The Best Cafés and Coffeeshops in Neukölln, Berlin
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Over the past few years, the third-wave coffee scene has exploded in Berlin, bringing trendy cafés, small roasteries and coffee shops to Neukölln, one of Berlin’s coolest neighbourhoods. These local gems are dotted along the canals, hidden in residential areas and spread along bustling streets. Here are the best cafés and coffee shops in Neukölln.
Cafe, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Two Planets is the casual yet cool café, serving up vegetarian treats, amazing coffee and great vibes. It’s laid-back energy plays out in its menu, with a selection of ‘dope ass toast’ and ‘sweet ass toast’, ranging from avocado and bruschetta to sweet options like peanut butter and banana. All served on top of bread from the Berlin-based Danish bakery, The Bread Station. They also have speciality coffee, from local Berlin roaster, Five Elephants, and healthy smoothies and freshly pressed juices. The walls are covered in local art, and its relaxed interior and amazingly welcoming staff make it a local gem in Neukölln.
Bonanza’s first shop and café opened in Prenzlauer Berg nearly a decade ago, and now they’ve upped the ante, by launching their huge roastery and artisan-style café in Kreuzberg. Located on Adalbertstrasse not far from Oranienplatz, this café and roastery serves up a huge range of filter and espresso coffee, from a single origin to well-paired blends. All the coffee is locally roasted in Berlin, by Bonanza, which you can buy at the roastery, with help from their highly knowledgeable staff. It’s high ceilings, white walls and massive arched windows, make the Bonanza Roastery the perfect spot to enjoy high-end coffee and some lights snacks.
Located on busy Hermannstrasse, Isla Coffee is hiding in plain sight, only recognisable by its large glass windows and small black sign. It maintains a unique sustainability concept, as everything in the café is recycled, reclaimed or homegrown. From the heavy wooden furniture to the coffee cups, which are made out of the recycled coffee grounds, Isla Coffee is a new model of gastronomy. They’re passionate about third wave, high-quality coffee and work with small fine roasters, like Berlin’s Fjord Coffee. During the week, they serve vegetarian sandwiches and small treats, and on weekends they have brunch from 10 am to 4 pm. The café’s sustainable concept, light interior and amazing coffee make it a one of a kind café in Neukölln.
Dots is a cosy organic café located on the hip Kreuzkölln thoroughfare of Weserstrasse. Using fresh and organic ingredients, they serve up breakfast, lunch and amazing coffee. Boasting a large menu, with an ever-changing daily brunch special and an easy lunch menu including bagels and sandwiches, there is something for everyone at this residential joint. It’s a great place to start your day or to meet for an afternoon coffee and cake.
Fast Casual, Cosy, Casual, Modern, Relaxed, Romantic
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Located by the canals on Maybachufer, Populus Coffee is a specialty coffee roastery and cafe. Finnish owned, they’re renowned for their specialty filter and espresso coffee and Nordic treats. They have a newly introduced brunch menu, with all-time favourites like avocado on toast, poached eggs and waffles. However, their main focus is their love and passion for coffee, and you can check out their in-house roastery when you’re there. With its prime location and sleek design, Populus Coffee is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon, drinking coffee and people watching in Neukölln.
Roamers Coffee & Booze is the hole-in-the-wall, rustic favourite in Neukölln. Known for their brunch, this café also serves up amazing cheese boards, cake and coffee. Its compact size and relaxed SoCal charm are present in their interior and their food. The drinks are served in mason jars, the espresso art is impressive, and the cakes are atop wooden boards, making every meal Instagram-worthy. On the weekends, it’s infamously hard to get into, and you will often see Berliners and tourists alike, waiting, rain or shine, for a table. But, once you are seated, it is well worth the wait, the menu is fresh and delicious making it a hidden gem in Neukölln.
Okay Café is the Neukölln cafe with a Stockholm edge. This Swedish-owned gem serves up fresh and wholesome comfort food in a traditional style. Specialising in handmade sweet buns and amazing coffee, they also have a diverse menu of breakfast and lunch dishes. The café’s sleek design and amazing location make it the perfect place to get your caffeine fix and indulge in the simple pleasures done well.