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NYC-STYLE COOKIES THAT CRUMBLE: ROUND & EDGY BRINGS AMERICAN COOKIES TO MITTE

NYC-STYLE COOKIES THAT CRUMBLE: ROUND & EDGY BRINGS AMERICAN COOKIES TO MITTE

Berlin has a new destination for die hard sweet tooths: Round & Edgy. The Mitte cafe-shop serves up NYC-style cookies that are totally plant based. Whether you plan a special pilgrimage or are lured in from the street by the smell of freshly baked dough, you won’t regret paying this place a visit. Inside you can bite into the likes of Blueberry Cheesecake, Crumblebee (vanilla, white chocolate, fresh apricots and crumble), White Choc Burned Macadamia and good ol’ choc chip. Founders Armando Mayr and Martina Scherer set up shop after falling in love with the chewy, cake-like texture of American cookies while visiting New York.

Their shop has a spacey design with blue lights and techno beats – perhaps not what you’d expect from a biscuit shop but all the more thrilling for it. Presented on a marble counter, the cookies look like little works of art, while behind you can catch a glimpse of the “cookie studio” where the chewy biscuits are made. Whether you want to spice up afternoon tea or need an on-the-go snack, Round & Edgy has treats that are as fresh and warm as they are addictive. You have been warned.

Text: Theresa Garwing / Photos: Luna Schaffron

Round & Edgy, Rochstr.3, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 12–18h

@roundedgy

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ARTISAN BAKING AT HANSI’S BROT — RECOMMENDED BY LIOBA LEICKEL

ARTISAN BAKING AT HANSI’S BROT — RECOMMENDED BY LIOBA LEICKEL

Johannes Jungnickel is 31 years young and a native Berliner. In 2021, he opened his own bakery in Sprengelkiez: Hansi’s Brot. It’s a very down-to-earth shop of the sort you might know from traditional German baking, selling sourdough bread and classic bakes. In the morning, the bakery is full of the smell of fresh loaves, rolls, pretzels, Dinkelseelen and Schusterjungs – all made with organic flour from Spreewald. Johannes is an artsy type who studied jazz guitar in Amsterdam. Unable to find any tasty bread there, he started a baking apprenticeship at Berlin’s Beumer & Lutum before working at Albatross Bakery for two years and finally getting his diploma that would allow him to open his own shop. Wedding is the ideal location because it reminds Johannes of the Berlin of his childhood. “It’s just nice here,” he says. Johannes is now keen to pass on his knowledge: Hansi’s Brot also trains apprentices. As for my favorite treat? It’s got to be the Himbeer-Kringel with raspberry. It alone is worth the trip to Wedding.

Text: Lioba Leickel / Photos: Luna Schaffron

Lioba Leickel and Miriam Buholzer opened the small neighborhood shop Kiosk Sardelle right next to Hansi’s Bread in February 2021. They enjoy being next to their busy baker neighbors.

Hansi’s Brot, Kiautschoustr.1, 13353 Berlin–Wedding; map
Wed–Fri 9–19h & Sat 9–14h

@kiosksardelle
@hansisbrot

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PRIVATE VIEW COFFEE — ESPRESSO BAR WITH CHARM INCLUDED

PRIVATE VIEW COFFEE — ESPRESSO BAR WITH CHARM INCLUDED

Arriving at Private View Coffee, a cafe on the corner of Schlüterstraße and Mommsenstraße in Charlottenburg, I was greeted by the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. Given I was on the hunt for a brew, I’d come to the right place. Since 2019, Igor Paasch and Carsten Prasse’s charming and unpretentious espresso bar has proven itself to be a perfect stop for a coffee, whether it’s an early-morning pick-me-up, a post-lunch espresso or a break between gallery visits. The key is the coffee itself: it has an uncomplicated chocolatey-nutty taste that is simply good. The beans, which come from Brazil, Guatemala and Ethiopia, are roasted in Berlin and form the basis of the in-house Private View Blend #1, which I buy as a gift for friends. In short: this Charlottenburg corner has all you need for a perfect coffee break out west.

Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Private View Coffee, Schlüterstr.33, 10629 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Sat 10–16h30

@privateviewcoffee

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CAFÉ SCHROEDER — LUNCHTIME TREATS, COFFEE AND NATURAL WINE AT CAFÉ FLO’S SISTER DAYTIME SPOT

CAFÉ SCHROEDER — LUNCHTIME TREATS, COFFEE AND NATURAL WINE AT CAFÉ FLO’S SISTER DAYTIME SPOT

Whether you know and love Café Flo’s creative brunch or want to try it for the first time, you can now do it in Mitte: at Café Schroeder. Sisters Rachel and Lea’s second stylish cafe is located between Nordbahnhof and Torstraße. On offer are classic snacks like sandwiches with hummus, cucumber and organic egg, and a salad with orange and fennel. There are fluffy buttermilk pancakes with summer-sweet apricots too, plus fruity papaya boats filled with yogurt, fruit compote and crunchy homemade peanut granola. To accompany the food is good coffee from Field, fresh OJ or, if you’re in the mood, a glass of natural wine from the experts at Nature’s Calling. If you find the bottle to your liking, you can grab it to go from the cafe’s little wine corner. As for the bread, it comes from Frea Bakery, conveniently located just next door. Well suited for a quick lunchtime treat or full-on Sunday brunch, Flo is a welcome addition to Mitte’s daytime food and drink scene.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Café Schroeder, Schröderstr.15, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Thur–Fri 9–16h, Sat & Sun 10–17h

@cafeschroederberlin

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MEDITERRANEAN SPECIALITIES, COFFEE AND ICE CREAM-FILLED FRUIT — KIOSK SARDELLE RECOMMENDED BY JOHANNA DUMET

MEDITERRANEAN SPECIALITIES, COFFEE AND ICE CREAM-FILLED FRUIT — KIOSK SARDELLE RECOMMENDED BY JOHANNA DUMET

It’s already won the hearts of many Weddingers: Kiosk Sardelle, the little yellow and gray Kiez shop on Kiautschoustrasse that sells a well-chosen assortment of groceries and gifts. On top of that, it’s also a cafe serving coffee, cold drinks and even ice cream served in fruit shells! Owners Miriam and Lioba opened the space in February 2022 and offer around 120 products, most sourced from Southern Europe but also closer to home. Some actually come from Wedding, including the Kawa coffee, handmade sketchbooks from Sara Bellinghausen (Hand & Wort) and Caracciolo wine from a maker who lives just around the corner. My top five products? The Espinaler vermouth, the anchovies and olives from Spain, the mandarin chocolate from Italy, the Torres truffle chips from Spain and the Sola Fuet Espetec salami.

The abundance of Spanish products is down to the fact that Lioba and Miriam both lived in Barcelona, where I met Lioba in 2010. I remember our wild nights drinking homemade vermouth on the Rambla de Raval and meeting for breakfast bocadillos before heading to the beach. The duo’s shop sells bocadillos made with fresh bread from neighboring bakery Hansis Brot and offers wine and vermouth tasting. You can also pick up a picnic hamper filled with drinks and snacks and take it to the canal or to Plotzensee (a 15 minute walk away). I can only recommend you to go and check out the shop – don’t forget to say hi to Miriam and Lioba from me!

Text: Johanna Dumet / Photos: Robyn Steffen

Johanna Dumet is a Berlin-based French painter. Her studio is located at Wilhelmhallen, where she is currently preparing her upcoming show at Valerius Gallery Luxembourg, together with Manuel Wroblewski and Soren Benhcke, starting 17.09.2022. 

Kiosk Sardelle, Kiautschoustr.1, 13353 Berlin–Wedding; map
Tues–Fri 12–18h & Sat 10–14h

@kiosksardelle

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