It is impossible to talk about brunch in Friedrichshain without mentioning The Barn. Dedicated to sustainable farming and fair trade, this place trumps all others with its house roasted coffee. A cup of Santa Barbara coffee is a cup of excellency, while a small pastel de Belém, a Portuguese dessert, is an unforgettable treat. Its global reputation means guests can take home coffee beans and brewing equipment, while regular brewing workshops also draw a local crowd.
Opening hours: 8:00/10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Elegant and subtle is how Bardot Bistro envisions the ‘slow food’ philosophy behind its vegetarian cuisine, welcoming its guests with an appropriate atmosphere of serenity. A part of Almodóvar Hotel, it is inspired by the aid mission which Brigitte Bardot led for a long time; restaurant is certainly standing firmly on ethical grounds. As far as its dishes go, Bardot Bistro is a mix of vegetarian and vegan, with Indian, South American, and Mediterranean influences. Its ingredients come from largely biologically-controlled environments. The red beet carpaccio, the tapas and the the salads are especially noteworthy, while the orange chocolate pralines with crème Catalane, coconut milk and rice make this dining experience complete.
Opening hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Address: Bardot Bistro, Boxhagener Straße, Berlin, +49 30 692097082
Opened quite recently, this chic café is full of home-made deliciousness and irresistible coffee flavors that really make an impression. Perhaps a little pretentiously famous for its “third wave” coffee experience, it embraces the scientific side of brewing, ethical bean production and fair trade. Specials involve combinations of bacon, spinach, and asparagus on a toasted English muffin with an organic poached egg and home-made champagne hollandaise sauce. De-li-cious!
Opening hours: 8.30am – 7.00pm
Complete with an enjoyable atmosphere and many dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients, Frau Honig is a veritable fusion of international influences. The brunch menu offers fresh, homemade quiches, veggie packed soups, and wonderful desserts, such as vanilla cheesecake with blackberries and almonds, and banana bread. It specializes in vegetarian and vegan brunches, with touches of goats’ cheese, mozzarella and avocado.
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Address: Frau Honig, Straßmannstraße, Berlin, Germany, +030 42807222
Milja & Schäfa
Sunny days and a local passion for pasta brings hungry souls to feast upon the variety of home-made dishes at Milja. Naturally, the menu does include scrambled eggs too, but only when transformed into a sweet, seasoned version with vanilla! (that’s Berlin for you). You can also choose other types of dishes and drinks, such as salads with tahini dressing, antipasti, bagels, cucumber-lime-basil lemonade or almond cakes. However, the artistry resides in the main dish of local pasta with rucola, chili, garlic, cherry tomatoes and wild salmon.
Opening hours: 8.00am – 1.00am
Address: Milja & Schäfa, Sonntagstraße, Berlin, Germany +49 0176 6266 8459
The freshness of this little restaurant is what sets it apart from the other Thai joints around Berlin. It’s nothing new that Berliners are completely in love with Asian cuisine. At Papaya, you’ll find recipes like tom kah kai, a steamy chicken-coconut soup, balancing spicy and sour flavors perfectly. Then there’s the famous Papaya salad and all the other amazing staples that keep locals coming back here from brunch to dinner.
Opening hours: 7am – 11pm
Address: Papaya, Krossener straße 11, Berlin, Germany +49 03029771231
Louise Cherie Café
Victorian inspired Louise Cherie Cafe has both an interior and an exterior which transports you to Paris, right in the heart of Berlin’s out-and-out alternative neighborhood, Friedrichshain. The old clock, royal portraits, elaborate teacups, and Francophone soundtrack puts Louise Cherie at the top of the list of places to linger. You can start a delightful afternoon off with incredible oeufs au lait, a French croissant and a Parisian cappuccino. Not bad.
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm
Address: Louise Cherie Café, Grünbergerstr 91, Berlin, Germany +49 03068070609
A cafe with personality, Aunt Benny’s distinct brunch specialties are presented within an industrial wooden interior from the 1960s period. The cuisine focuses on gourmet dishes like hand-rolled quiches, stuffed croissants and desserts such as chili-chocolate cheese cake. Small but catchy, the cafe offers gluten-free soups and sandwiches combined with fruits, putting the emphasis on quality over quantity. During the summer, the special cocktails are a delicious mixture of various herbs, like the old time favorite: Pimm’s, ginger ale, and a fresh sprig of mint.
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm
Address: Aunt Benny, Oderstrasse 7, Berlin, Germany +49 03066405300
Because there is a strong burger culture in Friedrichshain, the restaurants here go above and beyond, experimenting with veggie fillings, size, flavors, and, more importantly for Kreuzburger, the setting. Kreuzburger is a classic Berliner hot spot that’s risen to become a well-known local haven for hungry souls. With a wall painting from the Berlin Wall – the fraternal kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker – and packed buns loaded with grilled meat, it’s really not to be missed!
Opening hours: 7am – 11pm
Address: Kreuzburger, Grünberger Straße 52. Berlin, Germany +49 03055499038
It’s the excellent quality of its German cuisine that brings Leander to this list. The menu is overflowing with combinations of typical German bread and meat products, while French and Greek cheeses and Mediterranean salads offer an international touch. The dish not to be missed is the ‘Great Leander for two’, where all the flavors mingle. There’s ham, sausages, herb cheese, smoked salmon, fruit salad, scrambled eggs with onions, jam, butter, bread baskets galore – the list goes on.
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 1:00 am
Address: Leander Jungstr. 29, Berlin, Germany +49 03029004803