Whether it is coffee, cake, a beer or a snack Berlin has an abundance of great cafes. We were going to do some in-depth research scouring the whole city looking for the best places, endless and vigorous in our pursuit of the perfect café. In the end we just asked our friends to suggest their favourite and then we checked them out for ourselves. Here are five that we visited and would recommend. We hope you like our suggestions if you don´t just blame our friends.
Cute and fun café with super nice staff. Two of the show stoppers here are the deserts and lemonades. The creamy heavenly deserts are called ´magnolias´ and come in a range of yummy flavours. They are all vegan friendly and totally organic. Best way to describe them is the creamy tops of say a tiramisu, subtly flavoured or infused, with little crunchy oats toppings, little plates of indulgence. The freshly made lemonade rocks as do the glasses they are served up in. A pleasing decor adds to the appeal of this must visit café if in the Friedrichshain area. Breakfasts and the sandwiches are delicious too.
Nearest station: Warschauer
Lerchen & Eulen
A fantastic café with friendly staff and typically laid back and nice atmosphere where you can easily quickly lose track of time. Think a kind of warm, inviting candle-lit Parisian café (the type that Berlin does quite well) and you should get the picture. Good selection of drinks while jazzy, bluesy remixes provide the agreeable soundtrack and feel good ambience. Free pretzels are very moorish. As you would expect from such a nice spot to perch in the sofas and bar propping places can disappear so be willing to be lucky during the evening.
Nearest station: Görlitzer Bahnhof
Mein Haus am See
Named after the original and elegant hotel “Haus am See” this is Hipster Heaven. Achingly cool but designed to exude space yet cosy-ness. Comfy lounging sofas everywhere begging to be relaxed on while the food wins approval for presentation, creativity and substance. Reasonable prices considering its location near Rosenthaler Platz and its dedication to pleasing aesthetics. Agreeable music plays in the background at a nice volume. DJs in the evening and open 24-7 too.
Nearest station: Rosenthaler Platz
A lot of people seem to like the specialty cheesecake here made from Philadelphia cheese and an old family recipe. It seemed to be literally flying off the cake stand on a recent weekend visit. It’s a lot lighter than the New York variety and evaporates in your mouth like a magic trick. The visible roasting machine shows a dedication to coffee and adds to the spectacle of everything. Simple seating inside but preference is for taking your espresso outside when the weather allows, Reichenberger Strasse making an agreeable setting.
Reichenberger Strasse 101
Nearest station: Görlitzer Bahnhof
A slice of elegant old and sumptuous Vienna is what exudes from this charming open all hours café. Great selection of breakfast options on offer ranging from seafood, variety of scrambled egg dishes to the Café Einstein Frühstück (breakfast) which includes sausages, cheese, salmon, chicken salad, variety of fresh fruit, selection of bread, croissants with yogurt, jams and maple syrup served on an étagère . The Wiener Schnitzel is a trademark dish while the mushroom goulash is recommended too. Dining out is about getting the little things right and Café Einstein ticks many of these boxes. The warm and freshly baked bread were perfection and the little butter dishes individually sealed were an additional nice touch. Friendly and efficient looking service but can be a little forgetful on occasions so you may need to remind them that you are still waiting for your strudel just to be on the safe side.
Nearest station: Kurfurstenstrasse
Remember these are some of our favourite cafes that we can personally recommend. We hope you try them and they become your favourites too. We as always would love to hear your thoughts or comments on our suggestions or even if you have your own special café you adore.