Despite the massive amount of bars and cafes in a city like Berlin, it’s not always easy to find one that pulls you back because of its… ‘je ne sai quoi.’ That one bar for me is the Haliflor. Why? It isn’t only because it’s in a relatively quiet street away from the commercial bits in Mitte, or the fact that they have yummy ‘organic’ breakfasts with playful names.
The main reason I consider this bar a bit of a gem is that to me it represents that Berlin uniqueness and freedom that a lot of people come here to seek. Almost every single item in this place was lovingly designed by its owner and made with his own two hands, from the tables to most of the lamps to the sliding windows.
But even without knowing this little detail, it’s that rustic feel, minimal art deco-ish style, the way the windows close with the help of the weights hanging on the side, the stuffing coming out of some of the chairs, the relaxed yet friendly attitude of the people who work there, the shape of the lights, its complete lack of commercial flavor and the color tones in there that makes me want to keep going back. I don’t know, it somehow feels like one of the few bars in which I can think to myself, “Oh yes, I’m in Berlin”.