At Konditorei Buchwald on the south side of the Spree in Moabit, the traditions go back to 1852 when Gustav Buchwald started to make his Baumkuchen, the ring-shaped cake made of layers of batter cooked on a rotating spit.
It is still among their specialties today, either as chocolate-glazed slices or sold by weight (€3.75/100g) – but there are many other options as well. The cake selection is appealing and large, running the full gamut of German specialties, from Sachertorte to creamy and fruity sorts and Streusel-covered tarts (€2 -3.30, cheaper to go).
Here, the older crowd of sweet-toothed regulars is matched by a somewhat anachronistic environment: flowery curtains, old-fashioned (not retro) furniture, kitschy paintings and apron-clad waiting ladies well matched to the furniture. This place is the perfect stop after a nice walk along the Spree.
Too bad the patio is so cramped. Even on a warm day, sit inside for the full experience.