Berlin is a strong freelancing culture, with creatives, digital nomads, and tech-savvy entrepreneurs flocking to the city to be a part of its thriving startup scene. While the city is brimming with coworking spaces, some prefer to keep it casual (and affordable) by working out of the city’s trendy cafés. Here are Berlin’s most work-friendly coffee shops.
Close to the historical Checkpoint Charlie,Westberlin is a hip café with stable Wi-Fi connection. The perfect spot for early birds, who can start working during the week from 8:30 am. The café has a sleek, modern interior and a lovely collection of magazines in stock, so be careful not to get distracted. They have a range of speciality coffee to ensure visitors have a proper caffeine hit to keep working, and, if you need a vitamin hit for productivity, they also sell fresh juices that are full of the good stuff to boost your brainpower.
It’s hard to think of Berlin’s freelancers and digital nomads busily working behind Apple laptops without thinking of St. Oberholz. For over ten years they’ve been providing Wi-Fi, great coffee and a place to create for the city’s startups, freelancers and digital nomads. Located at Rosenthaler Platz, the café and coworking space are housed in an iconic, three-story Aschinger building. Recently changing their business model, they offer free Wi-Fi in their downstairs café and sell day passes for their upper level, which provides a quiet work area, spaces for teams to chat, power and better Wi-Fi. They also have another smaller café with Wi-Fi located a short walk away on Zehdenickerstaße 1.
A beautiful, trendy multipurpose space in Kreuzberg, Hallesches Haus is a general store meets café, meets workspace. The wooden tables, light interior and slightly industrial feel make this an inviting space to work. The Wi-Fi is reliable, and most freelancers haul up on one long table in the back of the café, working away while the friendly staff bring them an array of delicious coffee and lunch. Hip-hop, house and soft electronic music will often thump in the background as Berlin’s trendy things come to eat, work or shop.
The Michelberger is a trendy yet welcoming all-day dining spot | Courtesy of Michelberger Hotel
Located on bustling Warschauer Strasse, the Michelberger Hotel a go-to spot for the city’s musicians, artists and creatives. It’s a great place to work for people looking to be surrounded by inspiring talent and a sleek, trendy ambience. The hotel lobby bar offers delicious snacks and has a great restaurant for formal meetings or a drink after a busy day of work.
Betahaus proudly holds the title of Berlin’s first coworking space, and this productive, coworking energy is brought into their Betahaus Café. Filled with tech-savvy freelancers, entrepreneurs and businesses, the café is a great place not only to work but also to meet like-minded and inspiring people. The light lunch menu changes weekly, so you won’t get bored of the food options and they regularly host tech-related events for their members and the wider community. The perfect spot for early bird workers, as the café opens its doors at 8 am, you can start your productive day early.
Nestled on a quiet square on Boddinstraße, Schankwirtschaft Laidak is a casual café with an edgy and laid-back ambience. With cheap drinks, a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable chairs and tables in which to work, Laidak is perfect spot to get some serious work done. Open every day from 12 pm, it’s great for late-risers. A local gem, this café has a distinct Berlin energy, offering good Wi-Fi and a cosy place to get productive.