photo: Brammibal’s Donuts
I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Ever since I was a little kid hanging in my parents’ grocery shop, I’d covertly fill up my pockets with candy. Not much changed. I mean, luckily I started financing the addiction on my own and the only thing I may occasionally steal is the show, but, despite strong human competition, my love affair with confectionery is still at the top of my most toxic relationships list. Basically, when I first saw the phrase “death by chocolate”, I felt like that’s what my gravestone is going to read. If you’re like me, or want to really impress a boy or girl with a tendency for sweet self-indulgence (there are many of us around here!), take them to one of those places:
Part of a chain that’s represented in different cities of Germany, like Dortmund, Cologne, and Aachen, there are even three Wonder Waffels just in Berlin where the project originated. My favorite must be in Kreuzberg though – close to our Blogfabrik office in Kottbusser Tor, it’s a little place with a funky vibe. It’s famous for the Waffel – sometimes referred to as the sweet version of kebab – a dessert that you can make your own with all the different sauces, specials, fruit, and toppings choices. They also have very nice milkshakes, also available in a lot of dreamy flavors. Come and check! Next time you’re in Kotti, just look for their cute pink sign.
Wonder Waffel, Adalbertstraße 88, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Mon – Thurs: 11:30-23h, Fri – Sat: 11:30-24h, Sun: 12-24h
photo: Wonder Waffel
CODA Dessert Bar
Quite in opposition to the previous entry, CODA is a refined bar specialising in serving sophisticated desserts and pairing them up with appropriate drinks. Surrounded by the elegant interior, you can not only try some reinventions of the well known dessert ideas, but also test their sweet recipes for products which probably wouldn’t come naturally to your mind, like beets, vinegar and aubergine.
CODA Berlin, Friedelstraße 47, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln
Open: Tue – Sat 19h – till late
photo: Finding Berlin
This cafe located in Mitte is a real paradise for anyone who appreciates the French baked goods. They have a range of breakfast options, focusing on the sweet Croissants, Pain au Chocolat and Brioche. And you just wait, the list gets even more delicious and less pronounceable with their Millefeuille, Éclair, Fraisier, Tartelettes, and (thankfully easier to order) Macarons. You can also have a real cake made there, but you need to request it in advance.
Du Bonheur, Brunnenstraße 39, 10115 Berlin
Open: Wed – Fr: 8h–19h, Sat and Sun 9–19, Tel: +49 030 56591955
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Brammibal’s Vegan Donuts
Brammibal’s vegan donuts have been a big hit on street food markets and are now also available in their own cafe. In the world of bakery goods and sweets the concept of veganism is a little under the radar because naturally this kind of food is without any meet and cheese and the animal products are mostly invisible. But of course in the typical pastries there is butter and other dairy products, so obviously not vegan. Not so the delicious and cute donuts of Brammibal. Have a bite!
Brammibal’s Donuts, Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln
Open Tue-Fri 08-18h, Sat-Sun 10-20h, Tel: +49 1575 5198526
photo: Brammibal’s Donuts
Kauf Dich Glücklich
The brand that started out as a crepes, waffels and ice-cream place has become so popular among Berliners that it evolved into a clothes shop sounds like a scenario that could only happen here. You can check out the fashion designs here, but let’s go back to basics: you can try the housemade ice and amazing waffels at two locations, in Kastanienallee 54 and Oderberger Str. 44.
Kauf Dich Glücklich Café, Oderberger Str. 44, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Mon-Thurs: 11-22:30h, Fr: 11-23:30h, Sat: 10-23:30h, Sun: 10-22:30h, Tel: +49 30 48623292
photo: Kauf Dich Glucklich
The ultimate suggestion for anyone who’s into American-style cute little art-like cookies: the Cupcake place that you can find on Boxi has them in all versions: whether gluten-free, vegan, or in a variety of pretty colors. The shop assistants are just as sweet, and you can have your cupcakes gift-wrapped in no time. If you follow the whispers of your sweet-longing soul, you can also find the cupcakes in their new store in Kreuzberg on Köpenicker Str. 4.
Cupcake, Krossener Str. 12, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain & Köpenicker Str. 4, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open daily 12-20h
Photo: Alicia Kassebohm
The former pharmacy has now turned into a haven for the more socially acceptable poison: there’s chocolate everywhere! Wherever you look there are pralines, all sorts of neatly wrapped bites, any kind of cocoa percentage you might want. Macaroons, cake, scones – and even chocolate that camouflages as salami or cuban cigars.
Winterfeldt Schokoladen, Goltzstraße 23 / Ecke Pallasstraße, 10781 Berlin-Schöneberg
Open: Mo-Fr 9-20:00 Sa 9:00-18:00, Sun: 12:00-19:00 Tel: +49 (0) 30 23 6 23 25 6
photo: Gene Glover
Opened last October, this little place in Mitte can transport us into the fun times of childhood, when the corn flakes often used to constitute the basis of our diet. The shop offers 12 different flakes “cocktails”. There’s a lot of the sweetness to it – for example, you can ask for extra syrup or even a chocolate bar on top of your bowl (which is available in 3 sizes). But you can also go for the healthy version, like musli with soy milk.
Flakes Corner, Neue Promenade 8, 10178 Berlin.Mitte
open daily, 10-18h, Tel: +49 030 832 155 77
Photo: Flakes Corner Berlin
Another idea that sounds very Berlin in its weirdness: why not sell handmade popcorn tasting like… walnuts? Or Belgian chocolate and roasted almonds? Or Thai Curry and roasted peanuts? Exactly, why not? That must have been the thought process of the founders of the Popkonditorei – the one of a kind place in Friedrichshain in which name in German is a very funny wordplay consisting of Popkorn and Konditorei – meaning a cake shop. You can also buy bags of the inventive popcorn in multiple places listed on their website.
Knalle Popkonditorei, Mühsamstraße 41, Berlin-Friedrichshain
Open: Mo, Tue, Thurs: 14-19h, Sat: 11-18h
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Our last suggestion is one that you should take advantage of while you can: the Munich Gugl-Manufaktur has their Pop-Up Box in Bikini Berlin only till the 26th of January. Advertised as the German answer to all the Muffins, Donuts, Cupcakes, Petit Fours and Macarons, it’s a real treat. Handmade using the best ingredients, the little cakes look extremely appetizing. Come by to the lovely pink Pop-Up Box in Bikini Berlin and find out for yourself!
photo: Bikini Berlin