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GREENFINCH FOR POSITIVE VIBES AND GOOD COFFEE — RECOMMENDED BY LISA KIESEWETTER

GREENFINCH FOR POSITIVE VIBES AND GOOD COFFEE — RECOMMENDED BY LISA KIESEWETTER

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.

Greenfinch, Käthe-Niederkirchner Str.10, 10407 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 7h30–17h, Sat & Sun 9–17h

@greenfinch.berlin

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TWO SISTERS AND A DOG: CAFÉ FLO — THE NEW BRUNCH SPOT IN PRENZLAUER BERG

TWO SISTERS AND A DOG: CAFÉ FLO — THE NEW BRUNCH SPOT IN PRENZLAUER BERG

A rescued dog was the inspiration for the name Café Flo, located between Eberswalder Straße and Mauerpark. The restaurant was founded by sisters Lea and Rachel after they finally decided to turn their dream of running their own café into a reality. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by the smell of homemade croissants, and the shimmering green tiles, homemade bar, and comfortable chairs that invite you to linger a little longer. On the menu you’ll find childhood dishes, such as eggs in a glass with fresh herbs, butter, and baguette, as well as stuffed papaya with coconut yogurt and berries. We especially recommend the croissant with pear, melting goat camembert, honey, and thyme. In addition to the in-house creations, there are also cakes from What Do You Fancy Love and other baked goods from all-time favorite Albatross. A little tip for sunny days: find a spot on the terrace – it’s the perfect place to people-watch. (Text: Luise Schmedes / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)

Café Flo
Eberswalderstr.29, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg
From 29.09.2020: Tue–Fri 9–17h, Sat-Sun 10–18h
@cafefloberlin

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TWO TRICK PONY: HIGH–END BRUNCH IN BERGMANNKIEZ — RECOMMENDED BY KIM BENJAMIN

TWO TRICK PONY: HIGH–END BRUNCH IN BERGMANNKIEZ — RECOMMENDED BY KIM BENJAMIN

Finding an innovative brunch place in Bergmannkiez can be a challenge, so it’s lucky that Two Trick Pony has come to fill this void exceptionally well. Located near Sudstern, this brunch/lunch cafe offers table service, a well-spaced terrace and a menu focused on local products, with bread from AlbatrossWeide Ei eggs, Alte Milch cheese, and coffee from Vote. After moving to Berlin two years ago, owners Jason Starmer and Gary Young founded the cafe in February 2020 and with it have created a space with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Menu highlights include the tomato tonnato salad, their full English breakfast, and the three-cheese toasted sandwich (vegan options also available). For smaller bites, there’s lemon drizzle cake and – my favorite – the toasted coconut bread. Those craving something alcoholic can find numerous variations on Aperol Spritz (try the grapefruit prosecco) as well as natural wines from Vinalupa & Vinicultur, which can be enjoyed for weekend afternoon apero. Two Trick Pony has quickly become my new favorite – maybe it will become yours too! (Text: Kim Benjamin / Photos: Comfort Studio for Two Trick Pony)

Kim Benjamin is originally from San Fransico and New York and a born food lover. Now she’s living in Bergmannkiez, a project manager and has a small blog with a friend called Life in A Berlin Minute.

Two Trick Pony, Bergmannstr.52, Berlin–Kreuzberg, map
Tue-Thu 10-18h, Fr 10-19h & Sat-Sun 9h30–19h
@twotrickponyberlin

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KATCHI: ICE CREAM PARLOUR WITH COMMUNITY FEEL NEAR SAVIGNYPLATZ

KATCHI: ICE CREAM PARLOUR WITH COMMUNITY FEEL NEAR SAVIGNYPLATZ

Ice cream is a perfect companion to summer shopping on Ku’damm, but where to find a local parlour for a cooling break? Katchi, nestled on a quiet side street off Savignyplatz, is your answer. Since opening two summers ago, the cafe has developed a laid back, community feel with a sizable, shady terrace to watch the world go by. Move inside and you are greeted by a technicolor array of different ice creams – 34 flavors in all – a big number of which are vegan. Founder Conny Köhler is a passionate ice cream experimenter, and her ice “lab” – visible through a large window – constantly churns out wild and wonderful flavors: “Willy Wonka”, an impossibly rich yet somehow dairy-free chocolate ice cream, or the tonka bean (think almond-meets-vanilla) topped off with raspberry and white chocolate. The blood orange, mango and watermelon sorbets are great lighter options while the bubble waffles loaded with ice cream, nuts, chocolate or fruit offer maximum indulgence. One visit and – like many of Katchi’s customers – you’ll be a regular. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)

Katchi, Grolmanstr.14a, 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Sun–Thu 12h30–20h, Fri–Sat 12h30–21h
@katchi_ice_cream

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BONANZA CAFÉ GENDARMENMARKT — COFFEE PROS BRING THEIR BREWS TO THE HEART OF MITTE

BONANZA CAFÉ GENDARMENMARKT — COFFEE PROS BRING THEIR BREWS TO THE HEART OF MITTE

There’s no doubt Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin’s most beautiful places. But the square is home not just to historic architecture but a great cup of coffee too since Bonanza set up shop here in May 2020. The newest of the coffee roaster’s three locations, the cafe has an elegant feel, from the small, sunny terrace out front to its marbled interior complete with leather seating and a shiny chrome coffee bar. As you would expect from Bonanza, the star of the show is the coffee: a choice of five roasts awaits, including the Sasaba from Guji in Ethiopia with notes of chocolate, berry and biscuit for a fruity-smooth brew. The must-have for the summer is the iced cappuccino, which is unique to this shop and made with delicate, cold foam. Pair it with a croissant or Kouign-amann cake courtesy of Albatross (Mon-Wed) or Salon Sucré (Thu-Sun) and you’ve got the perfect quick bite – though with views of the Konzerthaus and sounds from the Hanns Eisler music school as your backdrop you might want to stay just that bit longer… (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Ramona Razaghmanesh)

Bonanza Café Gendarmenmarkt, Jägerstr.58–60, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Fri 8–19h, Sat 10–19h & Sun 10–18h
@bonanzacoffee

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