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MIDDLE — ALL-DAY BISTRO FOR MORNING COFFEE, LEVANTINE LUNCH AND EVENING DRINKS AND TAPAS

MIDDLE — ALL-DAY BISTRO FOR MORNING COFFEE, LEVANTINE LUNCH AND EVENING DRINKS AND TAPAS

For me, this year more than any other has been about finding small pleasures in life’s simpler things. And spending the last rays of evening sunshine sipping a bittersweet Campari Spritz at Middle brings me a lot of pleasure. Add in a smattering of small sharing plates that showcase contemporary Levantine cuisine, and the evening is going to be a good one. Tucked away on Mainzer Straße in Neukölln, Middle is what owner Itamar Lanner describes as a mini-bistro. The relaxed and compact neighborhood spot has an all-rounder concept, opening the whole day for morning coffee, lunch, and evening dinner and drinks. As for the food, you can expect some similar tastes to those at Middle’s Kreuzkölln partner Kitten: think crisp vibrant greens paired perfectly with soft Labneh cheese, zingy fermented courgette, creamy smooth hummus, earthy roasted cauliflower and kohlrabi, and pillowy pitta bread, to name just a few dishes on the menu. One taste I cannot forget is my absolute favorite: the homemade harissa. If, like me, you find this condiment something quite special, you can purchase it to take home along with a selection of other treats in jars. Whether you are looking for a quiet morning coffee with a delicate piece of sweet baklava, a long lunch or an evening spritz paired with a few olives to nibble on with friends, Middle has got you covered.

Text: Chloe Galea / Photos: Kateryna Firsova

Middle, Mainzer Str.39, 12053 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Fri 9–22h, Sat & Sun 10–22h, closed on Wednesdays

@middleberlin

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A BIT OF BAVARIA IN BERLIN —EDAMAME LOAVES AND NATURAL SOURDOUGH BREADS FROM HOFPFISTEREI

A BIT OF BAVARIA IN BERLIN —EDAMAME LOAVES AND NATURAL SOURDOUGH BREADS FROM HOFPFISTEREI

“One Edamame Sonne, please!” If you hear yourself saying that, then you’re ordering not at a Japanese restaurant, but at the counter of Bavarian bakery Hofpfisterei. The Munich-based company have always been a fan of Berlin, having operated in the capital for over ten years with their 12 branches. They’ve been baking favorites including Vinschgauer (a type of spelt baguette), crispy butter pretzels and, of course, natural sourdough loaves that involve a three-stage dough making process taking almost 24 hours. The result is loaves that look and feel like they should: large, round and heavy. The loaves are mild, yet substantial, making them perfect for the classic German Abendbrot or a sandwich on the go. But even for a traditional company like this one, time never stands still: the Bavarian bakers are always looking to keep up with the times by working on new recipes such as the Pfister Eco Edamame Sonne. This latest addition is based on rye and wheat flour and, as the name suggests, contains a high proportion of edamame beans. Like all the other ingredients used, the beans are organically farmed in an eco-friendly way, a commitment which Hofpfisterei extends to its packaging with a cooperation with Umtüüt to offer reusable alternatives to plastic bags. The bread contains edamame for more than just taste reasons: the bakery takes an active interest in experimenting with plant proteins nourished by the sun. All this circular sustainability in a little round loaf? Sounds like the perfect match to us. Visit hofpfisterei.de to find your nearest Berlin bakery.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Sophie Doering

Hofpfisterei, Oranienburger Str.5, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mo–Fr 8–18h, Sa 8h30–14h

@hofpfisterei

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FRENCH BREAKFAST TREATS, FRESH FLOWERS AND BEATS — DISCO BRUNCH AT SCHMILBLICK

FRENCH BREAKFAST TREATS, FRESH FLOWERS AND BEATS — DISCO BRUNCH AT SCHMILBLICK

The quintessentially French cafe and concept store Schmilblick is remixing its usually chilled weekend for the second time with the return of the Disco Brunch and flower market this Sunday (25.07.2021). It’s an event that will satisfy all senses, starting (most importantly) with taste: the team are serving up their French favorites, including fresh cheeses with homemade jams, charcuterie plates, classic Mediterranean accompaniments such as sundried tomatoes and olive tapenade alongside perfectly-iced brioches and fresh pastries. As for hearing, the disco comes courtesy of sets from DJ PA and DJ Niko who bring guaranteed grooves and good vibes to accompany your brunch. The olfactory side is taken care of by Schmilblick’s fresh and dried flower bouquets and scented candles from in-house brand Garden State. You can reserve a table for the brunch by messaging the team on Instagram or alternatively just turn up on the day, grab a coffee, browse the store and enjoy the vibes. Sensory perfection!

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Corina Straub & Laure D’Utruy

Schmilblick, Pettenkoferstr.6, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Brunch will be served from 9–15h. The flower market is on until 17h while supplies last.

Opening times: Tue–Sat: 11h–19h (shop); Tue–Sun: 9h–18h (cafe)

@schmilblick.berlin

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CASHEW NUT ICE CREAM AND HOMEMADE COOKIES — VEGAN TREATS FROM VELLGOODS

CASHEW NUT ICE CREAM AND HOMEMADE COOKIES — VEGAN TREATS FROM VELLGOODS

For me eating ice cream is a quintessential part of summer, so how fitting that a new spot for creamy vegan gelato has opened just around the corner from my Friedrichshain home. Vellgoods has only been around since the beginning of July 2021 but has already become one of my go-to places for sweet treats. The shop’s founder Ruben Vellguth has been an enthusiastic ice cream taster since a child, having spent most of his pocket money on scoops of Stracciatella. This memory is what led the former engineer to open up his own parlour for quality – dairy-free – ice cream. All but one of the flavors are made from in-house cashew milk and contain no soya or palm oil.

The range includes classics like chocolate, cashew vanilla, pistachio and lemon and will be expanded in the coming months. My favorite? The somewhat unusual yet flavor-packed curry ice cream. Also worth a taste are the soft, crunchy cookies which, like the ice cream, are made directly behind the counter so you can see the magic happen. The chocolate for the cookies comes from Swiss label Choba Choba while the peanut butter comes from Berlin’s own Twisted Nut. My tip: try the ice cream and cookies at the same time with the ice cream sandwich. Not only does it taste delish, it’s also highly Instagrammable!

Text & Photos: Sophie Doering

Vellgoods, Eckerstr.1, 10249 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Wed–Sun 13–19h

@vellgoods

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NONNA CAFÉ & CO: RED-BRICK COFFEE STOP FOR CZECH SWEETS, LIGHT BITES AND REAL PILSNER

NONNA CAFÉ & CO: RED-BRICK COFFEE STOP FOR CZECH SWEETS, LIGHT BITES AND REAL PILSNER

Do you know your babka from your buchty and your kremrole from your kolatschen? If not, it’s time to get yourself over to Nonna Café & Co for a crash course on Czech bakery classics. Overlooking the peaceful Georgen-Parochial cemetery on Greifswalder Straße, the cafe occupies a single-storey red-brick building that was formerly a florist. Inside you’ll find a haven of Bohemian sweets baked on-site every day, including the likes of buchty: sweet bread rolls made from a yeast dough that’s more soft and airy than you’d ever think possible (go early to avoid missing out). The cafe was founded in 2020 by Prague-born architect Anna Vohlídalová, whose love for the cakes, breads and dishes of her home country led her to give them a home in Berlin, where the cuisine has long been under-represented.

Besides the sweet goods (accompanied by coffee from Passenger) there are light savory bites like the chlebíčky, a Czech version of a Stulle which – dare we say – is even nicer than the German variety. These can be enjoyed on the intimate west-facing terrace, which offers pleasant views of trees and lawns. We can recommend matching a dish or two with a Pilsner from Pilsen (of course!) or some Czech natural wine from Vinofactum. Cheers to that, or rather, Na zdraví!

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Theresa Mark & Rick Schubert

Nonna Café & Co, Greifswalder Str.229, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon, Thu & Sun 10–19h; Fri–Sat 10–21h

@nonna_cafe_berlin

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