House of Small Wonder Whimsical afternoons

Following in the footsteps of a certain Leonard Cohen song, House of Small Wonder first took New York before heading over the pond to Berlin. Seeing as their cafe was such a hit with the Brooklynites, the husband and wife team thought they’d try their luck in Europe, whose relaxed cafe vibes inspired them in the first place. Their concept of Americo-Japanese fusion has been an immediate hit with the Mitte masses, starved of an original lunch spot around Friedrichstraße.

Serving all-day brunch and home-cooked lunch, the menu is a combination of breakfast classics, baked goods and tasty sandwiches—alongside Japanese options, like Okinawan Taco rice, a take on the Tex Mex special that actually has no taco in sight. The space itself is a large wonder, flooded with light and reminiscent of a greenhouse. Or maybe it’s the abundance of potted and hanging plants that stirs this feeling. A mish-mash of materials, the walls are made of salvaged wooden planks, and stained glass windows have been transformed into quirky lamps. While the entrance at first seems like a waste of space, up the spiral staircase awaits a little paradise. And lots of cute Japanese waitresses.

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