Our beloved Berlin offers a gazillion opportunities to eat, drink and be merry — but some are far less obvious than others. To celebrate some of our favorite unassuming little spots, we've put together an Easter egg hunt for you. The hiding places vary, but each outpost for delicious drinkage and sensational snacking has its own colorful features to fall in love with. Happy hunting.

Cafe Kraft

The premium blend

Photo by Ali Inay

Situated between Schönhauser Allee and Bornhölmer Straße, Cafe Kraft is committed to quality coffee to an almost eccentric degree. From its industrial chic interior to the frothy flat whites, not a single detail seems out of place (except maybe that massive bicycle hanging on the wall). Fans of bloomy roasts will rejoice at staff’s perceptive palates and eagerness to achieve perfection, however that’s defined.
 
Where: Schivelbeiner Straße 23, 10439 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 01577 1462102; Facebook

 

 

Khartoum

The taste of Sudan
 

Görlitzer Bahnhof is a melting pot in many ways, but it's perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the area's cuisine. With so many global dishes to decide among, the quiet little imbiss known as Khartoum is easily missed. And that's a shame, because here you'll find a wide array of scrumptious Sudanese comfort food. Whatever you order, be sure to have it drizzled with the exquisite peanut sauce.
 
Where: Wiener Straße 69, 10999 Berlin
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-midnight
More info: 176 23193916; Facebook

 

 

Drink-Syndikat

For that refined feeling

via Facebook. Photo by Jule Felice Frommelt

Friedrichshain’s Frankfurter Tor fringe has loads of watering holes, but only one spot delivers cocktails straight to your doorstep. Using recipes from world-famous bars, Drink-Syndikat's mixologists are pros at creating and curating high-end drinks (like one called The German and the Goat) and sending you their secrets. Each package contains everything you need to make six cocktails, including spirits, recipes and instructions. Special-event inquiries also aren’t unheard of.
 
Where: Finowstraße 14, 10247 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (order online anytime)
More info: 030 21238379; Facebook


 

Babel

Best of Lebanon
 

Everybody and their Schwäbisch grandmother knows by now that Kastanienallee is a hotspot for high-quality food of many varieties. One eatery that’s often overlooked, however, is the humble Babel, home to one of the best Lebanese kitchens in town. Fresh vegetables and spiced meats are the specialties; plates for two or more let you try just about everything. We recommend that you do.
 
Where: Kastanienallee 33, 10435 Berlin
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-midnight
More info: 030 44031318

 

 

Birgit & Bier

Fall down the rabbit hole

via Website. Photo by Viktor Strasse

Take a beer garden, mix it with equal doses of Alice in Wonderland and a '90s rave, and you’re getting close to the Dada-esque atmosphere of Birgit & Bier, one of Berlin’s most surreal beer gardens. Open very late, so late that it's actually open early, this delightful and disorienting union of modern art and open-air fun is hiding just one street off the heavily traversed Schlesische Straße. This place truly fits its own description of “a real summer night’s dream.”
 
Where: Schleusenufer 3, 10997 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 2 p.m.-8 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m.-11 a.m.
More info: 015 233920930; birgit.berlin

 
 

Fatoush

Happy health
 

When most around town hear someone utter the words “Simon-Dach Straße,” they picture a club-heavy bar district — and they're not wrong. But this street is also home to Fatoush, a haven for vegetarians and lovers of Middle Eastern ingredients from hummus to halloumi. With light and lovely bowls like the standout falafel salad, Fatoush is assuredly the healthiest and happiest choice one can make on this street, and the perfect end to an eventful Easter egg hunt.
 
Where: Simon-Dach-Straße 41A, 10245 Berlin
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
More info: 030 52666416; Facebook


By Jesse Van Mouwerik

Berlin-based illustrator and columnist Jesse Van Mouwerik is an avid fan of art, whisky sours and being alive. When the aliens land, he will draw them a picture.