berlin: house of small wonder opening

© house of small wonder / photography: stefan kühne

while berlin's mitte district may have lost some of its edge over the years and become a little commercialized, it hasn't lost an iota of its appeal, and interesting new establishments continue to pop-up. a new arrival in the neighbourhood is house of small wonder, a cool daytime café and sister establishment of the namesake original in williamsburg. founded by husband-and-wife team shaul margulies and motoko watanabe, their café quickly became known as the area's gourmet central. the new outpost in the german capital is designed by jonathan margulies, and features a similar boho vibe. house of small wonder occupies a spacious second floor unit of a listed early 20th-century building. rows of huge windows allow floods of daylight into this laid-back den with a bohemian edge.

the decor is a blend of new, vintage and recycled elements and materials, and lots of potted plants that collectively conjure up a happy 'n homey vibe. add to that the tasty comfort food, made from organic produce and concocted with a japanese twist, it's bound to create a loyal following in no time. this place serves breakfast, brunch and a wide range of yummy bites, and as said, the menu has a distinct japanese influences, actually lost if it. next to homemade bread, croissants and pastries, the culinary highlights include a juicy japanese hamburg steak with melted gruyère cheese, sashimi zuke don with avocado, mushrooms and sesame, and okinawan taco rice with pork, chopped veggies and rice. location: johannisstrasse 20 [mitte].

© house of small wonder / photography: stefan kühne