What do you associate with a shopping trip in a mall? Usually clothing, accessories and souvenirs, right? The culinary shopping experiences on offer are normally limited to picking up something for your fridge at home from the mall’s supermarket or quickly grabbing a coffee to go – after all, it’s important to keep your energy levels up if you’re embarking on a big shopping spree. On our last stroll around BIKINI BERLIN we realised that the mall isn’t just the perfect place to come for new bags and shoes, but also all kinds of sweet treats…
On a wander around BIKINI BERLIN, there’s no getting past the wooden structure on the ground floor that is surrounded by plants, the smell of fresh coffee wafting in the air and the best views of the adjoining zoo: yes, that’s right, we’re talking about the health-conscious bistro Funk You. From açai bowls to smoothies down to avocado snacks, they offer everything that your “green” heart desires. But that’s not all: the menu also includes energy balls, different kinds of coffee and the hazelnut mocha slices that you simply have to try. Perfect for refuelling before all that shopping!
After stocking up on energy with all those healthy superfoods and vitamins and once you’ve hit the shops, browsed the exhibition spaces and treated yourself to one or two must-have items, it’s time to refuel with a treat. And as luck would have it, BIKINI BERLIN is the only place you’ll find the meanwhile legendary freak shakes by Berlin ice cream maker Copper & Flint. From exotic flavours of ice cream to the most varied toppings down to countless combinations, you’ll be able to satisfy even your sweetest cravings for the ultimate indulgence. But to ease your guilty conscience – almost all flavours are gluten-free and vegan. Those who prefer to keep it simple can also opt for the homemade cakes and freshly squeezed juices. And by the way: in winter they’ll be extending their offer with hearty snacks and hot soups so Copper & Flint is definitely worth a visit all year round.
Why should you shut down your laptop and enjoy a spot of real-life shopping in the offline world every now and again? Because only then will you come across gems that you would have otherwise never found online. Neither of us would have described ourselves as big liquorice fans before. But on our way out of the mall we were approached by a friendly lady in front of the Lakrids by Johan Bülow store, who invited us to sample a new flavour of their chocolate-coated liquorice balls. Despite our initial scepticism as far as liquorice is concerned, our curiosity got the better of us and we tried the blueberry flavour. To cut a long story short – we left the incredibly chic store, which reminded us more of a jeweller’s than a sweet shop, as huge fans! Established in Copenhagen in 2007, the premium liquorice is meanwhile a real insider tip. Their chocolate-coated balls and other variations are all gluten-free, dusted with rice flour and made completely without the use of gelatine. The idea of combining liquorice with chocolate actually comes from Iceland but Lakrids by Johan Bülow is reinterpreting it the Danish way. Our tip: as well as the tubs of choc-coated balls, they also stock two kinds of liquorice syrup and a liquorice powder, which also make original gifts.
So as you can see, there’s a lot more waiting to be discovered in the mall than you’d think – especially for your taste buds! BIKINI BERLIN’s unique and out of the ordinary culinary offer is a hot tip for fans of unique sweet treats – and you can even look forward to discovering the odd surprise here too!