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Don your sunnies and greet the weekend in decadent style along with the rest of the Hauptstadt.
For years, the idea of brunch as it’s known to the majority of the rest of the Western world was something of an alien concept in Berlin. While a traditional German breakfast spread of cheeses, cold cuts, hardboiled eggs, and various baked goods can be a satisfying affair in and of itself, it can’t quite match the extravagance of eggs Benedicte accompanied by endless flutes of champagne. Thankfully, the times have changed and influx of culinary creativity has resulted in a variety of brunch options that are finally worth waking up for.
Arguably the best brunch in Berlin isn’t held in a restaurant at all, but rather in the airy Kreuzberg market hall best-known for Street Food Thursdays. Held on the third Sunday of every month, this over-the-top celebration of everyone’s favourite meal offers up a staggering array of delicious things from some of the city’s finest purveyors of food. Highlights include Brammibal’s Donuts, freshly fried vegan confections that come in innovative flavours, Glut & Späne, which sells an array of house-smoked fish, and Big Stuff Smoked BBQ, which offers sinful breakfast sandwiches topped with pulled pork or smoked brisket and a runny-yolk egg.
It may be housed in a five-star hotel, but this light-drenched space has a gracefully unfussy feel. Almost everything, from the perfectly roasted coffee beans to the crusty artisan breads, is sourced from local producers. The menu rotates seasonally, but it’s hard to go wrong with their regular staples like the chili-sprinkled avocado toast with an egg on top. If you’re on a health-food kick, the gorgeous salads are almost enough to make you forget about bacon.
It’s practically impossible not to be charmed by this neighbourhood favourite in Reuterkiez. In typical Neukölln fashion, everything is on the rustic side and looks as though it might have been plucked from a Pinterest board, but that only adds to the appeal. Nothing on the rotating menu is overly fancy, but that’s the way locals like it. Order an excellent coffee and one of several smoothies and contemplate whether to indulge in a heaping plate of French toast or the savoury black beans with salsa, feta and fried eggs.