We’re back with Gina Wong and another foodie’s guide to a different European city – Berlin! Widely known for being young, edgy and historic, Berlin is a city of contradictions. With a somber history that is difficult to escape, Berlin is also vibrant and cool with an incredible food scene. Sleek cafes with velvety coffee and brunch to make your heart swoon, Gina tells us her favourite spots from a recent trip to Berlin.
Distrikt Coffee is a spacious and sleek coffee shop in Mitte, which has earned itself a cult reputation amongst brunch and coffee lovers alike. Asides from serving specialty coffee using beans from a variety of roasters, their brunch menu serves up delicious classics such as avocado and beetroot toast, acai bowls, and fluffy buttermilk pancakes – a firm favourite amongst their customers. Make sure to get here early: there is always a queue!
If you enjoy specialty coffee, Berlin is a city in which you are spoilt for choice: however, nowhere does coffee quite like The Barn. This minimalist yet cosy coffee shop is dedicated to serving up proper coffee without the frills: you won’t find decaf beans, or substitute milks here. Perhaps slightly pretentiously, The Barn insists that you sit and truly appreciate your coffee – the lack of WiFi discourages visitors from hanging around for very long, or concentrating on anything other than what they’re drinking.
Bonanza also roasts its own coffee beans, and their roastery in Kreuzberg is an airy and quiet space made for serious coffee drinkers to stay and relax whilst flicking through a magazine and sipping a cup of coffee. Alternatively, their coffee shop branch in Prenzlauerberg has a livelier atmosphere.
The Visit is a sleek and minimalist café and roastery based in Kreuzberg. The coffee shop’s unique interior invites you to relax and stay for a while: choose to sit at one of their marble tables, or spread yourself across the tiered steps and make use of the free WiFi: perfect for solo coffee drinkers. The Visit also offers a tasty range of sandwiches, salads, and cakes, as well as cooked items such as banana pancakes topped with salted caramel and popcorn, or a creamy coconut and mango chia pudding.
If you’re after an afternoon snack whilst exploring Kreuzberg, make sure to visit Brammibal’s Donuts, where you can find delicious vegan donuts and bagels in a range of flavours, such as pumpkin spice, banana and coconut, and earl grey: all of the sweetness without any of the guilt.
Silo Coffee is a cosy, Australian café that serves coffee to the locals of Friedrichshain using beans from their own roastery, Fjord Coffee Roasters. Brunch options include the baby Dutch pancake, a fluffy wonder served in a mini skillet pan and topped with berries and cream, ‘the Silo,’ sourdough toast with avocado, bacon and poached eggs, and a warming Mediterranean-style shakshouka. Visit for a leisurely brunch, but expect queues on the weekend!