After ducking around on the internet to see what other people have been blogging and reviewing, I feel like there are certain areas of Berlin that aren’t as frequented because the Kiez (Berlin-speak for “neighborhood”) isn’t as “in” or as connected like, oh, I don’t know, Kottbusser Tor. I’m going to try to make an effort to highlight other areas of Berlin that might not be as traversed. Let’s start somewhere near where I used to live: the Bötzowviertel in Prenzlauer Berg, bordered by Danziger Straße, Greifswalder Straße, and the Volkspark Friedrichshain.
Vanilla is an adorable little café on Hufelandstraße, very close to the Volkspark Friedrichshain (For more amazing photos of the interior, check out weheart’s post on the design). I chatted with the British owner behind the counter: she’s been in business for more than a year. She’s super friendly and we chatted a bit in English and related that sometimes, you just can’t find the words in your own mother tongue anymore. They offer coffee, cupcakes (plus mini-cupcakes), and frozen yogurt. I opted for a special flavor – the Johannisbeere-Limette (red currant-lime):
It was fantastic. The cake had a hint of lime zest and was perfectly fluffy and airy, without the dreaded heavy muffin-like crumbs. The red currant jam filling was wonderfully tart, offset nicely by the sweet zing from the lime-flavored frosting (which thankfully, was neither overwhelmingly sweet nor applied too thickly). The candied hearts, of course, were a lovely touch. Frankly, (so far) I think it’s the best cupcake I’ve purchased in Berlin. I’ve had cupcakes elsewhere here; let’s just say that I agree with Kenzie’s assessment at afterhours. What’s even better is that at 2€, it isn’t going to break the bank, either. Happy wallet, happy belly.
10407 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg