jack is one of those friends and he hasn’t has a “proper” breakfast since leaving Australia back in January.

Our third morning in Berlin, I found him in a black hoodie and sweatpants googling variations of the statement “find smashed avocado breakfast berlin now please”.

#avocadotoast may be the cool, trendy line being printed on singlets at the moment but the struggle is real, people.

Thanks to the search and rescue exercise we call google, we found Silo Coffee. It’s a place that cures the homesick people from Melbourne who are living in Berlin. It’s also a place that makes a truly delicious and filling breakfast, the type of breakfast that makes you want to stick around at one of the cafe’s rustic wooden tables, under the string-y lights hanging from above, resting your back against the faded brick wall while reminiscing about the meal you just had.

The staff at Silo Coffee is lovely, the atmosphere is cool, there is plenty of substantial reading material, and coffee is their specialty. Like any decent cafe nowadays, they only use locally grown and sustainably ingredients. It would be totally unfair to ask anything more from a cafe.

You have to go try this place if you’re in Berlin. It’s in Friedrichstein. You’ll love it! Get the avocado toast with a flat white, you will not regret it. Wait. What am I? The queen of bossing you around? Order whatever you like!

Hot tip thought: I was eyeing their baked eggs like a vulture.

 Silo Coffee
Gabriel-Max-Straße 4
Berlin-Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany

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Street Food Thursday

Street Food at Markthalle Neun in Berlin Every Thursday.

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“Are you here on a Thursday? Go eat street food at Markethalle Neun.” That’s what one local demanded we do during our visit to Berlin.

Now I am politely demanding you do the same when you visit Berlin.

You’ll know you’re nearing Markthalle Neun when you start seeing crowds of (super hip, ultra cool and totally in-the-know) people filling every inch of the road and the scent of perfectly cooked BBQ begins attacking your personal space. The food options at Street Food Thursday are immensely varied: pies, arepas, dumplings, tacos, barbecue, pizza, pastrami sandwiches, Korean buns, paella, homemade ginger beer, ice cream sandwiches, and that’s just to name a few. We finished three beers before completing the nearly impossible task of choosing what to try first, which is a big deal because I’m a huge lightweight.

Don’t be disillusioned if you can’t find a seat at a table, standing or nabbing yourself a spot on the ground is encouraged, as is using the photo booth cleverly placed by the toilets .

If you’re not the type of person who loves holding a plate of delicious meatballs in one hand, maneuvering said meatballs into your mouth with the other, while mounting your beer in-between your body and arm as your wait in line for some more food, Street Food Thursday is still definitely for you. Have some drinks and people watch, the market is located in Kreuzberg, an area worth visiting and spending lots, and lots, and lots of time in anyway.

Street Food Thursday
at Markthalle Neun
Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin, Germany

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Explore Berlin

Buchstaben Museum is the Museum for Me.

Explore Berlin

Explore Berlin

Great lettering can live anywhere: a train station, a cafe, a movie theatre, a department store or even a blog*. Sometimes there is so much personality behind the curves of the letters or the accent color used on a shop sign that you are forced to stop and have a closer look. I have a sick (really cool and popular) habit of photographing typography when I see it, as does Jack.

The people behind Buchstaben Museum seem to have had a similar habit but taken it to another, out-of-this-world, level. They have rescued, salvaged and restored the discarded signs of Berlin and created a safe home where the extensive collection can be admired by the public. Each sign, or single letter, featured in the museum hasa  history behind it, a story of when they ruled the streets.

Buchstaben Museum provides an unconventional and niche way to learn about the city of Berlin and the often overlooked art of lettering.

Flashlights are provided at the start of the museum as there are no lights inside except those of the bright neon signs. This gives the space the romantic feel of exploration and discovery.

Buchstaben Museum
Holzmarktstraße 66
10179 Berlin

*Jack was so inspired by the visit to Buchstaben Museum he came up with a new logo for Where Food Is. What do you think?

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