Berlin’s cafés and coffee houses incorporate elements of German afternoon coffee-and-cake culture alongside more contemporary components from the third-wave coffee scene. Ultra hip, coffee-focused joints, café-bar hybrids, and cool, casual cafés are among the trendiest in the city and span across Berlin’s 12 boroughs. Here is the crème de la crème of trendy cafés in Berlin.
Bonanza’s first shop and café opened in Prenzlauer Berg nearly a decade ago. Now they’ve upped the ante by launching their huge roastery and artisan-style café in Kreuzberg. The sun-drenched shop boasts a huge range of third-wave filter and espresso-style coffee and beans. The interior is modern, sleek and minimalistic, while the menu is an artisanal-coffee lover’s dream. Tucked away in a courtyard, this high-ceilinged spot is a must-try in Berlin.
House of Small Wonder is an Instagram-worthy café incorporating Japanese influences with fresh, flavourful comfort food. The menu uses organic, locally sourced ingredients to create an exciting mix of classic brunch specials and Japanese fusion dishes. This quirky, warm and organic concept can also be felt through House of Small Wonder’s interior, as plants hang from the ceiling and light green tones fill the space. The ultimate brunch spot, House of Small Wonder is contemporary, cool and full of surprises.
Cosy, charming and cool, DoubleEye is a Schöneberg favourite, bringing a multinational selection of coffee to Berlin. The atmosphere is relaxed, but don’t be fooled, the passionate staff know their coffee and will serve up a perfectly poured brew. A popular summer spot, the small café has ample outdoor seating, well-suited for people-watching in Akazienstraße.
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Two Planets is a casual yet cool café, serving up vegetarian and vegan dishes and amazing coffee. Its laid-back energy plays out in its menu, with a selection of ‘dope ass toast’ and ‘sweet ass toast’ (that include Berlin’s best avocado toast) and tasty sweet options, like peanut butter and banana bread. Much of the menu is sourced locally, from food to coffee, and the café uses a special blend from Berlin roaster Five Elephant. The interior walls are covered in local art, while its very welcoming staff make it feel like a true local gem in Neukölln.
Five Elephant is a beloved Berlin coffee roastery, third-wave café and proud home of the best cheesecake in the city. Starting out in Kreuzberg, this Berlin brand has expanded and opened a new café in Mitte. Cosy, modern and cool, this spot serves up its signature coffee, cheesecake, and many more delectable treats on a bustling street near the trendy shopping strip of Weinmeisterstraße. This sleek little café gets packed during lunchtime, so head over early and taste some of the finest treats and coffee in the city.
Housed in the trendy 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Woodfire Bakery is a sleek, trendy café in West Berlin. Perfumed with the smell of freshly baked breads and pastries, this spot promises amazing baked goods, sandwiches and snacks. All are paired perfectly with their coffee, made with beans from local roasters. Visitors can enjoy the wholesome menu while soaking up the ambience of the lounge area, or on the rooftop terrace of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin shopping garden.
Silo Coffee brings a bit of Australian charm to Friedrichshain. It’s known as one of the best and most popular coffee spots in Berlin, beloved for its locally roasted coffee and huge, mouth-watering breakfast menu. Wooden tables, mostly bare walls and a bustling atmosphere make up most of this café’s trendy and minimal vibe, while friendly service, delicious coffee and delectable food keep locals and tourists coming back to this crowd-pleaser.
No Fire No Glory is a speciality coffee and brunch haven in leafy Prenzlauer Berg. A local hotspot, this café made third-wave coffee cool in the area, with a minimal, modern interior and a coffee-centric menu including beans from local roastery Bonanza. The team is passionate about coffee, great service and tasty food, and promises to deliver every time. Wholesome and generous, head here for a cup of coffee or brunch when in Prenzlauer Berg.
Café Mano is a quirky and cosy café-bar located in the always-cool Kreuzberg. With an assortment of old-school tables and comfortable chairs arranged across three small rooms, this spot has an informal and intimate atmosphere. During the day, Café Mano serves up a simple menu of coffee, cold drinks and cake, while the candle-lit evenings promise cocktails, beer and wine. If lucky enough to find their indoor treehouse free, spend the evening playing board games with a nice drink.