Sunday, 31 August 2014

Silo(ve)

Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance

Friedrichshain's youthful Third Wave Coffee hotspot has played a very significant role in my contented Berlin Leben. Silo was a total godsend during "crutch phase", providing me with an easily accessible and above all friendly alternative office in times of limited mobility. But this cherished little caffeine haunt is much more than that. Since Silo celebrated its first birthday this week (party pics to follow), I thought I'd pay homage to a spot I've come to associate with veritable glee and coffee-induced comfort.

Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance

If their characteristic red crockery doesn't immediately win you over, then the spot-on interior, sterling playlist and charming service most certainly will. And that's before you sample the simple yet frankly magnificent food and drinks selection. Joining the likes of The Barn, Bonanza, Five Elephant, Oslo Kaffebar and Companion Coffee as frontrunners in the fiercely treasured Berlin caffeine scene, Silo's lovely owners take the business of Kaffee very seriously (and quite rightly too).


Whether you're after a casual working environment or just fancy zoning out with a top-notch publication or two (the choice is extensive and brilliant), Silo supplies the sweetest of settings. In an era of often impersonal and faceless communication, it's refreshing to have a community hang-out in which benevolent baristas know your order - soya flat white, standard - by heart and even greet you with a high five on your first crutch-free day in months. I'll drink to that.


Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance

Raise your (espresso martini) glasses, shake your asses


Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance
Silo(ve) // It's Brogues © Brogues Cozens-McNeelance

The deservedly winning party turnout and celebratory vibes were a total testament to Silo's sought-after status and faithful following. Here's to many more!

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