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MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

MARKUS ROLL RECOMMENDS: HACKBARTH’S

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the cafés and bars that Berlin has to offer. It’s all too easy to lose track of the options. So when you need to make a decision, it’s advisable to have a true third place alternative up your sleeve — a so-called “plan C”, somewhere you can depend on. One such spot is the legendary Hackbarth’s, which has been around since the fall of the Wall. Here, I can find a quiet corner to sit and read my newspaper in peace in the mornings over a cup of coffee. Or hold a meeting further in the back with a slice of cake (topped with whipped cream, old school-style) or enjoy a pint of beer at the massive brass counter until the early hours — and all that, seven days a week. No need to look up the opening hours beforehand. The whole thing feels honest, reliable and rooted in tradition, partly due to the timeless and minimalist yet homey furnishings. When the world seems to be turning too fast, Hackbarth’s is here to help you unwind. (Text: Markus Roll / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Hackbarth’s, Auguststr.49a, 10119 Berlin-Mitte, map
Mon-Sat 10-4h, Sun 10-24h

Markus Roll worked as a pastor for twelve years. He’s a fan of Fuckup Nights, an event series which sees startup founders share their failures, and co-hosts ABC, an event featuring music, talks, and networking. The next round takes place on 6.9.2018.

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WIM KAFFEE: CAFFEINE PERFECTION & SWEET TREATS

WIM KAFFEE: CAFFEINE PERFECTION & SWEET TREATS

Tiny, lovely and top notch — that’s Wim Kaffee. Following the principle of “less is more”, this café offers a short and sweet selection of drinks and pastries: the coffee classics, plus croissants, homemade banana bread and apple tart (highly recommended). Wim’s pared back interior — all wood and dark metal — has a warm atmosphere, which is echoed by its lovely team. The charismatic owner, Patricia, opened Wim Kaffee in its current form in 2014, following a baby break and a subsequent renovation. She and her team are passionate about coffee culture — yet unpretentious, and encourage guests to take their brew just the way they like it. Wim’s beans are currently sourced from JB Kaffee in Dachau, though Patricia plans to roast her own in the near future. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Maidje Meergans)

Wim Kaffee, Rhinower Str.1, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, map

Mon-Fri 8-17h, Sat-Sun 9-17h

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CENTRAL HOTEL AND CAFÉ: ONE-ROOM PLEASURES IN VESTERBRO

CENTRAL HOTEL AND CAFÉ: ONE-ROOM PLEASURES IN VESTERBRO

Sometimes less is more – and Central Hotel and Café is a shining example of this truism. Tucked down a quieter street in Copenhagen’s lively Vesterbro neighborhood, this shoemaker’s workshop-turned-hotel has channeled all its energy into one beautifully-appointed room. The pocket-sized boutique has the feel of a sophisticated ship’s cabin, with built-in furnishings handcrafted by the owner himself, dark wooden beams and leafy green wallpaper. The amenities are also top shelf: a luxurious Eden bed, an in-room iPhone preloaded with handy local information and a stocked minibar. Whether you’re a guest or not: At the snug street-level café, cross your fingers for one of the four seats and enjoy coffee by Denmark’s The Coffee Collective alongside toasties, croissants and nostalgia-inducing milkshakes and banana splits. If you’re feeling adventurous, hop on a bike courtesy of the hotel and head to Mirabelle: an independent bakery and eatery owned by Noma-alumnus Christian Puglisi. Take a seat in the bold black-and-white tiled space and try their juicy rye and 68% chocolate croissants, all of which are naturally-fermented and organic. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Jon Norstrøm, Mirabelle)

Central Hotel & Café, Tullinsgade 1, 1618 Copenhagen-Vesterbro; map
Café open Mon-Fri 8-17h, Sat 10-17h, Sun 10-16h

Mirabelle, Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen-Nørrebro; map
Mon-Sun 8.30-21.30h

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LA BANCHINA: SPRITZ, HARBOR VIEWS & A WOOD-FIRED SAUNA

LA BANCHINA: SPRITZ, HARBOR VIEWS & A WOOD-FIRED SAUNA

Wind down the afternoon with a visit to Copenhagen’s most relaxed waterside café. Located on the northern island of Refshaleøen and best accessible by bike (about 15 minutes from the center), La Banchina looks like an upscale surf shack – complete with a wooden pier, moored houseboats and a year-round sauna. The bar specializes in natural Italian wines and a must-try spritz that’s made with prosecco in place of straight up fizz and the organic aperitivo Rondo in place of Aperol. Started as a “Havnekneipe” (harbor pub) and transitioned into an eatery, more than anything the team behind La Banchina wants people to feel like they’re on vacation: With a no-reservations policy, no music outside (to better enjoy the birds and waves), an outdoor kitchen, and a barefoot-luxury vibe that has guests dangling one foot in the water with the other balancing a plate of oysters – we think there’s definitely something special in the air – and it’s not the subtle hint of algae. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Anders Elmshøj, Eder Lopez Ponce)

La Banchina, Refshalevej 141A, 1432 Copenhagen-Refshaleøen; map
May-September Mon-Fri 8-23h, Sat-Sun 9-24h; October-April Mon-Fri 8-16h, Sat-Sun 9-16h

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ANNELIES — NEW FLAVOR DIRECTIONS IN ALL DAY BRUNCH

ANNELIES — NEW FLAVOR DIRECTIONS IN ALL DAY BRUNCH

As satisfying as classic breakfast menu staples can be, taking the plunge into the unknown to sample something unfamiliar makes for a Sunday morning well spent. In Kreuzberg, the amiable team behind Distrikt Coffee: Sophie Hardy, Hannes Haake and Matthew Maue have recently opened their second café, Annelies. Their concept is as smart as it is simple: using seasonal and regional produce, they pair familiar ingredients with unusual ones to create novel and delightfully different flavors. Like blueberry granola with beetroot and creamy yoghurt. Or a smoked egg yolk with a dash of elderflower as sauce for drizzling over asparagus. Not only do the dishes taste delicious, but they look it, too — exquisitely prepared with great attention to detail, just like Annelies’ stylish interior. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Annelies, Görlitzer Str.68, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Wed-Fri 9-17h, Sat-Sun 10-18h

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