It’s been an anxious, unpredictable time, and your phone’s news notifications have likely been reminding you of that regularly. Somehow though, it is important for us to stay positive, and, where possible, find ways to keep enjoying our lives amidst this crisis.
With this in mind, we’ll be outlining how some of our favourite Berlin restaurants, cafés and sustainable food brands have adapted to the new situation, and how you can still support and enjoy them within the lockdown restrictions.
Why Independent Matters.
To paraphrase Lukas Küttner in our recent interview: the people of the gastronomy and nightlife scene are the people who make Berlin what it is. From the brewery owners and the chefs to the cafe managers and the DJs, there’s a vibrant and characterful energy to this city which people come from all over the world to experience - and it starts with these people.
At HUNDHUND we’re fortunate that our online business allows us to continue, even if at a small scale, during the crisis. For our many friends in the restaurant, cafe and nightlife scene, it’s obviously a lot trickier. So, in the spirit of support, as this situation unfolds and Berlin adapts to this strange new normal, we’ll be doing our best to keep you informed as to how you might be able to help, if inclined, with keeping alive some of your favourite establishments.
W Pizza is our favorite neighbourhood neopolitan pizza. They are operating a takeaway window with their full pizza menu and you can take your food to sit in the park or by the canal with some beers. Open weekdays 4pm-9pm and weekends 3pm-9pm, until the pizza dough runs out. Which it often does.
bttr is a coldpress juice bar keeping Berlin’s Kreuzberg healthy and hydrated with their “Back to the Roots” approach. You can swing by and try the organic goodness for yourself Monday through Saturday from 12pm-5pm (takeaway only).
Just a stone’s throw from Tempelhof Airfield, Barra is definitely a favorite of ours at HUNDHUND. We talk a few times a week about how we would like to have dinner at Barra, but for now, you can get the greatest chicken burger we’ve ever had, homemade donuts and hand-cut tagliatelle ragu depending on the day. They publish the menu on Insta and run from Tuesday to Saturday from 12.30pm until they sell out.
REFUEAT is a refugee-run food truck and catering service offering Arabic-inspired street food in Berlin. Started in 2016, their aim has been to integrate refugees both into the labour market and into the public conversation. Since the lockdown restrictions were implemented, Refueat have developed an online store, where they offer home delivery on their entire menu (and 10% off if collected from their Schöneberg location!).
Hut & Vino.
Selling a quirky pairing of hats and wine, Hut & Vino is open Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm-6pm. It’s located right on the corner of Mauerpark, for when you’re fancying a cold Pinot Grigio to complement your afternoon stroll.
Kin Dee is a sustainably-minded Thai restaurant near Potsdamer Platz offering “Unapologetic Contemporary Thai Food”. Right now, they’re offering takeout Tuesday to Saturday 5pm-9pm. Check their Instagram for takeaway menu updates.
Helfen Berlin is translated as “Help Berlin” - and their aim is to do exactly that. They’re a non-profit online platform bringing together vouchers for a range of Berlin’s “Favourite Places” to be redeemed once they’re allowed to reopen. As of now, 1.3 million euros in vouchers have been sold on the store, financially supporting over 2,500 Berlin businesses such as restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs and theatres.
One of Berlin’s most well-known speciality coffee roasters, The Barn has 6 cafes across the city and maintains exemplary standards in economic and environmental sustainability. During the lockdown, you can support them through buying vouchers, virtually tipping their baristas, ordering coffee online or buying a coffee for a healthcare worker.
jaja is a carefully curated wine bar currently offering takeaway for both food and wine, “Bistro Style Cuisine for an easy re-heat at home. Good stuff to boost your immune system and get yourself a little dizzy”. Each week they also donate 30 meals to the less fortunate in their neighbourhood as part of their Collective Care philosophy.
Another HUNDHUND favourite, Tisk is an award-winning restaurant in the heart of Neukölln who are currently offering a full menu for home delivery or to-go. Peep their Instagram if you need proof of their delicious dishes.
Markthalle Neun is a Kreuzberg food market that has a collective philosophy of mindful and respectful treatment of animals and the environment shared by its stallholders. They’re still open Monday to Friday 12pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-6pm, although certain stallholders may have different opening times.
Viniculture have been selling European wines in Berlin since 1984. But being that their sales mostly came from the catering industry, the lockdown hit their business hard. Despite this, they’re still offering home deliveries of your favourite vinos and donating 10% of all sales to #CookingForHeroes.
Baldon is a beautiful little restaurant that happens to be our downstairs neighbour at our studio in Wedding. They also happen to be pretty great chefs and are currently offering takeaway food boxes for you to collect and throw in the oven at home. Check their Facebook for current info on their menu. The Baldon team are also cooking daily meals for our frontline staff. You can read more about it in our interview with them. And you can support them in their efforts through their crowdfunding page.
Michelberger Hotel usually operates as an art hotel, wine bar, café and restaurant, but since the lockdown, operations have obviously been affected. From next Monday however (May 4th) they’ll be converting their courtyard into a bio-market open daily from 2pm-7pm offering fresh produce, bread, deli goods, wine, beer and more.
Stay Home Club.
Not feeling up to heading out the house just yet? Stay Home Club has got you covered. SHC is a collective of sustainable food, beverage and home product brands who joined forces during the lockdown to offer home delivery for their goods. We actually interviewed the founder recently about how it all came to be and what this crisis might mean for independent business. You can read the full thing here.
Do you have a favourite spot that we happened to miss? Drop us a note on Instagram - we’d love to add it to the list.
Stay safe and keep healthy.
The HUNDHUND Team.
Words by Ewan Waddell.