reviews

May 28, 2019

Toyoko Inn and Business Hotels

Toyoko Inn and Business Hotels

Despite many new options, the Toyoko Inn chain – and other “business hotels” – are still a “go-to” place when we’re looking for hotels in Japan.

March 24, 2019

Markthalle Neun

Markthalle Neun

Markthalle Neun is one of the most famous places in Berlin’s food scene, but in some ways its success is a mixed blessing.

November 5, 2018

Kaffeemitte

Kaffeemitte

When we came Berlin in the early 2010s, this was the quintessential “hipster” place for us: We’d go and listen to the guy at the next table, boasting how he wasted €200 on drinks last night.

October 17, 2018

Tokyu Hands

Tokyu Hands

In Japan, almost every city has its own unsung wonderland: It’s called Tokyu Hands. To call it a “store” would be an understatement: A typical incarnation will sell everything that isn’t edible, and then some.

October 10, 2018

Zen Shibuya

Zen Shibuya

We’ve first been to Zen when we had an Airbnb in the area and didn’t want to hunt around for a lunch place. We’ve always had a soft spot for udon noodles: Compared to the better known, all-popular ramen they are thicker, more substantial and more “native Japanese”. They come in as many variations as ramen, though.