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TOM TAYLOR RECOMMENDS: CAFÉ SELIG

TOM TAYLOR RECOMMENDS: CAFÉ SELIG

Selig (which aptly means ‘blessed’) is a charming café and lunch spot gracing the former brick chapel on Herrfurthplatz in Schillerkiez. Long–time Berliner Christian Birkelbach has created the kind of refreshingly no-nonsense social hub that has something for everyone. For starters, Christian and his team have curated a solid breakfast/brunch menu that boasts everything from a hearty Croque Madame to avocado-topped bagels. It’s international comfort food delivered at a high standard that’s in no way reflected by the prices. Sunlight floods through long windows, and it has a terrace perfect for people watching with a morning coffee, an afternoon wine, or an evening beer. The bright interior and combination of snug tables and plank benches makes Selig a great place to meet friends or do a spot of life-admin, coffee-deep in the glow of your laptop. Selig lacks an agenda, and you can make of the space exactly what you want. (Text: Tom Taylor / Photos: Selig, Philipp Obkircher, Florian Kottlewski)

Selig, Herrfurthplatz 14, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Mon–Sun 10–19h

Tom is a Welsh musician who writes about stuff for Berlin Loves You. Based on the border of his two favorite neighborhoods, Kreuzberg and Schöneberg, you’ll find him either in Lidl or in an eck-kneipe.

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ANTIPODEAN BRUNCH WITH A SOUTHEAST ASIAN TWIST: YAME NUMNUMS OPENS IN NEUKÖLLN

ANTIPODEAN BRUNCH WITH A SOUTHEAST ASIAN TWIST: YAME NUMNUMS OPENS IN NEUKÖLLN

A delicious experiment has been occuring in the space in front of Lavanderia Vecchia in Neukölln since October 2018. YaMe NumNums is cross-pollinating a classic Australasian-style brunch menu with flavors, ingredients, and recipes from Thailand, Cambodia, and other Southeast Asian countries. Savory french toast is topped with a fried egg and green onions. Kimchi is tucked between two wedges of brioche from Bread Station, and drizzled with ginger syrup for a sweet and spicy kick. The same brioche provides pillowy support for the creamy hollandaise of the Eggs Benedict, which sees a pair of delicately poached eggs floating over Thai water spinach, topped with organic bacon. The menu is a collaboration between two passionate chefs, My Linh and Koki, working together to craft kimchi omelettes, Thai sausages, concoct chai syrups, and curry pastes to infuse their dishes with unique flavor profiles. One of their main inspirations is owner My Linh’s mother and her famous rice-flour pancake recipe. Come by for coffee and brunch all week. (Text: Eric Bain / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

YaMe NumNums, Flughafenstr.46, 12053 Berlin; map
Tue–Sun 9–17h

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PLANT YOURSELF AT THE GREENS

PLANT YOURSELF AT THE GREENS

Needing a splash of color and a pick-me-up now that winter’s getting real? Head to The Greens, a leafy café and plant shop that’s part of the Alte Münze (old State Mint building) arts and events space. Among succulents and ferns (that can be purchased and taken home with you), The Greens offers a fresh lunch menu each day, with homemade soups and drinks guaranteed to bring the color back to your cheeks. The interior is lovingly arranged, with plenty of rustic wood to match the vibrant botanical life. Get cozy with a glossy cappuccino at a table near the crooked fig tree or tuck yourself away with a beetroot latte in the loft above the counter. Sage, peppermint, and rosemary herbal teas are all grown in the garden outside, as are the edible flowers dotting the fresh pastries and spongy banana bread. The Greens is also part of the Alte Münze community, hosting regular social events such as Drink and Draw Berlin. Marie, Alte Münze’s resident landscape architect, examined the yellow-striped leaves of an Alocasia Zebrina (Elephant’s Ear) while we talked. “It’s a family out here,” she explained, “there are a lot of artists.” Coffee, plants, inspiring people — this year, green is your antidote to the winter blues. (Text: Eric Bain / Photos: The Greens)

The Greens — Coffee and Plants, Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon–Fri 10-18h, Sat & Sun 12–18h

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SERGE ROMPZA RECOMMENDS: NANUM

SERGE ROMPZA RECOMMENDS: NANUM

It’s hard to imagine that Korean cuisine was unchartered territory in Berlin only a few years ago. The now-burgeoning scene welcomed its latest addition in July 2018: NaNum. After her successful career as an alto singer, chef Jinok drew upon her love for cooking to create a homey café in a sleek, modern building, offering sophisticated, high-caliber South Korean cuisine. On the weekends, the authentic, seasonally-changing classics like cold buckwheat noodles, refined soups and traditional bibimbap are just as popular as the surprisingly experimental and beautifully-presented desserts ”FlowerPop” and “Man Dzu.” Everything here is homemade — even the plateware, which are molded, baked and exhibited on site. The restaurant is worth visiting on a regular basis in order to absorb each element of Jinok’s passions: cooking, ceramics and singing. (Text: Serge Rompza / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

NaNum, Lindenstr.90, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Café and ceramics gallery: Mon-Fri 12h-19h, Sat 3-2

Restaurant: Fri 12-22.30h, Sat 15-22.30h

Serge Rompza has lived in Berlin since 2003. He is the co-founder of the design studio Node Berlin Oslo.

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COZYMAZU — THE DELECTABLE TASTE OF TAIWAN IN WEDDING

COZYMAZU — THE DELECTABLE TASTE OF TAIWAN IN WEDDING

In an unassuming corner of Sprengelkiez lies the best-kept secret of this city’s tiny Taiwanese food scene. The light-flooded, incense-laced interior of Cozymazu — filled with latticed wood lanterns, traditional Taiwanese art and wicker chairs — invites you to escape into an inspired sensory experience. In designing her restaurant’s concept, owner and chef, Wei-En Chan drew upon her nostalgia for the diversity of Taiwanese food culture and her grandparents’ cooking — from scratch, organic, MSG-free. The resulting (veggie- and vegan-friendly) menu reinterprets Taiwanese street food and other classics. Like taro tapioca dumplings served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, coriander, crispy onions and a dark vinegar-garlic glaze. Or the recent addition of hearty bowls like the “Cha Pao Fan”: steamed rice in broth with matcha, salmon filet, edamame and lotus root. Come by on a weekend morning for brunch, accompanied by a variety of fine Oolong and other teas, served in a tiny set. Highlights of the set menu option include the homemade peanut milk, spiced tea eggs and hot steamed raw sugar cake. No detail goes unnoticed in the dishes’ preparation and presentation. As far as culinary ambassadors go, Wei-En is doing her homeland more than proud. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)

Cozymazu, Sprengelstr.39, 13353 Berlin-Wedding; map

Tue-Fri 12-22h, Sat-Sun 10-22h

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