Hidden special places are always a great way to explore a city like Berlin. If you would like to experience a gem of a place and learn about the rich world of “erva mate”, you simply must stop by at META MATE BERLIN in Prenzlauer Berg.
Take the subway (U2) either to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz or Senefelderplatz and walk a couple of minutes to one of the prettiest areas in Prenzlauer Berg (see map below). The outside patio is so cute you might feel tempted not to enter the shop. But, make sure you do. Immerse yourself in the rich and social experience of mate drinking. And to be fair, the shop interior is quite quirky and cozy!
The very welcoming and knowledgeable shop owners Krithika and Fabricio will not only make you feel at home. They might actually join you for a fun communal mate drinking hour or two. Take the opportunity to learn more about this drink that has become a cult among the Berliner hacker community and that is now being adopted by a wider audience.
The mate served here is top notch. It is hand collected from selected forests. There are only 2 to 3 harvests a year!! The whole business here is very fair trade. Ask the owners about it. It is a fascinating process. Beyond the amazing variety of artisanal yerba mate teas prepared and served in locally made mugs called “cuias”, one can also find an impressive range of mate drinks, beer, mate chocolate and soaps.
Get a “cuia”, gather round with friends and enjoy your mate. Sometimes the communal experience can be taken to the next level by the same “cuia” being shared among friends. Your mate experience, your choice. During the warmer months make sure to enjoy this fun experience outside while admiring the beautiful altbau architecture around you.
Once you’ve enjyoyed your mate at META MATE BERLIN, walk north and soak up the sun at one of my favorite places in Prezlauer Berg: the little park around Wasserturm (Water tower). Climb up to the top lawn, find a spot and read a book. Or just chill. Doesn’t that sound like a fun day?
Address: Straßburger Str. 16, 10405 Berlin