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DIANA HAGENBERG RECOMMENDS: POLA CAFE

DIANA HAGENBERG RECOMMENDS: POLA CAFE

A new coffee shop that’s just opened on Köpenicker Straße has quickly become one of my favorites. Pola Café is small but smart: For instance, as room for plants is limited, owner Mascha Roos decided to hang them from the ceiling and let them grow up the walls. The space hardly leaves room for tables – that’s why there’s just one. These constraints make Pola all the more cozy and communal: You quickly get talking with other guests. The excellent coffee is from Bor & Baumeister in Kreuzberg, while vegetarian soups grace the lunch menu – my favorite is beetroot. I also highly recommended Pola’s creative sandwiches, such as the “Bulgogi”: Korean marinated beef with kimchi, pear and sesame. Or the “Morza”, which combines sweet potato puree, scamorza cheese and hazelnuts. Stay a while and you could just make your lucky break - Roos runs her street casting agency, Ostwesting, from the back room. (Text: Diana Hagenberg)

Pola Café, Köpenicker Str.10, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 8-16h, with occasional breakfast clubs on weekends

Diana Hagenberg works in Marketing at the anti-migrane app, M-sense, and lives in Kreuzberg.

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THE BARN AT CAFE KRANZLER: AN ICON’S THIRD-WAVE REVIVAL

THE BARN AT CAFE KRANZLER: AN ICON’S THIRD-WAVE REVIVAL

Berlin’s third coffee wave has been slow to hit the west – but a recent revival of an historic coffee institution has made the wait worthwhile. December 2016 saw The Barn open its third branch in the Charlottenburg institution Café Kranzler. Retaining the majority of the café’s original design features, owner Ralf Rüller applied his signature commitment to quality to the iconic space, installing a Mavam under-table espresso machine and forging a collaboration with Brooklyn chocolatier Mast Brothers. In addition to The Barn’s usual selection of sustainably-cultivated coffees, there are teas from Paper & Tea and cold-pressed juices on offer, alongside Portuguese tarts and sugar waffles. Sitting on the rotunda balcony in the soft light of a Sunday morning, watching steam curl up from a fresh V60 brew in the light may just be our new favorite coffee moment yet. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker)

The Barn at Café Kranzler, Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Mon-Sun 10-20h

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NEUMANNS — HOMEMADE BREAD AND DIVINE CAKES

NEUMANNS — HOMEMADE BREAD AND DIVINE CAKES

Just steps from Boxhagener Platz, the German Stulle is having a bohemian awakening. At Neumanns, classics such as Strammer Max, the buttery open-faced sandwich topped with cured ham and a fried egg, is smartened up with leafy greens and fresh Spanish influences, all atop homemade sourdough bread. Owner Dirk Reihner is an ex-filmmaker whose talent brought him as far as the Berlinale. Together with Armenian chef Henrik Keshishshadeh, who used to cook at Dirk’s go-to spot near Kottbusser Tor, the charm seems complete. The interior is designed by Sara Diaz Rodriguez: heavily pared-back with concrete walls and warming accents in all the right places. A must is the homemade cherry-chocolate cake, which pairs perfectly with a cup of Spanish hot chocolate. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Philipp Möhrke)

Neumanns, Gabriel-Max-Str.18, 12045 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon-Thu 9.30-18h, Fri-Sun 10-19h

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HENRIKE JENSS RECOMMENDS: GÁTÔ PÂTISSERIE

HENRIKE JENSS RECOMMENDS: GÁTÔ PÂTISSERIE

We’ve heard it before – Wedding is up and coming. Thankfully, its reputation has reverberated all the way to Paris. Since October, Wedding has had the pleasure of having French patisserie GáTô on its team, located near Leopoldplatz. Here, owners Gabrielle and Thomas bake fresh croissants, pains au chocolat, and brioche daily. For Berliners, these are well-known treats. But there is more: chouquettes, navettes, financiers… everything that falls under the Viennoiserie category. And a changing selection of tartes and quiches have regulars coming back. Previously, the confectioner and chef duo sold their goods at Parisian food markets, delivering their delicious pastries to the other side of town by bicycle. Now, they have settled down in Berlin, and extended their patisserie with a café. A little extra for parents is the children’s playroom – for other guests it’s the quiet time to enjoy a coffee. (Text / Photos: Henrike Jenss)

GáTô, Nazarethkirchstr.44, 13347 Berlin-Wedding; map
Tue-Fri 8-17h, Sat 9-18h

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KAME: FUN JAPANESE SNACKS NEAR SAVIGNYPLATZ

KAME: FUN JAPANESE SNACKS NEAR SAVIGNYPLATZ

If you’ve ever visited a bakery in Japan, you’ve certainly noticed the wide range of baked goods on display: From the usual suspects like croissants to more peculiar yet common local specialties. Many of them are stuffed with interesting fillings, like anpan (sweet roll filled with azuki bean paste), curry pan (deep-fried bread with Japanese curry inside), melon pan (sweet bun in the shape of a melon), and choco korone (sweet horn-shaped bread with cream inside). Until recently, it was impossible to find Japanese baked goods in Berlin, but now they’re available at Kame Bakery, just a stone’s throw away from Savignyplatz. When owners Daniel Roters and Machiko Yamashita met an experienced baker from Tokyo, Kaoru Kameyama, it was their lucky day. Their ideas and dreams came to fruition quickly; in just under two years they opened up the cafe. Now, they not only serve baked goods, but Onigirazu, a recent Japanese food trend (think rice sandwich), salad specials, yuzu cheesecake, matcha latte and many more delicacies. They also frequently host special pop-up dinners, so stay tuned through their Facebook page or website. (Text: Rei Matsuoka)

Kame Japanese Bakery, Leibnizstr.45, 10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Mon-Sat 9-20h

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