The cosy Mogg & Melzer is a buzzy little address in a lovely old building that formerly housed a Jewish Girls School. Run by two DJs turned deli-meat lovers, the menu is simple but good. The house speciality is the humble pastrami sandwich on rye with carefully calculated lashings of Dusseldorf mustard. The secret ingredient is apparently in the preparation – the beef gets four weeks of salting, an overnight marination followed by five hours of outdoor smoking, and another five hours of steaming – essentially a kind of spa retreat for beef. (Confession: we haven’t actually tried it – so let us know what you think.) The space fill up fairly quickly so arriving before 1pm is probably a good idea – note that this is also a nice spot to while away a few hours over tea and something sweet in the afternoon. These days the building plays host to a number of art galleries – in our experience there’s usually something interesting going on in Michael Fuchs Galerie upstairs.
Alternatively, for coffee and cake or a sandwich-to-go, stop by the tiny Third Wave Barn Coffee Shop (Auguststrasse 58, 10119 Berlin) where somewhat bizarrely, the young waiters tend to have Antipodean accents. With its pint-sized dimensions you’ll be lucky to score a table – but take-away is also an option. The Barn has recently expanded their activities – they now serve coffee from their own Roastery and have opened a much larger premises in Prenzlauer Berg (Schönhauser Allee 8) not far from Soho House. You can purchase their own brand coffee, sourced largely from micro-growers, on either premises which makes a natty gift for the coffee snob in your life. (Note that both premises ban prams, dogs and laptops. Actually laptops are allowed at the Prenzlauer Berg branch, but only at certain tables and here conversely, you are not allowed to use the toilet. All of which you may find good or bad depending on, say, whether you are a dog or are in possession of a bladder. Wearing a beard, brandishing tattoos and taking a holier-than-thou attitude to coffee beans is, however, is not only merely allowed, but actively encouraged.)
Mogg & Melzer
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm;