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Jun 10, 2008 07:55 PM

Best Kaffee and Kuchen experience in Berlin?

I'm going with a sweet tooth, and hoping for a classic Sachertorte mit Schlag kind of place.

For what it's worth, I'll be staying in Charlottenburg, but hanging out mostly in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.

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  1. Not sure which Xberg you're hanging out at -- i.e., 36 or 61, but there is Kuchenkaiser at Oranienplatz which has good stuff.

    In Friedrichshain, there is Olivia on Kopernikusstr. near Simon-Dach-Str.

    For an eye-popping Kuchen/Torten-display, head over to Opernpalais on Unter den Linden -- touristy, yes, and lots of plush heads (aka old people), but unbelievable spread.

    Then there is the Sowohl Als Auch in Prenzlauer Berg, on the corner of Kollwitzstr. and Rykestr. (I think).

    Ah, decisions, decisions.

    (Sorry, no suggestions for Charlottenburg -- not my kiez '-P)

    8 Replies
    1. re: linguafood

      Vielen Dank, eine recht schöne List!

      Can't wait to exchange my weak dollars for sturdy Torten.

      (Charlottenburg isn't my first choice, but -- speaking of weak doloars -- who could complain about a private apartment for 300 euro? Right. :)

      1. re: grumpitybug

        Kein Problem, gern geschehen.

        Not knowing when you'll be gracing Charlottenburg with your presence, there's a street fest around Savignyplatz this wkend (June 13-15), including a Gourmet-Zelt.

        Gotta be worth checking out, so even I shall leave my home-kiez and make the trek to the West '-)

        Torte Ahoi!

      2. re: linguafood

        totally agree with sowohl als auch... and about opern palais being touristy. linguafood, or any other berlin hounds: doesn't the original cafe einstein on kufuerstenstr do good k&k too?

        1. re: e_ting

          They make a damn fine coffee, fo'shizzle. But the Tortenbuffet @Opernpalais is really hard to beat. There's certainly more people watching at Einstein on Unter den Linden. But I just realized you weren't talking about that one '-)...

          1. re: e_ting

            I think they (Einstein) are more about the Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesoße, and not a grand array of options. I have no sweet tooth, so I can't add anything more than that.

            1. re: desylicious

              to be concise: berlin isn't known for its cake as brits or americans know it...
              However, Olivia in Friedrichshain is on its way there.

              Typical Berlin cake is a simple fruit on yeast pastry base thing, (name eludes me) from a local baker (NOT a chain, like Kamps...their stuff tastes generic and they exploit their franchisees)

              Nevertheless, Berlin is not a place for truly great and inspiring cakes, Einstein included...

              1. re: luisa casati

                It's certainly not Vienna. However, with regard to the Tortenbuffet @Opernpalais, I beg to differ -- great and inspiring cakes. And I'm not even a cakehead.

                1. re: linguafood

                  if you like a kind of afternoon-tea-thing, there is a very sweet small basement cafe (can sit outside) on zionskirchplaty, called cupcake. they do cream tea and scones.
                  not very german, but tasty.

        2. Keep your eyes open for Donauwelle while you're there...marble cake with cherries, a layer of buttercream and chocolate ganache.