Seven flavourful Christmas gift ideas from Berlin for every taste.
Low-maintenance, fast-growing and available in 18 varieties from the standard to the extravagant (king trumpet, pink oyster and enoki mushrooms), Pilzmännchen’s bio growing kits (€23.99) contain the substrate, mycelium and pellets needed for up to three harvests’ worth of funghilicious nourishment.
In need of a last-minute sustainable, healthy, and delicious Berlin gift? Mitte bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer Belyzium rescues the cacao husks that usually go to waste in the production of your standard Christmas choc and sells them as a tea (150g, €4) that drinks and smells like a soft (and wholesome!) hot chocolate. What’s not to like?
Belyzium Artisan Chocolate, Lottumstr. 15, Mitte
Spoil your favourite boozer with a bottle of hyperlocal whisky, a five-year single malt from Wedding’s Eschenbräu distillery – their latest Small Pete (€49, for a 0.5l bottle) boasts smoky peat and ham aromas. Hurry before all 300 bottles are sold out!
Available at The Pub, Triftstr. 67, Wedding
It’s never too late for an advent calendar – especially when filled with 22 bags of yummy sweet concoctions (toffee/vanilla, peanut butter/salted caramel, poppy seed/tangerine) from Berlin’s hippest popcorn manufacturer – and the cool gym sack is a keeper (€29).
Consider treating that gourmet in your life to a subscription of French wines and cheeses (€59.90 a month, including six cheese sorts and two bottles), hand-picked by Sébastien Gorius and Vianney Lancres of Schöneberg bistro La Cantine d’Augusta. The fragrant, chilled parcels will come to their doorstep on the first week of each month.
Celebrate Mauerfall and stuff your visiting vegan friend’s stocking with the best GDR-inspired sweets on offer: a bag of delicious Waldmeister-green and raspberry-red Ampelmann gummies (125g for €3.50) – now available 100 percent plant-based. Never has the little man been so PC!
Help your friends keep sippin’ like it’s 2019 (i.e. pre-plastic straw ban): Halm’s locally produced glass variety comes in an engraved Berlin set (six 20cm straws for €19.90) or personalised to your liking (four straws for €29.90, 35 letters max). Add a to-go bag if you’re feeling fancy and your giftee will be equipped for any cocktail that comes their way.