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DREAMY ICE CREAM AND SWEETS: DIE EISFABRIK BERLIN

DREAMY ICE CREAM AND SWEETS: DIE EISFABRIK BERLIN

On a summer evening, as the sun sank in the sky, a curious purple glow reading “I dream of you” caught my eye at this newfound ice cream shop. After 12 years in patisserie – working at places like What Do You Fancy Love in Charlottenburg and Albrechts Patisserie, Felix Schwabe has branched out on his own, pairing up with co-owner and fellow ice cream enthusiast Lisa Staib to open Die Eisfabrik Berlin— which has been serving all sorts of delectable treats since it opened its doors in May 2017. Everything is made in-house from the first step to the final product with passion and high-quality ingredients — for example the sorbets start with real fruit, not juice, giving them an exceptional burst of freshness. All the splendid ice creams, cheese and carrot cakes, moist banana breads, and homey cookies are scooped, sliced, and served with a friendly smile in the tiny shop. From creamy banana ice cream with chocolate brownie chunks to luscious grapefruit sorbet, don’t forget to top your cone or cup with decadent house made chocolate, caramel, or peanut butter sauces for a perfectly sweet ending to any summer daydream. (Text & Photos: Devan Grimsrud)

Die Eisfabrik Berlin, Brunnenstr.156, Berlin-Mitte 10115; map
Open daily 12-20h

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MASON DEAN RECOMMENDS: CAFÉ MUGRABI

MASON DEAN RECOMMENDS: CAFÉ MUGRABI

My love affair with Israeli food began with a late breakfast after a red-eye flight on my first trip to Tel Aviv. The only café open in the empty Shabbat streets had one customer and two options: hummus and hummus with ful (a hearty paste of dried fava beans). I blindly chose the latter and was rewarded with a steaming bowl of hummus crowned with fragrant olive oil and ful — a light and perfect meal. Café Mugrabi brings such eye-opening (and palate expanding) Tel Aviv moments to Berlin, with thoughtful takes on a variety of Israeli staples: from hummus with spicy green skhug (an herby sauce) to sabich sandwiches stuffed with eggplant, smoky shakshuka to light fattoush salads and creamy labneh cheese with pita. More staid options — poached and scrambled eggs or granola with fruit — are invigorated with tahini, za’atar herbs or labneh, each dish anchored by Bonanza coffee and fresh juices. When I can’t decide, I order hamshuka, a delicious hummus-shakshuka hybrid. Get extra sourdough bread or pita to mop up the leftovers, but save room for malabi, a refreshing milk pudding with rosewater. Whether at an outside table soaking up sun or unwinding in the tiled interior, Café Mugrabi is a perfect springboard to greet your day. (Text: Mason Dean / Photos: Jerome Warburton c/o Café Mugrabi)

Cafe Mugrabi, Görlitzer Str.58, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 9.30-18.30h, Sat-Sun 10–19h

When not researching biology at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, Mason Dean happily researches new options for breakfast. He has lived in Kreuzberg for seven years.

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OKAY CAFÉ: BRINGING A TOUCH OF STOCKHOLM TO NEUKÖLLN

OKAY CAFÉ: BRINGING A TOUCH OF STOCKHOLM TO NEUKÖLLN

Whether you’re a Swede seeking a little taste of home or a Berliner simply craving a smile and something sweet — turn to Okay Café. Owner, head baker and chef, Marie-Louise (Makki) Crona has dabbled in the Berlin food scene over the past few years, with a host of projects from selling buns-by-bike, writing a food blog and hosting a series of Swedish-ish pop-ups. Now, she’s here to stay with her approachable brick-and-mortar café in Neukölln. In just over a year, Okay has become a favorite neighborhood hangout and a hub for Swedish holiday celebrations. From not too sweet cinnamon buns to avocado toast made with The Bread Station sourdough, satisfying omelets, and, on weekends, a sweet and savory assortment of tiny Swedish “plättar”, Makki’s food is as tasty to eat as it is to admire. Pair that with the friendly service and we’ve just found your new favorite café in Berlin. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Okay Café, Pflügerstr.68, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Fri 9-18h, Sat-Sun 10-19h

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NINA KUHN RECOMMENDS: HEIDE’S

NINA KUHN RECOMMENDS: HEIDE’S

Berlin has cafés aplenty, but there are none quite like Heide’s. OK, so strictly speaking, Heide’s isn’t so much a café as it is a deli, according to owner Heide Proett. But instead of worrying about semantics, you should pay a visit to the magical shop on Rykestraße, where so many delicious things await that you’ll want to stay a while. And thankfully you can — on weekends, Heide — who, following a career in marketing and PR, has fulfilled her long-standing dream of opening an Italian deli — whips up an a delectable breakfast menu, from ricotta pancakes to poached eggs with crispy bacon and hazelnut vinaigrette. If the dishes weren’t so satisfyingly filling you could stay right on for lunch, indulge in an afternoon tea of homemade cake and then dive in to the insanely good spaghetti bolognese or mozzarella crostini. There are also lighter options like salad on the Italian evening menu, which changes frequently. The experience is topped off by a fine selection of wine and a smile from Heide and her team. Heide’s is a place to feel good in, to while away the morning with a good book, to bring your parents to, to have an aperitif at — all occasions are perfectly catered for. And if you want to take a slice of it home with you, pick up a treat from the deli wall, which is stocked with everything from olive oil to chocolate. (Text: Nina Kuhn / Photos: Heide’s)

Heide’s, Rykestr.52, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Wed-Fri 12-22h, Sat-Sun 10-18h

Nina Kuhn hails from Hessen and has lived in Berlin since 2010, following stint in New York, Paris and Milan. Three years ago she founded the interior and fashion label Rianna + Nina, together with Rianna Kounou. The duo sell worldwide and also have a Berlin store on Torstr.62.

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HAFERKATER: PIMPED-UP PORRIDGE AND COFFEE, ALL DAY LONG

HAFERKATER: PIMPED-UP PORRIDGE AND COFFEE, ALL DAY LONG

Porridge, whatever the time of day? Yes you can, thanks to Haferkater. This trio of cafés is turning the hearty, hangover-busting Scottish breakfast dish into a base for an exciting array of flavor and texture combinations, ranging from the healthy (seeds, nuts, fruit) to the decadent (syrups, chocolate, coconut). Satisfy your sweet tooth with the caramel, fruit and almond bowl, or indulge in the whipped goat’s curd and pear with walnuts, honey and thyme. For those craving a lighter boost of energy, salads also grace the menu. Having opened its first branch in Friedrichshain and expanded to a cart satiating hungry travelers at Hauptbahnhof, Haferkater has just opened its third branch on Eberswalderstraße. To celebrate, they’re throwing an opening party tomorrow (23.6.17) from 16h onwards, and you’re invited. Having designed their corporate identity at Cee Cee Creative, we’re chuffed — and looking forward to seeing you there! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Haferkater)

Haferkater Prenzlauer Berg, Eberswalder Str.26, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon-Fri 7-19h, Sat-Sun 8-19h
Opening party 23.6.17, 16-22h; Facebook event

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