It’s time for Breakfast! Our editor Oriane went through Berlin in search of the top 10 places
A big thing in the German capital are cafés that mostly don’t have closing times for the kitchen. That means you can eat all day, every day. Breakfast bowl or pancakes at 3pm? Yes, you can! After already sharing my Top 10 Food Spots for dinner, now it’s time to share my breakfast and lunch tips with you. The principle is the same: 10 places and a lot of different styles and locations.
1. Distrikt Coffee
Established and always packed, Distrikt Coffee is one of my favorite places to have breakfast or lunch. Its location is also fabulous: Bergstraße, a very cute street to walk on during the weekend with great shops (Parkhaus) and restaurants (a personal favorite and well-known one included: Katz Orange). Another good point: Distrikt Coffee is exactly halfway between my apartment and the hey woman! headquarters, and when I say halfway I am not joking and neither is Google Maps: 950m from my place, 1.1km from the office!
Did you just say WOW? I love its interior. It reminds me of New York, where I lived four years ago. Their pancakes and banana bread are absolutely to die for! And I never get tired of their avocado and beets on toast with poached egg. But please: if you order the pancakes, do not confuse the round butter pats with bananas. It happened to Claire Beermann and she probably remembers it!
U-bahn station: U8 Rosenthaler Platz
2. Betty’n Caty
Betty’n Caty is a very cute café in Prenzlauer Berg and the favorite spot of my lovely colleague Julia, who used to live just next door! I love having brunch there after walking down Kollwitzstraße for the food market on Saturday. Often crowded on weekends, I recommend you to call a bit beforehand to reserve a nice table with a comfortable couch. Their juices are delicious. My personal favorites are “Super C” and “Morning After”. On the fixed menu you will find toasties, sandwiches, eggs, avocado bread, and all the options we love for a proper breakfast or lunch. I also love their seasonal and regularly changing salads. I have a sweet tooth and of course I also had to try their deliciiiiious homemade cakes. A must!
U-bahn station: U2 Senefelderplatz
We all know Roamers, and it’s another one where you might have to wait a bit to get a table. However, the food is worth it and I love how beautifully they decorate their plates – garnishes of rosemary and sesame on a wood board plate. Roamers is also like a small trip out of Berlin. The place is very rustic, full of plants, and you can easily start to feel like you’re in a wood cabin lost in California. Avocado and eggs are my weakness and I can eat both every day (maybe two times a day)! Roamers have a lot of eggs dishes and you can add avocado to any dish because, as it is written on the menu, “we all love avocado.” Heaven! And if, like me, you always find room for dessert, please do not miss their carrot cake. It’s the best one I’ve ever tasted!
U-bahn station: U8 Hermannplatz
4. Café Krone
If you are very hungry but want to stay healthy, Café Krone is the place for you! Located on Oderbergerstraße, one of the prettiest streets in Prenzlauer Berg, Café Krone serves gigantic salads and delicious müesli. If your friend or partner is not into the healthy yogi lifestyle, don’t worry – they also have decadent options like pancakes with banana, caramel sauce and whipped cream or with bacon, fried eggs, sour cream and chives or pulled pork sandwiches! Phew, no Sunday morning fight over where to eat! Because of its location, for me it’s the perfect place to go on Sundays after a chill morning looking at vintage stuff at one of my favorite flea markets: Arkonaplatz. Another option and just as close – the well-known Mauerpark flea market, aka the place-to-be on Sunday.
Oderberger Str. 38
U-bahn station: U2 Eberswalder Straße
5. Father Carpenter Brewers
Going shopping around Hackescher Markt in Mitte is a classic. COS and & Other Stories, Sandro and Adidas – don’t forget that shopping is cardio and one needs to refuel in between shops! Father Carpenter Brewers on Münzstrasse might just be the place you are looking for. Located in a hidden backyard, this place is calmer than the main street and I like the fact that they offer two options: eat-in or to go (and in two separate spaces). It’s a great way to distinguish between people who are in a hurry and those who aren’t. At Father Carpenter Brewers, they serve all-day brioche burgers, salads, eggs, and also sweet options like granola and banana bread. Of course because of their name, you also have to try their coffee. In my opinion, they serve some of the best in Mitte!
Father Carpenter Brewers
U-bahn station: U8 Weinmeisterstraße
6. Hallesches Haus
I’ve always loved concept stores and the fact that these places can become more like lifestyle environments than just shops. At Hallesches Haus, it’s not only the space that is impressive: those high ceilings, big windows, and brick walls also perfectly compliment the style of both the products and the food. Everything makes sense and goes perfectly together. You can buy plants, vases, candles, lamps, books, and much more while also enjoying some healthy seasonal dishes like hummus, bruschetta, and salads followed by a piece of cake with either coffee or tea. Or you can savor some delicious wine along with an organic cheese plate. Breakfast, lunch, or aperitif, everything is possible at Hallesches Haus and you definitely feel good and welcome there. A great place to go on Saturday with your best friend to gossip over French toast, or with your boyfriend to look at home furniture and sip a Berlin-roasted coffee.
Tempelhofer Ufer 1
U-bahn station: U1/U6 Hallesches Tor
Located in an old pharmacy, Ora is definitely a must for its beautiful interior (mostly composed of original pharmacy furniture). The place is gorgeous, cozy, quaint, and romantic – all at the same time. At Ora you can have breakfast, lunch, and “le goûter” (the french word for afternoon tea/coffee with cakes) as well as drinks in the evening. An important point to mention: since this past September, they’ve been serving my favorite cocktail, the Espresso Martini. One more reason to go there before hitting the dance floor!
Ora is definitely my top address when it comes to having a bite on a cold and rainy day. That’s when I recommend it for sitting, reading a book, or writing because this place has a very strong inspirational energy and atmosphere. It’s a perfect first date spot in the evenings and I recommend it for a drink under their flattering lighting. I forgot to mention that Christoph Mack, one of Veronika and Julia’s favorite photographers, re-did the whole place on his own from scratch. Respect!
U-bahn station: U8 Kottbusser Tor
8. Katie’s Blue Cat
Even the smell outside the door will kill you! This is a place where you can have bagels and giant cookies and feel like you’re in Brooklyn. Inspired by English, American, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand recipes, Ngoc Duong and Olivia Wood opened Katie’s Blue Cat in 2011. The place is very small and so adorable, and they are definitely in my Top 10 for their amazing bagels. I usually order the avocado and cream cheese one: a classic that just never gets old.
Also on the menu: sandwiches, granola, and warm, fluffy, tender (and not-so-easy-to-find) British scones! Which, of course, come with butter and jam. A great place for brunch before a walk along the canal, which is located just on the corner of the street. Also in the same neighborhood, do not miss Okay Café, which is owned by my good friend Marie-Louise. You’ll find salads, eggs, and Swedish buns on the menu. Two very good reasons to go to Neukölln for a yummy gastronomic afternoon!
Katie’s Blue Cat
U-bahn station: U8 Schönleinstraße
9. Oliv Eat
I went quite often to Oliv on Münzstrasse – a very cute and delicious lunch place. So, I was really happy to hear that they were opening a second spot on Potsdamer Straße, this time called Oliv Eat.
Potsdamer Straße is located in the New West, a name which comes from the flourishing development in the area: tons of amazing art galleries, Andreas Murkudis aka my favorite concept store in Berlin, the newly-opened Acne Studios shop, as well as Panama Restaurant. Oliv Eat surely offers the best lunch option in the neighborhood. Healthy and delicious. On the menu you’ll find colorful salads, quinoa bowls, soups, and quiches. It’s the place to go after trying on amazing Mykita x Martin Margiela sunglasses at Andreas Murkudis, walking from Helga Maria Klosterfelde Editionen to Blain|Southern gallery, and trying on all the stunning made to measure hat creations at Fiona Bennett.
Potsdamer Straße 91
U-bahn station: U1 Kurfürstenstraße
If you’ve been to Israel at least once and you’re craving the kind of hummus you find there, but you haven’t found a similar one yet in Berlin, then you have to try Gordon in Neukölln. I think it’s one of the best Israeli cafés in Berlin – cozy, cheap, and as delicious as the food available in Tel Aviv. Not just a café, Gordon is also a vinyl store. The owners Doron and Nir offer albums from their own label as well as a good selection of electronic music. Do not miss their breakfast/brunch plates, their close-to-perfection traditional Israeli shakshuka (poached eggs in a tomato and pepper sauce), sabich (pita sandwich with fried eggplant and hardboiled egg), bourekas (puff pastry with various fillings), or of course the hummus. As you say in Hebrew when something is absolutely amazing: Haval al hazman!
U-bahn station: U8 Leinestraße
French and Swiss, Oriane moved to Berlin to pursue her interest in all things creative. She loves art and photography and does a lot of yoga, also to balance out her passion for great cuisine - a real foodie so to say. And of course, she is obsessed with fashion, which you can tell from her weakness for peplum cuts and ruffles.