five elephant cheesecake

Cool coffee and cult cheesecake

Peek into the cosy kitchen at the back and you will see the staff sliding another eight cheesecakes into the oven. They make cookies and banana bread as well, but the cheesecakes fly out the door. In Berlin, where käsekuchen are on every corner. A layer of delicate crumble for the base, a rich but tangy baked cheesecake and a thin layer of sour cream on top. People come to Five Elephant from all over for the coffee as well: order the cortado for a complex brew with just enough thick foam, halfway between a cappuccino and a macchiato. They have a blackboard with all their beans and roasts, and baristas that will make a different design (flower, heart, fern) on each cup. And a polite sign asking laptops to keep away after 2pm. It looks like a hipster hangout, but tastes like a gourmet café.

Five Elephant: Reichenberger Straße 101, 10999 Berlin

Where next? Bored? Walk over to the art centre Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Mariannenplatz for a mix of studios, exhibitions and events.

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