Zeit Für Brot makes some of the best bread and cakes in Berlin and their Schokoschnecken (Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls) are addictively good.
Everything here is made in the in-house bakery with 100% organic ingredients.
A glass wall in the premises on Alte Schönhauser Strasse separates the shop and café from the bakery so you can enjoy your coffee and cake while you watch the bakers prepare the next batches of bread and pastries.
The interior design has been carefully considered and put together but doesn’t feel overdone. There are muted colours, parquet floors, vintage industrial lamps and simple wooden furniture with a definite retro feel.
We rely on quality craftsmanship: our bakers are people, not machines. In addition, in-house recipes, a long dough proving process, and the best organic ingredients make the difference. In addition to our bread, rolls and Schnecken there is still a lot more to try.
Zeit Für Brot has been open in Berlin for over 4 years now (an offshoot of the original Frankfurt operation) so I was very late to the game but from the moment I first tasted their Schokoschnecken I was hooked.
They are soft and fluffy with a very generous helping of rich and gooey chocolate sauce. At 2.60€ they’re not cheap but I think in this case you get what you pay for.
The bakery is extremely popular so don’t be surprised if you have to queue (sometimes out the door) and finding a table, especially when the weather doesn’t allow for sitting outside may prove a little tricky (but will be worth the wait).
The Schnecken, in particular, (pardon the pun) sell like hot cakes but don’t be too downhearted if there are empty trays or gaps on the counter, it is possible that the next batch is about to come out of the oven. Getting the pastries warm is a particularly lucky break. That being said, a word of warning: they do sell out at some point so, weekday evenings for instance, you may well leave disappointed.
Zeit Für Brot sells a range of breakfasts, bread, cakes and filled sandwiches but for me it’s all about the Zimtschnecken (Cinnamon Rolls) or more precisely the Schokoschnecken (Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls) – I have to ration myself for fear of an ever-expanding waistline.
Zeit Für Brot is at Alte Schönhauser Strasse 4 in Berlin Mitte – check the website for opening hours and a map.