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As we approach Easter weekend, our very own bunnies are busy hiding the eggs around the Circus Hostel, Hotel and Apartments, ready for the Sunday morning Egg Hunt. Not everyone can be lucky of course, but everyone can enjoy our very special Easter Brunch at Fabisch in the Circus Hotel. The buffet costs €15 for Circus guests, runs from 8am until 3pm, and it is usually pretty popular, so we would recommend you speaking to reception to book your table in advance.

For more about our Restaurant Fabisch, check out the new website here.

Sunday Social

Coming up on Sunday evening we are extremely happy to be holding the very first of our “Sunday Social” events downstairs at Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel. This week we are welcoming Ori Soul to join us on stage for our Acoustic Lounge event, with some chilled and relaxed music from 9pm and all our great food and drink offers… what a way to end the weekend…

… or alternatively, what a warm up for… ST PATRICK’S DAY! Yep, Monday is the 17th March which means all over the planet people will be celebrating all things Irish, and at Katz & Maus we are no different. Again, we have live music from 9pm and a very special offer… Irish Stew and a Guinness for €7. Delicious. So come join us downstairs at Katz & Maus on Sunday and Monday, to eat, drink and be merry.

St Patricks Day

Bar Market

Now this looks interesting for anyone who cares about what they drink and the people behind it… The Bar Market is taking place every Friday and Saturday evening during the month of March at the Senatsreservespeicher in Kreuzberg. Each weekend, six local drink entrepreneurs will be setting up their stall alongside a food stall who will be offering six dishes to match…

Among the six drinks stands, you’ll find a collection of Berlin’s best craft beer brewers headed up by Markthalle Neun’s own Heidenpeters, an expert sampling of German Rieslings handpicked by the previous sommelier at Pauly Saal Helen Mol, and a “classics cocktail bar” brought to you by some of the team behind one of Berlin’s most beloved bars, Würgeengel.

The event page on Facebook has more details, including this fascinating snippet about the location for the Bar Market that seems to be well worth checking out whilst you still have the chance…

About the Senatsreservenspeicher

The Senatsreservenspeicher has quite the storied history. The hulking city warehouse has sat on the banks of the Spree since the Cold War, when it was used as storage space for grains and other products—a back-up food supply for land-locked West Berliners. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the space went unused for a while. Then, about a decade ago, it was taken over by an art collective called Artitude who worked not only on their own projects but also for the benefit of the local community, producing some of the large-scale, striking works of street art that have made Kreuzberg a destination.

Artitude is leaving on March 31st to make way for the building’s next reincarnation as flats & offices. The Bar Market will help give this iconic building a proper send-¬off by celebrating its original use—bringing in the community to enjoy artisanal drinks, which somehow hark back to the various grains that may have once been stored in this very space.


In a hurry to fill your tummy? Here is the Circus guide to some of the best “fast food” that this city has to offer…

It’s all about the sausage…

Germany might conjure up images of sizzling bratwurst or boiled bockwurst, but in Berlin curry is king. The currywurst is a Berlin institution, made by chopping up a (when made properly, skinless) bratwurst and smothering it in a curried ketchup. It is not particularly spicy, but it has been the lunch of choice for hardworking Berliners for decades. As with kebabs that come later, everyone has their favourites but there are some institutions on the Berlin currywurst scene.

Certain members of the Circus team swear by the Bratpfanne, a small kiosk on the Schloßstrasse down in the south-western neighbourhood of Steglitz. East Berliners on the other hand swear by Konnopkes – housed beneath the overhead railway lines at Schönhauser Allee and just a walk up the hill from the Circus on Rosenthaler Platz. And whilst we are on the subject of the sausage, a little further up the Schönhauser Allee opposite the S-Bahn station you will find Alain’s, where you can try the Kettwurst – otherwise known as the East German hotdog. The sausage is dunked in sauce and then stuffed inside a hollowed out bun, and it is believed to have been invented by the kitchen team of the Television Tower, back in the GDR.

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A couple of weeks ago we hosted a launch event for a new cooking app based here in Berlin – Kptn Cook. The app itself looks great, especially for those looking for inspiration in the home kitchen. Basically, the app offers daily recipes based on specific supermarkets, gives you an ingredients list and step by step cooking instructions that will get a meal on your plate in no more than thirty minutes… perfect for the busy night in the middle of the week.

The app is currently available on the App Store and is only in German – although the team have plans for other languages soon, so we will keep you posted. For now we say congratulations to the KptnCook team, and here are some more pictures from the launch event at The Circus Apartments:





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When the moon hits you eye like a… sorry, where were we? Oh yes, Valentine’s Day. The annual celebration of love, romance, and showing how much you care through a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers is upon us again, and we are celebrating the event with a very special evening in Fabisch at the Circus Hotel. We have planned some live music from Serendipity, who will be performing their brand of acoustic lounge to get you in the mood, and head chef Roman has put together a special romantic four course menu for you to enjoy.

Dinner begins at 6pm, with live music from 10pm, and we certainly recommend that if you would like to share this evening with us, you should reserve your table either through reception or with the Fabisch team. When is it? This Friday of course… the 14th February.


Our hungry man about town Jared has written about Markthalle Neun in this pages before, specifically about the Street Food Thursday events that are held there, but this week we wanted to draw your attention to the Wochenmarkt – Weekly Market – that takes place every Friday and Saturday. The Markthalle Neun is one of the few remaining examples of Berlin’s market halls, that were built towards the end of the nineteenth century to help feed the rapidly growing population of the city. Their story is an interesting one in its own right, and you should check out this article from Slow Travel Berlin to learn some more.


As you will read, only four of the market halls are still in some kind of operation, and Markthalle Neun has won a lot of attention in recent years for what the good folks behind its revitalization have been doing there:

Of all the existing Markthallen it feels the most alive, full of glorious smells (the barbeque stand, the fish smoker), and the noise of children attacking the playground in the centre of the hall. Though not always packed to the rafters, there’s almost always a healthy bustle and one can certainly imagine what it must have been like in its heyday. Nikolaus Driessen, one of the instigators behind the initiative to rescue the old Markthalle, sees the revitalised Markthalle precisely as an alternative to the faceless modern shopping centres and discount stores that have taken over large parts of the city.


What they are aiming for is to show people that regardless of living in a metropolis like Berlin, it is still possible to shop and eat different. The stress is on regional and seasonal goods, with the producers right there in front of you. Beyond the eating and drinking, the Markthalle Neun aims to be a focal point for the local community, offering space for neighbourhood projects, cookery courses and more. It is a wonderful concept, and you can see, smell and taste some of the best that Berlin and its surrounding countryside have to offer, if you visit the hall for the Wochenmarkt on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Wochenmarkt takes place in the hall between 10am and 6pm on those two days, and for those of you who can read German, you can find out more about Markthalle Neun and all that is going on there on the website.

All photos courtesy of Markthalle Neun


(above: FIFA Fan Fest Berlin © ArGe Fanfest Berlin)

Happy New Year everyone! Now, we know some of you reading this have perhaps been to Berlin before or are thinking of coming to visit us at The Circus sometime in the future. In case you need an excuse – and let’s face it, there is never much need of an excuse to visit Berlin – we have put together our top ten things to look forward to in the city over the next twelve months… and perhaps we will see you at the Circus for one or more of them!

Berlin Fashion Week

We kick off, in the middle of January, with the winter edition of Berlin Fashion Week where you can disvoer the latest trends at the different shows and trade fairs, and there is usually an interesting complimentary programme of exhibitions, nightlife and other events taking place during the week as the city gets its glad-rags on. Some of the highlights include Bread & Butter at the former Tempelhof Airport and Premium at Gleisdreieck.

January 14-19; Berlin Fashion Week Website

Berlinale – International Film Festival


(above: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) © visitBerlin | Koch)

2014 is the 64th edition of what is the world’s largest public film festivals, and one of the most important anywhere. During the ten days of the festival there are over 400 films shown, ranging from Hollywood smash hits to independent cinema from the four corners of the world, and with a bit of planning it is possible to get tickets for almost anything you want to see. The festival is held in February, and as always we will produce our own Circus guide to the event – take a look at the 2013 version here.

February 6-16; Berlinale Website

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