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Brunch In Berlin – Foodgasmic Tales From The Road

by Tony · 13 comments

Berlin Brunch

Meatballs and Brie for brunch? Only in Berlin!

There are two things you probably know about us if you’ve been following along for awhile…

  1. We have no problems getting personal.
  2. We love love love food.

So at the risk of making things weird… let me ask you the most personal question I can think of:

What is your favorite meal?

A: Breakfast

B: Lunch

C: Dinner

Before you skoff, roll your eyes, and mutter how lame, let me warn you that the answer to this question is considered by many (at least me) to show straight into someone’s soul.

My answer?


And D would be brunch. That fantastic meal that means you’re not at work (who brunches during work hours), you slept in (unless you’re up early and eat a breakfast to tide you over… which is just impressive), and you’re chowing down with friends (please don’t eat brunch alone).

So what does this say about me?

I love to binge. I’m a glutton since brunches typically are buffet style, which means all I can eat. And I’m a social animal as I can’t resist a good long hang out session with friends.

And just as my love affair with brunch has a lot to say about me… Berlin’s love affair with brunch says a lot about it.

Brunch In Berlin

Brunch in Berlin

It seems like everywhere you go in Berlin during the weekend, restaurants have signs up listing Sonntagsbrunch (Sunday Brunch)… And almost all are buffets!

Packed with happy Germans and Ex-Pats alike, the atmosphere is casual as the average meal lasts over 2 hours.

There is a brunch for everyone, but be warned, most buffets that we have seen so far have steered clear of the standard US eggs and bacon. At Zitrone, where we ate this weekend, there were meatballs, tomato salads, and even grape leaves!

Berlin’s love of brunch has already cemented our love for this city and we cannot wait to spend the next 3 weekends gorging ourselves on all the best the city has to offer. Brunch crawl anyone?

If you’re looking to turn your lazy Sunday brunch into something a little more up-tempo, Berlin can even deliver that. Apparently stuffing your face at brunch and imbibing mimosas can be followed by raging at the Berghain, a legendary techno club that people love to visit after a Sunday brunch.

Should we do it? I think we shall…

So get ready as we chronicle our month long stay in Berlin and highlight the best the city has to offer for brunch. If you’ve heard of a great spot let us know, otherwise, we’ll just do them all!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

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James July 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for the link! We think the brunch crawl sounds awesome (we, too, are gluttons!) – let us know if you get anything organised!

Tony July 9, 2012 at 5:51 am

Your site is a great resource for us since we just got to Berlin and are staying a month. We were joking about the brunch crawl when we first mentioned it… but it is sounding like a better and better idea.

We will definitely let you know if we get anything together!

magz July 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Brunch Crawl?!?? Sell that idea my friend… because I AM SO IN!! Seriously… brunch call in every city? Make it happen.

Tony July 10, 2012 at 5:45 am

I’m glad you’re paying such close attention, Magz… a franchised Brunch Crawl is at the top of our list! Thrown in all you can drink mimosa’s and bloody mary’s and you have the adult version of the college pub crawl… this is happening.

Why don’t you research NYC and see if anything is offered there?

Kipp July 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

guys, I don’t want to burst your bubble, but no way a brunch crawl is possible. I once tried the bottomless bloody’s with brunch and only got through 3. I would estimate that I would fall asleep after my 2nd brunch. you’d have to do some serious refining of this idea, but you guys might just be crazy enough to pull it off.

It reminds me of my friend that put together an NYC deli crawl. At the first deli, they all got their own sandwich and ate it. At the 2nd deli, they all split sandwiches. At the 3rd deli, the deli crawl ended. That was the 1st annual one, and they learned their lesson and quartered the sandwiches at each stop after that, but you get the idea.

Tony July 13, 2012 at 5:29 am

Already ahead of you Kipp. I think the key is that we’re getting big discounts at each place. So maybe we just order shared plates of each brunches best item, drink a bloody mary or mimosa, and then move on. Maybe at the last one it is all you can eat and bottom less drinks?

That way the hardcore brunchers can really go wild. I think if you, me, and Meg got in a room for a day and put our heads together… we could totally tame this legendary idea.

Adam July 10, 2012 at 5:00 am

I’m not a fan of the German breakfast but I do love a good brunch!

Tony July 10, 2012 at 5:56 am

Great point…

As you can see from the photo at the top… our brunch included meatballs with brie.

Now I definitely am not complaining about having meatballs and brie for lunch… but I sure would love to find a place that has eggs and bacon. No any in Berlin?

Either way, before we leave this city, a debaucherous brunch crawl is going to happen.

Adam July 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

Sounds like a plan! I think I might’ve mentioned this to you – The CABslam is your best bet at getting a nice egg & bacon plate.


Ali July 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

I must agree with Adam, I haven’t been impressed with German breakfast or brunch. But if there’s lots of good choices, I can get on board with it. Sounds like you found a good one in Berlin.

Let us know if you end up coming down to Freiburg (southwest corner) while you’re in Germany!

Tony July 10, 2012 at 10:16 am

hahaha That’s what we’re learning about German breakfast!

We just rented an apartment in Kreuzberg where the turkish market is on Tuesdays and fridays. Where is freiburg exactly? Southwest Germany or Berlin? I’m ignorant of geography…

Ali July 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

No worries! It’s in the southwest corner of the country, close to France and Switzerland. So about as far from Berlin as you can get and still be in Germany! (BTW I never heard of Freiburg until I met my husband.)

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