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ANNELIES — NEW FLAVOR DIRECTIONS IN ALL DAY BRUNCH

ANNELIES — NEW FLAVOR DIRECTIONS IN ALL DAY BRUNCH

As satisfying as classic breakfast menu staples can be, taking the plunge into the unknown to sample something unfamiliar makes for a Sunday morning well spent. In Kreuzberg, the amiable team behind Distrikt Coffee: Sophie Hardy, Hannes Haake and Matthew Maue have recently opened their second café, Annelies. Their concept is as smart as it is simple: using seasonal and regional produce, they pair familiar ingredients with unusual ones to create novel and delightfully different flavors. Like blueberry granola with beetroot and creamy yoghurt. Or a smoked egg yolk with a dash of elderflower as sauce for drizzling over asparagus. Not only do the dishes taste delicious, but they look it, too — exquisitely prepared with great attention to detail, just like Annelies’ stylish interior. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Annelies, Görlitzer Str.68, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Wed-Fri 9-17h, Sat-Sun 10-18h

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EARLY BIRD — OUR NEW SUMMER FAVORITE FOR ARTISANAL GELATO

EARLY BIRD — OUR NEW SUMMER FAVORITE FOR ARTISANAL GELATO

Our favorite summer accessory? The humble ice cream cone. We embark on strolls with only one goal in mind: to find a parlour that serves silky cold scoops in tastebud-tickling flavors. Hot on our radar at the moment is Early Bird in Prenzlauer Berg. Opened in 2017 by the amiable Lorenzo Lodi, the small café has since been supplying the neighborhood with artisanal gelato, handmade daily on site. In addition to classics such as hazelnut or mango, Early Bird offers an irresistible range of chocolate flavors: dark and raw, or with nuts. It’s thanks to its luscious vegan options that this ice cream parlour sets itself apart from the rest: like a rich pistachio or peanut butter & strawberry jam. Early Bird is open (almost) all year round, serving coffee (roasted in partnership with Kaffeerösterei RöstTeam Falkensee), pastry and sandwiches. Naturally, we prefer to savor a scoop or an espresso while soaking up the sun on the idyllic Winsstraße, but on a cloudy day a seat inside amidst the pretty botanical decoration is just as appealing. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Early Bird, Winsstr.68, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Mon-Fri 7-18h, Sat-Sun 8-20h

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TOKI THE WHITE RABBIT — AN ELEVATED VEGAN DELI CONCEPT

TOKI THE WHITE RABBIT — AN ELEVATED VEGAN DELI CONCEPT

Despite Berlin’s vegan friendly reputation, exceptional plant-based cuisine remains relatively elusive on this city’s menus. The arrival of Duc Ngo’s latest venture (open since February 2018) is therefore all the more welcome — Toki The White Rabbit propels the deli concept in the direction of fine dining. Taking its name from the Korean word for “rabbit,” Toki’s kitchen is led by chef Daniel Sangareau, whose food concept takes inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine, laced with Israeli and Middle Eastern influences. Divided into all-day smoothie bowls, open sandwiches, soups, salads and main dishes, Toki’s menu is completely vegan (with two vegetarian options — read: there is cheese) and largely gluten free, including specially-developed celiac-friendly bread. On a sunny Friday afternoon, we took a seat at the large window overlooking Kantstraße and treated our taste buds to a feast of vibrant flavors and contrasting textures: hummus and red beet carpaccio with pine nuts and mint, oven-roasted cauliflower with zaatar, pickled vegetable, green chili and tahini sauce and roasted carrots with salsa romesco. Each dish was immaculately presented, light and fresh yet wholly satisfying — as is the feeling of having discovered a new standard for refined and delicious vegan cooking. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Toki The White Rabbit, Kantstr.135-136, 10625 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Daily 9-20h

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LUKE MARSHALL JOHNSON RECOMMENDS: DARK & TWISTY

LUKE MARSHALL JOHNSON RECOMMENDS: DARK & TWISTY

Hidden behind a bus stop and peeking out from a semi-basement is Dark & Twisty, a Stehcafé-of-sorts run by a born-and-raised Berliner serving up what I find to be the best third-wave coffee in Wedding. “Coffee” painted in all caps on a plain white facade not only announces the café’s existence, but also fittingly embodies its unassuming approach: there’s no wi-fi, no WC, no “design-driven” interior. Aside from freshly-baked brioche, pretty much all you’ll find here is really good specialty coffee, with beans rotating weekly based on origin and monthly based on roaster. If you get your coffee to stay, there’s sunny sidewalk seating and a selection of international newspapers. Get it to go, and you can take a really nice walk north along the Panke (that’s my suggestion). Either way, if you appreciate good coffee, then I think you’ll appreciate Dark & Twisty. (Text & Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Dark & Twisty, Gerichtstr.26, 13347 Berlin-Wedding; map

Spring: Mon-Fri 9-15h, Summer: Mon-Fri 9-17h, Sundays when fine, occasionally open as a bar in the evening.

Luke Marshall Johnson hails from the US and works as a photographer who specializes in utilizing available light to create authentic and artful images. He has moved to Berlin in 2017 and now lives in Wedding.

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DILEKEREI — SUMPTUOUS CAKES INSPIRED BY ENGLISH TEA PARTIES

DILEKEREI — SUMPTUOUS CAKES INSPIRED BY ENGLISH TEA PARTIES

Exploring Wedding’s hidden nooks is getting ever sweeter: Tucked between Gesundbrunnen and Bornholmer Str. you’ll find Dilekerei, a small café named after its owner, Dilek Topkara. Carefully chosen Biedermeier-style furnishings complement the interior’s endearing “tea time” elements, which serve as a reminder of the time Topkara spent in England, where the trained nutritionist discovered baking for herself. The delectable sweet treats she whips up include traditional Victoria sponge, red velvet cupcakes, poppy seed “Gugelhupf” and rose cake. The dollop of jam that is served with the cheesecake is handmade from fruit grown in her parents’ garden, and she sources her hazelnuts from her relatives in Turkey. Besides coffee, Topkara also offers freshly-brewed British tea specialties. In the display case sit heavenly multi-tier cakes which appear as edible works of art, garnished with pearls and fruit. In addition to the selection found in her café — which is only open on weekends — Topkara also bakes cakes made to order. Her customers can expect an individualized result which is almost too beautiful to eat. The native Schöneberger baker often makes personalized wedding cakes, which tell the story of the brides and grooms from around the world. This little café even delivers beyond Wedding, and out to other corners all around the city. (Text: Eva Biringer / Fotos: Dilekerei)

Dilekerei, Eulerstr.11B, 13357 Berlin-Wedding; map
Sat-Sun 12-18h

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