Spring has finally arrived in Berlin and the Eisdielen are starting to open for the new season. It surprised me when our local ice cream shops closed in November – how do they afford the rent without working? But then, I remembered when Dairy Queen – before it became “DQ” and started selling food – used to close for winter and how exciting it was when they would open again.
Eis-Essen-Zeit (I may have just made that phrase up) is almost as German as Kaffee und Kuchen, a time of day – usually mid-afternoon – when Germans take a break with, you guess it, a slice of cake and a cup of coffee. When the ice cream shops are open, Eis-Essen-Zeit gets added into the mix. I notice the most ice cream cones (cones seem to dominate the Berlin ice cream eating scene) around 4:00 or 5:00 and everyone takes part. This isn’t just for the kids – I see just as many adults walking around, licking their Waffeln mit ein oder zwei Kugeln.
As you can see, its still just barely spring. Most Berliners have shed their winter coats, but children are still expected to be dressed for sub-zero temperatures! My little S is quite the rebel in the picture above – going out without her snowsuit! Scandalous!
The New York Times did a little write up of some of the better Eisdielen in the city, Cooling off in Berlin. I’ve been to Vanille & Marille quite a few times, but my favorite, and one that is not in the article, is Tanne B at Marheinekeplatz. Also, if you’re ever in Munich, Balla Beni has THE BEST ice cream I’ve ever had.