Two decades ago American expat Cynthia Barcomi was the first in Berlin to start roasting her own coffee beans on site. Her two cafés—one in Mitte and the other in Kreuzberg—are going strong. The one in Mitte, hidden in a courtyard between Gipstrasse and Sophienstrasse, is a cozy spot to hang out for brunch or lunch. It’s still one of the few places that serves handmade bagels and muffins that taste like the real thing.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.