Eat the World – culinary journey of discovery
“Eat the World” offers culinary tours in numerous cities in Germany and currently also in Vienna. Due to the size of Berlin, the tours are spread over several districts here. I decided on the tour through Neukölln. In fact, that was easy for me, as it was the only one that was suitable for vegans. Actually pretty strange nowadays and especially for Berlin. I can already tell you so much, it was worth it.
In general, the partner companies visited are selected, small providers of culinary specialties away from the mainstream and large chains. And although I now live in Berlin for almost 13 years, there were still a lot of new things to discover for me on the Eat the World Tour.
Ready to go
Our meeting point was an old kiosk in the middle of Richardplatz, which serves as a snack bar today. In case you don’t know the area, the square is the center of Rixdorf, a part of Neukölln that looks very rural. Every year on the second weekend of Advent, by the way, there is a very nice Christmas market taking place here.
The Eat the World tours are not limited to culinary discoveries, you also get a lot of historical and cultural information. For example, we learned that there used to be Bohemian-Rixdorf and German-Rixdorf. In the Bohemian part, religious refugees had been settled.
The stations of the Eat the World Tour through Neukölln
In total there are 10 carefully selected partner companies in Neukölln. We visited 6 of them on our 3-hour tour. More is not possible for reasons of time. Everyone is invited to explore the remaining places on his/her own.
In a side street of the Richardplatz, the Zwiestädter Straße, our first stop of the Eat the World Tour through Neukölln is located, the “royal bakery”. Production and sales are united here in one room. This will allow you to experience first hand how the bread and pastries are made. At the Königliche Backstube we got focaccia with rosemary, sesame-wholegrain and raisin bread to taste. The ingredients are all in organic quality and are regionally sourced as far as possible. They are taking their time for the dough in this bakery. Due to that and the slow baking process, the breads are particularly digestible.
Although the royal bakery is quite small, cultural events such as exhibitions often take place there.
Zuckerbaby – Café & Deli
In the same street as the royal bakery on the corner Richardplatz is the location of Zuckerbaby. It is run by two sisters who come from a German-American family. They let their roots flow into the concept, as you can recognize by the name. Above all, the two sisters in their hearty café offer a variety of treats from both cultures. We were allowed to taste a Miniguglhupf and vegan cream with fruits here.
As soon as you enter the café, you are standing directly at the bar. Right next to it, you will see the cake display, which immediately catches your eye. At Zuckerbaby there are also newspapers and books available. If you continue to the right, you will enter the spacious guest room, but there are also some tables provided outside the café.
Before we got to the next station of our Eat the World Tour, we took a longer walk. It went over Richardplatz to the old smithy and continued from there through a garden gate past beautiful old houses and through a small park. Finally we reach Richardstraße, which forms the backbone of this neighborhood. We saw many things and were able to learn a lot about the area.
At Pêle-Mêle, which means something like colorful mess or mishmash, we got two samples right away. First an Asian pasta salad with peanuts and then a yellow lentil soup. Incidentally, Pêle-Mêle is a purely vegan place and offers a large selection of breakfasts, cakes and other dishes. They are well known for their Sunday brunch. All ingredients are organic, regional and fairtrade as far as possible. It is one of the two places I already knew.
By the way, you can also bring your laptop and work here. They have got a separate co-working area at Pêle-Mêle.
Now it’s really time for a typical Neuköllner restaurant. OS ‘Kitchen serves Arabic cuisine and anyone who knows Neukölln knows that there is a large Arab population here. Not quite because OS ‘Kitchen stands out from the typical Arabic places. The decor is very modern and stylish. It’s the fancy way of an Arabic snack bar.
Our tasting here consisted of two types of falafel. I liked the variety with balsamic hummus especially well. Excellent falafel are not so easy to get although they seem to be everywhere in Berlin. I can recommend those from OS ‘Kitchen with a clear conscience.
Our penultimate station is a cultural institution in Neukölln. The Prachtwerk with its extremely ceilings in the main room serves as a concert hall in the evening very often. During the day you can eat well, drink coffee and work here. The Prachtwerk is well suited as a co-working cafe. Numerous sockets allow the charging of laptops and mobile phones. By the way, this is the second restaurant on the tour that I already knew.
In the basement, the rooms are much lower, but it is also very culturally. On the walls you will find numerous pictures and one room serves as a gallery. But there are also comfortable seatings available here for a nice chat.
The tastings at Prachtwerk were again on the sweet side. There were two different cakes, including a vegan chocolate cake with peanut cream.
After a short detour to the Neukölln city bath, which is an architectural masterpiece, we went to the last stop of our culinary journey. CocoLiebe is basically a Lebanese restaurant and cafe. At its center is the Lebanese style pizza, which you get here with various toppings from meat to vegan. Our taste of the pizza, whose dough is more in the direction of flatbread, was vegetarian. For the vegans, they offered their sushi burger, which reminded me very much of Onigiri.
We received a warm welcome at CocoLiebe. The decor is very cozy and the 20s / 30s music made the relaxation perfect. We didn’t want to get up anymore.
Conclusion – Eat the World Neukölln
Even for long-established Berliners, the culinary and cultural tour through Neukölln is full of surprises. The price-performance ratio is good in my opinion. For 33 euros you get a variety of samples and parallel to that a city tour with interesting details and many surprises. The group size is limited to 15 people, which makes the whole thing manageable. There is no rush and questions were always welcome.
I hope there will be more tours in the future that are suitable for vegans.
Last but not least
I would like to thank my dear former colleagues. They allowed me this tour. On the one hand through the voucher they gave me as a farewell. And on the other hand I became aware of the existence of “Eat The World – Culture & Food Tour” that way.