Barbara Woolsey

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Barbara Woolsey is a journalist and guidebook author based in Berlin, Germany. Growing up on the Canadian prairies with Filipino, Irish, and Scottish roots, helped spark a passion for food from around the world (across over 50 countries to date, in fact). She has worked on guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Fodor’s and Michelin Green Guides, and contributed articles about food, drink, and travel to The Guardian, Reuters, and more.

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Geist im Glas

Berlin’s best boozy brunch is at Geist im Glas, a dark, wood-covered bar in Neukolln.

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Markthalle Neun

This 19th-century market houses local vendors - come when you can’t make a decision, want to try lots of different things, or on a rainy day.

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Lavanderia Vecchia

Lavanderia Vecchia is a romantic Italian restaurant in Neukolln that’s pricey for dinner, but a great deal at lunch.

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Rocket + Basil

Rocket and Basil is our favorite Persian lunch spot, and it’s especially great after Checkpoint Charlie - which is a 15 minute drive away.

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Bonvivant Cocktail Bistro

Bonvivant is part vegetarian restaurant, part bar, and it works really well whether you’re stopping in for a drink or staying for a full meal.

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Kin Dee

Kin Dee is Berlin’s best Thai restaurant, and while the food is beautiful and carefully made, it’s a comfortable space to eat some curry.

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Coda is the first and only all-desserts restaurant in Germany, and it’s one of the most unique dinners you can have in Berlin.