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THE FUTURE BREAKFAST — A FINE FORECAST FOR BRUNCH CULTURE

THE FUTURE BREAKFAST — A FINE FORECAST FOR BRUNCH CULTURE

A long-awaited addition to the Neukölln breakfast circuit has just opened its doors, and it’s one that feels familiar: The Future Breakfast has long been serving Berliners brunch delights from their food truck at Markthalle Neun, amongst other spots around town. Now, since late March 2018, amiable owners Katie and Flo have put down their roots at the lovely Böhmischer Platz. With its airy interior and minimalist furnishings, their café radiates an inviting charm. From the frequently rotating menu, we started with a classic: Eggs Benedict, which was accompanied by fresh chipotle mushrooms. The hearty pearl barley salad with a cashew-garlic dressing, sweet potatoes and fresh pomegranate satisfied in equal measure. For those who prefer to start their mornings on a sweet note, the stack of matcha pancakes with a side of juicy green apples, drizzled with black sesame coconut cream, does not disappoint — and is best washed down with a fruity and aromatic cup of The Barn coffee, which can be enjoyed all day long. Katie and Flo want to offer more than just mouth-watering breakfasts to their customers, however. There are plans underway to make the most of the square outside — perhaps by hosting a mini market with regional products. Setting up a composting station outside is another potential project. However this business develops, one thing remains certain: the future is deliciously exciting! (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

The Future Breakfast, Böhmische Str.46, 12055 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Mon-Tue and Thu-Fr 8.30-18h, Sat-Sun 9.30-18h

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TURNING THE PAGE WITH ROSA WOLF: MAGAZINES MEET COFFEE

TURNING THE PAGE WITH ROSA WOLF: MAGAZINES MEET COFFEE

How often have you wandered into a book or magazine store, only to leave promptly with your newly-purchased reading material to enjoy it in a nearby café? At Rosa Wolf, you can do both under the one roof. Nestled on the bustling Eberswalder Straße, this café-cum-book and magazine store is run by Domenico Gutknecht and João Cidade, who have created an environment that is thoughtfully tailored to visitors’ every reading-related whim. You can peruse their eclectic range of tomes and issues before enjoying treats from their in-house café at leisure. Alongside favourites like Another and 032c, magazine junkies will be inspired by carefully-selected titles from around the world, spanning the genres of art, photography, architecture, design, and travel. Not only are Gutknecht and Cidade contributing to the thriving independent publishing scene, they are also committed to sustainability; providing locally-sourced roasted coffee served in Kaffeeform recycled cups, along with culinary delights from local businesses such as “Unser Café”. Just in case you needed another reason to indulge your magazine/caffeine addiction… (Text: Fionnuala McNelis / Photos: Rosa Wolf)

Rosa Wolf, Eberswalder Str.32, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg;map

Mon-Sat 10-19h

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BICHOU — FRENCH CLASSICS MADE WITH THE SEASONS

BICHOU — FRENCH CLASSICS MADE WITH THE SEASONS

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)

Bichou, Schönstedtstr.14, 12043 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Fri 8-18h

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ILKA BAUERMANN RECOMMENDS: 19GRAMS CHAUSSEE

ILKA BAUERMANN RECOMMENDS: 19GRAMS CHAUSSEE

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)

19grams Chaussee, Chausseestr.36, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map

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.

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LISA KOSAK RECOMMENDS: M|A FEINE KOST

LISA KOSAK RECOMMENDS: M|A FEINE KOST

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)

m|a Feine Kost, Kienitzer Str.93, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon-Wed 9-16h, Thu-Fri 9-23h, every second Saturday of the month 11-23h

Lisa Kosak is a translator for artistic, cultural and creative matters who has been living in Berlin-Neukölln since 2014.

 

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