Berlin is a mecca for freelancers. Being the creative city that it is, it is not uncommon for many people to use their favourite cafés as office spaces and a place where the coffee doesn’t stop flowing. Some cafés, however, are much more open to this kind of clientele; some encourage it while others forbid laptops being used at all. If you need a day away from the home office, here’s where you’ll feel welcomed.
Right in the heart of Kreuzberg, Betahaus is a freelancer’s dream. In fact, the café caters to laptops and roamers, with small working tables arranged next to plug points for your convenience. The lunch and coffee are always tasty, and when your food is ready you’ll be called on the loudspeaker to go and collect it from the kitchen, making a very effective system. The space is huge and warehouse-like, with high ceilings, lovely recycled wood décor and lush plant life. If you want to be a part of the community, there is also a co-working space upstairs that you can join and reap the added member benefits.
This is a beautiful and large coffee shop in Neukölln with lots of wooden tables and ample light. There is even a bar-like swing chair for those who like a little movement while they work. This café is great because everything is self service – from ordering at the counter, to collecting your coffee and food, to clearing your plates – and the rest of the time you remain unbothered. The Wi-Fi is good, as is the music, and while the coffee is alright, they have a fantastic selection of fresh juices, baked goods and daily food specials with incredibly generous portions. Caution: you may be asked to close your laptop during the lunch rush hour between 12- 2pm.
Sankt Oberholz is an English-speaking co-working space for creatives and entrepreneurs. Rumoured to be the birthplace of some of Berlin’s internet startups, this café in Mitte had to open up a second space just to deal with the demand. They serve only the most hip and high-quality coffee from Bonanza Coffee Roasters, and if you’re serious about this space, you can also upgrade your experience by renting a hot desk for 15 euros a day. They also stay open really late on Fridays and Saturdays.
You can trust in the Wi-Fi at ZAZZA Gourmet Rösterei, a popular hangout for online professionals in the Graefekiez neighbourhood. The yummy Arabic coffee, cake and wonderful ambience will keep you happy and productive, and the cosy café gets a good amount of natural light. The staff are known for their good vibes, making it an all-round decent place to get some work done. What’s more, everything is fresh, vegetarian, vegan and totally delicious.
It’s no surprise that the hip, young professional borough of Prenzlauer Berg is teeming with worker-friendly, Wi-Fi and caffeine hotspots. Head to Café Kraft for a day of online productivity and coffee heaven. The corner café is located in a beautiful historical building and has a happy, inviting atmosphere. They also serve small snacks and sweet eats.
westberlin is a modern, sleek café right in the centre of it all, so you won’t ever feel like you’re going at it alone. Located right on the busy Friedrichstrasse, there is plenty to see when you need a break from looking at your laptop screen. The interior is stylish, creative and has a designer feel to it, with its modern furnishings and muted colour palette. The food is just as clean-looking, and there are creative magazines to read while you nosh.