Postal Code Rally: 10589 Mierendorffinsel – coffee meer

This time we have a home game: 10589 is Saskias (choosen) home. This postal code is clearly delineated – the Mierendorffinsel in Charlottenburg. The entire cultural life here revolves around the Mierendorffplatz. Saturday was also market day. The market is not as big as before. But there is a large vegetable stand, which mainly offers many varieties of potatoes, then the nice cheese saleswoman who gives always small … no, actually spoiled us even very large extras – I wonder if that is a competition with her husband at the Karl-August-Platz which we visit more often … well maybe not.

A solid instance: in addition to the always somewhat messy Tauschbox is right in the middle of the square an old phone booth with solar roof. The Bücherboxx for exchange of reading material is neatly maintained, every Saturday friends of the Boxx meet and look after it (we have even happened to see them). There>>   read more / weiterlesen


Postal Code Rally: 10709 – Markt pur

Berlin, so full of great places, sights and of course cafes. If we want to spend a day doing nothing (great hobby!), then it is often in the Lisboa near Karl August Platz or the okace with the nice greek women at Charlottenburg Schlossplatz. Not today, we want to try something new. Away with TripAdvisor and Google Maps, we roll postal codes! Yes, exactly, we have picked out the Berlin postcodes, discarded the outermost and then rolled. At Saskia’s happiness not Marzahn came out but 10709 Halensee, south-west of Adenauerplatz. The mission: find a lovely cafe and maybe research a bit about the area. Well, for the latter Wikipedia did not have much to offer. Two churches, the Schaubühne in a special residential area and a little piece of not-so-nice Ku’damm.

As cafe area we quickly identified the western end of the Westfälische Straße. The Café MetroPolen offers Polish lunchtime and especially a lot of cake. Opposite>>   read more / weiterlesen


Kiez Rösterei – for afficionados only

Stefan Brachts passion is coffee and in his shop in Kreuzberg you will get a good idea that being a coffee afficionado is a lot more than just being able to make a good brew. Here you can choose between 24 types of coffee and whether you want it filtered, aero pressed, syphoned, served in a  cup, mug, glass.. If you’re not quite sure it’s best to let him advise you. When we were there he took his time to explain the methods and which beans go best for which taste. The result: a coffee out of panamese beans that smelled strongly of chocolate, done in a syphon and served in a glass carafe. A little thin, like tea, but very aromatic. Worth trying.

And by the way: Him and his partner have got great cakes and biscuits, too. Yummy.

Kiez Rösterei
Gneisenaustr. 68 / Kreuzberg
U-Bhf Gneisenaustrasse


Frau Bäckerin – please take a seat

Our Café discovery lies in second row, a little hidden and wonderfully quiet with views onto a small park. The tables on the terracce are below massive chestnut trees snug and shady. The Café at Villa Oppenheim has been opened since November 2012. Due to preservation orders the owner cannot mount much advertisement, you have to know that it is here and therefore it is still an insider’s tip.

Inside the café’s decor is light wood, the ambiance airy and light, but also cozy. Small flowerpots are used for decoration, tables are numbered by chalk on slate. It looks as if someone is dedicating more care and that is surely the case. The two young girls serving are alert and brisk. On the menue you find what can be expected of a café with this name and besides warm, fresh Panini and Ciabatta, ,an assortment of savory looking cakes other delicacies like lentil salad with apricots, Ricotta-Spinach casserole, quiche, a soup of the day and more. All of course tasty and homemade.

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Mr. Minsch – a handy handout

The woman and men from Mister Minsch love cake. That is why both their shop windows are full of their masterpieces. I stand outside and choose my piece of desire. Whilst inside new cakes are being created constantly, customers are being served trough a hatch in the door. To go or to divour on one of the few empty seats infront of the shop. Marzipan, fruit, chocolate, eggnog – every piece looks grand, is quite a good size (even for me…) and costs only € 3. At the weekends or when the sun shines you will find people queuing. Get used to it – you will do the same.

News: Mr. Minsch has expanded to inside seating. Now they are armed for atumn and winter.

Mr. Minsch >> Facebook
Yorckstraße 15 / Kreuzberg
U Mehringdamm


Spreegold – fresh and filling

The Bötzow area is quite hip and offers so many cafés and restaurants, that one can get lost and won’t know which one to choose. Choose Spreegold, go on! You won’t regret it. When entering you look straight at the counter filled with delicate sandwiches and cakes. Next comes the open kitchen where every dish is prepared on the spot. The menue offers a great variety of sandwiches, pasta, soups, salads, fresh fruit juices, a fine array of teas and coffee and some wines. It is early afternoon and whilst we wait for our food we enjoy tea and homemade lemonade. The plates are nicely decorated, the food looks very appetizing and the portions are quite large. The lemon black pepper sandwich is devoured the quickest, the pasta with oven veggies and chicken pieces take longer, so does the chicken soup who comes with so many noodles and vegetables, I need to take a fork as well as a spoon to eat it. Berries are the decoration of the vanilla pudding and the fresh croissant>>   read more / weiterlesen


Godshot – Coffee, coffee, coffee

Unpretentious, cool Berlin style, exactly what you would expect to find here. Really? No, not really, because the guy behind the counter knows what he is talking about when asking him about the differences in the coffees one can choose from. Real knowledge about the products on sale is something I have come to regard highly in this city, which, especially in Prenzlauer Berg, is hard to find. Very often you come across poncy, clumsy, I-should-be-an-actor type of waiter. Not here. The staff knows about the variations their favourite coffee rosting partners have on sale. And even if you are a “latte macchiato” lover and usually drown your couple of grams of coffee in milk, you will taste the difference. I promise.

Immanuelkirchstr. 32 / Prenzlauer Berg
U2 Senefelder Platz


Engelbecken – Alpine cuisine

The Restaurant Engelbecken has had a good reputation for years. It moved from Kreuzberg to Charlottenburg over a decade ago and has been able to convince the critical and with compliments unassertive clientel of the upscale area of Lietzensee to sing a quiet song of praise. Quiet, because they do not want to cause to much of a stir. To loud applause could make it even more difficult to get a seat at their favourite eaterie. In the afternoon the place fills up with people enjoying a good piece of cake, sitting outside on the terrace or underneath the modern pictures painted by the chefcook herself. The bright wooden tables have little decoration as the guests eye needs no divertion once the drinks and food are on the table. The staff is highly professional, all waiters being above 30, which makes a wonderful change to those young morons that you find so often here in Berlin. The food is alpine style, a mixture of austrian, bavarian, italian… with the best ingredients on>>   read more / weiterlesen


Café Lisboa – Authentic portugese hospitality

Berlin has quite a vast coffee bar scene and one of the more down to earth ones is this corner café in Charlottenburg.  The portugese owners make their Galao and Espresso with a high quality coffee, where the kilo costs around € 19. Still the price for their hot drinks is very normal and to make it a true portugese break one should try their ‘pastel de nata’, little fluff pastry cakes filled with a vanilla pudding. Delightful!

During the week you’ll always find a space, but come Saturday lunch time the shoppers from close by Karl-August-Platz food market fill every seat throughout the morning.

Café Lisboa
Goethestr. 34 / Charlottenburg
U2 Bismarckstr. or Deutsche Oper

Goes well with: Saigon Today, Rogacki