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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.231, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Thu–Mon 10–18h

@nonna_cafe_berlin

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KEIZ KAFFEE KRAFT — NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE OPENS A SUNNY SECOND SPACE IN PANKOW

KEIZ KAFFEE KRAFT — NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE OPENS A SUNNY SECOND SPACE IN PANKOW

Back in 2016 we told you about the corner cafe Kiez Kaffee Kraft in Prenzlauer Berg. Fast-forward to May 2021 and this sweet spot for brews and homemade cakes has gained a sister with the opening of a second cafe up the road in Pankow. Housed in a single-storey modern wooden cabin, the large, sunny space offers an inviting atmosphere that opens out onto a huge veranda, offering the perfect place to wake up with a morning coffee or chill with a cool drink on one of the sun chairs. Speaking of drinks, the espresso-based brews are made with coffee from Munich roaster JB Kaffee, which matches perfectly with the cakes. These are the same homemade goodies we know and love from the Prenzlauer Berg shop, with favorites including banana bread and a deliciously zesty lemon cake. The highlight has to be the large meadow area that extends out from the cafe: it’s a little green oasis called Bleichröderpark with a large expanse of grass. Why not visit as part of a Pankow day trip? First stroll around the gardens of Schlosspark Schönhausen, then take a plunge in the cool waters of Sommerbad Pankow before refreshing with a drink at Kiez Kaffee Kraft. It’s the perfect summer’s day up north! 

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Sophie Döring

Kiez Kaffee Kraft, Breite Str.35, 13187 Berlin–Pankow; map
Mon–Thu 8h30–18h, Fri & Sat 8h30–21h, Sun 8h30–18h.

@kiezkaffeekraft

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CHUBBY CHEEKS — JAPANESE MOCHI ICE CREAM BALLS NEAR GLEISDREIECK PARK

CHUBBY CHEEKS — JAPANESE MOCHI ICE CREAM BALLS NEAR GLEISDREIECK PARK

Ice cream that won’t melt down your hand as you eat it, that’s packed full of flavor and covered in a soft, chewy dough. No, it’s not a dream – this is Chubby Cheeks Mochis. Mochi is a traditional Japanese dessert made from glutinous rice flour dough which is usually filled with red bean paste. Chubby Cheeks is Germany’s first manufacturer of this tasty treat and began when husband and wife duo Juliana and Hans tried mochi in New York in 2017. Having returned to Germany, they still craved the heavenly ice cream balls and so decided to make their own, launching the project in November 2017. From their Kreuzberg window outlet you can choose from a huge range of 14 flavors including pistachio, coffee, coconut, salted caramel and classic chocolate and vanilla (psst…pistachio and salted caramel are Hans’ favorites). But that’s not all: the pair have also developed a vegan range with flavors including mango, mint and lemon, raspberry, passion fruit and chocolate. Whichever sort you pick, all mochis are gluten-free and made with natural flavors. These little bites of happiness are the perfect summer treat – stop by the Möckernstraße store window and get a mochi (or five) to enjoy under a tree in Gleisdreieck Park just opposite.

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Sophie Döring

Chubby Cheeks Mochis, Möckernstr.100, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sun 13–21h

A selection of flavors is also available at Oak & Ice: 
Schönhauser Allee 52, 10437, Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon–Sun 13–19h
Wilmersdorfer Arcaden, Wilmersdorfer Str.46, 10627, Berlin – Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Sat 12–18h

@chubby_cheeks_mochis

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FRANK — CAFE FOR CREATIVE CUISINE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AVAILABLE TO PICK UP IN STRIKING SURROUNDINGS

FRANK — CAFE FOR CREATIVE CUISINE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AVAILABLE TO PICK UP IN STRIKING SURROUNDINGS

Lunch at Frank, which opened in late April 2021, will transport you around the globe. The imposing cafe on Prenzlauer Berg’s Schönhauser Allee offers monthly changing menus inspired by different global cuisines, with one or two specialities served each day of the week. Founders Olli and Daniel are engineers and interior architects by trade, and this is evident in the design of the cafe. The two mastered the craft of welding over lockdown, thus much of the furniture in the space has been made and designed by the pair personally. High ceilings and harsh metals contrast with warm woods and huge windows, flooding the room with light.

So what about the food? Options you can expect include an octopus burger with habanero and zucchini (Fridays), wild garlic risotto with whole grain barley, green asparagus, broad beans and rhubarb (Tuesdays) as well as “Korean Fried Chicken” with chili sauce and gan jiang mayo (Saturdays). All this is accompanied by French pastries made on site, delicious coffee from Röststätte Berlin and fresh juices such as the Lässiger Rainer which is packed with coconut water, orange, carrot, chamomile, turmeric, black pepper and agave. But that’s not all: the chefs behind Frank have worked with Sicilian gelateria Duo to create some unique ice cream flavors, such as asparagus and a delicious miso and sake topped with nuts. We can’t wait till things open up properly and we can spend hours just sitting in the space, but until then the team will gladly serve up your lunchtime treat to go – it’s the next best thing! 

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Lee Edward & Annika Hillig

Frank, Schönhauser Allee 176, 10119, Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Open for takeaway Mon–Sun 8h30–18h

@frankcafe.de

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TOKI AT VOO STORE — CAFE SERVING COFFEE FROM AMSTERDAM AND SNACKS FROM BERLIN

TOKI AT VOO STORE — CAFE SERVING COFFEE FROM AMSTERDAM AND SNACKS FROM BERLIN

There’s now one more reason to drop by Voo Store’s backyard oasis: the coffee and snacks from Toki. Food and drink in the shop used to be provided by Companion but in December 2020 the Amsterdam-based cafe took over the reins, having already built up a large fan base in the Dutch capital since launching in 2015. The Toki team haven’t just brought their concept, but their coffee too, which is made at the Friedhats roastery in Amsterdam. Pastries and snacks, on the other hand, are made here in Berlin by Cee Cee regulars La Maison and Black Isle Bakery. Head to the frontage of the cafe and you’ll likely find John, who worked at Toki in Amsterdam and is now running the Berlin outlet single-handed. If it’s a hot drink you are looking for, John will take great pleasure in preparing the perfect cappuccino or hand-filtered coffee for you, while colder refreshments include Bouche kombucha and craft soft drinks from Japanese company Kimino. Current rules limit the service to through-the-window drinks and snacks but we are looking forward to taking a seat in the Hof very soon! 

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Sophie Doering

Toki at Voo Store, Oranienstr.24, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat 10–17h (currently open for takeaway from the window)

@tokiho.amsterdam
@voostore

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