21gramm - Hip Brunch in Berlin
When it comes to hip dining, Berlin reigns undisputed. And if you’re done with polished Kreuzberg and are looking for a rougher around the edges area to explore, Neuköln is your to go neighbourhood. With its parks, bars and new wave of young residents, gone are the days when this part of town was deemed secluded and uninteresting. In fact there is no better place in which to scout for little gems, such as 21gramm.
Located in a desecrated chapel off Hermannstraße, this charming cafe offers a solid menu of brunch classics with a twist - including a wide variety for vegetarian customers.
Breakfast is served from 10AM throughout most of the day, and available dishes span from lighter continental options such as muesli with home made almond milk; yoghurt with homemade applesauce and granola and croissants filled with homemade jams, to anglo favourites including a variety of poached or ‘stirred’ eggs on bread and a revisited full English, served with homemade ham jam and marinated goats cheese.
My favourite so far has got to be the labneh with poached organic eggs, chilli butter, almonds and mint - a perfect variety of flavours married into one big bowl of brunch goodness! Portions are generous, however this did not stop me from sharing the smashed avocado on sourdough with my brother, whom opted for the Vegan plate with sauteed stone mushrooms, roasted vegetables, pickles and olive tapenade.
Setting the right balance between new and old, the combination of contemporary shabby-chic decor with the antique hall - complete of corinthian columns - provides a perfectly casual and laid back dining environment.
And if you’re planning a friendly date on a warm night, head to 21gramm for dinner in the garden, which is adorned with fairly lights for that extra je ne sais quoi!