I love Scandinavia. Maybe that’s why I keep coming back to LuLa am Markt in Friedenau. Although its menu can’t be attributed specifically to Denmark or Sweden — or any other specific nationality, really — everything about the place reminds me of Scandinavia. Maybe it’s the smell of cinnamon rolls. Or the simple but cozy and bright decor. In the morning, there’s delicious breakfast to suit all tastes, from golden porridge to avocado bagels. For lunch and dinner, there’s pizza and salad, but also small plates like the hummus. LuLa’s house-baked cakes are not only delicious, but are also served in generous portions. Speaking of homemade, almost everything is produced on-site: from plentiful variations on sourdough and sweet preserves to pickled vegetables. “Think global, act local” is the mantra that owners Sarah and Robert Sever follow in everything they do — like listing their suppliers on their website. It’s hard to get more hyperlocal than their fruit and vegetables, which are delivered three times weekly from the Breslauer Platz Wochenmarkt the café looks out over. Market days, by the way, are my favourite time to visit LuLa. Depending on the weather, you can stretch out in the sunshine with a homemade lemonade on the terrace, or sip on a hot tea, all wrapped up in a blanket, and watch the hustle and bustle of market day action play out in the square. If it weren’t for the “Berliner Schnauze” of the stallholders, you might just feel like you were in hygge-filled Nørrebro… (Text: Vanessa Bujak / Photos: LuLa am Markt)
Vanessa Bujak is Marketing Manager at Berlin bag label Loqi. Since 2014, she’s had a permanent base in Berlin, in Rome, Bologna and Düsseldorf. Friedenau is now the neighbourhood she fondly calls home.