Berlin is an odd mix of German and Soviet influences, with some neighbourhoods being more Turkish or Arabic. Did you know, however, that you can also enjoy the Scandi feeling in Berlin? After all, the city is located just a quick flight from Stockholm, Oslo and co.!
So when visiting Berlin this past December, I made it my mission to find more Scandi influences in the city and found 8 hangouts you will definitely enjoy if you're into Scandinavia and the Nordics!
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Cafe Kanel is a cosy cafe in Berlin's district Neukölln, which happened to be pretty close to our hotel, so we ended up having breakfast there. And what can I say? The food was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed a super relaxed morning at Cafe Kanel, before hitting Berlin's shopping scene.
The cafe is located in a quiet back street and you'd never even suspect a cafe in the area - which, I guess, is part of the charm! It's somewhat of a hidden gem but was, early in the morning, packed with locals ordering breakfast to go.
Simon and I shared their big breakfast option, which included 4 slices of bread, a roll, a croissant and a cinnamon bun, as well as an assortment of cheese, cold cuts and veggies/fruit.
Everything was fresh and delicious and Simon (the Norwegian!) even rated the cinnamon bun as one of the best he's ever had, solely because it was crispy-on-the-outside-and-soft-on-the-inside, whereas classic Norwegian buns apparently are just soft...
How to get there: Schillerpromenade 25, Berlin-Neukölln // U8 to Leinestrasse
Munch's Hus is Germany's only Norwegian restaurant, serving traditional Norwegian cuisine at German prices. If you'd like to get a taste of Norway without breaking the bank, then trust me, this is where you should head!
The owner of the place is Norwegian and has been serving Norwegian cuisine in Berlin-Schöneberg since 2001.
At Munch's Hus, they serve everything from pinnekjøtt and lutefisk (Norwegian Christmas staples as we were visiting in December) to kjøttkaker and salmon. Simon tried the meatballs while I had the baked salmon, and then we went for caramel pudding with cloudberries, and blueberry/cranberry cream with cloudberries and vanilla ice-cream for dessert.
How to get there: Bülowstrasse 66, Berlin-Schöneberg // U2 to Bülowstrasse
Lucia Christmas Market
Berlin has a Nordic-themed Christmas market called Lucia Christmas Market. It's named after St. Lucia, the goddess of light, and takes places at Kulturbrauerei in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.
The market combines the best of both worlds: German food (bratwurst and fries, of course!) with Nordic cosiness and culture. At the market you can, for example, try Swedish moose sausages or Finnish mulled wine, or buy handicraft from Latvia.
How to get there: Sredzkistr. 1, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg // U2 to Eberswalder Strasse // The market opens each year at the end of December and lasts until Christmas
Oslo Kaffebar is a coffee shop in Berlin-Mitte. It's kept really simple and their food selection is rather small, but they also serve as an exhibition space for local artists and offer great coffee.
On our visit, the place was packed with Millenials working away on their laptops, so it's definitely a place where you can sit down and use the free wifi for a couple of hours without anyone minding.
How to get there: Eichendorffstraße 13, Berlin-Mitte // S1, S2, S25 or S26 to Nordbahnhof
Herr Nilsson Godis
Herr Nilsson Godis is a Scandi candy store, named after the little monkey in Pippi Longstocking. They sell all kinds of Scandinavian candy, from liquorice to chocolate, and do so in the typically Scandinavian pick-and-mix kind of way.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the store but it's on my list for when we get to visit Berlin again!
How to get there: There are two Herr Nilsson Godis stores in Berlin - 1. Stargarder Str. 58, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg // S1, S2, S8, S41 or S42 to Prenzlauer Allee - OR 2. Wühlischstraße 58, Berlin-Lichtenberg // Tram 21 to Boxhagener Strasse
Cafe Stockholm is a cafe at Prenzlauer Berg, close to Kulturbrauerei, which we planned to visit before heading to the Lucia Christmas Market but, unfortunately, it is closed on Mondays.
I was already looking forward to having their vegetable pie for lunch - next time!
Judging from their menu, though, there are lots of vegetarian options to be had at Cafe Stockholm and I'll be back for sure one day!
How to get there: Kollwitzstraße 74, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg // Tram M2 to Marienburger Strasse
Nordic Embassies of Berlin
Another Nordic hangout is the Nordic Embassies in Berlin. Here, the embassies of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland are gathered under the roof of the Felleshus.
The building is free to visit and you can attend Nordic-themed events there, or enjoy Nordic cuisine in their canteen.
How to get there: Rauchstraße 1, Berlin-Tiergarten // Bus 100, 106, 187 or 200 to Nordische Botschaften
If you've been following this blog for a while, you might know that I'm an avid fan of the Scandic hotel chain! I absolutely love their concept as you just always know what you get when staying there!
Basically, Scandic is my all-time favourite hotel chain and Berlin even offers you 2 hotels to choose from: one at Potsdamer Platz in the city centre and one at Kurfürstendamm, a bit further west.
In both hotels, you can also find a Scandinavia-inspired restaurant with lots of fish dishes and even cloudberry desserts!
How to get there: 1. Scandic Potsdamer Platz: Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, Berlin-Mitte // U2 to Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park - OR 2. Augsburger Str. 5, Berlin-Tiergarten // U1, U2 or U3 to Augsburger Strasse
Have you ever been to a Nordic-inspired cafe/restaurant outside of the Nordics? What makes you go there? The food? The atmosphere?
Tell me in a comment below!