Gone are the days when residents and visitors complained forlornly that Berlin had no good breakfast and brunch spots. With a surge in the restaurant industry and an influx of foodies from all over the world, breakfast in Berlin is now a real treat.
Cafe, Restaurant, French, German, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, $$$
The food at this charming spot is not German, or French, or Latin, but the result of influences from all three. Breakfasts are bliss at one of their outside tables, next to the popular Admiralsbrücke in Kreuzeberg,
where you can choose salmon-stuffed croissants, creative omelettes, or their speciality the ‘Koyote,’ a lip-smacking baguette with homemade bean cream gratin, cheese, egg and guacamole.
Cafe, Contemporary, European, Coffee, $$$
This speciality coffee bar and breakfast spot first hit the scene in Mitte in 2014, giving the existing local eateries some impressive competition. Distrikt Coffee’s interior is warm, inviting and beautiful, with black steel tables and chairs and raw brick walls, and a particularly lovely tile floor in the back room. Their small but sophisticated menu includes banana bread, avocado on toast, scrambled eggs and scrumptious buttermilk pancakes.
Bistro, Cafe, French, Contemporary, $$$
Expect service with a smile in this cosy, stylish café in the heart of Neukölln. Papilles
literally means ‘taste buds’, and the French owners will delight yours, with their simple yet refined dishes. The café is comfortable, hip and full of love and good music. Try the hearty breakfast/brunch
favourite, ‘Benny’s Eggs’ (Eggs Benedict) for only €5 for the vegetarian option, served on toasted buns with a generous side salad. The ‘Bacon Benny’ goes for a lean 6€. Other delights include avocado on toast, quiches and French toast.
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, German, European, Coffee, $$$
This café, meaning ‘Monster’, is in the up-and-coming borough of Neükolln. The decor is cosy and vintage, and you can taste the love that has gone into their dishes. Their beautifully presented breakfast platters are a refined version of traditional German Frühstück (‘breakfast’), with a selection of fruit, cheeses, croissants, eggs and cold meats.
Cafe, Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Coffee, Healthy
Café Mugrabi is a little slice of Middle-Eastern inspired paradise in Berlin, serving dishes made with the highest-quality ingredients. Their signature ‘Mugrabi’ breakfast is a party of a plate with home-baked bread, and their shakshuka with a side of tahini is heavenly.
Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, Australian, Coffee, European, $$$
This achingly hip café in Friedrichshain serves speciality, third-wave coffee, and their wonderful breakfasts ensure the café is overflowing with people trying to get a spot at one of their raw wooden tables. Try the mashed avocado topped with a poached egg and bacon, finished with a drizzled green drizzle and sumac, or the baked eggs in tomato sauce with feta on spinach and bread, or the scrambled eggs with infused herb butter, ham and spinach. Note that it’s not great for vegans, and you should reserve a table.