Prenzlauer Berg exudes a wholesome, groomed charm, unlike other popular parts of Berlin. Relatively unscathed by the Second World War, the locality is filled with historic buildings and unique aesthetic. Once a working-class area, its central position has since turned it into one of the coolest spots in the city, boasting amazing cafés and coffee shops. Here are the best in the area that everyone should check out at least once.
Bonanza Coffee Heroes prides itself on its unconventionality. Starting out on the leafy streets of Prenzlauer Berg, close to Mauerpark, this company has since spread its signature coffee and roasting delights to Kreuzberg. One of Berlin’s most well-recognised coffee roasters, the passionate people behind Bonanza shaped much of the city’s third-wave café culture. The café itself boasts an industrial-chic interior, providing a cool backdrop for savouring their highly-distinctive cup of coffee.
Another original coffee spot that helped shape Berlin’s cool new coffee scene is this stylish and friendly caffeine haven. This cosy joint brings the city’s affinity for contemporary cuisine and pairs it with an array of Berlin-roasted beans, ranging from interesting blend to single origins. The perfect spot for a caffeine hit in Prenzlauer Berg, this trendy gem is often bustling with the area’s young creatives.
From the team behind the popular clothing line Kauf Dich Glücklich, the ‘Café & Mehr’ bearing the same name is a quirky, cool Prenzlauer Berg café. Serving up some seriously delicious waffles with endless toppings, strong, bold coffee and ice cream in the warmer months, this local gem has maintained real Berlin prices, making it both delicious and affordable.
Suicide Sue is a favourite cosy spot bearing the straight-forward slogan ‘bread and coffee,’ and it’s certainly a master of both. Boasting a stylish, modern interior, Suicide Sue serves up a mix of sandwiches, with a traditional German flare, including liverwurst, authentic German breakfast and seriously delicious coffee. This quirky, well-establish spot is close to lively Danziger Straße and remains a crowd-favourite brunch spot in Prenzlauer Berg.
Purveyors of fine coffee and members of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, Godshot is the place to head in Prenzlauer Berg for a grade-A cup of coffee. White walls, hardwood floors and a simple, trendy feel make up most of the café’s interior, while the menu includes delicious speciality coffee and a small mix of cakes. They also run barista courses and workshops, so you can be sure this crowd know their stuff.
Probably one of the most beautiful cafés in Berlin, Blumen Café is a unique café-flower shop hybrid. Located on busy Schönhauser Allee, here guests can escape the noise and literally sit among the flowers, enjoying an extensive menu of coffee, cold drinks, cake, breakfasts and take-away treats.
Impala Coffee is a classic-favourite in Berlin, with two locations in Prenzlauer Berg, one in Schöneberg and another in Charlottenburg. Their first store opened in 2003 and became known for its brightly-coloured interior and welcoming staff; almost a decade on, not much has changed at this joint. Coffee enthusiasts won’t be disappointed by its range either, as the café boasts beans from India, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Ethiopia and Colombia, and all the roasts are available for sale so guests can enjoy them at home as well.