by James Glazebrook
We love the quote that Neukölln café Roamers has adopted as its banner: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” The man who originally spoke those words, American golfer Walter Hagen, sounds like a chilled fellow, so we think he’d appreciate the relaxed, rustic vibes of Roamers. Very much a (farm) family affair, the Pannierstraße hangout features plants from co-owner Flore Schmidt’s aunt’s flowershop, lamps and chairs from the factory his uncle used to work in, tables built by his stepfather and a counter made of the old door to his family’s pony stable. Schmidt has been cooking since the age of 15, and with his partner Chris Schiefner, creates healthy, tasty fare from hearty sandwiches (mmm Welsh Rarebit) to nutrient-packed salads and smoothies. They say they put all of their passion into every dish and, from the food itself to the furniture and fixtures, love is all around at Roamers.