A Café Centred Around Typography That Lives Up To The Hype
What do you get if you take two powerhouse German designers, throw in a love of typography, a printing press and a milk bar? You get a very cool concept store called Type Hype & Milchbar, tucked away down the bustling side streets of Mitte. The store is a design lover's feast and makes for a very happy belly.
Stepping inside the store you are met with an array of unique design pieces punctuated by the industrial hanging lights and humming Korrex printing press that dominates the floor.
For fans of typography there’s a wealth of visuals to take your fancy: posters, cushions, cards, food, packaging, pens and paper - all enticing you to purchase.
But perhaps the best thing here is the Milchbar (Milk Bar), which is based on the age old tradition of Typesetters apprentices drinking milk as they worked. The store’s focal point is the large bar serving organic milk from Brandenberg, speciality coffee from Berlin-based roasting companies and a small selection of very good food.
Perching on reclaimed stools by the window's edge you can face outwards to watch the bustle of Mitte's hipsters, or face inwards and risk buying everything on show (with such beautifully displayed products it’s hard to resist temptation!).
I opted for a Caffe Latte, a vegan tofu sandwich with clay oven-baked bread which is presented in such a way that you feel almost bad ripping into the paper, and tearing the logo to dig in. It’s no surprise that each plate is carefully considered, combining ingredients to create a winning taste which excites the palette and eyes simultaneously.
After debating whether to purchase a huge typographic F poster and smuggle it home, I washed down the rest of my coffee with a perfectly formed mini croissant - this is design at its best after all. so nothing short of symmetrical pastry precision will do. It would have been rude not to sample some of their typeset chocolate letters which I used to spell out my feelings for this place.
At around €5 a sandwich you couldn’t ask more for your money if you’re a design geek, as eating here is not just about the food and with a range of light, medium, bold breakfasts and a full snack menu there is something for everyone. Just be sure to head here around lunchtime if you want to sample the full menu, when food tastes this good it doesn’t hang round for long.