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Best Kaffee and Kuchen experience in Berlin?

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grumpitybug Jun 10, 2008 07:55 PM

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. linguafood RE: grumpitybug Jun 11, 2008 09:59 AM

    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)

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      grumpitybug RE: linguafood Jun 11, 2008 06:10 PM

      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. :)

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        linguafood RE: grumpitybug Jun 12, 2008 06:08 AM

        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
        e_ting RE: linguafood Jun 13, 2008 11:10 AM

        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?

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          linguafood RE: e_ting Jun 13, 2008 03:31 PM

          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 '-)...

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            desylicious RE: e_ting Jun 13, 2008 04:05 PM

            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.

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              luisa casati RE: desylicious Jun 14, 2008 02:24 AM

              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...

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                linguafood RE: luisa casati Jun 14, 2008 03:47 AM

                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
                  luisa casati RE: linguafood Jun 16, 2008 02:05 AM

                  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.

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          phoenikia RE: grumpitybug Jun 21, 2008 12:13 AM

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

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