Thing is, I didn’t really like donuts. At least the type I knew, which was made by the big orange and pink D, who formed my idea of what a donut is a bit too much. When several people urged me to try the donuts of Brammbibal’s Donuts some time last year I was seriously like, “Nah, thanks, I’m good”, in the beginning. But then! I tasted one and since then I’m a devoted member of Team Donut. Team Brammibal’s Donuts, that is. I wouldn’t wanna risk my newly found love with a quick cheat. Here’s why…
There seems to be a never ending supply of new cafés opening every week in Berlin. And while we definitely have our favorite places to enjoy a cup of coffee, we’re also happy to try the new ones. Especially, when they offer something original and are located just around the corner from the office on Oranienstraße. As new and exciting as the newest addition on busy Oranienstraße: Charlie’s Asian Bakery & Coffee.
On an unprecedentedly warm and sunny day for early March, I found my way into Martin’s Place by the scent of freshly baked cakes that filled the air on Pannierstrasse. It was as though the pied piper himself was there, luring me in to satisfy my sugar addiction.
Once inside, I found myself in a state of distress, unable to decide what to try first. I was pressed up against the glass cabinet, ogling all the cakes, tarts, and jars on display. Luckily, Joseph and his wife sensed my dilemma (a problem they must be well accustomed to dealing with) and came to my aid.
You already know that No Fire No Glory is one of our favorite coffee makers in Berlin – now you can add cake to the list of things that are great about this place. Since about last December, Laura, the creator of Tausendsuend, takes care of their sweets departments with such delicious things like chocolate syrup cakes, banana bread and these lovely almond tartelettes with either raspberry, currants or honey melon with thyme. Surprised by the latter? Don’t be, Laura does other amazing things like a cake with vodka and tonka bean buttercream wrapped in dark belgian chocolate with raw cocoa nibs, topped with blackberries and salted caramel. Yes, she does.
Although this year’s Berlin winter is not as grey nor as cold as we’re used to, my occasional chocolate craving is as present as ever and the place that fulfills it best is Two and Two, a hidden treasure trove in the streets of Neukölln.