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AERA BREAD — BLUE-HUED BAKERY FOR GLUTEN-FREE BREAD, GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES AND SWEET TREATS

AERA BREAD — BLUE-HUED BAKERY FOR GLUTEN-FREE BREAD, GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES AND SWEET TREATS

True blue, baby I love you! At Aera Bread’s new shop in Mitte, they keep things cool – cool azure blue. The second branch to be opened by the gluten-free baking experts, this eye-catching cyan-colored space on Rosenthaler Straße was designed by architects Gonzalez Haase, who certainly have a knack for contemporary interior design. I already know and love Aera from the original Charlottenburg bakery that opened back in 2019 (read more about that here). Whether it’s grilled sandwiches, scones or sweets like the cocoa-chilli amarettini, the team’s baked goodies tick all the boxes. At the new shop you can enjoy the treats outside while watching the Mitte hustle and bustle, or stay in and take a seat on one of the minimalist benches. For people who don’t eat gluten for health reasons, having a second Aera shop will be a lifesaver: I know people who travel from all over to buy this free-from bread. But even if you do eat gluten, you won’t be disappointed by Aera’s loaves. For a foretaste, check out our post on Instagram – we guarantee you’ll soon be planning a bread-buying trip to Mitte.

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Jonas Michel

Aera Bread, Rosenthaler Str.72, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Thu 8–18h, Fri 8–20h, Sat 10–20h & Sun 10–18h

@aera_bread

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CHARMING CORNER FOR FLAVOR-PACKED TREATS TO GO — EMPANADAS AND JUICES AT CAMINITO

CHARMING CORNER FOR FLAVOR-PACKED TREATS TO GO — EMPANADAS AND JUICES AT CAMINITO

If you’re looking for somewhere where South American flavors come with a vitamin hit, Caminito should be high on your list. Step inside this takeaway shop and you’ll be greeted by an interior space adorned with beautiful bouquets and a display of natural wine. The empanadas aren’t bad, either: rows of stuffed pastries shine like jewels in their steel-and-glass display. Baked fresh every morning, they pair beautifully with the fresh juice menu, which includes the “red” drink with beetroot, orange, apple and ginger. Founders Darius and Kinga opened Caminito in October 2021 after deciding to deploy their restaurant experience – Kinga’s kitchen credits include Shed – to create a space focused on traditional pastry.

The varieties include the “Beef Green” with meat, onion, olives and egg, classic spinach with potatoes, goats cheese and pumpkin seeds and, for the vegans, the ratatouille with zucchini, pepper, tomato and thyme. Besides the signature fillings, the team also serve seasonal creations meaning there’s always something new to try. Not to be missed is the delicious fresh chimichurri sauce that ticks all the boxes for flavor and texture. Caminito’s central location means’s it ideal if you want to escape the office for a pastry-based pick-me-up, though if you ask us the sauce alone is worth the trip to Mitte…

Text & Photos: Dave Alcantara

Caminito, Invalidenstr.112, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Fri 10–18h

@caminit.o

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AKKURAT CAFÉ — FRESHLY-BAKED TREATS AND KREUZBERG COFFEE CULTURE WITH DESIGN FLAIR

AKKURAT CAFÉ — FRESHLY-BAKED TREATS AND KREUZBERG COFFEE CULTURE WITH DESIGN FLAIR

In a 60s industrial complex not far from the Jewish Museum, a creative cosmos is emerging. Long a home for art galleries, the buildings have recently welcomed the Pool showroom for men’s fashion and, in July 2021, a new cafe called Akkurat. The place is a side project from Rocco Kopecny and Andreas Roth who run a namesake agency producing advertising and music videos. In addition to coffee from fairtrade Kreuzberg roastery Nano Kaffee, you can get delicious cheese and onion sandwiches, croissants and brioche that are either made in-house or sourced from La Maison bakery. As for the interior, the cafe’s gallery-like rooms and sleek yet welcoming design make this a perfect place for hanging out and winding down. The large window front makes the space look like a film set when the sun is shining, while the 2m-wide painting by Monja Gentschow makes you dream of summer days past.

The heart of the cafe is the counter, upon which sit two matte black grinders for the beans and a large coffee machine. The setup might look familiar to one or two coffee nerds: up until October 2020 it was used at the Tørnqvist cafe in Hamburg’s Schanzenviertel. Manager Core grew up in Kreuzberg and was previously the restaurant manager at Beuster Bar in Neukölln before stepping out on the city’s coffee scene. He has big plans for Akkurat, including an expanded terrace and regular pop-up events. The cafe is an ideal environment for taking a break from your home office: just grab your laptop and let the atmosphere inspire and motivate. That said, you might want to leave your work at home since this place really is too beautiful to be staring at a screen…

Text & Photos: Jonas Michel

Akkurat Café, Besselstr.13, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 8h30–18h

@akkurat.cafe

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PERFECTLY-CRAFTED BAGUETTES, FLUFFY BRIOCHE AND AUSTRIAN-STYLE BREAD FROM A WOOD-FIRED OVEN — TAKTIL

PERFECTLY-CRAFTED BAGUETTES, FLUFFY BRIOCHE AND AUSTRIAN-STYLE BREAD FROM A WOOD-FIRED OVEN — TAKTIL

In my mind, the perfect baguette should be slim, light and crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. But then what do I know about French baked goods? The extent of my knowledge is holidays in France. That said, I reckon I’m vindicated by Taktil bakery founders Katharina and Lennert, who went to Provence to learn the art of this great bread. These guys make the best baguettes I’ve ever had in Berlin, leading me to make the short cycle ride to inconspicuous Nogatstraße near Körnerpark on a regular basis. But it’s not just the bread I come for: the pair do wonderfully heavy and buttery brioche plus round cardamom loaves based on Austrian baking traditions that are delicious with fresh butter and a slab of cheese. The place and the people are likeable too: the shop is pleasantly unpretentious, with a large wood-fired oven used for the baking and a direct view of the artisans at work. If you want to eat your brioche on the spot, take a seat on the red chairs next to the turntable or grab a spot outside. The duo love to talk about their passion and how their self-described “Bakery in Progress” is coming along. No doubt there will be more to come from this pair, but the currently small selection is actually a good thing: I know exactly what I’m after and always go home happy. My baguette will of course be opened before I make it home. After all, this place is called Taktil, and getting hands-on is the name of the game…

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Taktil, Nogatstr.38, 12051 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Wed–Sat 9h30–17h, Sun 9h30–15h

@taktilberlin

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CLASSIC ITALIAN COFFEE CULTURE WITH A MODERN AUSSIE TWIST —ZACHARIAS KAFFEEBAR

CLASSIC ITALIAN COFFEE CULTURE WITH A MODERN AUSSIE TWIST —ZACHARIAS KAFFEEBAR

Berlin is a home-away-from-home for many Australians. On a daily basis, it’s possible to overhear Aussie accents all over – not least at the cafes that celebrate the country’s third wave coffee culture. But the fastest way to be transported down under? Bite into a freshly-toasted slice of crispy walnut and pear banana bread at Zacharias Kaffeebar. Add a good lather of butter and you’ll be daydreaming of the Antipodes in no time. Serving pastries and baked goods, warm or toasted, is commonplace in Australia – something Zacharias founders Johannes and Mario learned back in 2017 while working at the same cafe in Melbourne. Fast forward to 2021 and the pair have their very own shop in Prenzlauer Berg’s Kollwitzkiez, taking the maiden name of Johannes’ grandmother. Inside, Maria Martinez of Kim Wang Architects has drawn from classic Italian and modern Australian design to recreate the feeling of the fast-paced service at Italian coffee counters mixed with the warm, high-quality approach of Melbourne neighborhood cafes.

Coffee options include the Rungeto blend, which is grown on volcanic soil in Kenya. It can be enjoyed over ice or as a steaming pour-over, with the heat bringing out the sourness of the blackcurrant and rhubarb notes. For something more adventurous, try the smokey, whiskey-like Soarez blend or ask about the off-menu mocha and affogato specials. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach is never a good idea, so we recommend sampling the many delightful pastries supplied by Neukölln bakery Jean De Pierre. The vegan charcoal croissant has the consistency of cotton candy and will melt in your mouth just as quickly, while for a trip to Naples there’s the freshly-baked ricotta and orange-filled sfogliatella napoletana pastry. As for the banana bread, here it’s zero-waste, composed of sweet, ripe bananas no longer fit for sale. Guilt-free indulgence at its finest.

Text: Claire Mouchemore / Photos: Zacharias Kaffeebar

Zacharias Kaffeebar, Kollwitzstr.44 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 8–16h, Sat–Sun 9–17h 

@zacharias.kaffeebar

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