Berlin is well known for its brunch venues and many locals consider that the first meal of the day is the most important. This reputation has been gained in large part because of speciality coffee roasters who take great care with the drinks that they prepare; some have gone on to open fashionable cafés where great coffee is paired with innovative food.
Many of Berlin’s best brunch spots have been inspired by international cuisine, and you’re likely to find Japanese and Australian dishes alongside more traditional egg-based or fried meat options. Healthy dishes can be found as well as more indulgent treats and a number of eateries serve all-day brunches, so you can enjoy a wide range of dishes whenever you visit.
House of Small Wonder
Serving all-day brunch and lunch, this is a great choice for those who are looking for something a bit different. Organic and locally sourced ingredients are used when possible, freshly baked bread is served and gluten-free options are available. American and European-inspired brunch dishes are available, including toasted croissants with fruit salad, maple syrup and whipped cream, and croque-madam: a grilled ham and gruyère sandwich topped with béchamel sauce and scrambled eggs. The lunch menu includes equally interesting options, including a fusion Tex-Mex and Japanese dish made with pork, spinach, avocado, parmesan and rice, and Tsukune Done – Japanese chicken meatballs with soy sauce and nori.
House of Small Wonder, Johannisstrasse 20, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2758 2877
Travel to sun-soaked California without leaving Berlin via Roamers. This wonderful café in Neukölln is a favourite with the city’s trendiest locals thanks to its earthy and unpretentious interior and beautifully presented food. There are plenty of egg-based dishes to get stuck into, including fried egg with black beans, homemade salsa, feta and side salad. The Lonesome Sailor is well worth trying: this combination of smoked salmon, horseradish, avocado and a poached egg is sprinkled with dill, sesame seeds and crumbled feta. Leave room for something sweet, as Roamers’ cakes, especially the cheesecake, have become local legends.
Roamers, Pannierstrasse 64, 12043 Berlin
Café Anna Blume
Named in reference to a poem by the German artist Kurt Schwitters, Café Anna Blume in the popular Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood is a flower shop as well as a café. The menu changes each week and the ingredients mainly depend on what’s seasonally available, and vegans and vegetarians are well catered for. Brunch choices include croissants, bircher muesli with fruit, nuts and yoghurt and a wide range of free-range egg dishes. Generously laden mixed plates are also prepared, consisting of meat, cheese, bread and fresh fruit. Sit among the blooms as you enjoy a very good cup of coffee with your meal choice and follow this with a slice of Café Anna Blume’s freshly made cake.
Café Anna Blume, Kollwitzstrasse 83, 10435 Berlin, +49 (0)30 4404 8749
Inspired by Australian breakfast culture, this Friedrichshain hangout is the flagship store for Fjord Coffee roasters. As well as being famous for making coffee the café’s lovingly prepared brunches are also respected in the city. Sip on a flat white while deciding on your meal choice, which may include a plate of avocado and poached eggs with hummus and beetroot, the sublime oven-baked pancakes with ricotta, maple syrup and berries, or a meaty dish of bacon and sausages.
Silo Coffee, Gabriel-Max-Strasse 4, 10245 Berlin, +49 (0)30 7407 8746
The Barn Coffee Shop
If you like to focus on caffeine at the start of your day, The Barn Coffee Shop is the place to visit. This is one of Germany’s leading coffee roasters and you’re guaranteed to get an expertly made cup, whether it’s an espresso-based blend or a hand-brewed filter coffee. Care is taken at all stages with, for example, milk served at the ideal temperature for coffee of 50-60 degrees Celsius. Snacks including sandwiches, scones and cakes are served to eat in or take away. This is the perfect place to fuel up before a day of sightseeing, with Museums Island and Alexanderplatz not too far away.
The Barn Coffee Shop, Auguststrasse 58, 10119 Berlin, +49 (0)151 2410 5136