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ASBURY PARK COFFEE FOR DOWNTEMPO DONAUSTRAßE VIBES — RECOMMENDED BY CÄCILIE LOTZ

ASBURY PARK COFFEE FOR DOWNTEMPO DONAUSTRAßE VIBES — RECOMMENDED BY CÄCILIE LOTZ

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
Mon–Sat 10–17h
@asbury.park.coffee

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KITTEN: NEW-KID DELI AND BAKERY FOR BREAD, CAKES AND ISRAELI CLASSICS

KITTEN: NEW-KID DELI AND BAKERY FOR BREAD, CAKES AND ISRAELI CLASSICS

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)
Fri–Tue 11–20h
@kitten.deli
@middleberlin

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SCHMILBLICK: THE NEW HOME OF GARDEN STATE CANDLES COMBINING CAFE AND CONCEPT STORE IN ONE

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
@schmilblick.berlin
@gardenstatecandlestudio

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SHOWSTOPPING VEGAN CAKES FOR A PLANT-BASED TREAT — CAFÉ NEUNDREI

SHOWSTOPPING VEGAN CAKES FOR A PLANT-BASED TREAT — CAFÉ NEUNDREI

With a background in conventional patisserie, Laura Blume’s desire to bake vegan is what led her to open Café Neundrei in 2015. Her Monbijouplatz shop is open for coffee and food to go, and luckily this includes Neundrei’s showstopping vegan cakes, made in house by plant-based patisserie wizard Hana. These baked creations amaze with their looks alone, with delicate floral decorations and fruit and nut garnishes. And with a selection that ranges from the no-bake mango and coconut cheesecake to elegant blackberry and raspberry mousse cakes, the flavors won’t disappoint either. You can drop by the shop to pick up a slice of your choice or send the team an email and get an entire cake made to order. We celebrated Cee Cee’s ninth birthday with a vanilla “cream cheese” and blueberry compote cake topped with blackberries, flowers and herbs and are already looking forward to our next tasty delivery. Need inspiration for your cake? Check out Neundrei’s mouth-watering Instagram feed. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Café Neundrei & Sven Hausherr)

Café Neundrei, Monbijoupl.2, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Currently open daily 10–16h
To order a whole cake you can contact the team by email.
@cafeneundrei

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PAR CREAMERY: CREATIVE ICE CREAM AND SORBETS — ALSO FOR VEGANS

PAR CREAMERY: CREATIVE ICE CREAM AND SORBETS — ALSO FOR VEGANS

The warmer season means it’s time to indulge in one of my favorite desserts: ice cream. I had my first scoops of the summer from Par Creamery, a small parlour currently serving handcrafted ice cream to go. If the design of the store is simple and minimalist, their ice cream offering is anything but plain. Since opening shop in 2018, founders Fabian Zeisler and Franziska Lang have been creating flavors inspired by baked goods and desserts: Carrot Cake and a Thanksgiving influenced Pumpkin Spice Speculoos have both been past favorites. Other scrumptious scoops include the fragrant Blueberry Lavender sorbet and the Crunchy Peanut, a smooth ice cream with crispy, caramelized nuts and chocolate bits. Many flavors are vegan, but given Fabian’s gift for creating creamy textures from his ingredients you won’t know the difference. And if you want to elevate the experience, try one of Par’s three salted caramel spreads as a topping for your gelato. True to their motto, this is ice cream par excellence! (Text: Andreea Dragos / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Franziska Land)

Par Creamery, Oderberger Str.38, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Open for takeaway Mon–Sun 13–19h. You can also order ice cream for pickup and delivery online.
@parcreamery 

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