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Mason

Berlin Bakeries, breads, ingredients?

Hi Everyone,


I'm going to be in Berlin for a week (East near Alexanderplatz for a few days tourism, then in the South West near Dahelm for a few days at a conference) starting this weekend (March 19).  


I know that if I was going to Paris I'd have a longish list of bakeries to which I'd need to make pilgrimages.


Do any of you TFLers know of bakeries in Berlin that one really should visit?  If I'm seeking out a Werzelbrot (related to Pain a l'Ancienne, I'm told), are there sources?  


Or are there breads that are available in Berlin that might be impossible to get elsewhere?  What characteristics (of bread or establishment) should one look for, when seeking out a Volkornbrot or a Werzelbrot, for instance, to distinguish an excellent one from a mediocre one?


I also like to look for unusual and interesting local cheeses and other bread accompaniments or ingredients when I'm in a new place.  Recommendations on this are welcome too.


Any advice would be sincerely appreciated.


Thanks in advance!


Mason.

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CarlSF

Hi Mason,


Try Soluna Brot und Oel.  The address is:


Gneisenaustr. 58


10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg


I have never been to this bakery, but I have heard, seen, and read favorable reviews about this bakery, and the owner (Peter Klann) is very passionate about the breads he makes. 


You can also try visiting the famous KaDaWe department store in Berlin.  I think they have an inside bakery.


If you are going to stay in a hotel, you could always consult with a hotel clerk as to what bakeries are popular in or around the neighborhood.  Have fun.  Remember that Sunday is a day of rest, so some of the major businesses will be closed except for cafes and restaurants.


Carl

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Mason

Thanks very much for the recommendation of Soluna, Carl.  


I was there just a few hours ago and have just finished snacking on a piece of a sourdough miche that is possibly the bestbread I have ever had in my life.  Incredibly sour, with a wonderful moist rich crumb.


The oven is a sight to behold.  It's a shame that Peter Kahn was home sick today.  I would have loved a chance to chat with him. 


I'll post a couple of photos in a separate thread and link that here.


Gratefully,


Mason.

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CarlSF

Hi Mason,


I am glad that you enjoyed Soluna Brot und Oel so much.  Yeah, the owner (Peter Klann) loves his job and is very passionate about the breads he makes.  I hope you will get to meet him before you return home.  I have been to Germany several times but not in Berlin.  I hope to make it to Berlin one of these days.  Another tip I have for you is to seek our a farmer's market.  Perhaps you might be able to find good breads from there as well.  Don't forget to check out KaDeWe department store.  I cannot vouch if there breads are good or not, but I think they have a wide variety.  Thanks for the photos.


Carl

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breadtraveler

Thanks so much for the comments in this Blog.  I am going to Berlin this Thursday, January 10 and passionate about bread -- always on the lookout for wonderful, unique bakeries.

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Mason

Yes, definitely check out Soluna.  All bakeries are grreat, but that place is superlative.  Go back on yur last day and bring a large Miche home with you.  I sincerely regret not being able to do that, so being unable to share such lovely bread.

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GAPOMA

but I'd second the vote for KaDeWe.  It's literally been 15+ years since I've been there, but they have (or at least had) a top "gourmet" floor that was all food.  Every sausage you've ever heard of and many more that you hadn't even imagined.  Same with wines.  And breads.  And cheeses.  Awesome!


http://www.kadewe.de/en/shops-stops/gourmet-floor/


- Greg

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Mason

Soluna and KaDeWe are both not terribly far from where I will be.  On Monday morning I have to pass through the station near KaDeWe.  I will definitely make a stop there.  Soluna looks pretty fantastic, from the reviews online.  I will try to get there, too.


I appreciate the recommendations, Carl and Greg!


Mason.

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Mason

If you are interested, the photos of Soluna are here:  http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22766/sourdough-miche-soluna-brot-und-oel-berlin


Thanks again, Carl.


I'l try to get to KaDeWe on Monday.


Mason.

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kallisto (not verified)

if you still need tips and advices for your next trip to berlin, you can pm me.I live in Berlin and love to bake  bread and cakes.

I also know where to buy the best bread, pastry and flour.

 

bye!