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Food & Drink

Home to roast— Berlin

Preface

Seattle-born Cynthia Barcomi opened her first café in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood in the 1990s. Since then, her coffee, cakes and bagels have become a local legend. She takes us on a tour of the district’s best bakeries and food shops.

Café, Coffee, Small business

Sitting in her eponymous Kreuzberg café, Barcomi’s, on Bergmannstrasse with the aroma of roasting coffee wafting through the airy space, Cynthia Barcomi reflects on her success. She has often been credited for bringing good coffee and high-quality cakes to Berlin long before Starbucks landed. But building a food business here wasn’t always easy. Early on, finding funding as a female foreigner in Germany was difficult when locals were unaware of the delights of high-quality coffees and homemade muffins, bagels and cheesecakes. “I had to convince…

Neighbourhood

Barcomi’s original café and coffee roastery is located on Bergmannstrasse, the backbone of the Bergmannkiez (“kiez” means “hood” in the local vernacular) in Kreuzberg, a Berlin district known for its alternative atmosphere and large Turkish population. Now a trendy thoroughfare, the street was named in 1837 after landowner Maria Luise Bergmann. The area’s Wilhelmian buildings largely survived war damage, and the Marheineke Markthalle, one of Berlin’s last indoor markets, was renovated in 2007.

Address book

Barcomi’s Bergmannstrasse 21, + 49 30 694 81 38

Knippenbergs Marheinekeplatz 15,+ 49 30 61 20 20 77

Docura Zossener Strasse 20, + 49 30 81 79 73 99

Knofi Feinkost Bergmannstrasse 98, + 49 30 694 58 07

Knofi Cafe Bergmannstrasse 11, + 49 30 695 64 359

Soluna Brot und Öl Gneisenaustrasse 58, + 49 30 6167 1191

Bio Company Bergmannstrasse corner of Friesenstrasse, + 49 30 28 47 24 74 0

Vanille & Marille Hagelbergerstrasse 1, + 49 30 78 95 47 31

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