The Best Cafes in Berlin

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Feb 18, 2016

by KRISTEN AMIET, Writer

Hidden among Berlin’s all-night raves and captivating street art is some seriously charming cuisine.

Bonanza, Oderberger Strasse 35

Popular with Aussies and regarded by some as Berlin’s best coffee house, baristas at Bonanza use what they call “retro innovation” – combining old and new technologies – to create the perfect brew. Though they don’t serve food, the cosy, kitsch interiors and admirable latte art make for a truly Instagram-worthy experience.

Daluma, Weinbergsweg 3

If your wellness doesn’t take a holiday when you do, two-year-old Daluma is just what the doctor ordered. Owned and run by three friends with a focus on sustainability, the vegan bistro boasts sleek interiors and a bunch of of healthy, delicious dine-in and take-away options, like fresh pressed juices and raw energy bars.

Café Einstein Stammhaus, Kurfürstenstraße 58

If it’s a slightly more up-market experience you seek, Café Einstein is a favourite among members of Berlin’s art and theatre communities. Housed in an opulent villa with a storied history and boasting house-baked bread, the Viennese restaurant and coffee house does Austrian classics like apfelstrudel and wiener schnitzel better than anyone else.

Silo, Gabriel-Max-Straße 4

Aussie-owned Silo puts a local spin on Berlin breakfast, serving up Sydney staples like baked eggs and avo toast. The simple, industrial-style interiors feel like something straight out of Melbourne’s legendary café scene and baristas make their in-house playlists available to regulars via Spotify. Anyone order a side of Acca-Dacca?

House of Small Wonder, Johannisstr 20

The Berlin branch of the House of Small Wonder (pictured) is the second of two, with the first opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2010. For that reason, it brings with it a distinct international flavour, boasting oh-so-cool Williamsburg-inspired interiors and all-day brunch infused with Japanese flavours. Try the eggs benedict with wasabi hollandaise or sip an umeshu G&T for a tasty clash of cultures.

Geist im Glas, Leneaustr 27

A cocktail bar by night, Geist im Glas transforms into a breakfast spot on weekends, serving up equally indulgent hangover cures like pancakes with dulce de leche, fried eggs and aged cheddar biscuits for patrons who likely overindulged the night before. While the food menu is limited (which could come as a blessing for those suffering with depleted decision-making abilities), the “breakfast cocktail” selection is considerably more extensive, with six options to choose from.

Konditorei und Cafe Buchwald, Bartningallee 29

People from all over the world come to the Konditorei Buchwald – owned and run by the same family for 160 years – for one thing: baumkuchen, a layer cake coated in apricot jam and dusted with icing sugar or chocolate. Also on offer are house-baked cakes, pies, pastries, ice-cream, coffee and tea, all of which can be enjoyed from the largely unchanged adjoining café, complete with creaky parquetry flooring, old-world wallpaper and modest vintage furnishings.

Markthalle Neun, Eisbahnstrasse 42/43

Paralysed by indecision? The breakfast market at Kreuzberg’s historic railway Market Hall is held on the third Sunday of every month, with everything from smoked barbecue breakfast sandwiches to traditional German cuisine and wheat grass shots on offer from more than 60 vendors. If you’re not out of bed in time for breakfast, you can enjoy Street Food Thursdays along with a number of one-off events, like chocolate, cheese, salt, sausage or beer tastings and talks.

Image: House of Small Wonder