The Little Taperia, London

Good things come in small packages. So they say. Though this classic idiom is one that is all too often shrouded in insecurity and doubt. One place, however, that you should never have any doubts about is The Little Taperia. The Little Bar (slightly littler, just as great) was the first bijou venture by Madeline…

Industry Standard, Berlin

The walk up from Kreuzberg to find Industry Standard was definitely enough to work up an appetite. After a long stroll up Urbanstraße and then along (the slightly unnerving) Sonnenalle, I begin to wonder where on earth this in new restaurant might be. I’m told Neukölln is the up-and-coming part of town – “Like Shoreditch,…

Silo Coffee, Berlin

Silo Coffee is somewhat of an institution in Berlin. “Where’s good for brunch?” I repeatedly asked anyone who had visited (and cared to listen). “Silo,” to those in the know, tended to be the preferred response. I soon found out it was for good reason. Inspired by breakfast down under, Silo does classic Aussie brunching at…

Hallesches Haus, Berlin

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about walking through a shop to get to a cafe. Like when your mum used to march you through House of Fraser just to get a tepid machine-dripped cappuccino from Cafe Zest. But House of Fraser this certainly is not – this is a very different kind of Haus… Hallesches Haus…

Grand Hyatt, Berlin

I’ve got this issue with chains. Be that bars, restaurants or hotels, and will always choose an independent establishment over some giant corporation. There’s something about charming individuality that’s quite simply irresistible. However, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin isn’t exactly famed for its independently owned accommodation, and the Grand Hyatt Hotel seemed like the kind of…

Commonground, Berlin

“Berlin is great for so many things, just not the food.” This is what I was pretty much told previous to my most recent trip. Well, I’m pleased to say, they were wrong.  True, you do need to know where you’re going. It’s not one of those cities where you can casually stumble across that…