Marilyn Hirling, Senior Project Manager DMC Berlin
Discover with Mary the unique 365-day, 24-hour vibe of Berlin, the city of contrasts! As a Senior DMC Project Manager with a wealth of experience gained over many years, Mary knows the spots that are furthest from the beaten track, and where to go to get a sense the past and celebrate the present.
All day long, her culinary soul warms to Berlin’s variety, with a German breakfast in the morning, a Thai lunch at noon, a Swabian snack in the afternoon, and fine French cuisine in the evening.
Mary knows the city best by bike because it’s her No. 1 means of transport all year round.
So hop on your e-bike or climb into a bike taxi and follow where she leads!
“Breakfast in the Nest”
Right next to Görlitzer Park, in the middle of the snug quarter of Wrangelkiez in Kreuzberg, you’ll find the Nest, a lighthearted café serving hot German and Mediterranean dishes from morning to evening and featuring a marvelous outdoor terrace. This is just one of the things that makes it the ideal breakfast spot, especially when the sun is shining. The first floor contains the Nest’s coworking space, something typical of Berlin, where freelancers can toil away at their daily business, far away from rigid office procedures, over a latte macchiato and a piece of cake.
Nest Speise- & Schankwirtschaft, Görlitzer Str. 52, 10997 Berlin
Mo – Su 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
“Lunch at the Oranien Pharmacy”
The ORA, formerly a pharmacy, is now used as a French-style brasserie restaurant. The old décor of the pharmacy, which was founded in 1860, seems to have been completely retained, lending the ORA its particular flair.
There are many delicious items on the menu at the ORA, including homemade bread with amazing dips, soups of the day, salads such as red cabbage with cilantro and a large selection of delicious cakes. Perfect for a short break or lunch hour!
ORA, Oranienplatz 14, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Mo – Su 9:30 am – 1:00 am
“Shopping tour at the General Store”
Not all too long ago, three creatively inclined expats opened “Hallesches Haus”, a self-proclaimed general store, in Kreuzberg. A place for letters and packages from 1901 on, it’s now a place for shopping, drinking coffee and eating while enjoying the historic-modern ambience.
Select design objects, unique pieces of furniture and home accessories make the hearts of true shoppers skip a beat. Weary from all your hard work, you can sit back and enjoy the daily lunchtime special – from Monday to Saturday. Changing evening performances attract people after work, and “Hallesches Haus” offers banana bread, bagels, coffee, etc. for in between times. Everything is simply scrumptious!
Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Mo – Fr 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sa 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
“Ice cream treats to go”
The ice cream from the “Zwei Dicke Bären” (two fat bears) comes from the Mos Eisley company, known for its Italian-style gelati and sorbets. But the two fat bears have opted for the American way, sneaking a little more cream between the two cookies to conjure up a tasty ice cream sandwich.
Check out the Double Chocolate Cookies and Salted Caramel Ice Cream or Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vanilla the next time you visit Berlin’s Food Market!
Thursday’s they are always at Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Street Food Thursday
Th 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
“Park at the Gleisdreieck”
A rail hub in an area marked by industry a century ago, Berlin’s modern public Gleisdreieck Park is now the ideal place for skaters and joggers, promenaders, beach volleyball players, picnic fans and the sports-minded. This new kind of municipal park didn’t come into being until a just few years ago, and has already won awards: the “Architekturpreis Berlin” in 2013, the “Sonderpreis Deutscher Städtebau” in 2014 and the “Deutsche Landschaftsarchitektur-Preis” in 2015.
From the outset, the locals lent a hand and transformed the former wasteland at the Gleisdreieck subway stop from an unamenable dump to a favorite spot for Berliners and tourists of all generations.
For an extra portion of urban flair, check out the yellow Berlin subway as you cross the bridges that span the park – priceless!
Park am Gleisdreieck, Möckernstraße 26, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
“The most typical Currywurst of all”
With or without a casing? Both sorts sizzle away, and there are plenty of them to be had. And that’s a good thing because there’s always a long line-up outside Curry 36 – from mornings to well past midnight. The laid-back staff here always have a clever retort on the tips of their tongues and convincingly extol that the spiced-up sausage is still one of the best in all Berlin. For vegetarians or those not particularly fond of meat, there’s always a portion of “Pommes Schranke” (fries with ketchup and mayonnaise) – another Berlin original!
Curry 36, Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Mo – Su 9:00 am – 5:00 am