When I was planning to go to Berlin, I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity to hunt out some really cool places that appeal to the design geek in me. I knew there would be some really fantastic things to see and experience and it was just a matter of doing some detailed research and asking the locals. One place that came onto my radar pretty swiftly was a café called Kauf Dich Glücklich, which is translated as ‘buy yourself happy’. Word on the street was that this little gem serves up the most delicious waffles and crepes and has an ice-cream selection to be proud of. Rumour also had it that the interior decor was pretty interesting. So what choice did I have? Surely I owed to myself and to you my readers, to go there, take a look, sample their sweet offerings and find out what all the fuss was about.
The café is situated at Oderberger Straße 44 in the Prenzlauer Berg district. This beautiful wide street is lined with an eclectic mix of atmospheric cafés, bohemian bars, inviting restaurants, vintage clothes shops and vinyl record shops. Kauf Dich Glücklich was not difficult to spot as its colourful, retro chairs spilled out onto the extra wide pavement creating a cosy little terrace area where customers can while away the hours. It is a really great spot for people watching too. We found a table to sit at outside and I ordered the obligatory waffles that I had heard so much about and I can tell you they certainly lived up to their reputation. Once I had polished them off, I went for a wander inside.
Packed with retro and vintage furniture pieces, the interior of the café looks more like someone’s living room than an eatery. The mismatched scheme is colouful and full of contrasting materials and textures which give it added interest. From the old-fashioned lamp shades to the pictures hanging on the wall, you kind of feel like you have been transported back in time.
One of the biggest surprises though is if you head to the ladies toilets (sorry gents you won’t get to experience this unless you somehow manage to take a sneaky peek inside). The room is really rather large for just one toilet and when you sit down you are faced with a big old school wooden TV and a comfy armchair. Then over by the sink is a rather garish lamp. It certainly made going to the toilet a surreal experience. But this is obviously what happens when two product design students and self-confessed flea market junkies open a café. Apparently, you can also riffle through the vintage jewelry, sunglasses and toys from yesteryear and buy anything that takes your fancy. On my visit everyone was too busy tucking into their delicious waffles to worry about old school toys. If you ever get to Berlin, this place is definitely worth checking out.