This coffee shop is located in the weirdest of places in central Berlin, right in the eye of the tourist-hurricane, but then otherwise a rather deserted area around Checkpoint Charlie, in between Mitte and Kreuzberg. There’s literally nothing else of food interest, which is maybe why this spot is crowded every time one passes by.
The crowd attraction might also be caused by the enthusiastic reviews this spot got instantly after they opened – this is not only because of the food and drinks they serve, but also thanks to a stylish interior furnished with design classics and the latest of Scandinavian cool-design, like the Danish brand Hay. But it’s not only the furniture, the design concept is applied to all aspects, from the logo to the website to the selection of magazines sold in the back of the shop. It’s one of the most thoroughly and contemporary designed places in Berlin I know.
Which could feel a little over-styled, almost heartless, if it wasn’t for the heartwarming drinks (we loved the green tea and liked the cappuccino, while the espresso, surprisingly, fell through with an overly sour taste) and sweet treats like the delicious apple crumble cake we had after a quick lunch with beet root salad, potato salad with Buletten (sadly, both served in plastic cups, not only rather unattractive but also just very wasteful) and a huge baguette with cheese. All of which was excellent and fresh.
The service staff is quite nice, of course rather cool as well, fitting the contemporary design of the shop, yet very helpful and patient in quickly handling the crowds and still being able to serve your coffee to your table and have you pay when you leave, instead of when you order.
I will definitely come back, this one deserves a spot in the ever growing list of recommendable coffee places in Berlin.