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NYC-STYLE COOKIES THAT CRUMBLE: ROUND & EDGY BRINGS AMERICAN COOKIES TO MITTE

NYC-STYLE COOKIES THAT CRUMBLE: ROUND & EDGY BRINGS AMERICAN COOKIES TO MITTE

Berlin has a new destination for die hard sweet tooths: Round & Edgy. The Mitte cafe-shop serves up NYC-style cookies that are totally plant based. Whether you plan a special pilgrimage or are lured in from the street by the smell of freshly baked dough, you won’t regret paying this place a visit. Inside you can bite into the likes of Blueberry Cheesecake, Crumblebee (vanilla, white chocolate, fresh apricots and crumble), White Choc Burned Macadamia and good ol’ choc chip. Founders Armando Mayr and Martina Scherer set up shop after falling in love with the chewy, cake-like texture of American cookies while visiting New York.

Their shop has a spacey design with blue lights and techno beats – perhaps not what you’d expect from a biscuit shop but all the more thrilling for it. Presented on a marble counter, the cookies look like little works of art, while behind you can catch a glimpse of the “cookie studio” where the chewy biscuits are made. Whether you want to spice up afternoon tea or need an on-the-go snack, Round & Edgy has treats that are as fresh and warm as they are addictive. You have been warned.

Text: Theresa Garwing / Photos: Luna Schaffron

Round & Edgy, Rochstr.3, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 12–18h

@roundedgy

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ARTISAN BAKING AT HANSI’S BROT — RECOMMENDED BY LIOBA LEICKEL

ARTISAN BAKING AT HANSI’S BROT — RECOMMENDED BY LIOBA LEICKEL

Johannes Jungnickel is 31 years young and a native Berliner. In 2021, he opened his own bakery in Sprengelkiez: Hansi’s Brot. It’s a very down-to-earth shop of the sort you might know from traditional German baking, selling sourdough bread and classic bakes. In the morning, the bakery is full of the smell of fresh loaves, rolls, pretzels, Dinkelseelen and Schusterjungs – all made with organic flour from Spreewald. Johannes is an artsy type who studied jazz guitar in Amsterdam. Unable to find any tasty bread there, he started a baking apprenticeship at Berlin’s Beumer & Lutum before working at Albatross Bakery for two years and finally getting his diploma that would allow him to open his own shop. Wedding is the ideal location because it reminds Johannes of the Berlin of his childhood. “It’s just nice here,” he says. Johannes is now keen to pass on his knowledge: Hansi’s Brot also trains apprentices. As for my favorite treat? It’s got to be the Himbeer-Kringel with raspberry. It alone is worth the trip to Wedding.

Text: Lioba Leickel / Photos: Luna Schaffron

Lioba Leickel and Miriam Buholzer opened the small neighborhood shop Kiosk Sardelle right next to Hansi’s Bread in February 2021. They enjoy being next to their busy baker neighbors.

Hansi’s Brot, Kiautschoustr.1, 13353 Berlin–Wedding; map
Wed–Fri 9–19h & Sat 9–14h

@kiosksardelle
@hansisbrot

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SWEET ART — HANDCRAFTED CHOCOLATES AND LIMITED EDITION PRINTS FROM SAWADE & KUNST 100

SWEET ART — HANDCRAFTED CHOCOLATES AND LIMITED EDITION PRINTS FROM SAWADE & KUNST 100

Creamy Cointreau butter truffles in pink chocolate, sweet walnut marzipan in dark, and crunchy leaf praline in milk. Whatever the color, Sawade chocolates are little works of art. Speaking of which, from October you can get these luxe chocs in an even more special format: combined with limited edition artwork. Together with online gallery Kunst 100, the Berlin praline manufacturer has created five limited edition boxes of chocolates. Five artists – Charlotte Rother, Lerke Nennemann, Vreni Frost, Sarah Zak and Tobias Geigenmüller – have designed works exclusively to fit Sawade’s praline box format, using a high-quality printing process on fine art paper and hand-numbered, dated and signed by Kunst100 on the reverse. As for the chocolates inside: you’ll find 20 fine truffles from the city’s oldest praline manufacturer. The set is perfect as a Berlin souvenir or a gift for loved ones (or yourself!). You can pick up one of the Sawade x Kunst 100 editions from 06.10.2022 in the Sawade online shop and in Berlin branches.

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Sawade

Sawade x Kunst 100

@sawade.berlin
@kunst100

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MANY BOOKS, ONE TOPIC: ABOUT BOOKSHOP — RECOMMENDED BY THOMAS FISCHER

MANY BOOKS, ONE TOPIC: ABOUT BOOKSHOP — RECOMMENDED BY THOMAS FISCHER

What happens when an art historian-turned-curator opens a bookshop? That’s just what Gesine Tosin has done with About, a shop of curated books on Linienstraße. The concept of the store is unique: Tosin, who has worked for various art collections, picks books on a single, specific topic. The current selection includes novels, essays, art books and children’s books all dealing with the topic of laziness and idleness. Top picks include “How to Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell, “Waste Your Time” by Julian Pörksen and “Mr. Lazy” from the Mr Men series. “Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts” by Joseph von Eichendorff is not to be missed. It’s refreshing and surprising to see how the focus on a single subject can widen your view and let you (re)discover unexpected works like Mr. Lazy. The shop is also a place to linger: you can enjoy a coffee there or attend book presentations and talks on the topic of the moment. It’s worth coming regularly, since there’s a new theme every three months. Next up from mid-October: friendship 

Text: Thomas Fischer / Photos: Torben Höke

Thomas Fischer is a Berlin gallery owner. Since 2011, he has been showing artists such as Irmel Kamp, Sebastian Stumpf and Noi Fuhrer. His gallery moved to Mulackstraße in Mitte a year ago.

About Bookshop, Linienstr.114, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 11–19h

@about_bookshop

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CULT CHARLOTTENBURG BOOKSHOP GIVEN NEW LEASE OF LIFE — KNESEBECK ELF

CULT CHARLOTTENBURG BOOKSHOP GIVEN NEW LEASE OF LIFE — KNESEBECK ELF

We all like stories with a happy ending, don’t we? You’ll certainly find one Knesebeck Elf, the traditional, unconventional bookshop that has just been saved from closure. Founded in 1976, the bookshop on the street of the same name was taken over by Leo Baumann in the 1980s and gained an excellent reputation. Felix Palent, the new owner stepping in to secure its future, will no doubt be just as successful. In 2021, the young Potsdam-born bookseller followed in the footsteps of Baumann and gave Knesebeck’s bulging bookshelves a new lease of life. The small bookshop has reading material for all tastes and interests, with an illustrious selection of literary recommendations and new publications on the shelves. Tove Ditlevsen, Édouard Louis, Deborah Levy and Serhij Zhadan are just some of the authors on sale. The shop’s long-standing focus on philosophical literature will remain and grow, as will the collection of works by international authors. More children’s and teen reads will also be added. Personally, I am looking forward to a promising programme of author readings and book premieres that will make the dark winter pass quickly. Charlottenburg keeping one of its legendary shops: now that’s a redemption arc we all want.

Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Felix Palent, Knesebeck 11

Knesebeck Elf, Knesebeckstr.11, 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Fri 10–19h & Sat 10–18h

@knesebeck11

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