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This quirky waffle and coffee house is just a short walk from Eberswalder Strasse tube station and sits amongst some of the most trendy and offbeat clothes outlets in the area. Bullet holes pepper the building above the manufactured scruffiness of the wafflehouse fascia, a sinister reminder of the city’s tortured history. Yet in this […]

curso24_shopping_berlinThis quirky waffle and coffee house is just a short walk from Eberswalder Strasse tube station and sits amongst some of the most trendy and offbeat clothes outlets in the area. Bullet holes pepper the building above the manufactured scruffiness of the wafflehouse fascia, a sinister reminder of the city’s tortured history. Yet in this area the carefully styled wear-and-tear look seems to almost compliment the ravaged remains of old Berlin. Step inside to a candybox interior where an assortment of ice creams are encased in a counter covered with jars of toys. Here is an eatery where you can buy a novelty elephant waterpistol with your cappuccino. Indeed, the name itself literally translates to “buy to make yourself happy”, and as it happens there is plenty on sale. Even the furniture is available to purchase.

The waffles come with an assortment of toppings including chocolate, cream, caramel, and the house favourite – hot cherries. Prices start at around €2.50 and if you fancy something different there are several other food choices such as soup, crepes and ice creams.
Kauf dich glücklich, 45 Oderberger Strasse, Mo-Fri 12-1, Sat/Sun 10-1

Eberswalder Strasse and the surrounding area is a hub of retro chic, with furniture, clothing and knickknack boutiques galore. While second-hand style can often be thrifty and cheap, don’t get too comfortable. Sadly, here it has been sufficiently tapped into and exploited for prices to be unnecessarily high. However, this is not to say that a bargain can’t be found, and there are many treasures to be had in these coves of kitsch. Hours can be wiled away flicking through rails of bat-wing jumpers, faux-fur coats and geeky tanks-tops, or rummaging through piles of woolly hats and vintage sunnies. Expect to pay around €20 for a pair of technicolour leggings and €85 for a bomber jacket.
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This cosy, chilled-out bar is located on a long traffic island opposite Schlesisches Tor tube station. With a range of fruity teas, frothy coffees and hot chocolates, this is a great place to kick back in the afternoon. The food selection is rustic, but not ideal for those looking for something hearty.

A range of organic cheeses and breads are available, alternatively, there are several pasta dishes and toasted sandwiches to choose from. At night the atmosphere becomes more vibrant and Wendel often hosts arty amateur film-makers or eclectic Djs to entertain the punters. On Sundays, according to Berlin tradition, Fruehstueck (breakfast) is offered. This includes snacks (croissants, toast) and larger meals with salami, cheese, olives and sausages. Breakfast prices start at €2.50 and work up to €13. The relaxed atmosphere of this joint is indulged by the plush furnishings and mood lighting. Velvety sofas and comfortable armchairs hug long low tables which glow in the warmth of tapered candle light. There is ample seating and socket availability which means that anyone with a laptop can take advantage of the free Wifi connectivity. The white walls are covered with stripes of black paint in an assortment of shapes and the speakers play a mix of mellow and more upbeat tunes from edgy artists including Klaxons, Devendra Banhart and Le Tigre. If you are looking to make a night of it head on to nearby Lux club where fluorescent lighting and cool-kids are a-go-go. Alternatively, on the other side of Wendel to Lux you will find Burger Meister, where the chilli cheese burger is well worth a try, and reasonably priced at just €3.40.
Wendel, Schlesische Strasse 42, Mo-Fri 12-2, Fri-Sat until 4, Su 10.30

Text and photo Kyla Manenti

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