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Berlinow has been on hiatus during the summer. Now, when it’s officially autumn, we’re ready to rock again.

We haven’t been bathing and fishing all summer, work has been done “under the hood” and a lot of new material are on it’s way. Berlinow is also part of the new Spontanfika meetups. The first edition took place a few weeks ago, and the next should be announced any time soon.

Don’t forget to check out the new additions to our ranking of the Best Coffee Bars in Berlin. We’re excited to welcome Antipodes, Röststätte and Oslo Kaffebar. Furthermore, there’s a new section of up and coming coffee bars that doesn’t make the cut for our list right now, but could be a serious threat to the top ten in the future.

 
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