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AUTOGRILL — RECREATING LEGENDARY ITALIAN REST STOP SNACKS IN BERLIN

AUTOGRILL — RECREATING LEGENDARY ITALIAN REST STOP SNACKS IN BERLIN

If you’ve done it, you’ll treasure the memory: those summer road trips heading south for a long-awaited holiday in Italy. Those familiar will know that the vacation vibes would begin well before arriving at your final destination thanks to Autogrill, the well-known Italian service station where a rest stop meant a delicious snack of grilled paninis. Back to Berlin and the present day, and a pair of service station snack fans have set out to recreate the experience. Studio Aperitivo’s Sören Zuppke and Clara Higham-Stoianova of Sipsberlin are opening their very own Autogrill at Wilhelm Hallen this summer. Think of it as a homage to those carefree summers with friends, family and good food. Over five Sundays, the grill will be serving up a menu of Italian snacks and drinks courtesy of five young guest chefs, who will bring grilled paninis in all their variations alongside natural wines. Things kick off this Sunday (22.05.2022) with food from Daeng Khamlao (The Panda Noodle) and drinks from Lisbon’s Ladidadi Wines. On 05.06. Oliver Lomeli (Chambre Noir) will bring Parisian flavors accompanied by bottles from Glow Glow Wines (Nahe) and Brand Bros (Pfalz). Oh, and Vadim Ursus and his team from Otto will also be there. Worth a pit stop? We think so.

Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Conrad Baue

Autogrill at Wilhelm Hallen, Kopenhagener Str.60–72, 13407 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Every Sunday (22.05–19.06.2022) from 12h

@autogrillberlin
@wilhelmhallen

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CROQUE MADAMES, MIMOSAS AND HOT BUTTER BUNS — FRENCH-AMERICAN BRUNCH WITH SUNNY VIBES AT OEUF BERLIN

CROQUE MADAMES, MIMOSAS AND HOT BUTTER BUNS — FRENCH-AMERICAN BRUNCH WITH SUNNY VIBES AT OEUF BERLIN

Some readers might recognize Oeuf: its sunny interior was previously occupied by the now-closed Mirage Bistro. In April 2022, the location was brought back to life as a brunch spot run by best friends Damien, Geo and Millien. The cafe radiates good energy, with a bright yellow interior and laid-back menu of French-American breakfast classics. You can pick go-to options like the creamy Croque Madame or make it more personal by building your own breakfast. Options include everything from a brioche base with eggs and crispy bacon to shallot jam to top it all off. For those who like their brunch boozy, there is a killer drinks list including a house Bloody Mary for a fiery mid-morning kick. Reserve a table now and spend your Sunday morning (hopefully) soaking up the rays on the terrace with a hot buttered bun and mimosa in hand.

Text: Kate Foran / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Oeuf, Reinickendorfer Str.110, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; ​​map
Tue–Fri 9–18h, Sat & Sun 10–18h

@oeufberlin

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FREA BAKERY — MITTE SPOT FOR SOURDOUGH BREAD, VEGAN CROISSANTS AND SATISFYING BREAKFASTS

FREA BAKERY — MITTE SPOT FOR SOURDOUGH BREAD, VEGAN CROISSANTS AND SATISFYING BREAKFASTS

The team behind Frea are a busy bunch: following the opening of their restaurant in 2019, the sustainable experts have launched Berlin’s first zero-waste spot for baked goods: Frea Bakery. The Mitte cafe, which opened its doors in April 2022, sticks to the original ethos of founders David Johannes Suchy and Jasmin Martin, namely “Full Taste. Zero Waste”. As with the Torstraße eatery, all products at the bakery are seasonal and (typically) regionally sourced, with no plastic waste produced. Any biodegradable leftovers end up in the in-house composter, with the resulting soily waste sent back to suppliers. For the interior, the team brought together local carpenters and upholsterers and furnished the space with Viennese-style chairs from Ton on Chausseestraße and tables made from recycled oak.

But it’s what they bake in the shop that’s the real pull: there’s fresh sourdough bread, vegan croissants, brioche and chocolate chip cookies, plus an eat-in menu of (hot) dishes for breakfast and lunch. Brekkie highlights include the vegan oat porridge with oat milk, Frea granola, homemade apple-lemon jam, coconut yogurt, apples and tangerines – simply an oatmeal lover’s dream. Back to the pastries for a second: our pick has to be the “Spandauer”, a crispy croissant made with custard that sells faster than, well, hot cakes. So set your alarm, grab a shopping bag and head to Frea to pick up some early-morning treats.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Sophie Doering

Frea Bakery, Gartenstr.9, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Wed–Sun 8–15 h

@freabakery

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SPELT AND RYE BAKES FROM MASTER BAKER CHRISTA LUTUM — SOURDOUGH, BIENENSTICH AND EASTER LAMB CAKES

SPELT AND RYE BAKES FROM MASTER BAKER CHRISTA LUTUM — SOURDOUGH, BIENENSTICH AND EASTER LAMB CAKES

Good bread doesn’t need wheat. At Christa Lutum’s Bakery, the first woman leader of the Berlin bakers’ guild bakes everything from seeded bread and poppy seed croissants to sweet pine nut tartlets using only spelt and rye flour. Spelt in particular contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and is easily digestible. Lutum has been running her own bakery and café on Hindemithplatz in Charlottenburg since 2016. Every day from 8am, you’ll find traditional classics like spelt sourdough, fresh croissants, vegan versions of Berlin Splitterbrötchen plus organic cakes and pastries. The selection includes the award-winning “Hürlimann”, a round spelt loaf with a wonderfully golden-brown crust and soft center, created with (and named after) Swiss master baker Werner Hürlimann. Along with the vegan cassis tart, it’s a real go-to and is ideal for snacks and soups. For Easter, Lutum’s shop is offering classic lamb-shaped Easter bakes (in both white and black) and mini vegan Gugelhupf cakes in two versions: egg liqueur and nougat or lemon. If you can’t make it to Charlottenburg, Lutum also attends three farmers markets: at Thusneldaallee, Wittenbergplatz and Zehlendorf. Strolling around with a fresh pretzel in one hand and a cappuccino in the other – what could be better?

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy

Christa Lutum Bäckermeisterin, Giesebrechtstr.22, 10629 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Sun 8–18h30

Ökomarkt & Mehr at Thusnelda-Allee; map
Wed 12–19h 

Farmers’ market at Wittenbergplatz; map
Thu 10–17h

Zehlendorfer Frische Markt; map 
Sat 9–16h 

@christa.lutum

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COFFEE CIRCLE IN THE HEART OF BERGMANNKIEZ — HIGH QUALITY ROASTS FROM SMALL COMMUNITIES

COFFEE CIRCLE IN THE HEART OF BERGMANNKIEZ — HIGH QUALITY ROASTS FROM SMALL COMMUNITIES

Walking into Coffee Circle in Bergmannkiez, it’s not difficult to be entranced by the dark-green tiled floor or the matching minimalist interior with pairings of creamy whites. That is, if you’re not not eyeing up the selection of sweet treats and bakes or trying to get your head around which brew to order. Since opening in 2010, Coffee Circle has sold sustainable coffee with a positive impact. Roasting weekly here in Berlin, the team opened their flagship store in the same complex as their Wedding roastery seven years later, followed by a location in Mitte and finally a third cafe kiosk in the heart of Bergmannkiez. The team have gone beyond most others to bring intricate roasts and close the gap of economic inequality rife in the coffee farming industry. This is done by venturing to the most remote places to buy fresh beans at fair prices from small farms, forming personal relationships with suppliers and providing a platform for them in the coffee-obsessed European market. Don’t worry, if you’re not (yet) a coffee aficionado, the expert baristas will do the talking and advise you well.

Whether it’s notes of marzipan, rhubarb, cocoa or toffee you long for, the cafe’s range of roasts encompasses the lot, and there are options for your cafetière, filter or coffee grinder if you’d like to enjoy the brews at home. Overwhelmed and indecisive? Coffee Circle’s tasting packs are a good place to start, and are also available online. One thing’s for sure: at the Cee Cee office, Coffee Circle has us gathering around the machine to make our own brews each morning. Oh, and for every kilo of coffee they sell, the team donate €1 to projects in education, health and coffee cultivation in the places the beans originate.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Coffee Circle

Coffee Circle, Bergmannstr.10, 10961 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Fri 8–19h & Sat–Sun 10–19h

@coffeecircle

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