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BOUQUETS, BAKED TREATS & BREAKFAST AT FLORAL BISTRO TOM OTTO IN RICHARDKIEZ

BOUQUETS, BAKED TREATS & BREAKFAST AT FLORAL BISTRO TOM OTTO IN RICHARDKIEZ

If you are planning to get your loved one some flowers, time is running short. Why not simply invite them to Floral Bistro for something sweet and let them choose their own Valentine’s Day bouquet? Florist Tom Otto’s Rixdorf shop, which opened in 2019 following a move from Schöneberg, combines flowers and a French café, satisfying all senses at once. Not only will you find beautiful plants and bouquets arranged by Tom, you can also try his homemade cakes and tarts among the greenery. Tom attaches great importance to sustainability in the selection of all his products, like the lovingly chosen indoor plants. You can also come by for breakfast on weekends and holidays; the menu is inspired by French bistro cuisine with cheese platters and freshly baked bread. At Tom’s you will find all the ingredients for a cozy start to this romantic weekend. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Floral Bistro, Braunschweiger Str.66, 12055 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Wed–Fri 10–18h30, Sat 10–19h, Sun 10–18h

Breakfast on weekends and holidays from 10–15h and by request.
@floralartistetomotto

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ROCKET + BASIL: COSMOPOLITAN CUISINE FOR BRUNCH, LUNCH & COFFEE

ROCKET + BASIL: COSMOPOLITAN CUISINE FOR BRUNCH, LUNCH & COFFEE

Is the Berlin winter really still dragging on? We know a place where spring fever is taking over – not only because of the soft pastel shades of the interior but in the colorful, fresh cuisine inspired from far and wide. We’re talking about the Rocket + Basil cafe run by Sophie and Xenia von Oswald, whose “Das Brunch” series has been inspiring us since its launch in July 2017. The cuisine here escapes conventional categories, largely due to the unique background of the two sisters, who grew up as German-Iranians in Australia with stops in Istanbul and London along the way. This diversity is reflected in the menu, where fresh herbs and spices from Asia and the Middle East meet western classics. The result is wonderfully innovative creations like the cardamom porridge with apple-kumquat topping and the “Winter Kuku,” a Persian frittata filled with herbs and roasted seasonal vegetables. Are you after something for on the go? The coffee and cake here won’t let you down either: lemony pistachio cake with rose water or full-bodied tahini Halva brownies. Your winter culinary oasis awaits. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Becca Crawford, Rocket & Basil)

Rocket + Basil, Lützowstr.22, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
Tue–Fri 8–16h, Brunch Sat–Sun 9–16h
@rocket_and_basil

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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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