In Berlin, coffee was first served in 1675 at the court of the Elector, in 1721 first coffee house in Berlin opened.
At that time not everyone could afford coffee, it was not until the mid-19th century that the "Turk's drink" became a popular beverage.
Today, Berlin has a lively café scene, with coffee bars, coffee shops, and cafes. In total, there are about 800 locations that offer coffee, ranging from traditional cafes to trendy hipster cafes and just normal cafes.
We have compiled a small selection for you here.
1. #Hashtag Coffee Shop
Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a view of the counter directly opposite, large wooden tables with metal legs and matching stools complement the minimalist artistic style of the interior. In the corner to the left is a small seating area of simple wooden furniture, yellowed newspaper clippings hang on the wall, a man-sized cactus grows along the window, and industrial lamps provide lighting. In this hipster café, the selection of coffees is plentiful, there's muesli and cottage cheese for breakfast, and the fairly clear menu offers snacks, reinterpreted. Mainly regional and organic products are used. In the summer you can drink your coffee on the large terrace.
Address: Krausenstrasse 41, Mitte, 10117 Berlin
The Westberlin hipster coffee shop between Mitte and Kreuzberg, very close to Checkpoint Charlie, is stylishly designed in the latest Scandinavian design, with lots of wood, lots of white, and colorful Eames chairs in between. In keeping with the contemporary design are the large window panes facing the street. The selection of coffee specialties is large, the menu is clear and it has small snacks and cakes. Wi-Fi is free, and there are laptop workstations in the back of the modern café. International art, architecture, and fashion magazines as well as illustrated books and Berlin travel guides are available for reading. During nice weather, small tables are set up in front of the café.
Address: Friedrichstr. 215, Kreuzberg, 10969 Berlin
3. Maxway Coffee
The wooden tables and brown chairs with metal feet harmonize with the wooden floor, and green plants decorate the floor-to-ceiling windows and the tables. Naked light bulbs in warm yellow tones create atmosphere and the menu is written on chalkboards hanging on the wall above the bar, the clientele is dressed in a youthful and casual way. In the summer, small stools are placed in front of the café. The café is known for its rich coffee selection, as well as its daily fresh baked goods. In addition, homemade salads, cereals, cous cous, and sandwiches are offered.
Address: Maaßenstr. 13, Schöneberg, 10777 Berlin
4. Dots Café
Dots hipster café welcomes guests with bare light bulbs, brick walls, and vintage furniture. Fresh cut flowers stand in the vases. The crowd is mixed, international, as are the servers. The WiFi connection is very fast, so it's a good place to work, but laptops are banned on weekends. The kitchen uses mostly regional and organic products and vegan dishes are prepared on request. The café is known for its wide selection of gluten-free cakes and pancakes. Breakfast is served until 4 pm. In the summer, people sit outside in front of the door at small wooden tables.
Address: Weserstrasse 191, Neuköln, 12045 Berlin
5. Distrikt Coffee
The industrial interior of hipster Distrikt Coffee captivates with its raw brick walls, in front of which are chairs and wooden tables with black steel legs. Simple glass vases with cut flowers lighten the atmosphere. The clatter of dishes and lively conversations provide the background. The coffee here is strong and a wide variety of beans from international roasters are used. Everything is served double shot. The menu is super food, organic of course. In the summer you can sit outside on the street.
Address: Bergstr. 68, Mitte, 10115 Berlin
6. The Barn (former Café Kranzler)
The former Café Kranzler on Kurfürstendamm, which opened in 1932, was once the landmark of the City West. The legendary traditional café was an attraction for celebrities and tourists until its closure in 2000. In 2016, it was reopened as a branch of Berlin's upscale coffee house "The Barn." Completely renovated inside, the facade of the historically landmarked building with its rotunda and red and white awning still conveys the charm of yesteryear.
Address: Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin
7. Café Einstein
The parent house of the traditional Café Einstein is located in Charlottenburg in a quiet city villa built in 1878 in the neo-Renaissance style. It is furnished like a sophisticated Viennese coffeehouse with marble tables and thonet chairs that convey a noble ambience. The breakfast selection is plentiful, and Austrian specialties such as apple strudel and Wiener schnitzel are served. In fine weather, dining is in the garden.
Address: Kurfürstenstrasse 58, 10785 Berlin
8. An einem Sonntag im August
An einem Sonntag im August café serves coffee, breakfast, and cake in a cozy atmosphere. In the spacious outdoor area are Hollywood swings. The interior is cool, stylish, and creative. The café is best known for its inexpensive breakfast buffet, which is served daily from 9 am.
Address: Kastanienallee 103, Prenzlauer Berg, 10435 Berlin
9. Café Konzerthaus
Café Konzerthaus is located in the middle of historic Berlin, directly on the historic Gendarmenmarkt between the German and French cathedrals. The interior is deliberately kept abstract and simple because it should convey simple aesthetics without lacking coziness. The terrace offers a beautiful view over Gendarmenmarkt. On the menu are small cold and hot bistro snacks.
Address: Am Gendarmenmarkt 2, Mitte, 10117 Berlin
10. Eat Side
Café Eat Side is located in Friedrichshain on the grounds of Universal Music in a former historic egg store. Directly on the Spree with a view of Oberbaumbrücke, guests can enjoy their coffee on the huge sun terrace. This is accompanied by cold and hot dishes, and the menu changes daily.
Address: Stralauer Allee 1, Friedrichshain, 10245 Berlin
11. Kaffeehaus Zimt & Zucker
The traditional Zimt & Zucker coffee house is located directly on the Spree River at Schifferbaudamm in Mitte, Berlin. In the summer you can sit on the large terrace. The interior is cozy in the style of the 1920s, with red velvet sofas and colorful chairs and tables, an old piano in the corner, and daily newspapers are available. The noble wood tones emphasize the distinctive atmosphere. The breakfast menus are named after dances; Charleston, Slowfox, Tango, Foxtrot, and Quickstep are on the menu.
Address: Schifferbaudamm 12, Mitte, 10117 Berlin
12. Ben Rahim
Ben Rahim is a small coffee shop and is somewhat hidden in Hackesche Höfe. Mosaic tables and carpeting on the wall convey an oriental atmosphere, the owner is from Tunisia. Baklava, mocha, and Turkish coffee highlight the oriental flair. If you can't find a seat at the tables, just sit on the windowsill. In the summer there is seating outside in front of the café
Address: Sophien Strasse 7, 10178 Berlin
SowohlAlsAuch traditional café is located in Prenzlauer Berg. The interior is modeled on that of a Viennese coffeehouse, with a huge chandelier hanging above red velvet benches and marble tables. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside. The breakfast menu is extensive, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. The café is also known for its traditional apple pie.
Address: Kollwitzstrasse 88, Prenzlauer Berg, 10435 Berlin
14. Café Rix
Café Rix is located in an old building from 1876 that has been lavishly restored. The interior is designed in the flair of a Viennese coffee house, with gold stucco and large mirrors that create a charming ambience in combination with the tall celings. The menu is very varied, in addition to coffee, cakes, and pastries, lunch and dinner are also available here. In the past, this complex, which also houses the Neukölln Opera House, was a horse stable.
Address: Karl-Marx-Strasse 141, Neuköln, 12043 Berlin
15. Café Bilderbuch
This café in Schöneberger Kietz is furnished like grandma's living room. Wooden furniture and wall-high bookshelves crammed with old books that invite you to browse define the ambience. The comfortable wing chairs emphasize this atmosphere. Sometimes amateur musicians play the piano. Breakfast has fairy-tale names like "Hansel & Gretel" and "The Little Mermaid." At CaBiBu, as the café is called by insiders, there is brunch on the Beletage on weekends. In the summer, chairs are set up in front of the café.
Address: Akazienstraße 28, Schöneberg , 10823 Berlin