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Caffeine-fiends will have no trouble satisfying their cravings here, thanks to a slew of superb spots for a cuppa.
A decade or two ago, most of Berlin’s cafés were drab, utilitarian affairs serving a watery brew meant to be downed in gulps in order to get through the day. As the city’s culinary scene has blossomed in recent years, so has the quality of its coffee. Now, a string of third-wave coffee shops, many with their own roasteries, offer single-origin espressos, lovingly crafted flat whites, and even the occasional flourish of latte art. These are some of the best spots to get your daily fix.
Despite its shoebox-sized 15-square-metre interior and lack of permanent seating, this canal side classic ranks among the very finest in Berlin. The moustachioed baristas may seem almost too hipster to be real, but they’re masters of their craft. Coffee here is smooth, strong, and meant to be savoured. On fair-weathered summer days, the shop sets up a few benches where guests can sip their lattes on shady Paul-Lincke-Ufer.
Arguably one of the most famous third wave coffee roasters and shops in the city, The Barn treats java as a true art form. After just one taste, you’ll understand why this place supplies many of the best restaurants in town. Jolt yourself awake with an espresso, then peruse the nearby art galleries along Augustrasse.
Though the house-roasted coffee is excellent, the main reason for this cosy Kreuzberg café’s enduring popularity has more to do with its silky cheesecake. Unlike traditional German versions, which are made of lean Quark, this über-rich New York-style recipe uses blocks of cream cheese and sunshine-yellow egg yolks for a decadent treat.
Aspiring baristas should head to his roastery in Mitte both to pick up Arabica beans and all manner of professional-level gear. There are all sorts of gadgets to geek out over and the café itself is just as lovely as can be.
Friedrichshain has never quite achieved the same level of popularity as Kreuzberg, which is why the addition of this upscale coffee shop is so welcome. All the beans here are Fairtrade and roasted by Fjord, while most of the breads, charcuteries, and other ingredients come from Berlin producers.
With its gorgeously minimalist interior decked out in exposed brick, it’s no wonder that this Instagram-candy café is perpetually packed. The beans, many of which are sourced from The Barn, are as good as it gets and the breakfast is one of the best in town. Be prepared to queue up on weekends for stacks of fluffy pancakes and sunny side-up eggs.