I’m a total breakfast person. Well, I’m a food person in general, but breakfast is the most important meal for me and even if I have a busy day ahead of me I will take my time and indulge in my daily breakfast routine.
I love eating out for breakfast with friends or for business meetings. It sets me in the perfect mood for just about anything the day may bring, to first be served coffee, scrambled eggs, pancakes or cakes. But sadly, the majority of cafes and restaurants don’t align with my nighthawk schedule and super-late breakfast sessions. I never understood why restaurants decide to limit the time they serve certain dishes even though they still have the same cook and the same ingredients in the house. It seems to be one of those German bureaucratic rules that you just have to oblige.
But Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin if there weren’t at least some places that operate outside of these silly rules. I have selected 8 of my favorite places that I gratefully visit on a regular basis for a little all-day breakfast guide for Berlin.
Benedict Berlin is pretty much what could be described a breakfast heaven focusing only on breakfast dishes, but offering them all day long. Only a few months old the place is already super popular and that even despite its unusual location in Wilmersdorf. But the commute to this place is absolutely worth it, because nowhere else will you get a variety and especially with such good quality here in Berlin.
Uhlandstraße 49, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open daily 7-23h
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Spreegold is my new favorite and I’ve been going here a lot lately. It’s pretty much breakfast haven if you enjoy the American style breakfast. The pancakes are amazing and so are the egg dishes and oatmeal. They have a lot of healthy dishes too for special diets like paleo, and even bullet-proof coffee. There are pre-made sandwiches, pastries and cakes if you want something to take away. And they serve freshly made pasta for lunch and steak and burgers for dinner.
Hufelandstraße 20, 10407 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Mon-Fri 7-22h, Sat-Sun 8-22h
Stargarder Straße 82, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Daily 8-24h
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 2, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30-24h, Sat-Sun 8-24h
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Fleury has been a favorite of mine for many years. The French-style cafe at the Weinbergsweg near Rosenthaler Platz serves breakfast platters, sandwiches, egg dishes, fruits and yogurt, cakes, pastries and a few French specialties all day long. Everything is of gourmet quality and at a really fair price, which is why I love this place and come here all the time. My special recommendation is the Croque Monsieur.
Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Mon-Fri 8-22h, Sat-Sun 10-20h
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Betty’n Caty is a brand new, super-cute cafe in Prenzlauer Berg that also shares my beloved all-day breakfast philosophy. It serves the typical breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs and sandwiches, but also some special diet options like gluten-free and vegan dishes with avocado and oatmeal. My recommendation is the mixed breakfast platter, which has a little bit of everything and uses good ingredients, including delicious full-grain bread.
Knaackstr. 8, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Mon-Fri 8-18h, Sat 9-18h, Sun 10-18h
UPDATE: End of March/Beginning of April 2017 Betty’n Caty will open a bigger cafe in the same street at Knaackstr. 26 just one block up. In the first month the old address at Nr. 8 might be closed temporarily. So in case of doubt check both places.
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If you are looking for a more exotic and nontraditional breakfast, then the Breakfast Market at Markthalle 9 is the place to go for you. In the vein of all the street food markets that have been popping up, it serves international breakfast dishes ranging from traditional ones like eggs Benedict to more exotic Asian-style breakfast snacks. They also have some booths with recipe books and kitchen equipment. Sadly, it only takes place once a month – every 3rd Sunday of the month.
Markthalle 9, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 10-17h
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Zimt & Mehl
Zimt & Mehl is a great option if you are in Neukölln. It has a nice terrace facing the canal that makes it especially great during the summer. It’s not one of the cool hip places, but I put it my guide because it has a really big and diverse menu of breakfast dishes and serves these all day long from 6-20h, which are the longest opening hours I have in my list of places. It has the typical German style dishes like scrambled eggs with vegetables, but they also have vegetarian and vegan platters, and more interestingly an Arabic-style breakfast.
Weigandufer 16, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln
Open: Daily 6-20h
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Wahrhaft Nahrhaft is a wonderland of kitsch and cake. It’s like the Alps on speed meets rockabilly pin-up girls. The cakes are the best part here – they’re super delicious. For breakfast they serve a variety of freshly made bagels with all kinds of toppings and ingredients. They also have some salads, but I urge you to try some of the cake.
Revaler Straße 16, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Open: Mon-Fri 9-19h, Sat-Sun 10-19h
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You can’t miss the Schwarzes Cafe with its colorful neon parrot in the front window. Step in to enjoy the charming old building atmosphere and enjoy breakfast at any time of the day. A true West-Berlin classic!
Kantstraße 148, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open round the clock!