These Berlin Cafés Are Sanctuaries for Coffee and Design Enthusiasts Alike

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It goes without saying that Berlin’s a city for a coffee enthusiast. You can’t walk far without discovering a coffee shop you’re going to want to stop off at. But maybe the point is the discovery itself. While we may well have barely scraped the surface of what’s out there in the German capital – there are many many more such places to choose from – take a stroll through this small selection of top-of-the-line coffee shops.

Enjoy our non-exhaustive list of favourites as a starting point for your own coffeehouse adventure.

Bonanza Coffee Roasters
Where: Adalbertstraße 70, 10999 Berlin

Tucked away in a residential enclave in near Oranienplatz in Berlin’s centre, Bonanza Coffee’s Roastery Café is a large yet inviting space, perfect for inner-city respite. As their name might suggest, the café roasts and sells its own beans, and focuses on premium quality. Its iced coffee is renowned, and you can drink it sitting in the yard out back – making it the perfect spot for a summer-time catch up spot with friends.

That doesn’t mean it’s not a great place in winter. Indoors, grey concrete mixes with greenery as well as the light-toned furniture, creating a designer-friendly feel.

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Daluma
Where: Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin

Head out to West Berlin’s Bahnhof Wittenbergplatz and you’ll find Daluma. With an emphasis on beautifully healthy food, Daluma is a café for high-quality nourishment. A stone’s throw from the magnificent Tiergarten park, Daluma continues the spaciousness with bright, airy windows.

The space itself is cosy, perfect for an in-and-out food and coffee refreshment alone or with a companion. The interior design combines chic and rustic with minimalist furniture and Herringbone wooden flooring. Sit by the windows on giant ledge steps for extra enjoyment of the space.

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Five Elephant
Where: Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999 Berlin

Five Elephant, located in the East Berlin’s district Kreuzberg, is all about blending speciality coffee with good interior design. It has its own roasting company, offering locals and visitors its version of the coffee experience through the lens of its own-branded beans.

In an area with street art, cobbled stones and vintage bicycles, Five Elephant is a lovely pit-stop for those in search of a café experience who don’t like to compromise on what their eyes see or their taste buds taste. Head in for some Scandi-infused minimalism.

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Kaffee9
Where: Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, 10997 Berlin

Around the corner from Five Elephant is Kaffee9, another of East Berlin’s gems among the artisan coffee scene. With the famous Markthalle Neun food market next door, Kaffee9’s focus is on the taste of its coffee.

Not just for takeaways, you can sit in the coffee shop’s generously-sized window and watch the world go by. Or turn around and face the warm toned woods, vintage flooring and rustic grey walls.

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Westberlin
Where: Friedrichstraße 215, 10969 Berlin

With a location next to Checkpoint Charlie, where East and West Berlin meet, you can’t get more central than Westberlin. But being a large café, it’s ideal for a visit when you’re in central Berlin and want a guaranteed seat for eating, drinking coffee, working or all of the above. With a coworking vibe, Westberlin reminds the visitor of coffee’s power as a fuel.

The interior has a bit of Bauhaus about it, and is both humble and unpretentious. Sit for hours and read a book from its magazine and book store, or take your laptop and get some work done around others doing the same.

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Zeit für Brot
Where: Eberswalder Str. 26, 10435 Berlin

Head north and find Zeit für Brot, very close to the U Eberswalder Str. station. Known for their breads and pastries, their name translating to “time or bread”.

Tradition meets innovation in the interior. The old fashioned Berlin style bakery has giant steps to sit on as well as tables and chairs for those who like to keep it simple. Zeit für Brot is worth the trip for their seasonal buns alone.

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Companion Coffee
Where: Oranienstraße 24, 10997 Berlin

Head back to Oranienstraße for one last stop on the tour, Companion Coffee. On the corner of the Voo Store, Companion Coffee keeps it simple, with assorted wooden furniture and interior plants.

You couldn’t ask for a better spot to take a break from shopping and get good coffee without any buts. Concrete tables create a sense of fixity and ground you in the city’s shear density, all the while allowing you a hassle free spot to have a quiet moment for some re-caffeination.

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We mean it when we say there are many more Berlin cafés to choose from.

If you have more time, or plan to explore different areas, here is an extra handy, back-pocket list.



Nano Kaffee
Where: Berlin Desdener Straße 14, 10999 Berlin

Isla Coffee Berlin
Where: Hermanstraße 37, 12049 Berlin

Hallesches Haus
Where: Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10951 Berlin

The Barn Roastery

Where: Schönhauser Alee 8, 10119 Berlin

Kaschk
Where: Linienstraße 40, 10119 Berlin

Bonanza Coffee Heroes
Where: Oderberger Straße 35, 10435 Berlin

KaffeeBar
Where: Graefestraße 8, 10967 Berlin

Photos by: Xixi