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chill and grillIf you fancy some tasty treats, cold drinks, and a fantastic view across the centre of Berlin, then join us on Wednesday evening for the next of our Chill n Grill events… see you up there?

We love food… but sometimes time is short and we need to eat on the run. We have put together this map and guide to some of our favourite places for grabbing a quick bite to eat, from the classic sausage or kebab to old school delis, weekly markets, and champagne and oysters for those feeling a little flush…

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.

Döner Time…

Everyone knows that the Döner kebab was invented in Berlin, although there are many theories as to who was the first… in any case, to get Turkish flatbread filled with salad, sauce and slivers of shaved meat, then you need look no further than the nearest street corner. Literally, in the case of the Circus, as although Rosenthaler Platz is in the old east, and thus was never a part of the city with a large Turkish population, the Rosenthaler Grill which opened after the fall of the wall has developed in the past twenty years a reputation as one of the finest in the city, which is great seeing as it is right on our doorstep.

Otherwise, the recommendation has to be to head south to the neighbourhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln, and vegetarians need not miss out on the wonders of the kebab stand. Mustafa’s grilled vegetable kebab is legendary – queues at peak times can stretch out for an hour or more – and if there is a meat-eater in your party that needs keeping happy, it is possible to add chicken to the mix.

Old School Delis and Bourgeois Fast Food…

If the humble sausage or döner is not quite refined enough for your tastes, then Berlin has other options for a better class of fast food. The Rogacki is an old school deli in Charlottenburg, family-owned and operated since the late 1920s and location for travel writer and chef Anthony Bourdain’s favourite meal in Germany. There are all kinds of wonderous foods to be eaten, standing at the Rogacki’s waist-high tables and served by smiling ladies and gents in white coats, but it is most famous for its cold cuts and locally-sourced fish.

Even higher up the social-food-chain is the foodhall of legendary department store the Kaufhaus des Westens, known to everyone in Berlin as the KaDeWe. If your wallet can handle it, there can be no better “lunch on the run” than champagne and oysters… Berlin is generally more Mike Leigh than Sex In The City, but KaDeWe is one of the few places where it is unashamedly about the price… although thankfully they have the quality to match.

Prepare your picnic – Berlin’s Weekly Markets…

And then there is the picnic. Any guide, however rough, to snack spots and lunch venues in the city would be missing something if it did not mention the opportunities for fresh air treats in the many green spaces of the city. From the Tiergarten to the Grünewald, the Müggelsee or Volkspark Friedrichshain, the options for whipping out you picnic blanket are seemingly endless. But where to buy your supplies? Here is where the many “weekly markets” of Berlin come in, selling local – and often organic – produce, from tasty cheeses and breads to fruit, vegetables and – of course – those sausages again.

The most famous is arguably the Saturday market on Winterfeldplatz in Schöneberg, whilst closer options to the Circus include Kollwitzplatz (Prenzlauer Berg; Thursday and Saturday) and Hackerscher Markt (Mitte; Thursday and Saturday). Also interesting is the Turkish Market on the Maybachufer (Neukölln; Tuesday and Friday) or the organic farmer’s market on Boxhagener Platz (Friedrichshain; Saturdays)

 

Bergmannstraße

There are many neighbourhood and street festivals taking place in Berlin over the summer, and one of our favourites is the Bergmannstraßenfest, down in Kreuzberg. The street itself is filled with stalls offering all kinds of great things to eat and drink, reflecting the multicultural makeup of the surrounding neighbourhood, as well as arts and crafts and other goodies.

Alongside the street festival are several stages, and it is the jazz music performed over the weekend that draws much of the crowds to this corner of Kreuzberg. The three stages can be found on Bergmannstraße at the corner of Mehringdamm, Nostitzstraße and Zossener Straße respectively, and over the three days there are over fifty performances from musicians that come from Berlin, Germany, and around the world.

Bergmannstraßenfest / Kreuzberg Jazzt
Friday 27th June – Sunday 29th June
Website including downloadable programme

chillngrillIf you fancy some tasty treats, cold drinks, and a fantastic view across the centre of Berlin, then join us on Wednesday evening for the first of our Chill n Grill events. This will be taking place on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the summer – and, of course, weather permitting – and we are looking forward to some nice evenings of good food and good company up on the Circus Hotel roof terrace… see you there?

Easter banner

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
Cheers!

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.

Rogacki5

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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