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A Taste of Nippon in Berlin

 

(Japanese Tea, That Is)

Out of Nippon

Rhinower Straße 3, 10437 Berlin

Business Hours Tue–Thu: 12.00–19.00, Fri–Sat: 12.00–23.00 (open end), Sun 12.00–19.00

Web outofnippon.jimdo.com

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Tea brewing for geeks: When the thermometer drops to 70 degrees, it’s time to pour the water. Photo: Berlinow

I don’t want to pay two or three euros for some hot water and a dull bag of tea. That’s way I almost never drink tea at a café. To drink truly great tea you should go to someone that have a passion for tea. Out of Nippon in Prenzlauer Berg is such a place.

In a relaxed and tastefully decorated room, Out of Nippon serves probably the best tea you can find in Berlin. Imported directly from Japan by the shop’s owner, the Soba-cha is a delicacy. It’s roasted buckwheat tea, with a sweet nutty flavor and completely caffein free. Another treat is the Genmai-cha, roasted brown rice combined with green tea. This tea also has a nutty, almost salty flavor combined with the mild taste of the green tea leaves.

When you’re at Out of Nippon, take a few minutes to admire a tansu, an old japanese commode. The café also sell restored japanese furniture.

On occasion there are concerts and other events, check the website for details.

 
Summer in Prenzlauer Berg. Photo: Berlinow

New York 10, London 14, Paris 12 … Berlin 23 degrees!

Summer arrived today, and we all hope it’ll stay for a very long time. This weekend is promising at least, the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is 27 degrees and plenty of sunshine. So pack that bag with your “drug” of choice and try to find a spot in one of Berlin’s countless parks. Or just head for the nearest bar with outdoor seating. Here are some images from today in Prenzlauer Berg.

 

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Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg. Photo: Berlinow

Don’t settle for less: These are the top five ice cream parlors in Berlin. Follow this list, and you’re set for a great summer.

Rosa Canina

Pasteurstraße 32, 10407 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

1.This is the best ice cream we’ve tasted in ages, and it’s all organic. You can actually see the ice cream being made in front of your eyes, since Rosa Canina’s “factory” is in-store behind a big glass wall. There’s a variety of changing flavors (some of them vegan). Among the more odd options are raspberry-basil, chocolate-nutmeg-cardamom and black sesame, which all tastes surprisingly good.

Ice cream 5 stars Overall rating 5 stars
Berlin Homemade Icecream

Elßholzstraße 10, 10781 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

2.Right next to Kleistpark lies this popular ice cream parlor. Artificial flavors are banned, all ice cream are made out of milk, cream, sugar, real fruit and home-made nut pastes. If you head here on the weekend, be prepared to queue.

Ice cream 4.5 stars Overall rating 4.5 stars
Hokey Pokey

Stargarder Straße 73, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

3.Peanut butter and banana makes a very tasty ice cream. Do we need to say that it’s real peanut butter and pieces of banana? This flavor, and other surprises for your tastebuds (such as Belgian chocolate and fig-walnut) are awaiting you at Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg.

Ice cream 4.5 stars Overall rating 4 stars
Naschkatze

Raumerstraße 8, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

4.One of our favorites from this all organic Helmholtzplatz hotspot is the fresh mint ice cream. Simply delicious, and a perfect cooler on a hot summer day. Combine it with strawberry, and you got the perfect mix. A nice touch from Naschkatze is the the small sample from another flavor they put on top of the scoop of ice cream you order.

Ice cream 4 stars Overall rating 4 stars
Tanne B

Eisenbahnstraße 48, 10997 BerlinFoursquare

5.Tanne B has made ice cream since 2004, and gotten quite creative with their flavors. How about some asparagus ice, or perhaps lychee-ginger? Vegans can choose from a variety of soy ice cream and sorbets. Tanne B also has a small branch in the corner of Bergmannstraße and Zossener Straße.

Ice cream 3.5 stars Overall rating 4 stars
 
Tres Cabezas
 
Tres Cabezas in Friedrichshain. Photo: Berlinow

Great Coffee in Friedrichshain

This cozy café is a great place for a quick coffee in eastern Friedrichshain. Tres Cabezas coffee is roasted right in front of the guests in the shop, and you can buy a bag of fresh beans with you when you leave. Free wifi. – Berlinow

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Malinikoff
 
Malinikoff at Helmholzplatz. Photo: Berlinow

The French Café at Helmholzplatz

The latest addition at Berlin’s hipster hotspot Helmholzplatz is this French café with its adjacent bakery shop. Great cakes, coffee ranging from average to good. Avoid weekends if you don’t like to fight for a chair. Or just grab a coffee and a croissant to go from the bakery. – Berlinow

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