Searching for a certain “Je ne sais quoi” in Berlin? Look no further than Neukölln’s Bichou, a French farmhouse eatery-cum-Parisian bistro that’s filling the area’s lunch gap with delicious, fresh and accessible food. You’ll be able to get acquainted with both owners — chef Thomas working in the open kitchen cooking and Marion greeting guests with a warm smile at the counter. Made with modern French cooking techniques, their caramelized tarte Tatin oozes tradition and their ever-changing quiches leave you wanting more. Marion and Thomas seek out the highest quality ingredients, and make nearly everything they can in house — even rolling their own oats for their granola. Plus, with a zero waste ethos, nearly nothing goes to waste. Similar to another Neukölln favorite, Isla Coffee, Bichou uses milk left from making coffees as a base for their milk jam — a perfect partner to their buttery “brioche à tête.” With a small weekly menu that features salads, soups, sandwiches and quiches, you’ll always be able to sample the season at Bichou. (Text & Photos: Emilie Wade)
Upon opening the door to 19grams Chaussee, the beautiful design unmistakably stands out. The opulent, elongated wooden counter is reminiscent of a self-service coffee shop at first, but the café actually offers table service. In an area covering three whole stories, seating options are plentiful. Once seated comfortably at a table, the server will hand out the regularly changing brunch menu. There is something for everyone’s palate: vegan, gluten-free and even nut-free dishes are on the menu. The poached eggs have been a real hit from the very beginning. Those who have a sweet tooth can enjoy sensational cakes from the in-house bakery. A good cup of coffee is instrumental to a successful brunch – that is where 19grams excels, of course, being the youngest child of the Tres Cabezas family, which was founded more than 15 years ago by Robert Stock and Sascha Spittel. The coffee comes from their private roastery. In addition to their own label, they offer a rotating selection of filtered coffees and espressos every month – all of which are very fine specialty coffees indeed. (Text: Ilka Bauermann / Photos: Emilie Wade, 19grams Chaussee)
Ilka Bauermann was born and raised in Berlin and currently lives in Friedrichshain. She works as a freelance online marketing manager and loves the Berlin restaurant scene.
Tucked in a quiet side street off of Tempelhofer Feld and a new addition to the Kiez scene, m|a Feine Kost is the perfect conclusion (or start) to a walk in the park. The place offers nice coffee, sweet treats and baked goods, but it is above all my go-to when I am looking to share a cheese and cold-cuts board with friends around a bottle of wine (I have a soft spot for the pleasant combination of Morbier cheese, rosemary ham, and Portuguese wine). The counters are filled with well-curated specialties mostly from France and Italy and the host is always happy to help you make the finest selection to fit your mood. The best part about this place? You can take your favorites home! All goods are available to stock your fridge with – a dangerously delicious game of try and buy. They also host bimonthly backgammon tournaments and cocktail nights, of which I recommend for those who find themselves competitively inclined. (Text: Lisa Kosak / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)
Lisa Kosak is a translator for artistic, cultural and creative matters who has been living in Berlin-Neukölln since 2014.
Walking into Un Fornetto, the unmistakable scent of freshly baked bread might lead you to close your eyes and inhale deeply — or at least that was our first instinct. The small café and bakery opened in July 2017, laying tantalizing sheets of schiacciata (also called focaccia) in their glass display case alongside golden Italian-style schockobrötchen and baskets nearly overflowing with the cutest cantucci we’ve ever seen — not to mention the glorious crusty Tuscan bread lining shelves in the back. Try a little sample and you’ll be hooked on the sweet, crunchy but not hard cantucci with a slight chew in the center that has to be one of the most satisfying textures ever. The friendly faces behind the counter will tell you all about the options if you’re looking to make your own Italian sandwich with their fresh schiacciata, or you can simply order a hefty slice studded with green olives or topped with sliced potato and rosemary (plus, it’s naturally vegan!). Delicious, easy and quick – Un Fornetto is our new go-to for a Tuscan taste escape. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Emilie Wade)
Living just around the corner from your favorite café must be one of the best things in life. My café love affair? Bagel, Coffee & Culture. I could spend hours sitting in their reclaimed wooden theatre seats, watching busy life go by on Mehringdamm. Apart from the usual breakfast classics, such as croissants and granola, what really matters here is – of course – the bagels. You can choose from seventeen (!) toppings and, from time to time, additional specials like the “Eilaska” with homemade guacamole and a fried egg. My personal highlights? The “Londoner” (cream cheese, smoked salmon and a fried egg) and the “Veggie” (cream cheese or hummus with grilled vegetables). Fresh smoothies and juices complement the food, and great coffee is also taken care of. However, food and drink aside, the owners are one of the best parts about this place. They make you feel welcome even if you’re just walking by on the street, and special wishes are fulfilled without hesitation. That unsolicited friendliness reminds me of home, and anyone who visits Bagel, Coffee & Culture will undoubtedly feel the same way. (Text & Photos: Janine Härdter)
Janine Härdter has been living in Berlin since 2014 and recently left the agency life to freelance in field of social media. She’s on the move all over Berlin, but calls Kreuzberg 61 her home and favorite Kiez.