Varieties of classic and special ice cream
Steps away from Checkpoint Charlie and Jüdisches Museum, good time and ice cream can be found easily at Eiscafe Fedora
After visiting some museums and galleries, what's better than taking a small break, sitting down along Oranienstraße and enjoying a couple scoops of fine ice cream? Come take your timeout at Eiscafe Fedora with some sundae and espresso.
We were warmly welcomed by Mehmet, who runs Eiscafe Fedora and shared how he came to be at the job he has today.
What's your background?
Mehmet: My parents are from Turkey, but I was born and raised in Berlin. I used to study electrical engineering, but I’ve been running this shop since 2014. I fell in love with ice cream 2 years ago when I visited an ice cream manufactory owned by one of my father’s good friends, and that’s when I decided to open an ice cream shop. My mom produces the ice cream in the manufactory. Since there isn’t enough space in the shop, all the ice cream production happens in the manufactory close to Tegel, and the ice cream is shipped to the shop everyday. All the ice cream made are delivered to us within 12 hours, so it’s always fresh.
Despite the long hours of running a shop, what motivates you to go to work everyday?
M: I love the children! It’s so satisfying for me to see the kids come in and become so happy after they get the ice cream. It’s really important to me that the ice cream we sell uses natural ingredients, some with vegan options, so all the kids and adults can enjoy the ice cream.
Besides, we not only offer ice cream, but we also have good coffee which we imported from Italy. I had to go to a barista class just to learn how to make coffee, so I can serve it with the ice cream to customers.
Do you have any other passions besides selling ice cream?
M: I love drawing. I do designs for my friends in my free time. Actually I also did the design of the menu and display you see in the shop. In fact, I’m thinking about going back to school to study graphic design.
Where do you like to hang out in Berlin?
M: My favorite place in the city is by Landwehr Canal, where you can just relax by the water and the greens.My favorite street in Berlin is Oranienstraße, which is the street we are on. You can take a walk down the street, go all the way to Kottbusser Tor, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by lots of nice cafes, bars, or even clubs. It’s always busy at Kotbusser Tor, and you’ll see even more mixture of cultures here in this area. I actually grew up around here, and I remember having classmates from Vietnam, France, China, Turkey, Africa, and many other countries. It’s great.
What’s on your mind lately?
M: We’re thinking about opening up a new store in Schöneberg or Tempelhof, probably in a year. As of here, the shop is still pretty small. Despite there are a few outdoor and indoor seats, it’s really hard for people to sit down and enjoy ice cream when it’s raining. For the second shop, we want to offer more comfort to the customers, which means we would have more space, seating area, and possibly meal offerings as well. My mom is a great cook and we think it would be interesting to pair Turkish cuisine with Italian style ice cream and coffee. So imagine spending an afternoon while having a full Turkish meal along with our ice cream. Wouldn’t it be nice?
🍴What to expect here?
Come for: An icy break after checking out Checkpoint Charlie
Stay for: Several scoops of tasty gelato and chill
Oranienstraße 99, 10969 Berlin