Thursday, 27 September 2012

East London, Kreuzberg

I have eaten in this English cafe/restaurant twice. Once on a Friday night with friends and once with my son for lunch. Both experiences were great. The decor is very British with slate tables and rustic wood chairs, and the menu has all the favourites expats crave, such a full English, beef and ale pie, bangers and mash and of course fish and chips (although they are served with more European style wedges).

All the portions are very generous and tasty. For my evening visit I enjoyed a couple of John Smiths as well. It has a good atmosphere and the staff are generally native English speakers.

If you come for the evening it is worth noting that the kitchen shuts at 10pm promptly so remember to order your crumble or other dessert with plenty of time. We were too busy chatting and missed out.




They also have a little English shop with more favourites!




Yummy scones! Whilst we were in for lunch a number of ladies came in for a cream tea.


Although the menu is a little more pricey than our usual lunch places the portions certainly make up for it. This is the kids' fish and chips!



My full English was so hearty I didn't really feel like dinner later that day.


 Little selection of English magazines to enjoy with your cup of tea.

They also offer a Roast on Sundays and have a regular pub quiz. Check their website for details.



Address: Mehringhamm 33, 10961 Berlin

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Stadtkind Secondhand shop

We discovered this little secondhand children's and ladies' clothes shop quite by chance last week and despite its small size, it is a great shop. I bought a winter outdoor all in one for my son and it looked new for half the original price. They also have a great selection of new puddle suits.



It was well laid out, with a lot of seasonal clothes and had a fresh smell to it. Definitely a place to regularly check out for bargains.

Address: Winsstrasse 28, 10405 Berlin






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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Idee Creativmarkt

I made a rare trip to KaDeWe on Saturday for a bit of a make over at Bobbi Brown and took the opportunity to visit Idee Creativmarkt. There are two branches in Berlin (the other is in Wilmersdorf) and whilst this one is part of the KaDeWe department store it is located in a separate building behind the main store.



I am a fan of Planet Modular but I felt that Idee carried a better selection of arts and crafts materials aimed at or suitable for preschoolers and older children. It was nice to browse at collaging materials and other colourful paraphernalia (see below).



There were also a number of kits aimed at children (see below). There was also a good selection of books with project ideas. I bought a book entitled Bastelhits für Kids - Naturmaterialien, full of ideas for crafting projects using natural materials. It is in German but with basic knowledge of the language, it is very easy to understand and has some great ideas.



The store is well worth a visit for inspiration but they also have a great shopping website.

Address: Passauer Strasse 1 -3, 10789 Berlin 


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Monday, 17 September 2012

Arkonplatz playground

When looking at Arkonplatz on my map, I expected the playground to be a small neighbourhood one but how wrong I was. It is a great space with an enormous climbing and slide structure at its main play piece. This is one of the kind I really like as the majority of the routes up it are steps so easy for all ages.





There are no traditional swings here, instead the tyre ones, which are aimed a slightly older children.


At the opposite end of the park is a small, scrubby open space and between this is a tarmaced area with benches. It a great space and definitely one to add to our favourites list.



Arkonplatz is also the location for a very popular Sunday flea market. See this link and this one.



Nearby Zionkirche.

Address: Arkonplatz, 10435 Berlin 




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Thursday, 13 September 2012

La Käserie

I really love this place! It opened in April and I recently read about it in the Exberliner newspaper and I can't believe I hadn't found it yet. It is a little pocket of the most perfect part of France. A lovely Frenchman, passionate about cheese and bread; an amazing selection of cheese and hams and the icing on the cake, the best baguette I have eaten outside of France. 




My son is pretty adventurous in his tastes and was excited to try the 8€ cheese and ham platter with as much baguette and the most perfectly salty butter as he and I could eat. He tried all the cheese but his favourite was the one on the top left corner, more of which we were willing furnished with by the aforementioned cheese loving Frenchman. He was delighted that there was a child in his cafe willing to enjoy a variety of French cheeses.



We sat outside enjoying the last of the late Summer warmth but when the colder days draw in there is a cosy interior to relax in and enjoy the food.


The whole place feels like a labour of love. In the toilet there are a series of framed photos showing the fitting out of the cafe and shop, which gives you a real feel of the place. An added bonus, despite the small nature of the toilet, is a large fold against the wall changing table.



Definitely one of my new favourite places here.


Address: Lychener Strasse 6,10437 Berlin




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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Buchbox

This bookshop on Helmholtzplatz is part of a small chain of community bookshops, mainly in Prenzlauer Berg. The English book selection for both children and adults was excellent with a number of unusual books. It also has the feel of being aimed at parents and children.


I am a huge fan of bookshops and this one really hit the spot for me with a bright interior, well selected books and lovely shelf displays that really drew you into to the book sections - even the German ones despite the fact that my German isn't great.



Towards the back of the shop is a little cafe area, which seems to be the fashion here in Berlin at the moment but very welcome. The interior design is very quirky (see the funky donkey lampshade above) and it really looked like a place you could sit and relax. As the name suggests the whole shop certainly has a very kiez (neighbourhood) feel to it.


I felt creative just looking at this display!






I haven't visited the other branches yet but they are listed on their website.

Address: Lette Strasse 5, 10437 berlin




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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Center

I featured this review of The Center a while ago and this week was the first time my son and I have been to a class there. We did a trial session of Family Song and Dance and we both enjoyed it. My son has been singing the songs and doing the associated actions since so we will be signing up for  the full course.

The Center is an English language activities centre and offers classes for all ages from babies to young adults and the classes cover a wide base of activities. It well worth checking out their current class schedule. Another great aspect is that with most classes you pay a monthly fee so you don't need to commit to a long spell which is great to try activities out and also if you are only in Berlin for a short period.



The Center is well equiped and clean and everyone there very welcoming and friendly.

Address: Esmarchstrasse 5, 10407 Berlin



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Monday, 10 September 2012

Vanilla Cupcakes

This amazing cupcake shop, run by a British lady, is heavenly! The cupcakes are delicious, just the right side of rich and velvety without being too sickly! A real treat if you are in this area of town.


They also have a lovely little cafe area in the shop if you want to enjoy your cupcakes immediately!






The beauty is that they do two sizes of most of the cupcakes. These are our favourites.

Address: Hufelandstrasse 10, 10407 Berlin
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Friday, 7 September 2012

Neoberlin Hair Salon

I have been in search of a good, English speaking hairdresser and finally, following a recommendation from a friend, I have found one. Danielle at Neoberlin is a former Toni and Guy stylist from London and did a fantastic job on my disaster of a hair style.



As it is an Aveda salon you get a complementary head and shoulder massage before your hair wash.  It is a funky salon and a great experience all round.





Address: Schönhauser Allee 42, 10435 Berlin




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