My friend Yoske has told me many times to go to Daruma in Wilmersdorf for their Katsudon, and last week I finally made it.
What I love about Berlin are its absurd phenomena which can be discovered off the beaten tracks, existing mostly only out of the generosity (or ignorance) of the municipal administration in (more or less) public spaces throughout the whole city. One of those is the Thai Market in Wilmersdorf.
Erich Hamann Bittere Schokoladen Berlin was founded in 1912 by, you guessed it, Erich Hamann, a confectioner who came from the Memel Territory in East Prussia. The first retail store and production facility was located in Kurfürstenstraße, just next to several girl’s boarding schools, whose residents expressed their need for dark (bitter) chocolates with less sugar; Erich Hamann happily complied, making this the main focus of his young company.
This is Melissa Drier, Berlin correspondent for WWD, in her living room in Wilmersdorf doing a batwoman-pose.