This time we’ve teamed up with style blog extraordinaire ignant.de to explore the best of bakeries in Berlin. Sadly much of Germany’s bread baking tradition has been lost and most bakeries you’ll find in Berlin sell warmed up dough pieces that merely deserve to be called bread. Luckily, there have always been people working on keeping delicious bread without artificial additives or chemistry tricks a staple in German households. The past years have spurred a new interest in artisanal breads and some brave people took the chance and started new bread businesses. Here are five outstanding examples of German (and Austrian) bread craft in Berlin (in alphabetic order) and make sure to visit ignant for more:
This lovely bakery with café is a part of the Alpenstück empire on the corner of Schröderstraße and Gartenstraße in Mitte, which also includes an Alpine kitchen restaurant and a manufacture selling housemade cookies, jams and pasta. We really like their sourdough breads, and can hardly ever not get one of their juicy and super sweet filled buns.
Beumer & Lutum
This organic bakery was founded at Cuvrystraße twenty years ago and has since then produced the most delicious breads in Berlin – today Beumer&Lutum’s baked goods are widely available throughout the city. Besides a big variety of breads, they offer an even bigger selection of cakes, tartes, little treats and a choice of vegan delicacies. Their sesame hazelnut bread has been my favorite since I moved to Berlin ten years ago (especially lightly toasted) and Beumer&Lutum just started selling their christmas cookies, Stollen and gingerbreads. The Cuvrystraße bakery also has a small breakfast and lunch menu which is very recommendable.
The youngest in this group is Alfredo Sironi, who opened his super-tiny bakery this summer at Markthalle IX and has captured the hearts of bread-lovers as if it was the easiest thing to do – once you tasted his white sourdough breads you’ll know why. I constantly keep on buying too much at Sironi, but how to say no to sweet Focaccia, Ciabatta or Maritozzi and this giant white breads that need not more than a little olive oil and salt?
10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
Any quick poll on what’s the best bakery in Berlin will bring up this one: Soluna, whose complete name is actually Soluna – Brot und Öl, since they also sell oil, a bunch of self-made pestos, raw milk butter (!) as well as cheese. All of which serves as the perfect addition to their utterly dainty breads. The variety is not huge like at Beumer&Lutum, but their sourdough breads are outstanding thanks to a long rising process, the baking in a clay oven and an admirable treatment of the bread baking craft. Sadly, the service can be a bit rough, considering what the bakery went through this past months and thanks to the still superior breads this can only be forgivable.
10961 Berlin Kreuzberg
Sarah Wiener is not only a chef, a restaurateur, author and TV-personality, but also a bread-lover. Which is why she started her own Berlin baking house. Called Wiener Brot after herself and her origin, it relies heavily on Austrian baking traditions. My personal favorite of her wood fired oven breads is the Hausbrot, flavored with herbs like caraway and fennel that is best enjoyed with fresh butter. But you should also try the Salzstangerl, Buchteln and all the other treats offered in this small Mitte bakery. By now, Wiener Brot is also available at KaDeWe, Rogacki, Bio Company and LPG.