When the days are still drab, but nevertheless long, there’s only one thing that helps against this state of listlessness in the morning: Damn good coffee. For its sake, it becomes worthwhile to wake up even a little earlier, just so one can truly enjoy this quality cup and slowly get their mind ready for the day while soaking it up. That’s why true coffee experts would never take a cup to go. However, even when things have to go quick in the morning, a sweet coffee cup in your hand already makes everything better. We put together the best coffee places in Berlin for you, and we assure you that in some cases it even pays off to travel through the entire city.
Keep your eyes wide open, because it would be a shame to miss this tiny, but excellent space in the Akazienkiez in Schöneberg. Even though you always have to wait a little bit in the queue – it’s definitely worth it to be able to pick your favorite from the 15 coffee specialties with own creations afterward. Moreover, you will be able to choose between a mellow or strong coffee brew. The sole drawback is that all the tables are pretty high – which makes one wish for a more comfortable way to enjoy the coffee.
Akazienstraße 22, 10823 Berlin
photo: The FoodStache
Once you’ve found this little coffee haven in a backyard in Berlin Mitte, you can drink your order genuinely in peace compared to the busy main streets at Hackescher Markt. Aside from the delicious coffee creations that Father Carpenter offers in beautiful turquoise cups, there is a number of tempting snacks just like Banana Bread or Sweet Potato Sandwiches. Opposite to the coffehouse, there’s a second store in which you can get your coffee to go if you’re in a hurry.
Münzstr. 21, 10178 Berlin
Coffee connoisseurs from Berlin Kreuzberg will already know the first branch of Five Elephant in the Reichenberger Str. Since the 1st of January this year there’s been a second store in Mitte though, directly on Alte Schönhauser Straße. They are not only known for their fair and environmentally friendly beans roestery and their generally high-quality Third-Wave-Coffee – many people assert that you can have the best New-York-Cheesecake in town here.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 14, 10119 Berlin
photo: Five Elephant Coffee & Cake
Without mentioning The Barn this list would have been incomplete. Behind the name hides one of the best special roasteries in Germany. And in this place it truly is all about special coffee. Because it was not supposed to be a meeting point for Prenzlauer Berg mothers with their young kids and babies, the shop was greeted with a barrage of criticism in the past. However, it is a fact that the girls and boys here absolutely know their jobs and you can enjoy your perfect cup in peace and quiet. Moreover, their sustainable and fairly produced specialties are being exported to a huge number of places worldwide by now. With the new location at the popular Kranzler Eck in Berlin they will definitely make history too.
Kurfürstendamm 22, 10719 Berlin
photos: Alicia Kassebohm
No Fire No Glory
This coffee spot is meant to become (if it already isn’t) one of your favourite in Berlin! No Fire No Glory staff is really passionate about offering their customers a satisfying coffee experience; using 2 staple blends, one from the Coffee Collective, Copenhagen, and one from our Bonanza, they are always available to explain all the variations in taste, due to different bean origins and seasonal changes. Don’t forget to try their carrot cake along with your coffee- it is one to die for!
Rykestraße 45, 10405 Berlin
Here the name speaks for itself, really. It may appear a tad unimpressive from the outside in a side street from Prenzlauer Allee, but you will get this perfect, godly espresso inside. Baristas also call an espresso shot like this „God Shot”. The team in this place consists of coffee lovers only, who know their craft and will never disappoint you. On two floors you can relax on cozy couches with a delicious piece of cake and an interesting book.
Immanuelkirchstraße 32, 10405 Berlin
Pro Macchina Da Caffè
Also in Berlin Mitte in a quieter side street of Torstraße you will find the tastefully decorated Café. Their guests are often astonished at how different coffee can actually taste. Next to the great selection of coffee types and preparations, there is the possibility of buying the same beans or various machines in their shop. By the way: The cold-pressed coffee is served especially cool!
Ackerstr. 173, 10115 Berlin
Aunt Benny has been a locals’ favourite for brunch and coffee since 2008: To go, or out sitting in the sun, Aunt Benny offers you amazing coffee, as well as breakfast, classic North American comfort food and yummy sweets. Even though they don’t do reservations on the weekends, and it can get busy, it’s worth the wait!
Oderstraße 7, 10247, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Coffee Profilers is a coffeelovers classic.
Karl-Marx Allee 136, Berlin
Run by two Australians, the Café Silo has already been presented to you to you in our Friedrichshain-Guide. Although it looks like quite a hipster place with the bike on the brick wall inside, their idea for coffee is quite simple: to make it taste really good!
Gabriel-Max-Str. 4, 10245 Berlin
photo: Alicia Kassebohm
Adalbertstrasse 9, Berlin 10999
photo: The Visit Coffee Roastery
You will definitely miss the entrance to Concierge Coffe the first time, or even the second. When you do find this really hidden cafe in a backyard at Paul-Linke-Ufer you will realize quickly that the focus here is on what’s essential. The extraordinarily good coffee is served at a small counter in a small room.
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40, 10999 Berlin
photo: Concierge Coffe
Chapter One Coffee
The baristas at Chapter One definitely know how to prepare the perfect Flat White or Cappucino. After all, this place was also created by the winner of the German Barista Championship 2002. Next to the remarkable coffee selection, their cakes and croissants can definitely be recommended. This coffehouse is especially enticing in the summer, with their permanently opened sun terrace.
Mittenwalder Str. 30, 10961 Berlin
photo: Chapter One Coffee