A day trip to Lisbon + my favorite cafés

daytrip to Lisbon

A few weeks ago my best friend Rabea and I went to Portugal together. Although we stayed in Cascais and not directly in Lisbon we went to the city a couple of times during our stay. I had never been to Portugal before and I did not really know what to expect. But I felt immediately at home in Lisbon. 

The cobbled streets and the tiled houses make this city so incredibly beautiful and a bit magical. Not to mention all the delicious food like the little custard tarts called pastel de nata. We walked about 12km in total during each of our day trips to Lisbon but the city is so pretty that you don’t even want to take the Metro.

When we went there it was about 26 degrees Celsius, which was the perfect weather. We walked around the city, sat down by the water and had brunch at some of the cutest cafes I’ve ever seen.

If you like little shops, cute cafes and amazing architecture and history,  then Lisbon is definitely a city you should visit at least once.

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And as promised here are some of my favorite Cafes in Lisbon:

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Dear Breakfast is located near the Metro station Cais do Sodré. You will have to walk up the hill and there you will find the amazing location of Dear Breakfast.The cafe is inside an old building with low ceilings but an interesting, cathedral like architecture. We went there for brunch but you could also stop by for just a coffee.

Dear Breakfast

  • R. Gaivotas 17 | 1200-719 Lisbon
  • Opening hours:  9:00 – 16:00
  • Instagram: @dearbreakfast

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You will find Nicolau right in the center of Lisbon, the nearest Metro station is Baixa-Chiado. There might be a waiting list, as this is a popular place for tourists. We had to wait 15 minutes and stayed for a drink before we continued our sight seeing trip (we went to Dear Breakfast earlier that day so we were already full and didn’t get the chance to try their food).

  • Opening hours:  08:30–20:00
  • Instagram: @nicolaulisboa

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Fauna & Flora was definitely my favorite. It is close to Cais do Sodré Metro station located in a residential neighborhood. We went there twice as we loved it so much. I had the avocado toast with mushrooms which was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the other time I had the  açaí bowl ( which is always my favorite since it reminds me of Brazil) and of course I had an iced latte with soy milk both times. The first time we had to wait for a few minutes but the location is so cute that we didn’t mind. Both times we stayed there for quite a while as we just enjoyed sitting there. I will 100% go there again when I’m back in Lisbon as this has to be one of my favorite cafes in the world so far!

  • Rua da Esperança 33 | 1200-655 Lisbon
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
  • Instagram: @faunafloralisboa

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If you want to see more pictures of my trip to Portugal please check out this blog post I did which featured some of the pictures we took in Portugal and feel free to check out my Instagram

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Restaurant Review: Bill’s Westfield

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[ Advertisement – I was not paid to write this post and review the place, however I received complimentary food and drinks]

I got offered the opportunity to review the Bill’s at Westfield shopping center. I’ve never been to any Bill’s restaurant before so I was very excited. The first thing I noticed was the interior which had this cute retro, exotic holiday style. We were offered a table right next to a big window and with the current weather here (30 degree Celsius) it felt like I was in some restaurant on an exotic vacation.

We ordered drinks and it took us quite a while to choose since they had so many nice options. In the end I went for a watermelon, raspberry and peach juice and my friend had a apple, carrot and ginger juice.

We didn’t order any starters since it was 12:30am and we already had breakfast.

I choose the Ancient grain bowl with additional halloumi and she chose the carrot, mushroom and cashew nut Wellington.

The grain bowl was great as I am the kind of person who doesn’t get full by only eating a salad, so the mix of rice, buckwheat and millet was perfect for me. I was surprised by their big variety of vegetarian dishes, as normally you will only find one or two vegetarian dishes.

When we entered we were asked for allergies and when I ordered the ancient grain bowl and asked to exclude the red pepper they were happy to change this right away.

For dessert I had the melting banoffee sundae which tasted like heaven ( !!! ) the caramel wasn’t too sweet and the cookies and the fresh banana really tasted amazing. My friend had the lemon meringue roulade which was topped with passion fruit and it looked so yummy.

Overall I had a great experience at Bill’s Westfield and I can only recommend it.

I know I will be back there soon ( I’m still dreaming about that banoffee sundae! )

 

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How to make an Instagram Smoothie Bowl

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They are probably THE breakfast trend of this summer – Smoothie Bowls! They look super cool, are healthy and taste like heaven! 

I always make them for breakfast on my days off, so I decided to share two of my favorite smoothie bowls recipes with me.

 

Recipe 1:

Fruits in a cup

  1. Put all of the fruits in a blender. Fill them in a bowl –  I used a coconut bowl.

  2. Cut fruits of your choice into shapes  – I went for stars and hearts

  3. Add some coconut flakes and then drizzle some peanut butter over them.        (works best if you put the PB in the microwave for a few seconds)

  4. Bon Appetit !

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Recipe 2:

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  1. Cut fruits and put into a blender

  2. Use fruits of choice – I used banana and starwberries

  3. Cut them into slices and place them in rows on the smoothie

  4. add coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds

  5. ENJOY

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Hope you enjoyed those recipes.

 

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Inside a coffee roastery

Inside a coffee roastery

If you live in Berlin or if you’re into good coffee, you’ve probably stumbled over THE BARN at least once. The first time I did, was when I was picking a friend up, to drive her to the airport, but we decided to get coffee first. Even though we just got a to-go coffee I still really liked the place. The next time I was at their coffee shop, the one in Auguststraße that is, I asked Danny to take a picture of me while I was sitting in the window. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen the picture, if you didn’t – and you really should – here it is:

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Shortly after I posted the picture I got an email from Flo, who works for THE BARN. He asked me if I would like to do a collaboration with them, we met a couple days later and he told me some things about their brand, their coffee and their concept.

When I work with brands, it’s really important for me to be honest with you guys. I would never promote something that I don’t use or don’t like.

That’s also what I told Flo, I told him “I love your coffee shops, but I have to be honest, I don’t know much about coffee and I don’t drink it on a daily basis. For me it’s something special, that I only drink at coffee shops, it’s something I enjoy.” Lucky for me he didn’t mind and we decided that it was a good idea for him to show me their roastery and teach me a thing or two about coffee.

A couple of weeks later Danny and I went to their main store, which is also their roastery. Flo offered us a cup of coffee and told us about the kind of beans that were used for it.

As I mentioned before, neither I nor Danny are coffee experts, and they were prepared for that. Turns out they have little cards with information about every roast already prepared. The cards feature information about the country of origin, the flavour, the harvest and the producer. One thing I especially liked was that they had a comparison for the taste. The taste of the coffee we had could be compared to the taste of grapes or nut pralines. For someone like us, who don’t know much about coffee, this is a great help. Especially if you buy it for someone else and you don’t know what kind of coffee they like. But if you know whether they prefer a fruity or a creamy taste, you have better chances of picking the right choice.

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He told us that he and his co-workers visited the farms that they work with. Which is something that I think you’re kind of obligated to do if you produce outside of Europe. THE BARN works with many smaller farms around the world, which I think is great, because the quality is better and it also helps those farms.

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Coffee roastery in Berlin

We got introduced to their headroaster and he showed us their roastery. Maybe you’ve seen a roasting machine (pictured below) somewhere before. Danny and I did, but we were completely wrong about how it works. We thought the beans are being roasted in the big “carousel” on the bottom. WRONG. They are being roasted inside the big drum. The “carousel” is only used to cool them down afterwards. You can see the colour of the beans before roasting in the little window. The beans on the bottom are already roasted and have the typical “coffee” colour.

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After they are cooled down they are transferred to the packaging area. The beans are filled into paper bags and are sealed. The whole process is made by hand, which I think is so cool in a time where you have machines for literally anything.

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We were told that the company ships beans to countries all over the world. To our surprise, Kuwait was one of the best costumers. Apparently, the people there drink a lot of espressos.

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One thing I love about coffee is that there are just so many ways to drink it. No matter if you’re an  Espresso-, Americano-, or Latte-Macchiato-person, you will find the right cup of coffee here.

I ALWAYS drink Latte Macchiato, I’m more of a softie and I like it a bit more creamy.

Danny, on the other hand, likes to drink cappuccino or hand brew the best.

If you’re a “beginner” and you don’t know what is what, just ask. The guys and girls who work for the barn know their business and will surely help you to find the perfect drink for you.

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If you visit their stores you have to try out the carrot cake. It’s hands down one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever eaten, and believe me, I ate a lot of carrot cake in my life. Flo told us that the recipe for the cake is originally from the owner’s mother, isn’t that cool? I wish my mum could make that great carrot cake (sorry mum).

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We really loved this “look behind the scenes”. I will definitely enjoy my next coffee there, even more, knowing how much work and love they put in the process of making it.

And who knows, maybe one day I’ll be a coffee expert.

 

Website: https://thebarn.de

Coffee shops:

  • THE BARN at Café Kranzler  | Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin, Germany
  • THE BARN Roastery | Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin
  • THE BARN Café | Auguststrasse 58, 10119 Berlin

 

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Top 10 breakfast places in Berlin

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1. Le Bon
This one is my absolute favorite. Le Bon is a small cozy restaurant in Kreuzberg. Their menu is small, but don’t let yourself be fooled, it’s quality over quantity. My personal favorite are the pancakes with caramel, banana, and berries. Let me tell you, they are heaven. Another favorite of ours is the avocado toast, it’s well seasoned and has homemade potatoe ruffles on top.

  • Boppstraße 1 / Kreuzberg/ 10967 Berlin
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30-17:00

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2. Commonground 

I don’t usually go to hotel restaurants, but commonground is an exception. A really modern and chic restaurant and bar, that is part of the Circus Hotel. The French toast is served with berry yogurt and is one of the best French toast I’ve eaten so far. But what I like most about this place is the atmosphere. If you sit in the front you have a great view on the streets of “Mitte”, but if you prefer a calmer environment they also have a backyard, which is quite beautiful.

  • Rosenthaler Str. 1 / Mitte / 10119 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 7:30-midnight / Saturday & Sunday: 8:30-midnight

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3. Cozy’s

Cozy’s is one of the better breakfast places at the Boxhagenerplatz. Instead of serving the typical German “Wurst und Käse Platten” they have Fruit bowls, smoothies as well as pastries and baked goods. My personal favorites are the Mango bowl and the cheese croissant. Another reason why cozy’s has become one of my favorites is that they serve good coffee as well as high-quality tea.

  • Gabriel-Max-Straße 15A / Friedrichshain / 10245 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 10:00-17:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 10:00-18:00

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4. Roamers

If you have time you should go to Roamers in Kreuzberg. It’s amazing for breakfast but super tiny and you’ll have to bring some time with you. It’s definitely worth it though. They have pancakes, toast, cake and good coffee. It’s every food bloggers favorite breakfast place in the city.

  • Pannierstraße 64 / Kreuzberg / 12043 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 9:30-18:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 10:00-19:00

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5. Haferkater

When looking for a quick breakfast Haferkater is the right choice, they have a store in the central station as well as one in Friedrichshain and in Prenzlauerberg. Offering a great variety of porridge it’s the perfect to-go breakfast. We love the “Beerenkater” but you should also try the “Ziegenkater”, it’s porridge with goat cheese, pear, and walnuts.

  • Boxhagener Str. 76 / Friedrichshain /10245 Berlin
  • Eberswalder Straße 26 / Prenzlauerberg / 10437 Berlin
  • Opening hours on the website

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6. Daluma

This one is for all the health freaks out there. Daluma is famous for its juices, smoothies, and bowls. Almost everything is vegan and Gluten Free. I really love their juices, one time I had a black juice with charcoal and I swear it tasted so good. It’s also really nice to sit on their porch and just watch the people passing by.

  • Weinbergsweg 3 / Mitte / 10119 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 8:00-21:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 10:00-20:00

7. Distrikt Coffee

Another gem in Berlin Mitte is Distrikt Coffee. I went there 5 times for the pancakes, but sadly they never had them at that moment. But even without the pancakes, it’s a great environment for breakfast and they have more to offer than JUST the pancakes. During summer they offer yogurt with strawberries, rhubarb, basil and granola topping, it’s definitely worth trying. It can be really crowded on the weekends, but during the week it’s not a problem to get a table.

  • Bergstraße 68 / Mitte / 10115 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 8:30-17:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 9:30-17:00

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8. East & Eden

Located at Torstrasse, East & Eden is in walking distance of Distrikt Coffee and the Hackesche Höfe. I’m normally more of a sweet breakfast person, but their paninis were really good. They offer a good variety of shakes, juices, and smoothies. The shakes are really good, they even offer some with avocado, like the espresso shake. Sounds weird, but the avocado makes them super creamy and delicious.

  • Torstraße 141 / Mitte / 10119 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 8:30-17:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 9:30-17:00

9. Dots

When we moved here we were surprised how many good cafes and restaurants are located in Kreuzberg/Neukölln. Dots is one of them. A really minimalistic but nice cafe with a good breakfast menu. All over Berlin, the breakfast menu is almost the same, it’s usually avocado toast, poached eggs, pancakes, and granola. Dots is no different but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. I would recommend you the sourdough grilled cheese and the pancakes with maple cream.

  • Weserstraße 191 / Kreuzberg / 12045 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 9:00-18:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 9:30-19:00

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10. Kaffebar

One of our most recent discoveries. As the name already gives away it’s known for it’s coffee, even though the breakfast and cakes are just as good. I had avocado toast (as always) and Danny had a quinoa bowl with poached egg and avocado. Later we each got a piece of cake, I had lemon-poppy and he had coconut, and they were so good.

  • Graefestraße 8 / Kreuzberg / 10967 Berlin
  • Monday to Friday: 7:30-19:00 / Saturday & Sunday: 9:30-19:00

 

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The best cafés in Berlin

Berlin is an amazing city with so many bars, restaurants, and cafés. I’m gonna share my personal favorites with you.

Friedrichshain:

Silo: This coffee place is small but really cozy. They have great coffee, espresso, cappuccino and more. If you are in Friedrichshain I would advise you to get a coffee there.

Gabriel-Max-Straße 4 | 10245 Berlin | Opening hours: usually 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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Macarons de Stéphane: Ever since I first visited Paris I loved macarons, so naturally I was super excited when I found this macaron store. It’s more of a takeaway place than a café but still, they have the best macarons. They have “normal” flavors such as raspberry, chocolate, and pistachio, but they also have special flavors like lavender, orange petal or rose.

Gärtnerstraße 13 | 10245 Berlin | Opening hours: 12:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Mitte:

Oliv: Mitte is one of the city centers of Berlin, so if you’re there and you want to grab a coffee and maybe just watch the people of Berlin, Oliv is the perfect place for you. Minimalistic design, good coffee, and great cakes and sandwiches.

Münzstraße 8 | 10178 Berlin | Opening hours: usually 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

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Rose Garden: Rose Garden has amazing sandwiches and cakes, but sometimes it’s really really crowded. Be sure to check in advance if you want to got there on the weekend.

Alte Schönhauser Str. 61 | 10119 Berlin | Opening hours: Usually 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Kreuzberg:

Hallesches Haus: The Hallisches Haus is located in an old storage building which gives it little the extra. The café is next to a small store in which you’ll find all kinds of stuff. It’s a really quiet place, so it’s great if you want to read a book or study.

Tempelhofer Ufer 1 | 10961 Berlin | Opening hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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I hope you enjoy these places as much as I do. If you go there share your photos on Instagram and tag me or send them to me, it’s @inacathrien.

Thank you and bon appetit.