Berlin: My Sunday Walk Through Wedding
I really didn't mean to get there. Nobody ever intentionally tries to get to Wedding. But I was in Mauerpark, and was too hot to think of anything, and was just looking for a little shade. Result: I start walking in the "wrong" part of Gleimstrasse, and then right at Volkspark Humboldtshain, towards Gesundbrunnen.
First place: on Brunnenstrasse there is an ice-cream place called Eis Henri. Neat, clean, design. The ice cream is not bad either. I wouldn't list it as the best scope in Berlin, but the pistachio ice-cream was in fact rather crunchy and the chocolate rather good (though not as good as the one in Theogor Heuss Platz).
Second Stop: near the Holiday Inn Mitte (someone should really sue Holiday Inn for calling a hotel in Wedding "Mitte". Vile trick if I ever saw one), there is a nice Turkish bakery/cafe. Not only Baklava or this sot of stuff, but also some "real" food (including Manti).
Third Stop: a fast-food grill place called Yesil Firin. Laides and Gentlemen who go regularly to Maxwell's and Fischer Fritz: It is time you will leave this post. Why should I tell you about a nice, extremely cheap, Turkish place in Wedding? First of all, it is clean and forget about your stereotypes of Turkish fast food in general: this place wants to be a restaurant and works well here. The prices: main courses cost between 5 and 9 EUR, are plainly tasty, unless you're some diet-crazed, vegan, caro-drinker (not to mention tree hugger!). Crunchy, fresh salads and great Tzaziki (Casik in Turkish). Lots of garlic everywhere, but there was a romantic lunch next to us, and I think they passed each other's test: "if s/he likes garlic, s/he's probably not a pretentious pain in my non-vegan [mouth]". The toilets and so on are clean, and the staff is nice. Didn't try the Turkish desserts because of the above mentioned Henri.
Last Stop, back in Prenzlauer Berg: I wish I had stayed in Wedding. I went to Ost Fee on Oderberger Strasse to get some coffee. The staff is nice, but we've paid for coffee and cake almost as much as we paid for the whole lunch at the Turkish place. I had an ice-coffee, and I donno what I have expected, because I know this German school of throwing ice-cream scopes into a tepid coffee and calling it "eis kaffee", but it wasn't much to write home (or to this board) about. We also had a milkshake (OK, not superb) and a cappuccino which was also not fantastic. The only good thing I can say about this place is that they have toilets for wheelchair users (rarity in Berlin) and a small sandbox/play corner for the P Berg mamas. No changing table in the toilets, though.
Last but not least, a question to the 3 other Berliners : where can I find good and real Cannoli in Berlin? It couldn't be that in a city with so many Italians, they don't have some god(ess) that makes good Cannoli.
Last time I had a decent (small, still crunchy, not soggy) cannoli was, believe it or not, in the Hackeschermarkt twice-a-week market. His stand is closer to the Hagen Daz ice cream parlor. He does a tiny espresso stand with little pastries, and the cannoli were really good. Have you tried Barcomi's? Don't they do that there too?