I got to know the vegan café Pêle-Mêle (read: Pel Mel) at Innstraße 26 in Berlin-Neukölln in 2018 through a friend. Now I had the opportunity to interview the owner, Maren Berens. Reason enough to finally write an article about this cool and cozy café.
The beginnings of Pêle-Mêle
This nice café in Berlin-Neukölln was opened in 2013. The name was originally just “borrowed” and was only intended to serve as a working title. But Maren told me that she soon couldn’t imagine any other name. So, despite many difficulties with the pronunciation, it remained with Pêle-Mêle. But nobody is angry with you if you say Pele Mele instead. They are used to it. By the way, the word is French and means something like mess or mishmash.
The location on Innstrasse has advantages and disadvantages. There are not as many walk-in customers as there are in busy streets, but the shop rent is much lower and there was a lot of freedom in the design of the premises. More on this in the “Style” section. Meanwhile the original disadvantage was put into perspective. Pêle-Mêle also attracts people from further afield, which speaks for the quality and popularity of this place. And people who are specifically looking for vegan cafés or restaurants will find their way there anyway.
A co-working room has been set up in the rear area. Although this is currently rented to someone for the time being, co-working is of course still possible in the rest of the restaurant. And except for brunch times, co-workers are very welcome guests. By the way, reservations are also possible. You can find the number to call in the information below.
In summer you can also sit outside in front of the café. Therefore small beer table sets are put up on the pavement, as you can see in the photo next to this.
Food and beverages at Pêle-Mêle
Also on the standard menu are sandwiches, ciabatta but also salad and a BBQ burger. The bagel on the picture at the top of this post also belongs to it, for instance. You can assemble the filling yourself from numerous components.
Among the drinks you will of course find the classics of a coffeehouse such as coffee and teas, chai and macha latte. Incidentally, the coffee is organic and fair trade. It comes from “Fairbindung” and can also be taken home in 250 g bags.
The soft drinks include homemade lemonades, fresh juices, smoothies and shakes.
Among the alcoholic beverages you will find beer from Quartiermeister and Pinkus – but there’s also non-alcoholic and gluten-free Lammsbräu available -, white, red and sparkling wine.
Good news. You can have delicious snacks and sandwiches delivered by Pêle-Mêle. Just click here* or on the following banner. Enjoy your meal!
The café on Innstrasse has also been an Eat the World partner from the start and serves the participants with small samples (see picture). You can find out what that is exactly and what you can experience in the blog post “Eat the World – Neukölln“. I can highly recommend this to you.
Pele-Mele is a neighborhood café, a pilgrimage site for vegans and friends, a co-working café and an art venue. You can see that Maren Berens, the operator, is fully committed and has put a lot of passion into this place.
In the meantime, the shop has established itself and has become an integral part of the Neukölln food scene. I can highly recommend Pêle-Mêle.
If you now have decided to go there, then say Maren best regards from Arnold and that you became aware of Pêle-Mêle through Vegans And Friends. 🙂
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Info – Pêle-Mêle
Address: Innstraße 26, 12043 Berlin, Germany
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Status: July 2020)
Phone: 030 36 46 75 23
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