Bulk Bio in Berlin, babe
Bierback's guide to
It took me (Emelie) 27 years to get to Berlin, but once I went, I couldn't wait to go back. It had been one of those conversation starters for years. "I've never been to Germany", I would say, and people would start asking why and it got to the point where I actually thought that I just had to never go to Germany. Luckily I did, the first time in 2012. Now, I have a bunch of good friends living there, which means I get to go there a lot. Here's a list of my Top 6 Berlin musts, all pictures in the bottom.
1. SWEET | BRAVO BRAVKO
Lausitzer Str. 47, 10999 Berlin. Find this gem of a bakery and I promise you will swear to never have a croissant from anywhere else again. Bravo Bravko Kuchenwerkstatt is serving high quality baked goods throughout the day, and after having tried almost all of their cakes, it's hard to tell which one to chose, if you only get to chose one. Which is why you chose three, and say it's to go and for "your friends" at home.
2. SHOP | ALTE SCHÖNHAUSER STRAßE
Alte Schönhauser Str, 10119 Berlin. I remember walking into o.k.-Versand the first time thinking "why, oh why, am I only traveling with hand luggage" and then filled it with cups, posters, hooks and what ever I could fit. We now feature some of their items in our Nice & New shop, and I always pay them a visit during my stay. I'm not a shopping fan (unless we're talking flea market and second hand stores, obviously), but I just love walking down Alte Schönhauser Straße, as it also features my all-time favourite parfumerie; Le Labo. Their natural perfumes, that they mix in store in their little laboratory, are divine and last forever. I've never bought a perfume "off the shelf" since, as it just doesn't make sense. Fragrance should be fresh. Anyhow, around this street you'll find a good mix of high street brands, small wine shops and cute cafés. There's really no need to wander further, to get your shopping fix for a day.
3. EAT | THE BREAD STATION
Maybachufer 16, 12047 Berlin. There's something about eating a piece of bread, looking straight into the bakery. Watching the bakers beat the dough, and the bread slowly rise in those big, warm ovens. The Bread Station might not have the best croissant, but they have the most delicious, simple toast with egg. Don't be surprised if you hear the staff speaking Danish, as you'll find the original bread station in Copenhagen. This one, in Berlin, opened up in 2015 and is now a highly visited place for both locals and tourists.
4. SHOP | FLOHMARKT AM MAUERPARK
Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355 Berlin. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes, bring an extra tote bag and head over to Mauerpark Flohmarkt for some real bargains. There's a good mix of everything, and you'll be surprised about the size. When you think you've reached the last corner, you'll pass it only to find the market continuing even further. It's only open on Sundays, and peaks in size during summer.
5. COFFEE | BLACK ISLE BAKERY
Linienstraße 54, 10119 Berlin. When I first walked in, the smell of freshly baked banana bread hit my cold, blushed face. The simple, most thought through interior is balancing the no-fuss home baked goods like the sharpest of knives. A real nice contrast to most cafés you'll find in Berlin. Find this gem of a bakery and I promise you will swear to never have a croissant from anywhere else again. Bravo Bravko Kuchenwerkstatt is serving high quality baked goods throughout the day, and after having tried almost all of their cakes, it's hard to tell which one to chose, if you only get to chose one. Which is why you chose three.
6. SHOP | ANYTHING BIO
Berlin. Make sure you travel with checked luggage, as you'll want to fill it up with all the cheap but good organic products that can be found in the many bio supermarkets and pharmacies. Our favourites are denn's Biomarkt for cheese, and dm-drogerie markt for the vegan facial scrub from Nonique.