Berlin | Café Vux

Our last Picky Eaters Meeting was taking us to an oasis in Neukölln’s rush – Café Vux. Coming from the train station and the busy main street, you enter an  adorable little street where the plant-based café is located. It was welcoming us with its large windows and invited us to stay much longer than we initially planned.

The first thing that caught my eye – of course – was the glass cabinet with a beautiful selection of cakes, all home-made. From lemon meringue pie to rhubarb cake, raspberry “cheese”cake to beetroot chocolate nougat cupcakes. I finally decided to order “Spreewelle” – a plant-based variant of “Donauwelle”, one of my absolute favourite cakes.

The savoury food and smoothies are inspired by Brazilian cuisine, the waitress explained: some smoothies contain açaí, maracuja, coconut or mango; some bagels are topped with their special peanut sauce, seitan marinated in lemon juice or guava jelly. Decision-making wasn’t easy!

As you can read from Tabea’s face – without even trying the food our choice made us happy. She chose a special bagel from the daily menu with savoy cabbage, smoked tofu and betroot mayo on it and a fancy beetroot anise latte. As she was very hungry she also picked a piece of cake – the raspberry “cheese”cake. Eva was going for a waffle with hot cherries and a smoothie containing banana, spinach and açaí. And my “Spreewelle” – which was, by the way, very delicious, chocolaty, creamy and fruity – was accompanied by an iced matcha latte with rice milk.

Of course I tried everything from the girls and I was very surprised by the well-balanced, special taste of Tabeas bagel. We felt very comfortable at Café Vux, so after our food we ordered another round of drinks. It’s a perfect place to meet your friends on a sunny afternoon – but I also imagine Café Vux as a perfect place to do some concentrated work in a calm environment.

Good to know: Café Vux is also offering a brunch buffet every Sunday, serving fresh salads and greens, homemade bread, focaccia, seitan, various spreads, desserts and smoothies. I am definitely going to try it out soon. See you there!

ON THE MENU: A big variety of cakes, fresh-baked waffles, amazing bagels and little dishes like quiches and soups.

PRICES: Very affordable – Cappucchino 1.80€, all the bagels – 3.50€, cake between 2.80€ and 3.50€.

VIBES: Homey, cosy, Scandinavian style with a lot of wood and pastel colours. English-speaking staff was very helpful, we stayed for some hours and felt like home.

DOWNER: At the end, when I wanted to order one, the bagels were sold out. But no wonder – it was a sunny day and nobody can say no to a great bagel like that!

PICKY NOTES: Organic fair trade coffee from Bolivia. Everything is vegan.

Café Vux, Wippertstraße 14, 12055 Berlin. Website.

KatrinKatrin has been addicted to good food since forever. Even her first handwritten letter from a school trip was mainly about the food she had and about its quality. Her baking career – a passionate one – started at age 8 and is still flourishing. She is a vegetarian, part-time vegan and is always looking for new tastes. Find her on Instagram: @katrinlotte

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