Cafes are popular in the busy city of Berlin. As a matter of fact, Berlin has a coffee-house culture just like any other European city. Coffee enthusiasts in this city prefer their coffee thinner and bitter than Italy’s coffee enthusiasts. Coffee and cake in Berlin is as much as institution as American pie. Here’s a list of five coffee houses in Berlin that have panache of their own.
Akazienstrafe 28, 10823 Berlin
Known as the picture book café, the Bilderbuch is decorated in a homey and relaxing style. Soft, velvety couches with bookshelves align the café in an academic atmosphere. You can bring your own novel to read or cuddle up on the sofa with one from the bookshelves. It’s the perfect atmosphere for writing or just being plain lazy on a Sunday afternoon. The German coffee is great and they also serve breakfast and brunch.
Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Berlin
Just before the Zionskirchplatz, you’ll find Bar 103. In the summer and spring, its terrace is filled with sunbathers catching some rays and sipping on that need cup of caffeine. On less sunny days, you can curl up on a comfortable couch and relax with your favorite cup of coffee. The coffee is rated very good and the expresso is one of the best in Berlin. The café also offers breakfast, brunch and lunch. After your coffee, you can meander to the nearby Rosenthaler Platz and Berlin Mitte for some shopping.
Rosenthaler Strafe 39, 10178 Berlin
If you’re an aficionado of movie memorabilia, you’ll love the Café Cinema. This historic café is completely decorated with old cinema pictures adorning its walls. It’s located on the Hackescher Markt and luckily without the dominant tourist vibe of the area. The atmosphere is low key and casual. With an old world charm, the café features a smoker’s room lined with cozy sofas. It’s also located right next to the cinema in the Hackescher Hofe, and many patrons take in a romantic flick after coffee.
There is so much to see and do in Berlin, why not consider hiring a car to make to see as much of the capital as you can!