One of my closest friends (of Morrisons chocolate chip fame) moved to Berlin at the start of the year and as she’s vegan, I asked her to look out for something that was worth a review for me. Apparently Berlin is full of vegan and gluten-free bakeries and restaurants, so I’m definitely missing out – but at least she had plenty of choices. Her post seems to be accidentally starting a bit of a doughnut theme, but I swear I’m interested in more than doughnuts! Thanks to Yasmine for writing the below.
Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin, Germany
Not a stranger to the Berlin vegan scene, Brammibals have long been selling their delicious and interesting doughnuts in markets and vegan cafes across the city. Such was the demand that they have (finally!) opened up their own stall, the opening of which was this Sunday – the sunniest and warmest in Berlin this year.
Offering a large selection of flavours such as lime coconut, salted caramel and chocolate hazelnut, they also have a gluten-free option (today it was chocolate coconut). The good people at Brammibals also do a fine selection of interesting bagels, not just limited to hummus and salad, but featuring braised tofu, smoked carrot and a variety of other flavours.
Drinks include lavender soda as well as the usual fare of coffee, teas and soft drinks, and they offer the famed ‘leitungswasser’ or tap water to you and I, a really rarity in Berlin.
The decor is nice – minimalist and rustic, fitting the hipster aesthetic of trendy Kreuzberg well, the shop looks out onto the canal with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Black chalkboards announce the opening times and display the menu, glass cabinets for the doughnuts makes it impossible to buy only one.
The taste test – so I bought 6 (obviously to share with friends…). All are delicious but the speckolatsius (basically like ground up Lotus biscuits for the uninitiated – the spread, available in all big British supermarkets, is also vegan), white chocolate and pistachio, and salted caramel with hazelnut were the stand outs. The texture was soft, the frosting the perfect consistency, and the doughnuts a decent size. They’ll set you back €2.50 a piece, or slightly less if you buy in bulk, but it’s 100% worth it. Brammibals Doughnuts – another fine addition to the Kreuzberg-neükolln vegan family.