Have you been to Berlin’s worst kept secret? The Tadshikische Teestube is one of my favorite places in the city.
I’m not sure why I was convinced for so long that the Teestube was so unknown. Maybe it was because of its original location in the Palais am Festunggraben. Once known as the Zentrale Hause der Deutsch-Sowjetischen Freundschaft or House of German-Soviet Friendship, the Palais is tucked behind the Neue Wache, a memorial to the victims of war and dictatorship, and from what I can tell, doesn’t see much foot traffic. I was never comfortable going inside, it felt a bit forbidden, certain that at any moment a very stern woman with a very German haircut would pop out of nowhere to shoo us out again. What else was in this palace, I have no idea, but the Teestube used to be upstairs and to the right. Not exactly an obvious spot for a cafe.
Now, however, its located in one of Mitte’s beautiful Höfe, just a few doors down from the Neue Synagogue.
We made a reservation so that we could drinking our tea lounging on pillows, but there were plenty of tables outside if you feel like just wandering by. Most of the other customers seem to be just stopping by for a quick drink, but we opted for the full Russian tea ceremony. For two people, it comes with something like this.
Off to the side, and unfortunately cut out of my photo, is a very lovely samovar filled with very good tea.
S was especially excited about the cookies. It was her first time there and she’s been taking about THE COOKIES for days. Frankly. THE COOKIES are not that exciting unless you are a 5 year old who has never been allowed to manage your own cookie intake. I’ve never had anything other than the Russian tea service at the Teestube, and I’m looking forward to going back to try more dishes. I might have to go without S, so that I can indulge in my own version of THE COOKIES for the Russischer Zupfkuchen.