Berlin has become a hot spot for coffee in Europe, with multi-roaster programs at hip cafes such as The Barn and Chapter One Coffee following in the footsteps of some of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned cafes. World-champion baristas serve up slow-prepared coffees with highly Instagrammable latte art at spots such as Five Elephant, Double Eye, and Bonanza Coffee.
1.Cafe Anna Blume
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Cafe Anna Blume is a lovely cafe and flower shop in Berlin's trendy Prenzlauer Berg district, named in honor of a 1919 poem by Dadaist author Kurt Schwitters. The cafe, which opened to the public in 2005, creates a charming romantic atmosphere in its Art Nouveau-inspired space, featuring soft color schemes, comfortable curved benches, and lush floral decorations. Unique breakfast platters are named for flower varieties including the Alpenrose, a Swiss sausage salad prepared with goat cheese and Tyrolean ham, or the Oleander, which pairs parma ham with marinated vegetables and provolone. Quiches, sweet and savory crepes, and ice cream sundaes are also available to pair with delicious coffee and espresso-based beverages, including alcohol-infused coffee cocktails. An expansive tea menu also highlights international gourmet teas and herbal blends, available hot or iced.
Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-30-44-04-87-49
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Aunt Benny is a high-quality cafe in Berlin's edgy Friedrichshain district, owned and operated by siblings Kyla and Alexander Boyle and business partner Jeremy Caulfield since 2008. Minimalistic Scandinavian design elements highlight a community table and natural wood elements, flanked by a variety of interior plants. Visitors can enjoy classic coffee shop beverages such as cortados, flat whites, and iced lattes prepared elegantly and simply, with a variety of alternative milks available for substitute. Delicious breakfast options include smashed avocado toasts and toasted bagels available with toppings such as serrano ham, spicy apple chutney, or housemade gravlax, while lunch options range from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to the cafe's signature vegan chili. A diverse selection of Berliner Berg bottled beers are available, along with house wines and morning and evening cocktails.
Oderstraße 7, 10247 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-30-66-40-53-00
Double Eye is one of Berlin's oldest craft coffee shops, originally opened in 2001 by Arno Schmeil in the city's LGBTQ-friendly Schöneberg district. The cafe is home to a number of World Champion baristas, known for its highly Instagrammable latte art. A variety of international coffees are available prepared in classic coffee shop beverages such as cortados, flat whites, and lattes, as well as unique Portuguese-style galaos, prepared with espresso and foamed milk. Visitors should note that no indoor seating is offered at the cafe, though ample outdoor seating provides opportunities for people-watching along the Akazienstraße. Low prices and conversational baristas make the cafe an extremely popular spot throughout the week, with lines often queuing up out the door.
Akazienstraße 22, 10823 Berlin Schöneberg, Phone: +49-17-94-56-69-60
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Cafe Nest is a local favorite cafe in Berlin's hip collegiate Kreuzberg district, located next to the city's beautiful Görlitzer Park. The cafe, which has been in operation since 2009, serves up macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, and other espresso-based beverages all day long in its gorgeous stripped wood cafe space, with terrace seating overlooking the park available throughout the warmer months. Freshly-infused teas are also available, along with an extensive selection of fine wines, beers, and craft cocktails. Mediterranean-influenced German dishes are served up throughout breakfast, brunch, and lunch hours, with vegetarian and vegan options available each day. Dishes range from French toast with apple compote to eggs Benedict with rosemary ham or smoked salmon. A brunch buffet is available on Sundays.
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The Barn is one of Berlin's most prominent third-wave coffee pioneers, opened in 2010 by Ralf Rüller in the city's famed Gallery District. The cafe has risen to international prominence for its dedicated devotion to the art of craft coffee making, with seven locations. Extensive coffee menus highlight the world's best beans, including single origins and blends from Colombia, Brazil, and Rwanda. Coffee flights are also served up, allowing diners to whet their palates with a carefully-cultivated selection of the cafe's gourmet brews. All beans are sourced fair trade and grown sustainably, reflecting the cafe's commitment to environmentally-friendly business practices. A selection of cakes and pastries from regional bakeries is also served up, along with lunchtime sandwich selections. Fans can join the global subscription program and choose from Curated, Seasonal and Low-Caf options.
Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin Mitte
Five Elephant is a quaint roastery and bakery in Berlin's artistic Kreuzberg district, located near the beautiful Landwehr Canal. The cafe is noted for their excellent cheesecake and gorgeous interior design, which features minimalist Scandinavian elements and large communal tables. Environmentally-friendly practices are emphasized, including farm-to-cup relationships with all of the company's international growers. Single-origin espressos and filters are sourced from top growing regions such as Kenya, Guatemala, and Ethiopia, with cafe beverages such as macchiatos, flat whites, and Americanos also available. Delicious cascara teas and flavored hot chocolates are also served up alongside a selection of exquisite pastries and breakfast breads.
Reichenberger Str. 101, Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-0-30-96-08-15-27
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Bonanza Coffee opened its first cafe in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district in 2006, located just off Mauerpark. Since its opening, it has become one of Berlin's top cafes, moving its roasting headquarters to Kreuzberg and opening an additional cafe location. Owners Yumi Choi and Kiduk Reus pride themselves on the shop's unconventional brewing techniques, blending old and new practices into a unique "retro innovation" style of coffee preparation. Coffees are prepared to allow the unique taste of each bean selection to shine through, subject to minimal roasting to preserve flavors. Espresso-based coffee beverages are paired with a selection of baked goods from local bakeries. Outdoor seating is offered throughout the warmer months at the cafe's Kreuzberg location.
70 Adalbertstraße, Neukolln, Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-17-15-63-07-95
8.Katie's Blue Cat
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Katie's Blue Cat is an Anglophone-style cafe in Berlin's Neukölln borough, owned and operated by Olivia Wood and Ngoc Duong since 2011. The cafe, which has been featured in international publications such as The New York Times, Vogue NL, and Die Ziet, serves up a wide variety of coffee shop beverages and baked goods crafted with English, American, Canadian, and Australian recipes, including New York-style bagels, British Columbian-style nanaimo bars, and Australian-style anzac sweet biscuits. Brooklyn-style coffees and espresso-based beverages are served up alongside chai lattes, hot and iced teas, lemonades, and gourmet hot chocolates. Diners can also enjoy BLT sandwiches, homemade granolas, and crumpets or scones with homemade jams and chutneys.
Friedelstraße 31, 12047 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-30-62-90-33-80
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Schwarzes Café is a 24-hour cafe set among West Berlin's trendy nightlife scene, originally established in 1978. The cafe's name is a reference to the German anarchist movement of the 1970s, and in its early days, it served as a popular haunt for international superstars such as Iggy Pop and David Bowie. A wide variety of hot and iced coffees and espresso beverages are served up into the late-night hours, including coffee cocktails infused with liquor for late-night partiers to enjoy. Extensive breakfast and diner food menus are also served up throughout the night, including pasta with housemade pesto, housemade soups and omelettes, and classic German dishes such as wiener schnitzel.
Kantstraße 148, 10623 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-3-03-13-80-38
Barcomi's is a staple in Berlin's downtown district, originally opened to the public in 1994 along Kreuzberg's famed Bergmannstraße strip, which is home to a delightful assortment of market halls, boutiques, and specialty stores. The cult-favorite cafe also offers a second location in the central Mitte borough today, serving up internationally-sourced espresso blends and traditional cafe beverages such as espresso con pannas, cappuccinos, and cortados throughout the morning and afternoon hours. Internationally-sourced hot and iced teas are served, along with a selection of wines and liqueurs. Visitors flock to the cafe's locations early in the day to snag the freshest-baked pastries, muffins, bagels, and cakes, including New York-style cheesecakes, lemon meringue tarts, and classic cream scones.
Bergmannstraße 21, 10961 Berlin, German, Phone: +49-3-06-94-81-38
11.Zimt and Mehl
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Zimt and Mehl is one of Berlin's earliest-opening cafes, located along the Weigandufer in the city's Neukölln borough. The cafe, which is operated by a family of Turkish immigrants, serves up large plates of French and Middle Eastern-inspired fare, including omelettes, housemade soups, and charcuterie and spread platters. House-roasted organic coffees are served up in traditional cafe beverages such as macchiatos, cappuccinos, and lattes, with hot chocolates, chai lattes, and an assortment of sodas also available. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available for visitors with dietary concerns. The cafe is home to a spacious outdoor terrace offering canal-side seating throughout the warmer months.
Weigandufer 16, 12045 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-30-20-31-82-34
12.Chapter One Coffee
Chapter One Coffee is one of Berlin's best specialty coffee shops, located in Kreuzberg near the Marheineke Markthalle and the u7 on Gneisenaustrasse. The shop is one of Berlin's few cafes focusing on a third-wave coffee-style multi-roaster program, sourcing locally-produced batches from a variety of roasters around Germany. A selection of single-origin coffees is available brewed via several different slow-production methods, including pourover, siphon, V60, and Chemex. Specialty drinks include matcha lattes, Americanos, and other espresso-based beverages prepared with latte art. Delicious homemade pastries include cleverly-flavored croissants, danishes, muesli cookies, and franzbrötchen. Visitors should note that wifi and public restrooms are not offered and that, due to the shop's popularity, limited indoor seating is available.
Mittenwalder Str. 30, 10961 Berlin, Phone: +49-0-30-25-92-27-99
Bekarei is a charming Portuguese and Greek-style cafe in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg, owned and operated by married duo Paula and George Gouveia since 2006. Since then, the cafe has opened two additional locations within bakery Pastel on Wrangelstraße and in Kreuzberg's Markthalle Neun. Gourmet coffees and espresso-based delicacies range from traditional lattes and macchiatos to Portuguese-style galãos and refreshing blended ice frappés. A wide variety of traditional Portuguese and Greek pastries are served up, including pastel de natas, tiropitakias, and pão de deus. Delicious international sandwiches and sweets also feature on the menu, including tosta mistas, Tokyo sandwiches, and New York-style cheesecake. Visitors should note that all shops are cash only.
Dunckerstr. 23, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, +49-0-30-34-62-22-30
Leuchtstoff is a trendy coffee bar in Berlin's Neukölln district, located close to the borough's Ringbahn transit line. The cafe serves up a variety of fair trade coffees produced by small regional roasters such as Phoenix, Johannes Bayeror, and Machhörndl, highlighted as part of a rotating multi-roaster program. V60s, Aeropress and filter coffees, and espresso-based beverages are available on the cafe's beverage menu, including cappuccinos, flat whites, and cortados. A wide variety of baked goods and breakfast snacks are prepared in house daily, ranging from baguettes and muesli to homemade cookies, brownies, cakes, and cinnamon rolls.
Siegfriedstraße 18, 12051 Berlin, Germany
15.West Berlin Coffee Bar
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West Berlin Coffee Bar is an eclectic cafe in Berlin's central Mitte district, offering an independent alternative to the downtown area's many global coffee chain offerings. The cafe is decked out in minimalist Scandinavian design elements, showcasing contemporary designer furniture and unique decor. Filter and Aeropress coffees are served up alongside conventional espresso-based favorites such as macchiatos, Americanos, and lattes. Cheesecake is sourced from fellow coffee shop Five Elephant, with light cafe fare such as salmon and lorraine quiches also available during lunch hours. A selection of books and magazines are sold, including publications focused on design, photography, architecture, and travel.
Friedrichstrasse 215, 10969 Berlin Kreuzberg, Phone: +49-30-25-92-27-45
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St. Oberholz is a hip cafe and coworking space on the Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin's Mitte district, known as the founding spot for successful international startup companies such as SoundCloud and HelloFresh. The cafe was opened in 2005 within the city's former Aschinger building, occupying two floors of the noted historic space. Specialty coffees and blends highlight Ethiopian and Indonesian Sumatran beans, roasted in house and served up in delicious cafe beverages and espresso drinks. A daily-changing menu of light cafe fare is served up, along with a collection of bagels, pastries, and other grab-and-go snacks. On the cafe's second floor, a members-only coworking space is accessible via hourly, half-day, and full-day tickets or long-term 10-day reservations.
Rosenthaler Str. 72A, 10119 Berlin, Germany, Phone: +49-30-55-57-85-95
Hallesches Haus is a general store, cafe, and multipurpose space in Kreuzberg's Tempelhofer Ufer, accessible via the Hallesches Haus U-Bahn station. The store, which is housed within an historic 1902 post office building, is a popular hangout spot for Berlin creative types, featuring industrial design elements, comfortable couches, and gorgeous lighting fixtures throughout its red brick space. Coffees and espressos are sourced from Fjord Coffee, available in a wide variety of cafe beverages, ranging from long blacks and flat whites to boozy coffees served with Röststätte Cold Brew X liqueur. Breakfast entrees include chai-spiced porridge, vegan rancheros, and croque madame, while lunch offerings range from housemade soups and charcuterie boards to a daily selection of creative sandwiches and specials.
Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin, Germany
17 Best Berlin Coffee Shops
- Cafe Anna Blume, Photo: Cafe Anna Blume
- Aunt Benny, Photo: Mariusz Blach/stock.adobe.com
- Double Eye, Photo: Michelle/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Nest, Photo: Cafe Nest
- The Barn, Photo: The Barn
- Five Elephant, Photo: GCapture/stock.adobe.com
- Bonanza Coffee, Photo: Bonanza Coffee
- Katie's Blue Cat, Photo: Katie's Blue Cat
- Schwarzes Cafe, Photo: Schwarzes Café
- Barcomi's, Photo: Barcomi's
- Zimt and Mehl, Photo: Zimt and Mehl
- Chapter One Coffee, Photo: puhhha/stock.adobe.com
- Bekarei, Photo: Bekarei
- Leuchtstoff, Photo: Leuchtstoff
- West Berlin Coffee Bar, Photo: West Berlin Coffee Bar
- St. Oberholz, Photo: St. Oberholz
- Hallesches Haus, Photo: feelartfeelant/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: ArTo/stock.adobe.com