Barcomi's

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Barcomi's Barcomi's is a quaint neighborhood Café and coffee shop with an outstanding reputation in the Kreuzberg area and beyond, as witnessed by the clientele of professionals, university students, young families, and coffee lovers... Berlin Germany 52.48896 13.39328
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Party Earth Review Barcomi’s is a quaint neighborhood café and coffee shop with an outstanding reputation in the Kreuzberg area and beyond, as witnessed by the clientele of professionals, university students, young families, and coffee lovers... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 8am–9pm, Su 9am–9pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

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Barcomi's is a quaint neighborhood Café and coffee shop with an outstanding reputation in the Kreuzberg area and beyond, as witnessed by the clientele of professionals, university students, young families, and coffee lovers...

Barcomi’s is a quaint neighborhood café and coffee shop with an outstanding reputation in the Kreuzberg area and beyond, as witnessed by the clientele of professionals, university students, young families, and coffee lovers that arrive in droves to sample delicious pastries and top-notch coffee.

And rest assured that the bulky roasting equipment and bags of coffee beans are more than just decoration here – the café prides itself on its house-roasted blends and displays a wealth of geographic information for each of their numerous offerings.

Outdoor seating lends a certain Parisian sidewalk café feel, while the uncluttered interior and its white walls with pink flourishes, elegant teardrop light fixtures, mellow indie rock, free Wi-Fi, and shiny black booths ensure an authentic coffee shop atmosphere.

On Sunday afternoons, locals and visitors alike pour in to indulge in the German tradition of Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cakes) – and standouts like the carrot cake and the New York-style cheesecake, along with the quick and friendly table service, keep them coming back to Barcomi's again and again.

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Tip from Adriana:

Barcomi’s is one of the best places in town for Sunday afternoon Kaffe und Kuchen – and everybody knows it. To avoid waiting for a table, arrive either before 2:30 or after 4:30pm.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, families, and coffee lovers, all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bagels, pastries, and sandwiches.

  • Prices

    Bagels €1.80/plain or €2.40–€6.70/with topping, pastries €1.30–€3.30. Coffee and tea €2.20–€3.30, wine €3.60.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekend afternoons.

Barcomi's User Reviews

Average rating:
Social atmosphere and good American-style pastries and sandwiches
Olivia P. Mar 26, 2013
Located in the heart of the Bergmannkiez in Kreuzberg, Barcomi's is one of the many coffee shops that line the bustling Bergmannstrasse. You'll find a lot of English spoken here, because ex-pats are drawn in droves by the best New York style bagels in Berlin. The atmosphere is distinctly more social than solitary; it's a place to meet people, rather than work away on a laptop, although you'll find people doing both at Barcomi's. Occasionally the cafe's popularity proves a disadvantage, and service can lag, especially on a weekend. For a lively crowd and a good cup of coffee, Barcomi's makes a great stop for any Kreuzberg regular.
Disappointed and Overpriced "Special Cake" with minimal decor and no attention to the client!!!
Jennifer S. Mar 20, 2013
I haven't been in Berlin for so long and found this place to be one of the better bakeries in town. I had a party coming up and decided to get in contact with the owner. There was no number on the website and when I went into the Bakery was told I could only order a cake by email. In my opinion I thought that was strange. I've never ordered a cake before by email without speaking to the person and discussing the details. Boy how I wish I would have I could have been able to order it in person or by phone. When I emailed, I was extremely clear in regards to what I was looking for and what I wanted and somehow, that was all lost in translation. I made sure to explain I didn't want a plain or simple cake and did not want it to be too busy, but that I wanted a wow factor. She said she knew exactly what I was talking about. My initial budget was 50 euros and I increased it to 70 because she mentioned it would be a lot more with the decoration which would be time consuming. So I was fine with it. I asked for a sketch of what she was thinking of doing but apparently that couldn't be done. She told me I should just tell her what I wanted which I did and somehow at the end of the conversation, I thought she really did understand what my vision was. When I went to pick up the cake, I was in shock! I was disappointed in every way. There was no wow factor. It didn't bring a smile to my face. Nothing. The cake was a four layer cake, white with polka dots all around and a fondant flat figure in the center. It didn't have the colors I wanted on the cake that were part of the decoration and the figurine's colors were off as well. I didn't get what I payed for. There was nothing exciting about it. It was quite plain and very simple for what I payed. I feel I was ripped off!!! I think I payed for the size of the cake because the decoration wasn't there. It was frosted in white and they threw on fondant polka dots all around and that is what I payed 71+ euros for and in my opinion, I've ordered many custom cakes before and I've never felt this way and I've never complained about them, until now! If there was a way to get my money back, I would demand it! When we cut into the cake, while it was pretty and tasty for the most part, one out of the four layers was hard and wasn't baked properly. It must have been a bad batch because it was hard. I took PICTURES of the INSIDE SECOND LAYER because it wasn't supposed to look that way. So it was definitely not the best experience. While I did end of speaking to the owner when I was at the bakery, she basically said this is what we discussed and well there's not much we can do, enjoy your party. That was the worst part of it. Talk about the customer being right!!! Barcomi's everyday pastries are nothing out of the ordinary but tasty. If ordering a custom/special cake, please be aware!!! You might receive something completely different from what you ordered and you'll end up paying a lot of money for mediocre work. You'll have a better time, get what you want and fully enjoy it if you find a great recipe and bake a cake yourself!
Ex-Pat Café With American-Style Food
Jimmy R. Jan 7, 2013
Cynthia Barcomi is a well known chef & baker in Germany and has written several cookbooks. I first heard of her from a fellow baking-enthusiast friend of mine who lives in the Steglitz area of Berlin and I've actually tried making a recipe from Barcomi's website for hazlenut chocolate cheesecake and it was incredible. So, when I found out that Barcomi had a few bakeries in Berlin, I was champing at the bit to try them out. I didn't expect the goods to be baked by Barcomi herself (she has several bakeries), but I figured the recipes would be good. The first thing you will note as you enter Barcomi's is that everyone is speaking English. I'm not certain why that is, but if I had to guess, it's because many of the wares sold there cater to more of an american palett. That is, cupcakes, cakes, and cinnamon rolls are all very decadent and sweet. Mind you, I love sweet and decadent foods, so for me, Barcomi's was a pleasant experience, on the whole. I ordered a bagel and coffee with a slice of carrot cake for desert. My girlfriend ordered a cinnamon roll and a cup of orange juice. We shared all of the above, which means that I ate basically everything. I have a sweet-tooth that wouldn't be out of place in a sabertooth tiger's smile. The cinnamon roll was okay, nothing special. I wouldn't order it in the future. The carrot cake, on the other hand, was excellent. It was incredibly moist and flavourful with just the right amount of frosting. The juice was unimpressive. It tasted like the juice you'd snag at any other cafe around Berlin, which is to say overpriced and from mediocre. The coffee was actually pretty good as far as drip coffee goes. However, when we visited Barcomi's, it was very crowded. As a result, we had to wait a long time for our order to be filled, there was no seating, and--this is speculation--the coffee was probably fresher than it would normally be in less-busy times. On the whole, I'd say give Barcomi's a pass unless you're in the area, or are a huge fan of carrot cake. Barcomi's isn't a place you travel to Europe for; it's the standard fare you have in your home town in middle America. It's tasty, but nothing extraordinary. In a city full of delicious bakeries, Barcomi's simply fails to stand out.
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