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CAPPERI: FRESH ITALIAN FARE & NATURAL WINE AT MAYBACHUFER

CAPPERI: FRESH ITALIAN FARE & NATURAL WINE AT MAYBACHUFER

Can’t make it down to Italy this summer? Spend an evening at Capperi and Italy will come to you. From its prime Maybachufer location, this Italian “natural kitchen & craft wine” bar unites three Berlin gastronomy enterprises: Chef Thomas Mudersbach, formerly of May am Ufer (the restaurant’s previous iteration), Alessandro Denni, ex-Neontoaster, and Vincenzo Costanza and Pietro Nicotra of specialty importers Siziliessen. The result is a welcoming wine bar, restaurant, and deli that invites you to stay for a glass, aperitivo or a full dinner menu. The carefully-selected, well-annotated, all-Italian wine list makes a substantial contribution to Neukölln’s burgeoning natural wine scene. Ask Vincenzo for his recommendation, based on what you’re eating. Here it’s simple, fresh and light: For aperitivo, it’s hard to go past the Mozzarella di bufala DOP from Campania, served with olives, followed by the Tagliatelle “alla Genovese”, with green beans, potato and homemade basil pesto — and the juiciest pine nuts — makes for a delectable summer main, and a mini holiday for your taste buds. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Gianluca Quaranta & Olga Slotina)

Capperi Italian Craft Wine & Kitchen, Pannierstr.32, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat 17-23h, Sun 11-23h

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WITZ HUMMUS — ODE TO THE HUMBLE CHICKPEA

WITZ HUMMUS — ODE TO THE HUMBLE CHICKPEA

The first thing I noticed when approaching Witz Hummus along Kreuzberg’s Blücherstraße was the homemade wooden sign propped against a wall. Calling out the shop’s name in quirky white letters, the sign reflects the establishment’s spirit as well as its menu: simple, homemade and welcoming. Hummus here is always served fresh, with chickpeas imported from Kazakhstan and blended with olive oil to create the smoothest and most delicious hummus you may ever taste. This dish is served with a classic side of pita bread, along with olives, onions, and boiled eggs or fried eggplant. Witz is unassuming in its nature, which is exactly what owner Marat Beltser wanted. “I don’t want a huge queue, you know? That would miss the whole point of what I’m doing. I want to be able to talk to you,” he says of his interior concept. Although Witz has only been open since April 2018, it seems to have been nestled into this corner of Graefekiez forever, making your first (and definitely not last) trip there feel like a comforting homecoming of sorts. (Text: Maelyn Dolman / Photos: Pamina Aichorn)

Witz Hummus, Blücherstr.37, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Tue-Sun 12.15-19h

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VÆKST — NEW NORDIC, VEGETABLE-FOCUSED DINING

VÆKST — NEW NORDIC, VEGETABLE-FOCUSED DINING

Walking into Vækst, you’ll almost certainly feel like you just stepped into a garden party. Strings of bulbs hang throughout, giving a yellow tint to the walls overgrown with greenery. Framed in the center of the space is a two-story greenhouse, setting the tone for the culinary magic at play here. A flowerpot with a base of goat’s cheese and baby garden veggies for dipping, fennel-seed buns accompanied by a wooden spatula to layer on the whipped butter, and a salad of vibrant tomatoes, prepared with ramsons, toasty almonds and a light sesame dressing, leave strong impressions with their delicate, floral notes and popping colors. Both the grilled beef tenderloin, with smoked marrow and tarragon sauce, and sprinkled with a concentrated white powder of yucca root, as well as the fried brill with Danish green peas and a fragrant mussel sauce, are highly recommended mains. A new star on the menu is the raspberry sorbet with dark chocolate clusters, fresh berries and pickled raspberry oil that’s vibrant and green. Just this summer, the restaurant group behind Vækst, Cofoco, announced that it was the first in Denmark to be entirely dependent on solar energy, producing 30% more energy than is currently used across its 13 restaurants. The future of Vækst is definitely looking very green. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Chris Tonnesen)

Vækst, Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 Copenhagen-Inner City; map
Mon-Sat 12-14.45h, Mon-Sun 17.30-24h

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CENTRAL HOTEL AND CAFÉ: ONE-ROOM PLEASURES IN VESTERBRO

CENTRAL HOTEL AND CAFÉ: ONE-ROOM PLEASURES IN VESTERBRO

Sometimes less is more – and Central Hotel and Café is a shining example of this truism. Tucked down a quieter street in Copenhagen’s lively Vesterbro neighborhood, this shoemaker’s workshop-turned-hotel has channeled all its energy into one beautifully-appointed room. The pocket-sized boutique has the feel of a sophisticated ship’s cabin, with built-in furnishings handcrafted by the owner himself, dark wooden beams and leafy green wallpaper. The amenities are also top shelf: a luxurious Eden bed, an in-room iPhone preloaded with handy local information and a stocked minibar. Whether you’re a guest or not: At the snug street-level café, cross your fingers for one of the four seats and enjoy coffee by Denmark’s The Coffee Collective alongside toasties, croissants and nostalgia-inducing milkshakes and banana splits. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on a bike courtesy of the hotel and head to Mirabelle: an independent bakery and eatery owned by Noma-alumnus Christian Puglisi. Take a seat in the bold black-and-white tiled space and try their juicy rye and 68% chocolate croissants, all of which are naturally-fermented and organic. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Jon Norstrøm, Mirabelle)

Central Hotel & Café, Tullinsgade 1, 1618 Copenhagen-Vesterbro; map
Café open Mon-Fri 8-17h, Sat 10-17h, Sun 10-16h

Mirabelle, Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen-Nørrebro; map
Mon-Sun 8.30-21.30h

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LA BANCHINA: SPRITZ, HARBOR VIEWS & A WOOD-FIRED SAUNA

LA BANCHINA: SPRITZ, HARBOR VIEWS & A WOOD-FIRED SAUNA

Wind down the afternoon with a visit to Copenhagen’s most relaxed waterside café. Located on the northern island of Refshaleøen and best accessible by bike (about 15 minutes from the center), La Banchina looks like an upscale surf shack – complete with a wooden pier, moored houseboats and a year-round sauna. The bar specializes in natural Italian wines and a must-try spritz that’s made with prosecco in place of straight up fizz and the organic aperitivo Rondo in place of Aperol. Started as a “Havnekneipe” (harbor pub) and transitioned into an eatery, more than anything the team behind La Banchina wants people to feel like they’re on vacation: With a no-reservations policy, no music outside (to better enjoy the birds and waves), an outdoor kitchen, and a barefoot-luxury vibe that has guests dangling one foot in the water with the other balancing a plate of oysters – we think there’s definitely something special in the air – and it’s not the subtle hint of algae. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Anders Elmshøj, Eder Lopez Ponce)

La Banchina, Refshalevej 141A, 1432 Copenhagen-Refshaleøen; map
May-September Mon-Fri 8-23h, Sat-Sun 9-24h; October-April Mon-Fri 8-16h, Sat-Sun 9-16h

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