There’s no doubt Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin’s most beautiful places. But the square is home not just to historic architecture but a great cup of coffee too since Bonanza set up shop here in May 2020. The newest of the coffee roaster’s three locations, the cafe has an elegant feel, from the small, sunny terrace out front to its marbled interior complete with leather seating and a shiny chrome coffee bar. As you would expect from Bonanza, the star of the show is the coffee: a choice of five roasts awaits, including the Sasaba from Guji in Ethiopia with notes of chocolate, berry and biscuit for a fruity-smooth brew. The must-have for the summer is the iced cappuccino, which is unique to this shop and made with delicate, cold foam. Pair it with a croissant or Kouign-amann cake courtesy of Albatross (Mon-Wed) or Salon Sucré (Thu-Sun) and you’ve got the perfect quick bite – though with views of the Konzerthaus and sounds from the Hanns Eisler music school as your backdrop you might want to stay just that bit longer… (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)
As we prepare our bodies for ice cream week, we look to Kiez ice cream spot Eisderix for a trusted scoop. After a spell running Tempelburger on Tempelhofer Feld, friends and foodies Philippe Schröder and Paul Kolek decided they wanted to start something else. So, in 2017, they teamed up with another friend and ice-cream-maker to open Eisderix, the name a play on Asterix and “de Rix”, which is French for “from Rix(dorf)”. The humble storefront makes everything out the back – from the ice cream itself down to each brownie chunk in the peanut butter brownie flavor. They have all the tastes you desire – from pecan maple syrup and pistachio to a coconut-based vegan-friendly lime – with the sorbet packing about 50 percent fruit for a refreshing bite. All these flavors can be taken away as home packs so you can (try to) make them last. For a caffeine kick, you can also turn your ice cream scoop into an affogato with a shot of coffee from adjoining cafe/bar Drei Flaschen, also run by the Eisderix team. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Eisderix)
Not planning to be in Rixdorf? Why not check out one of the 25 ice cream shops participating in Berlin Ice Cream Week (23–29.07.2020) for some special €1 flavors?
Not far from the vibrant hustle and bustle of Karl-Marx-Strasse sits Asbury Park Coffee, the cafe founded by caffeine fanatic Tanya Barut in 2019. Greeting you inside is an airy, minimal interior perfect for lingering with a cappuccino and a newspaper. With hand-roasted coffee providing a rich aroma as Tanya serves up homemade cookies and cakes (including vegan options), this place has fast become a neighborhood fave. Besides quality espresso, the smoothies and juices are also a solid choice, and can be made with almond or soy milk too. A long black curtain hides the cafe’s main suprise: the custom tattoo studio Sticks & Stones Tattoo, which is run by Tanya’s partner Brian Povak and has just reopened. That this place is run by partners is evident: in the decor, the coffee, the cookies, cakes and the atmosphere. It’s just the place to settle down in after a walk through the Hasenheide or Neukölln’s alleys. And who knows, it might be the place to get your tattoo – handmade in Neukölln. (Text: Cäcilie Lotz / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Cäcilie Lotz comes from Berlin and currently lives in the capital after spending some time away. She is the founder of Berlin Delights.
Asbury Park Coffee, Donaustr.94, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map
For 10 years Katie’s Blue Cat has been Kreuzkölln’s go-to spot for coffee and cake. Now the cafe has brought Kitten into the world, a deli and bakery next door serving fresh bread, cakes and Israeli dishes courtesy of new Mediterranean collab Middle. Despite the name, Kitten is big, with wood-panelled walls and high ceilings for an almost Berliner Kneipe feel. In fact, the space has been a bakery since 1908, and owner Ngoc Duong jumped at the chance to acquire it so she could supply her neighboring cafe with bread and sweet treats created by a six-strong baking team. While you can always pop in for some still-warm challah bread or a slice of cake, to get the full experience take a seat and let Israeli chef Yuval Belhans serve you brunch, lunch or early dinner. His vegetarian food is as good as it looks: the sabich plate with whole-roasted aubergine, tahini, egg, pickled mango and harissa is a melt-in-the-mouth delight, while the roasted kohlrabi with feta and sesame brings perfectly sweet mildness. The dishes are great to share, and can be paired with a Five Elephant coffee or a fresh beetroot juice (plus beers and wines from June). Don’t forget to take one of the deli jars home – or in the case of the labneh cheese, two jars. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Kitten, Friedelstr.30 (next to Katie’s Blue Cat), 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Kitten is now open to dine in – to reserve a table call 030 62720757 (walk-ins also possible)
SCHMILBLICK: THE NEW HOME OF GARDEN STATE CANDLES COMBINING CAFE AND CONCEPT STORE IN ONE
Cafe and boutique Schmilblick is named after an imaginary object from France that, it is said, can do anything. And true to its name, this new space from the Garden State Candles team offers truly endless possibilities: you can come and enjoy a coffee and homemade sugar-glazed brioche from in-house master baker Ludo Legrand at one of the sunny tables. Or make your own bouquet at the dried flower bar. Or spend a while sniffing the natural soy wax candles created by Garden State’s founder Maya Sriqui, before getting handy yourself at one of the soon-to-come candle making and flower arranging workshops. Even if you just want to grab a quick espresso, welcoming you at this bright, expansive space is a team so happy to be there that you’ll probably end up sticking around so they can serve you a sandwich and show you around the fragrances, glassware, ceramics and locally-produced artworks all tastefully displayed on tables and walls. The team treat Schmilblick as their second home, and after spending an hour or two there, you’ll realize why. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Schmilblick, Pettenkoferstr.6, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Cafe: Tue–Sun 9–18h
Shop: Tue–Sat 11–19h
Corona note: you can eat & drink in from Friday 15.05.2020