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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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FECHTNER — WHOLESOME SALADS THAT EMBRACE THE SEASONS

FECHTNER — WHOLESOME SALADS THAT EMBRACE THE SEASONS

It’s easy to imagine that the space now occupied by Fechtner was once a design shop: Its pared-down, high-ceiling interior has something remarkably soothing to it that doesn’t entirely line up with its spot on Torstraße. Lunch is just the time to visit, where hearty salad bowls with a base of greens come topped with crisp asparagus spears and grilled sweet potato, lovingly strewn with goat cheese and your dressing of choice—though cranberry is highly recommended. Owners Tabea Meyer and Tobias Vetter have a serious dedication to the food they put out, demonstrated in their ties to nearby suppliers: rich dark bread from Zeit Für Brot; olive oil from Oel Berlin; the coffee an in-house blend; water filtered with Leogant systems. Fechtner opened late this summer, but being seasonally on-point, the pumpkin soup arrives pulpy and warm, topped with crunchy cubes of fried bread, crispy sage, and pomegranate. A side of Anti-Inflammatory juice, made with lemon, ginger, fennel, and turmeric, will wash away the inkling of a cold; while the Detox juice, a blend of beetroot, ginger, and cinnamon, brings one more comforting word to mind: Christmas. (Text: Victoria Centaro)

Fechtner, Torstr.114, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 9-19h, Sat 10-19h

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FENSTER COFFEE — BEANS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

FENSTER COFFEE — BEANS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

Since January 2016, Fenster Coffee has become coffee lovers’ new go-to spot in Berlin’s Wrangelkiez. Taking its name from the massive window facing the street, the space benefits from endless sunlight when the glass gets pushed aside on hot summer days, creating a seamless transition between the inside and the out. That fluidity reappears in the interior, where well thought-out, minimalist design reigns: Instead of a bar dominating the room, the only separation between customer and barista are two brewing stations. Walking in, a soothing, warm atmosphere sweeps over you, clearly inspired by Fenster Coffee’s founder Jasper Springeling and his colleague Jonathan Schneider. The duo met at Bonanza Coffee Heroes, where Jasper had been chief roaster. In coming weeks, Jasper will be creating a house blend (for both espresso and filter coffee) together with Fjord Coffee Roasters. Fenster Coffee also offers a menu of sandwiches, including the Grilled Moroccan Chicken and, my personal favorite, the Goat Cheese Salad, which features a crispy cut of Sironi bread topped with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, all nestled on top of fresh salad greens. A cup of freshly-brewed filter coffee from the Marco SP9 brew station makes the perfect match. (Text: Helen von der Höden / Photo: Sandra Bitz (top), Daniel Farò)

Fenster Coffee, Falckensteinstr.5, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 8-20h, Sat-Sun 10-22h

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