Gdańsk, a Polish port city, is beautiful – especially, during the festive season. We’ve dropped into the town on our way to the New Year’s Eve destination, and honestly, couldn’t leave for a while. All those details of the Old Market, the truly captivating architecture pearls and the jaw-dropping heights of St. Mary’s Church made us stay here till the evening. If you ever visit Gdańsk, you can’t miss Corrèze. Located in the modernised dockyard district, the restaurant induldges its guests with exquisite cuisine. Corrèze specializes in creating taste wonders out of local ingredients. We tried the fallow deer and goose giblets goulash and the Kashubian goose thigh confit – all of that was beyond! Just ike the delicious meringue cake. Also, there’s nothing better than a pre-New Years walk near the cannal with a lit view on the historic city. Gdańsk, love you.
Antwerp’s Fish & Eat is not one of those ‘fashionable’ restaurants, that’s for sure. But underrated places are often much, much better than the ones that are currently ‘it’. I will never forget the smoked mussels served in a can, the restaurant’s signature dish. Those tiny prawns on ice were a great appetizer, while the classical sole with home-made fries was more than delightful. Once you get here (after some heavy, Belgian fashion shopping…), don’t miss a chance to order the very well-supplied plateau de mer!
On a busy Monday evening like this, there’s a certain place I wish I could go to for dinner. It’s Spindler, Kreuzberg’s beloved brasserie. Located in a historic building beside a river shore, the restaurant’s rooms (which actually are over 100 years old) were reconstructed by Karolina Preis and revamped with handcrafted furniture, modern art and selected antiques. Spindler’s ever-changing menu offers seasonal treats as well as classics: Haveländer pork belly, king oyster mushrooms, cod with couscous or the Sirloin steak. Whether you’re here for a meal with friends or a weekend brunch in the sun-drenched garden, I tell you: this place won’t disapoint.
Concierge Coffee, Benjamin Pates’s and Namy Nosratifard’s baby, is there for you to serve the best flat white in entire Kreuzberg, just along the canal. Fresh pastries and house juices are here, too, nicely displayed on the counter (with some quite tongue-in-cheek taxidermy pets in the front). But it isn’t only coffee that attracts Berliners to Concierge, Kreuzberg’s best kept secret. It’s the atmosphere of this low-key spot that makes it so undeniably cool. The coffee bar is hidden away in an old gatekeepers room, while the beverages are served through a small window in the back. Sit with the locals on matching the cups, blue stools, and enjoy the street view!