Hokey Pokey, Ice Cream, Prenzlauer Berg
May 27, 2012 13 Comments
I say this because ice cream is the number two most popular thing to eat here after sausages. You can’t find a cluster of restaurants without an ice cream shop. Everyone does it, young old, suited, barefoot, they are all licking away. There is no shame in ordering a spaghetti ice (vanilla ice cream pressed through a potato ricer and topped with a strawberry sauce to mimic tomato sauce and white sprinkles to suggest Parmesan) no matter what your age.Ice cream in Berlin is cheap. One scoop is usually around €1 (although two years ago, I remember it being €0.60 at the shop across the street). The bright, crayola box flavours are often wacky; black vanilla, sweet woodruff or the mouth puckering German darling, from everything to face creams to health tonics to….ice cream – sea buckthorn. At €1 a scoop, I am game to try most of them, cast off my shoes and waggle my toes happily at the simplicity of it all.Whenever I am in Prenzlauerberg for a meal (A Magica tonight) I often skip dessert and go for a decidedly fancier scoop with a lot of American / British flavours like Rocky Road, Banana Peanut Butter and the one for which the shop is named: Hokey Pokey. But also a lot of superb single flavours – Sicilian pistachio, Indian Mango, Hazelnut and so on.The ice cream at Hokey Pokey is as good as that of Vanille & Marille in Kreuzberg but oddly without the long line and more places to sit. Incidentally, I heard a rumor that the team behind Hokey Pokey was somehow related to or had done time at Vanille & Marille. (Lovely post on Vanille & Marille from The Wednesday Chef on her Berlin on a Platter website here).
Stargarder Strasse 73
10437, Prenzlauer Berg
T. 0176 80103080