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GORILLA BÄCKEREI — THE SCHILLERKIEZ SPOT FOR SOURDOUGH BREAD, FRENCH PASTRIES AND ROMANO PIZZA

GORILLA BÄCKEREI — THE SCHILLERKIEZ SPOT FOR SOURDOUGH BREAD, FRENCH PASTRIES AND ROMANO PIZZA

What does a gorilla and a loaf of bread have in common? We asked Gorilla Bäckerei founders Frithjof Wodarg, Matteo Angioi and Marlon Briceño about the name behind their bakery in Schillerkiez. The seemingly odd moniker is in fact a homage to the striking metal gorilla statue that previous occupants Batman Elektronik had displayed outside their shop. Designed by interior architect and carpenter Mathilde Gaudin, Gorilla is a bright, open space that opened in December 2020. Full length windows flood the bakery with natural light, putting the handicrafts center stage and allowing customers to watch the full kitchen process.

When we visit, a child watches the loaves being made and one of the bakers smiles and tosses some flour at the window. The team are friendly, their internationality reflected in the well-crafted and diverse offerings: a selection of Romano pizzas, French breakfast pastries including brioche and croissants, plus coffee from Passenger. As for the bread, you can pick from a selection of classic round-form sourdough and well-crafted baguettes, with the nut loaf a particular favorite. And although the namesake gorilla has been taken away, in its place is a neighborhood bakery that is proving just as well-loved.

Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Gorilla Bäckerei, Hermannstr.211, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Open Wed–Sun 8–17h for takeaway. 
 
@gorilla_baeckerei

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TINMAN — THE MITTE STOP FOR FRESH BREWS, GOURMET SANDWICHES AND REGIONAL PANTRY PRODUCE TO TAKE HOME

TINMAN — THE MITTE STOP FOR FRESH BREWS, GOURMET SANDWICHES AND REGIONAL PANTRY PRODUCE TO TAKE HOME

The area around Torstraße and Alte Schönhauser Straße is always full of busy people. So it’s a good job that this corner is also home to Tinman, the friendly stop-off that has it all: fresh coffee from 19 grams, lunchtime bites made from regional ingredients and a whole range of pantry goods from Berlin’s best local suppliers. Step into the airy, plant-filled cafe and you are hit with the delicious aromas of what founders Miriam, Harry and Justin are serving up: a breakfast brioche filled with gourmet meats from Markthalle Neun regulars The Sausage Man Never Sleeps and Kumpel & Keule, sourdough sandwiches made fresh daily and delicious baked goodies from Albatross.

Every weekend the team creates specials that feature ingredients from the city’s most progressive gastro players, like the focaccia tuna melt which is made with bread from Estelle dining and Emmentaler cheese from Alte Milch. As for the pantry goods, the section ranges from carefully curated, imported natural Spanish wines to fresh Berlin-made peanut & almond butter and caponata from Ada’s Deli. Since opening in June 2017 the Tinman team have been taking their commitment to local sourcing further and further, and from this summer they will even grow their own fruits and vegetables on the roof of the building. Tasty treats that are also pro-planet – what more could you want?

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Merle Büttner

Tinman, Alte Schönhauser Str.2, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map 
Tue–Fri: 8h30–15h, Sat & Sun: 9–16h

@tinmanberlin

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SHE SAID: FEMINIST BOOKSHOP AND CAFE ON KOTTBUSSER DAMM ELEVATING QUEER AND FEMALE VOICES

SHE SAID: FEMINIST BOOKSHOP AND CAFE ON KOTTBUSSER DAMM ELEVATING QUEER AND FEMALE VOICES

Every so often there’s a business idea so good you wonder why it hasn’t happened sooner. She Said is one of those: a bookshop for female and queer authors located in the heart of Berlin (and, of course, online). If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, we recommend setting aside quite some time to look through the selection. It is truly a treasure trove, from highly political polemics to colorful children’s books (see online for the shop’s current top picks). The space, designed by architects Mara Kanthak and Katharina Volgger is curved and bright, clean and comfortable, with enough room to browse with ease. The ceramic shelves custom made by Charlotte Dualé feature sculpted letters with the word “She” and are home to books by local and international authors alike.

Besides browsing, you can also visit the in-store cafe, which brews coffee from Vote and teas from Companion, all made fresh to-go by barista Lewis Soulier. Meanwhile baker and chef Fiamma Aleotti creates fresh baked goods on-site each day, with her legendary cinnamon bun the most popular among a selection of cookies and other sweet and savoury goodies. The value of elevating different voices and creating an inclusive space feels honest to each detail. Owner Emilia von Senger is quick to share that it was a huge team of people that made the idea happen: nine female and queer staff including artists and authors, activists and documentary filmmakers who all bring their talent and expertise to the job. You can read more about their work online or – better still – just stop by and say hello.

Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

She Said, Kottbusser Damm 79, 10967 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Mon–Fri 10h–19h, Sat 10h–18h
The shop remains open with measures in place to ensure safe shopping.

@shesaidbooks

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SOFI: MITTE BAKERY MAKING ARTISAN SOURDOUGH BREADS AND SWEET TREATS FROM ANCIENT GRAINS

SOFI: MITTE BAKERY MAKING ARTISAN SOURDOUGH BREADS AND SWEET TREATS FROM ANCIENT GRAINS

The recipe at Sofi is simple: bringing together good things. Since opening at the end of 2020, the Sophienstraße bakery has assembled a team of keen bakers who take ancient grain varieties and combine them with a progressive approach to bread making. Part of a Berlin project called Slow whose aim is to reimagine hospitality, Danish Chef Frederik Bille Brahe (from Copenhagen’s Atelier September and Apollo Bar), bakery manager Sören Zuppke and baker Marisa Williams (Tartine in San Francisco) have arrived at a low-intervention baking method that reintroduces grains like “Waldstaude” rye and emmer wheat – varieties whose histories date back to 17,000 BC. The resulting menu includes a house sourdough, Danish rye loaves, tasty focaccia and double–baked croissants with almonds and blackberries. You can pick up these treats along with a Populus Nordic-style filter coffee from the Mitte shop, whose Danish-inspired interior blends the contemporary with the historic in the same way the baking does. For now the space is takeaway-only, but someday soon Berlin’s bread lovers will be able to enjoy Sofi’s memorable bakes on the spot. We can’t wait! (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Sophie Döring)

Sofi, Sophienstr.21, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Wed–Fri 7h30–18h30, Sat & Sun 8h30–17h30 (Open daily from 18.01.2021)

@sofithebakery

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ERCHY’S: HOUSEPLANT SHOP MEETS DELI AND CAFE FOR COFFEE CULTURE WITH TURKISH FLAIR

ERCHY’S: HOUSEPLANT SHOP MEETS DELI AND CAFE FOR COFFEE CULTURE WITH TURKISH FLAIR

Selling our two favorite things, coffee and plants, Erchy’s is the creation of Turkish-German Marie Ercemen, who drew inspiration from her grandparents to create this welcoming space in Mitte. The cafe’s interior is reminiscent of Turkish homes, with Kilims extending across blue and white patterned tiles and floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light. The plant species are chosen simply by what Marie likes, and her taste is impeccable: from tropical greenery such as peacock plants and monstera to hearty cacti, the plants are mostly medium sized and require little maintenance. The to-go menu includes grilled sandwiches (red miso-chilli paste or caramelized onions with mustard) and coffee from Concierge, with a dine-in menu of Shakshuka, avocado on toast and housemade granola coming up. While you’re there don’t forget to check out the selection of Berlin-made deli goodies from our friends at Up & Coming Berlin. If you’re lucky, you might also meet Maya, the dog seen kicking back with a cup of coffee in the Erchy’s logo. (Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Erchy’s, Choriner Str.84, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon & Wed–Fri 7h30–14h, Sat & Sun 9h30–16h
@erchy.s

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