At Blumental it’s back to the roots. The historic building with its red brick façade used to be a workers’ canteen. Now it’s a place to get together and eat well – very well. Located away from the hustle and bustle of Kreuzberg on Engeldamm, the cafe and restaurant is entered via a yellow curtain which leads to a relaxed and spacious interior. It’s full of nice details, like the pastel paint and the turquoise bar with a terrazzo counter. Then there’s the open kitchen, where the (all-women) team create their dishes. Examples include the “Amore Ajvar” with sourdough bread, kale chips, pickled onions, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach and ajvar. It’s already one of our favorites and is perfect for brunch and lunch.
If you’re not quite in chill mode, no problem: Blumental is creating an area for co-working, and you can already bring your laptop and sit on one of the sofas and get a few things done. For sustenance you can order a freshly squeezed juice or a slice of homemade cake (we recommend the chocolate and raspberry). Best of all, if you don’t manage to finish your dish, the rest goes into a zero-waste machine to become compost. The collective behind the cafe has lots of food experience and a lot of energy: almost everything here was built and designed by the team and their friends. This vibe makes Blumental not just cozy, but highly inviting too. Whether it’s brunch for two or coffee with the whole clique, there’s room for everything here.
Text: Dave Alcantara / Photos: Robyn Steffen
Blumental, Engeldamm 64, 10179 Berlin–Mitte; map