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Berlin in the Cold

There are places that have this yearning melancholy to it. Berlin has always been that place for me. And so I returned to the German capital to pack some of my last belongings when that feeling of melancholy is the strongest: in the crispy cold with small snow flakes falling down on the grey city.

An also grey but incredibly cosy shelter from Berlin winter was my studio in Prenzlauer Berg. I arrived late at night at the airport, so I enjoyed falling into that supersoft bed just the more.

Schoenhouse Studios Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

The next day the temperature dropped to 0ºC and so a coffee and waffles at The Barn Coffee Roasters were overdue.

Berlin Prenzlauer Berg © Janine Juna Grafe

The Barn Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

The Barn Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Warmed up, I made my way to Kreuzberg to visit Markthalle Neun. I’ve always loved the regular food market here but now in December it got even better: it had turned into a Christmas food and hand-made gift market. The perfect place for my pre-Christmas trip!

Berlin Kreuzberg © Janine Juna Grafe

Markthalle Neun Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Markthalle Neun Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Markthalle Neun Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Markthalle Neun Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Markthalle Neun Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Over the Spree and through the heavy cold, I went further down to Friedrichshain to stroll the organic market on Boxhagener Platz and have some late Lebanese lunch at Beirut der 70er.

Berlin Kreuzberg © Janine Juna Grafe

The next day was even more chilly so I crossed Prenzlauer Berg directly to the lovely Café Krone. Queueing for 15 minutes in the cold were absolutely worth it. I had the best pancakes here (with stewed apples, raisins and fresh berries) I’ve ever eaten – and that means something given my pancake consumption. Accompanied with creamy coffee, I spent more time here than I had actually intended.

Berlin Prenzlauer Berg © Janine Juna Grafe

Café Krone Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Café Krone Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Café Krone Berlin © Janine Juna Grafe

Run out of time from all the creamy-coffee-sipping, I had to head back to the airport, being left with that melancholic longing for Berlin all over again.

Berlin Prenzlauer Berg © Janine Juna Grafe

Berlin Prenzlauer Berg © Janine Juna Grafe

 

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