Berlin Bakeries, breads, ingredients?
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.