Having a breakfast and/or brunch obsession is a very real thing. I am obsessed with eating breakfast foods. Don’t even get me started on the breakfast-for-dinner situation; it’s the best. If I could eat breakfast for every meal every day I totally would!
Now that I’ve admitted that fact, I’d like to share one of my favourite breakfast experiences during my time abroad recently.
In December last year I went travelling through the UK and continental Europe for my first Europe winter experience. I knew it would be cold, but as a sun-loving Australian I found the weather a shock. After a few weeks of freezing in the outside temperatures and roasting inside buildings with boss central heating systems, I was starting to suffer from travel fatigue and felt like I was on the brink of choosing to spend the day in bed ordering deliveroo/foodora/ubereats. As tempting as this thought was, I pushed through and remembered why I was doing this whole travelling thing. I was in beautiful Berlin and despite the below zero temperatures I needed to learn what the city had to offer.
I got dressed in what felt like 50 layers of clothing (hello, marshmallow), and set foot out the door for the day. Walking along, and suddenly there, like a beacon of hope, was a gorgeous café modestly sitting across the road, beckoning me to come in.
That café was Rose Garden and it was such an incredible discovery. I still dream about this place.
Located at Alte Schönhauser Str. 61, 10119 Berlin. I highly recommend this place if you ever find yourself in Berlin.
Situated in a prominent corner location, the glass façade with black steel structure sits unassumingly behind a buffer of hedges in planter boxes along one edge. The entrance faces the least busy street of the intersection and is neatly framed by a classy full height glass door. There is a simple and fuss-free invitation on the door to encourage entrance. Greeted with friendly smiles, I knew this place was going to be good.
The interior is a pleasing mix of styles put together in such a way that everything has a purpose. Scandinavian minimalism meets rustic country kitchen style. Industrial light fixtures, polished concrete floors and exposed ducting add a visual of functionality over frivolity.
The neutral colour palette is complemented by pops of colour expertly sprinkled around showcasing the homeliness of the café with hanging plants and vibrant fresh produce. It’s like being in a garden or greenhouse surrounded by beautiful things to look at. The central circulation counter consisting of the cashier and self-serve area balances the overall spatial layout.
I became absolutely infatuated with the sleek matte-black cutlery provided. They were the most perfect set of ergonomically designed utensils that I have ever used. They were weighted just right and were so comfortable to use. A lovely example of attention to detail. I could easily write 1000 words on this alone, but I won’t bore you with that!
The seasonal menu is set up as a trendy clipboard with removable pages mounted onto a solid piece of timber painted with the signature rose/floral motif as the background. Great impression.
There were loads of mouthwateringly appetizing options available, and the cafe cleverly plays the eat-with-your-eyes move with so much gorgeous food to look at before you order. I decided to order the most Australian version of breakfast possible: eggs on toast with sides of bacon and avocado, and a cup of Sacred Emily tea.
My friend ordered: eggs on toast with avocado, spinach, mushrooms and an Americano coffee.
My meal was really, really, good. I was surprised and excited to receive three poached eggs when I was expecting the standard two. How awesome is that?! Again, details like this make Rose Garden so special. The meal was so tasty and the overall experience made me happy and ready for a day of adventures in Berlin. It was exactly what I needed to combat travel fatigue and reminded me of why I chose to travel in the first place. It was a moment of comfort and normality amidst the unfamiliar landscape of travelling.
How it became a defining moment
This breakfast in Berlin was an enlightening moment for me. It gave me the energy and inspiration to keep on embracing new cultures and experiences on my holiday. It was like a reinvigoration. I take it as the universe proving to me that on the other side of nearly giving up (ordering in and staying in bed) there is something amazing waiting. So, I now take this realisation with me in everything that I do, because you just never know what is waiting around the corner.
Photo credit and brilliant breakfast buddy: B. Fulko – an inspiring travel blog worth checking out.
Please note that I was not sponsored for this post and all opinions are my own.