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CLAUDIA SCHOEMIG RECOMMENDS: MERCEARIA AUS PORTUGAL

CLAUDIA SCHOEMIG RECOMMENDS: MERCEARIA AUS PORTUGAL

“In Portugal’s restaurants and cafés, the question asked by waiters after the meal isn’t whether you’ve had enough to eat, but instead whether you’re satisfied.” And satisfaction is just the feeling you’re left with after eating at the family-run Mercearia aus Portugal. Owner Júlia has managed to carve out a name for herself amongst Prenzlauer Berg’s many cafés, thanks to her fine coffee and an array of charming homemade tartlets and speciality cakes. The classic pastel de nata makes an appearance, and for more peckish guests, at least one warm lunch dish — such as Portuguese stockfish — is offered every day. Comfortably furnished with a view over Helmholzplatz, Mercearia is the perfect feel-good spot for a relaxing afternoon. (Text: Claudia Schoemig)

Mercearia aus Portugal, Dunckerstr.12, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, map
Mon-Fri 9-20h, Sat-Sun 10-20h

Claudia Schoemig has lived in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg since 1998. In 2010, she founded her atelier Schoemig Porzellan.

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FINE COFFEE MEETS DELICIOUS CAKE AT FIVE ELEPHANT MITTE

FINE COFFEE MEETS DELICIOUS CAKE AT FIVE ELEPHANT MITTE

Coffee lovers of Mitte, rejoice! In December 2016, Kris and Sophie Schackman, owners of beloved Kreuzberg coffee roaster Five Elephant, opened a glitzy second branch on Alte Schönhauser Straße. You’d be forgiven, however, for feeling like you’re in Paris or Milan when you step inside its glossy white interior, the crowning glory of which is a custom-designed beige terrazzo counter. Fitted out with brass inlays and decorated with abstract shapes in rich jewel tones, it makes for a highly Instagrammable backdrop for the café’s drool-worthy array of cakes, pastries and whoopie pies. The tangy passionfruit tart pairs perfectly with an espresso or black filter coffee, though you may not want to go past Five Elephant’s beloved cheesecake — here all grown up in a round, not slice, form. For Berliners living or working north of the river, rest assured you no longer have to trek out to Kreuzberg for your top notch caffeine and sugar fix. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker)

Five Elephant Coffee & Cake, Alte Schönhauser Str.14, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 8-20h, Sat 10-20h, Sun 10-17h

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DIANA HAGENBERG RECOMMENDS: POLA CAFE

DIANA HAGENBERG RECOMMENDS: POLA CAFE

A new coffee shop that’s just opened on Köpenicker Straße has quickly become one of my favorites. Pola Café is small but smart: For instance, as room for plants is limited, owner Mascha Roos decided to hang them from the ceiling and let them grow up the walls. The space hardly leaves room for tables – that’s why there’s just one. These constraints make Pola all the more cozy and communal: You quickly get talking with other guests. The excellent coffee is from Bor & Baumeister in Kreuzberg, while vegetarian soups grace the lunch menu – my favorite is beetroot. I also highly recommended Pola’s creative sandwiches, such as the “Bulgogi”: Korean marinated beef with kimchi, pear and sesame. Or the “Morza”, which combines sweet potato puree, scamorza cheese and hazelnuts. Stay a while and you could just make your lucky break - Roos runs her street casting agency, Ostwesting, from the back room. (Text: Diana Hagenberg)

Pola Café, Köpenicker Str.10, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 8-16h, with occasional breakfast clubs on weekends

Diana Hagenberg works in Marketing at the anti-migrane app, M-sense, and lives in Kreuzberg.

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THE BARN AT CAFE KRANZLER: AN ICON’S THIRD-WAVE REVIVAL

THE BARN AT CAFE KRANZLER: AN ICON’S THIRD-WAVE REVIVAL

Berlin’s third coffee wave has been slow to hit the west – but a recent revival of an historic coffee institution has made the wait worthwhile. December 2016 saw The Barn open its third branch in the Charlottenburg institution Café Kranzler. Retaining the majority of the café’s original design features, owner Ralf Rüller applied his signature commitment to quality to the iconic space, installing a Mavam under-table espresso machine and forging a collaboration with Brooklyn chocolatier Mast Brothers. In addition to The Barn’s usual selection of sustainably-cultivated coffees, there are teas from Paper & Tea and cold-pressed juices on offer, alongside Portuguese tarts and sugar waffles. Sitting on the rotunda balcony in the soft light of a Sunday morning, watching steam curl up from a fresh V60 brew in the light may just be our new favorite coffee moment yet. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker)

The Barn at Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Mon-Sun 10-20h

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NEUMANNS — HOMEMADE BREAD AND DIVINE CAKES

NEUMANNS — HOMEMADE BREAD AND DIVINE CAKES

Just steps from Boxhagener Platz, the German Stulle is having a bohemian awakening. At Neumanns, classics such as Strammer Max, the buttery open-faced sandwich topped with cured ham and a fried egg, is smartened up with leafy greens and fresh Spanish influences, all atop homemade sourdough bread. Owner Dirk Reihner is an ex-filmmaker whose talent brought him as far as the Berlinale. Together with Armenian chef Henrik Keshishshadeh, who used to cook at Dirk’s go-to spot near Kottbusser Tor, the charm seems complete. The interior is designed by Sara Diaz Rodriguez: heavily pared-back with concrete walls and warming accents in all the right places. A must is the homemade cherry-chocolate cake, which pairs perfectly with a cup of Spanish hot chocolate. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Philipp Möhrke)

Neumanns, Gabriel-Max-Str.18, 12045 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon-Thu 9.30-18h, Fri-Sun 10-19h

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