Local Kreuzberg mainstays move north
In an unsurprising turn of events, Kreuzberg is so 2016 and Mitte is the new in-vogue borough for retail and restraunteurs this new year… well for the Berlin coffee scene at least. With two, tried and tested favourites moving into the area, north-eastern Berliners no longer need to schlep south down the U8 or M29 to get a hit of Five Elephant coffee & cheesecake or Melbourne-style Sunday brunch from Commonground (aka Silo).
Five Elephant is slick, with a stylish fit out in their tiny space on Alt Schönhauserstraße hidden between beautiful fashion boutiques and directly across the street from Monsieur Vuong, the best pho place in town. With details of brass, marble and of course indoor plants, the light but bite-sized space is as balanced as the cheesecake. Moving away from the rustic look of the Kreuzberg store, the Mitte location is adapted for the market with precision. Showcasing their partnership with ACME & Co., small to-go cakes rather than giant slabs and a small retail bean section, the new space feels far more chic and put together. The coffee, as expected is of the highest standard with a variety of lightly roasted beans from Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Used though both the espresso machine and the filter bar, the range of options for black and milk drinkers is a refreshing change to the Mitte area.
Commonground headed up by the team at Silo Coffee in Friedrichshain bring their elaborate brunch menu to Mitte along with Fjord Coffee – the result of their roasting partnership with Father Carpenter down the road. In the heart of the Circus Hotel Mecca, the café brings the Silo principles of raw wood, Danish light fixtures, comfort and of course indoor plants making for a very Hygge experience. From day-to-night, the space transfers into a bar with a sophisticated, speakeasy menu of cocktails that equally represents the natural, native and in-season approach taken in the kitchen. The food is simply divine with rich but organic flavours and all from locally sourced produce. A sensationally cosy place on a cold winters afternoon or evening watching the snow outside trickle down.