Selling our two favorite things, coffee and plants, Erchy’s is the creation of Turkish-German Marie Ercemen, who drew inspiration from her grandparents to create this welcoming space in Mitte. The cafe’s interior is reminiscent of Turkish homes, with Kilims extending across blue and white patterned tiles and floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light. The plant species are chosen simply by what Marie likes, and her taste is impeccable: from tropical greenery such as peacock plants and monstera to hearty cacti, the plants are mostly medium sized and require little maintenance. The to-go menu includes grilled sandwiches (red miso-chilli paste or caramelized onions with mustard) and coffee from Concierge, with a dine-in menu of Shakshuka, avocado on toast and housemade granola coming up. While you’re there don’t forget to check out the selection of Berlin-made deli goodies from our friends at Up & Coming Berlin. If you’re lucky, you might also meet Maya, the dog seen kicking back with a cup of coffee in the Erchy’s logo. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
One of the best antidotes to gloomy weather is freshly baked bread, the smell of which you detect as soon as you set foot in Gragger, the bakery and cafe in the Potsdamer Straße that bakes exclusively sourdough bread from organic ingredients. With his shop, which opened in May 2020, master baker Helmut Gragger wanted to bring bread back to its origins as “the most original food in our culture”. Helmut learnt the trade in his Austrian hometown in the mid-1980s followed by a stint in France. But it’s not just this knowhow that is baked into Gragger: the shop is also a nice place to be, with a cheerful team and a modern design from Michael Sans of Nobelhart & Schmutzig fame. In addition to various loaves and rolls, the range of baked goodies includes pastries and sweet treats such as Buchteln, Franzbrötchen and chocolate rolls as well as open sandwiches with egg, cheese, sausage or vegan toppings. All of this can be enjoyed with a nice cappuccino – we guarantee it will lift your morning mood. (Text: Olga Potschernina / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)
JULES GEISBERG: SPECIALITY COFFEE AND CAKE SERVED IN A HISTORIC POST OFFICE — RECOMMENDED BY LUCIE EON
After the success of their cafe at Gleisdreieck, Jules opened a new spot – Jules Geisberg – near Schöneberg’s Viktoria-Luise-Platz in September 2020 and what a beautiful space it is to sit in! The building is the former neighborhood post office, above which hangs a life-size statue who seems to wonder where all the postmen have gone. The interior design is minimalist with elegant marble details – a perfect complement to the warmth and friendliness of the team. Funny story: the cafe’s barista crew were actually friends before they started to work there together. They were attracted by a gastro business that cares about its people and the ethics behind the products they offer, including the coffee which comes from the likes of North Star and Vote. If you’re strolling around the area, do yourself a favor and take a moment to savor a piece of their fluffy banana bread, cheesecake – or both – along with one of their gorgeous drip coffees in my fave seat: the cozy corner bench. (Text: Lucie Eon / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)
Lucie Eon is a coffee nerd and ex-barista studying horticulture and focusing on her photography project.
Sekt for brunch, a beer with lunch and a glass of red wine after dark: it’s easy to see how alcohol can become a regular part of our lives. But are there any good ethanol-free alternatives? If any exist, you will certainly find them at the Null Prozent Pop-up, a completely alcohol-free drinks kiosk at Hallesches Hausrunning throughout the whole of “Sober October”. In addition to usual suspects like Rotkäppchen sekt, awaiting you at the Kreuzberg shop are a range of over 100 drinks including many innovative local brews, all with 0% alcohol. One highlight is the distillates from Berlin-based Easip, who brew using natural and plant-based raw materials, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners or sugar added. You can enjoy your drinks directly in the shop’s neighboring backyard or head out to the canalside opposite. For the full experience, head to the Hallesches Haus lunchroom from 10h Wed-Sun where you can build your own brunch from the new menu, accompanied of course with a tasty zero-percent tipple of your choice. Cheers! (Text: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Null Prozent)
Null Prozent Pop-up at Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
The pop-up runs until 25.10.2020
Wed–Sun 10–20h, brunch 10–16h
When I first came across Greenfinch it looked more like a construction site than a cafe. But soon owner Vincent transformed this Bötzowkiez space into a welcoming, cheerful vegan venue whose individual interior really stands out with its fresh, post-modern look. For brunch, pancakes, toasted banana bread with peanut butter & jam and fresh croissants are a top choice, with lunch dishes like the delicious stuffed sweet potato available from 12-15h. “We want to convey a conscious and sustainable lifestyle, without creating the feeling that you have to do without anything,” says Vincent. As part of this, the cafe also offers yoga classes and meditation in the Greenfinch Backyard plus co-working spaces to bring together like-minded people. Positive vibes all round. (Text: Lisa Kiesewetter / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)
Lisa Kiesewetter is a creative freelancer and yoga teacher focused on wellbeing and mindfulness.