The residents of Friedrichshain love their Boxhagenerplatz or Boxi, as its affectionately called by locals. Though Boxhagenerplatz is just a small patch of land, it’s an integral facet of this neighborhood’s landscape. For one, it’s a recreation area where children can play or people can meet in the summer to drink Späti beers before trailing off into the night. It also hosts a Saturday farmers’ market and a Sunday Flea market. Being such a focal point in Friedrichshain means that lovely cafés and intriguing restaurants pop up in its periphery. Here’s a list of some of the best places to satiate that indelible morning ritual.
Think of Proviant as an elevated sandwich shop with a Mediterranean flair. The cozy interior has tables, a fresh variety of food on display, excellent wines and dried goods, and playful tiles. It basically looks like an indoor picnic in France. This is a great place to come for a more European breakfast on the weekend; an array of select meats, cheeses, breads and jams await the lucky visitors. Proviant also privileges nutritional value by choosing quality BIO ingredients to eat there or take home. The excellent coffee is the consummate way to top off an excellent continental breakfast atop the charming red-and-white checkered tablecloths.
The French inspiration is palpable at Louise Chérie Café; everything from the food to the décor is basking in the neighboring cultural ambiance. The coffee is perfectly frothed and smooth, served in proper sized mugs to ensure the full caffeine effect. On the menu are things like quiche, eggs, jams, supple lox, and buttery croissants in addition to their mouthwatering pastries and cakes. The items are prepared with finesse and are crafted with care, which can be tasted. The interior plays with bricks and stained slate walls and old chandeliers to create an effortlessly elegant vibe.Even the plates are beautiful, ensconced in jovial blues and delicate designs; it’s apparent that thought went into every element. Louis Chérie Café is a top-notch choice for a succulent breakfast or just a pop-in for some coffee and sapid treats.
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This kitschy restaurant hosts an impressive Sunday brunch spread that caters to almost every palate. If you’re craving something warm, they’ve got eggs, a variety of breakfast meats, and baked beans to start. If you’re wanting something less heavy, there’s a massive salad bar with a plethora of cold cuts, fresh smoked salmon, superior cheese in addition to the usual players of the brunch spread like muesli and yogurt. The prices are cheap, so it’s easy to fill up on a hearty breakfast without breaking the bank. The interior is an excellent backdrop to the sapid meal, with its warm and inviting atmosphere, and it’s a fetching spot to relax in after some flea market shopping just a stone’s throw away.
It’s clear that with this café, the owners truly love what they do. The interior is thoughtfully designed and could only be described as adorable. It feel likes being in someone’s apartment that pulled everything off a Pinterest post with just a slight hint of rustic. The food is powerfully fresh and quaintly plated at Weder Gestern Noch Morgen. It gets bonus points for having ample vegan and vegetarian options and fresh made juices. Its eclectic vibe matches its dishes tremendously. It’s a no-brainer for a must on where to thwart the A.M. munchies when in the area.
Fresh-pressed juice in the morning can be a real treat and a real pain, which is why it’s always better to have someone else make it. Luckily, Wahrhaft Nahrhaft does exactly that so its patrons can have the convenience of just made juices with the mastery only few have managed. Simple ingredients like orange, ginger, and carrot blend together in a melody of taste and goodness. The cavernous inside equipped with a hodgepodge of retro yet stylish furniture leaves the place from ever feeling overly crowded, which they usually are. Their bagels and baked goods are highly recommended and with good reason, coming out of the oven piping hot and well crafted. From the outside, it doesn’t look like much, but don’t let that fool you from the deliciousness that awaits on the inside.