In Berlin, when we talk about Gallery Weekend we often talk about survival of the fittest; sometimes quite literally. The event gathers about 50 galleries in about 50 hours, plus countless other venues joining with special programs throughout the entire week. After the intense day-long gallery hopping, a nice meal and a nice drink is the kind of craving you will likely experience, and respond to, one way or another. To prevent you from desperately yelping every 'Imbiss' on the way, we have put together a list of places that offer that little extra je ne sais quoi, just slightly bit more than Mustafa's Kebab. Three special pop-up dinners + three brand new / art-inspired / artist-run spots + chocolate haven for your greatest pleasure. Bon Appetit.
Spice Routes #2: Jesus, Multitudes and Bad Wine @ Entretempo Kitchen Gallery
Thursday 28/04, 19 – 22h
Entretempo Kitchen Gallery has a new pop-up series, hosting arful dinners by different chefs who are creating episodes each month in a storytelling experience. The second episode is created by Pepe Dayaw, who will present his project Spice Routes as a five-course meal. You have the option to contribute in different ways depending on your means:10, 25, 40 euros or more; or if you have none, you can send a note to email@example.com and the chef will generously find a way to host you.
Entretempo Kitchen Gallery / Senefelderstr. 29, 10437 Berlin, M2/M10 Prenzlauer Allee/Danziger Str. / more info
Gallery Weekend Pop-Up Dinner by Barkin' Kitchen @ Neu West Berlin
Friday 29/04 & Saturday 30/04, 18 – 23h
On Friday and Saturday, Barkin' Kitchen organizes a concept PopUp Dinner specially for the Gallery Weekend. The event promises to spoil your senses with food, art & mixology on a high level, with unique cocktail service from the hidden bar project Kupfer Bar, and in an inspiring setting at the Neu West Berlin. Open bar starts after the dinner ends, and closes at 03h (RSVP at: savetheseat@barkinkitchen). The exhibition "Panama Paintings" by Philipp Ackermann on view all through the evening (18 – 03h).
Neu West Berlin / Yorckstr. 85, 10965 Berlin, U Mehringdamm / more info
Hard and Soft / Dinner and Exhibition @ Former Kindl Brauerei
Saturday 30/04, 20h - ?
Kuba Paris, Bon Bock & Agora Collective joined forces to curate dinner & exhibition at Agora’s amazing new space in the former Kindl Brewery. The evening features text piece by Jasmin Werner, sculpture by Zoë Claire Miller, tablecloth by Tobias Donat, and a mouth-watering menu conceived by Pepe Dayaw (of Nowhere Kitchen) and Caique Tizzi (of Agora). After the dinner, non-ticket holders will be able to join at the bar. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or purchase tickets directly at http://kubaparis.com/kaufenbuy/.
Former Kindl Brauerei / Am Sudhaus 2, 12053 Berlin, U Boddinstr. / more info
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NEW DINING SPOTS
Le Petit Royal
Le Petit Royal is the little sister of Grill Royal, which is one of the usual meeting points during the Gallery Weekend; a spot to celebrate and treat yourself. This year the young one is taking the spotlight; here you can try something new with the guarantee of already tried quality. If you prefer French cuisine, or simply enjoy great food, and especially if you find yourself in the gallery-packed area in Charlottenburg, you will find everything you need in this restaurant & bar.
PS. Import Projects and Galerie Burster are nearby with fantastic shows - give them a go.
Le Petit Royal / Grolmanstr. 59, 10623 Berlin, U Ernst-Reuter-Platz / Mon–Sat 18–03h / more info
Oskar Melzer, previously part of the Mogg & Melzer duo which for years served the best pastrami sandwiches to the hungy galleryhoppers in Auguststrasse, recently opened a new place in Kreuzberg. This pretty little deli is inspired by David Hockney and Palm Springs Modernism and favored by those who enjoy restaurants with an arty vibe. Try the amazing sandwiches and salads and have a cup of coffee at their sunlit terrace. While in the area, don't miss the shows at König Galerie and DUVE.
Louis Pretty / Ritterstr. 2, 10969 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / more info
David & Jakob in Dandy Diner uniforms designed by Henrik Vibskov, with their "guest of the day" Alicja Kwade
David Roth and Jakob Haupt, known for their successful fashion blog Dandy Diary, have ventured into gastronomy and recently opened their first fast food joint in Neukölln. On offer is a vegan menu created by the chef who worked with Grill Royal and Bar Tausend, which also includes meals not commonly associated with fast food restaurants, such as quinoa salad and acai bowl. The perfect healthy quick fix when in the area, before or after visiting the openings at HilbertRaum and Aether.
Dandy Diner / Karl-Marx-Str. 9, 12043 Berlin, U Hermannplatz / Sun–Wed 12–22h, Thu–Sat 12–00h / more info
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TRY Chocolate Tasting @ Markthalle Neun
Friday 29/04, 18 – 20h
Round up your perfect day of tasteful and tasty things at Markthalle Neun, where the art of chocolate will be celebrated with a tasting event. That means you get to please your senses with dozens of samples of the finest dark chocolate sorts, and learn to appreciate the cocoa goodness like a true connoisseur. The entry is €10, and requires regstration at: email@example.com.
Markthalle Neun / Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, 10997 Berlin, U Görlitzer Bahnhof / more info