Restaurant, bar, Biergarten, independent cinema, museum, gallery. The Brotfabrik has been part of this neighborhood for over 30 years – as evidenced by the outdoor sign warning: “Nicht kuschelig seit 30 Jahren” – Not cuddly for more than 30 years.
Perhaps not cuddly, but on the evenings when the sun is setting, the front terrace is particularly inviting. The terrace of the Brotfabrik itself adjoins Caligariplatz, a name you might be familiar with if you are a fan of early surrealist German cinema.
The surrounding neighborhood of Wießensee was once Berlin’s version of Hollywood. But aside from an information pillar in the middle of the square, these days there are few visible reminders of the neighborhood’s past contribution to German film, though across the Platz the glorious semi-ruined, silent film cinema Delphi is beginning to shrug off 70 years of slumber and neglect.
Brotfabrik, however, is more than just a lovely terrace. The kitchen’s menu, while not extensive, is a reminder that this neighborhood was once firmly in the Russian sector. In other words, get the pelmini and save yourself the 28-hour train journey to Moscow. Beyond the restaurant and bar, though, this place is a cultural center and in addition to the small independent cinema, they host gallery openings, stage readings and provide home to perhaps one of the oddest museums in Berlin’s eclectic museum scene – the Waschküchen Museum – the Washhouse Museum – which might just help you appreciate all that backbreaking work your grandmother had to do to keep her family looking spiff.