Although this year’s Berlin winter is, luckily, 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.
Sit down and order a ‘French hot chocolate’, a cup of melted dark chocolate served with steamed milk on the side to fill it up to your liking, keep it short for super intense cacao flavor, or add loads for a long enjoyment. Sip by sip it’ll warm your heart, as does the smell of freshly baked Madeleines (coming right out of the oven, if you’re lucky).
Originally from Paris and Tokyo, the two friends Eri and Tose made their dream come true when they opened their own café after getting to know each other over a cup of coffee. Without any experience, they jumped into the adventure of German bureaucracy and accounting. Just a little over a year old the little café is defined by the love both owners put into it – if it’s the chitchat with customers, the lovely display of chosen Japanese stationery or the fact that from time to time, they invite friends over to cook their favorite recipes.
Besides homemade baked pastries like Cannelés or Financier, the daily menu varies between traditional Tartes and Quiches and delicious treats like Korumi Kokuto and Matcha cookies.
With the combination of French cuisine and Japanese stationery, Two and Two brings back a coffee (and hot chocolate) culture that invites you to sit down with a cup, take your time to let your thoughts wander and write them down into a notebook – and this is how every inspiring story starts.
Text: Jessica Jungbauer
Photos: Mary Scherpe