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VENUE: TAPAS FOR BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH IN ALL COLORS

VENUE: TAPAS FOR BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH IN ALL COLORS

Opened November 2018 by husband and wife Giacomo and Anna, Venue is a fresh spot on the Weserstraße with a concept: the “morning plate” – an à la carte brunch menu that lets you pick items from five different categories: vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat / fish, and baked goods. Each item arrives in its own small plate, letting individual ingredients shine. Start with a sliced avocado drizzled with a palate-prickling chilli oil and topped with watercress and chopped almonds for texture. Then bite into the gravlax served with horseradish before indulging further with the fluffy mini pancakes sweetened with a fruit and caramel sauce. Combine these delightful dishes with a pink latte (beans courtesy of Berlin’s Fjord Coffee Roasters) and you’ll end up with a brunch that’s as dazzling as Venue’s interior, with its pink rose-patterned wallpaper, diner-style seating and starburst b&w tiles. (Text: Eric James Bain / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Venue Café & Bistro, Weserstr.172, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map 
Café: Tues–Sun 10–17h
Breakfast: Tues–Sun 10–15h
Lunch: Tues–Sun 12–15h
@venue.berlin

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SOURDOUGH FOR THE SOUL — SLOW BREADS FROM DOMBERGER BROT-WERK

SOURDOUGH FOR THE SOUL — SLOW BREADS FROM DOMBERGER BROT-WERK

Florian Domberger loves his bread so much he eats it every day. In 2016 the Augsburger native decided to turn this passion into his profession and, along with his wife Vanessa and master baker Ralf Tschentscher, he founded Domberger Brot-Werk in Moabit. What is special here is the simplicity of the ingredients used and the focus on skilful craftsmanship. The five breads they make – including French loaves, rye breads and wholesome rolls – are sourdough-based and made with minimal yeast. Making such delicious bread with only three types of flour and basic ingredients is no small challenge, and to pass on this fine art, every new bit of bread-making knowledge is shared amongst the whole team. Florian’s enthusiasm extends to another favorite: the Dampfnudeln yeast dumplings that are slowly steamed and fried in a bath of milk, honey, butter, and a pinch of salt and sugar, resulting in a caramelised, crusty delicacy. A wonder to smell and taste. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Sophie Döring)

Domberger Brot-Werk, Essener Str.11, 10555 Berlin–Moabit; map
Mon 15–18h30, Tue–Thu 8–18h30, Fri 8–18h, Sat 8–13h
@brotwerk

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BLACK APRON — AMERICAN BAKED GOODIES, MADE IN MITTE

BLACK APRON — AMERICAN BAKED GOODIES, MADE IN MITTE

“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)

Black Apron, Invalidenstr.1, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Fri: 7h30–19h, Sat–Sun 10–19h
@blackapronbakery

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CANAL: HEAVENLY ECLAIRS AT HACKESCHER MARKT — RECOMMENDED BY LIZA KOVALOVA

CANAL: HEAVENLY ECLAIRS AT HACKESCHER MARKT — RECOMMENDED BY LIZA KOVALOVA

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
Daily, 12–20h
@canalberlin

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CONCIERGE COFFEE #2: A CAFFEINE KICK FROM A SHIPPING CONTAINER

CONCIERGE COFFEE #2: A CAFFEINE KICK FROM A SHIPPING CONTAINER

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)

Concierge Coffee, Köpenicker Str.55 (in the backyard, left), 10179 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 8–17h
@conciergecoffee

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