Friday 21 November | 2014
Everyone in Bonn wants to live in the Südstadt. The coveted Gründerzeit heritage buildings are as beautiful inside as their elaborate facades outside, boasting large windows and high ceilings, princess worthy balconies, and original floors laden with high-end furniture. The other attraction is the burgeoning café and restaurant scene nearby.
One of these Südstadt hotspots is Black Coffee Pharmacy. The year-old café is an extension of the local coffee cart that goes by the same very cool name. A few steps in the door and we are smitten with the super stylish interior: industrial AEG lamps, candles, sleek artwork, oversized mirrors, fresh flowers on the tables and – more creatively – also on the floor.
Take your seat – choose from the various high tables or the cosy window box, or make you way upstairs to the mezzanine floor where there is space for just two. At Black Coffee Pharmacy, the tables are small and the atmosphere intimate. Conversations are punctuated by the sounds of the espresso machine.
Despite not having a kitchen, Black Coffee Pharmacy serves a really decent range of food. Above is the petit déjeuner (€3.00) which includes a crusty artisan croissant, raspberry jam, and seasonal fresh fruit salad with mint. But the coffee is the real star of the show here – starting with the cappuccino (€2.40). The custom 60:40 blend roasted by Cologne’s artisan roaster heilandt is really excellent, and does a great job of bringing in the locals on this rainy Sunday morning.
The attention to detail is evident everywhere – hidden in this cheese sandwich (€3.00) are two aromatic basil leaves that really bring the salad to life. More delicious coffee? A mocha? No problem! The friendly barista makes us whatever we like.
Popular coffee accessories include the marble and banana cakes (€2.00), one swirled with fudgey chocolate, and the other studded with cherries. Both loaves are dense and homemade, and offer a serious sugar hit, just in case the coffee was not enough to wake us up.
The perfect prescription for a cold winter’s day.
See the menu here: