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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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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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