“Let them eat cake,” goes the infamous quote. Unlike Marie Antoinette, the folks at Black Apron know exactly what the people need. A delightful cafe-cum-bakery for American-style baked treats, Black Apron originates from Hildesheim, the hometown of its owner Özlem Sögüt. After a detour via Codos Coffee in Hamburg, it landed in Berlin in June 2019, captivating with excellent freshly-made baked goods (think cheesecake and carrot cakes galore) and a simple, modern interior – not to mention the delicious matcha and turmeric lattes. You can even watch the bakers at work at the back of the shop, where the pros are always experimenting, hence the novel and constantly changing range of food. At the bar is where classics like the “Great Tart” can be found – a vegan and gluten-free tart with almonds, homemade coconut-turmeric paste, lemon and raspberry puree, with no sugar added. And for something more substantial, they now do a comfort-food brunch at the weekend. We’re lining up already. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
I have a big sweet tooth, so it’s lucky for me that I get to report on one of the tastiest spots in Berlin: Canal. Having started this compact cafe as an ice cream shop in 2015, co-founders and pastry masters Daniella Barriobero Canal und Guadalupe Eichner decided to move into eclairs to keep customers happy during the winter months. The pair worked intensively to create the best eclairs possible, and if you want to get your hands on one of the nine deliciously indulgent varieties they’ve developed, my tip is to get there early. You won’t want to miss out on the likes of the pistachio and raspberry eclair, with Sicilian nut pastry cream, whipped ganache and fresh berries; or the matcha sesame, which features the best Valrhona Opalys white chocolate. Sneak a couple of these delights home with you in a box when you next stop by for a coffee. (Text: Liza Kovalova / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Liza Kovalova works as a PR manager and was based in Berlin until 2019. Now back in Ukraine, she’s still addicted to passionately prepared food.
Canal, Rosenthaler Str.41, Hackesche Höfe, 10178 Berlin–Mitte, map
In July 2019 Concierge Coffee expanded, and now serves the finest coffee and pastries from a shipping container docked in an inconspicuous backyard on Köpenicker Strasse in addition to their the charming cafe on Paul-Lincke-Ufer. The container cafe was created in cooperation with building owners Vonder, and one thing is certain: this wood-lined container is at least as special and unique as the first location, and has proved a truly successful expansion. Of course, it serves what Concierge Coffee is all about: excellent filter coffee, americanos, cold brew and flat whites. And as usual, their croissants always pair nicely with your coffee, no matter the time of day. So if you are anywhere near Schlesi, Kotti or Jannowitzbrücke, take a little break away from the hustle and bustle at this new location. When it starts to get cold: try their warming and invigorating Concierge Dirty Chai Latte. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
Yellow is a color that draws your attention. On a hot, early summer afternoon I was cycling along Köpenicker Straße and discovered Zàgara, a sunny Italian ice cream shop which I certainly won’t miss again. Thanks to Tiziana, Gil and Riccardo, who brought their vision of their own ice cream parlor to life when they opened Zàgara in May 2019, there is now another Italian gelato spot not far from Schlesi. It’s since become my place for an after-work treat, and for good reason: the shop is so charmingly different and colorful. Its vibrant furniture and plants, as well as the friendly trio themselves, are so cheerful and inviting. Whether for a breakfast ice cream sandwich with brioche from Sironi or an afternoon affogato pick-me-up, there’s always an occasion to visit. Our insider tip: try the organic ricotta with candied lemon and the vegan dark chocolate with beetroot. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)
There’s a striking moment when you step into Rekorder Galerie und Café. With clean lines, an original tiled floor and stuccoed ceilings, this compact space near Bergmannkiez is certainly perfect for a morning coffee or after-work wine. But there’s something else that catches your eye: a 2.5m–wide wall-mounted frame home to a single large-scale artwork. This combining of cafe and gallery came naturally to founders Werner Klemm and Amadea Badran, the former a film producer and the latter a Parisian passionate about sourcing French delicacies. For Klemm, exhibiting a single photo or video for a several-month period supports the individual artist, while allowing the different works to be understood as a single, extended exhibition. Badran’s food is focused too: think crunchy baguettes with ham and Brie de Meaux AOP, and fresh pastries from Albatross. Pausing to look at the work as you sample the Roquefort and a glass of Sancerre away from the bustle of Art Week, you cannot help but savour the moment. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)