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The best breakfasts in Berlin


Breakfast has often been called the most important meal of the day, and in Berlin this belief has been embraced fully. Breakfast, or Frühstuck in German, has become one of the city’s most popular meals and at no time is it more important than before a busy day at Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week. This established breakfast culture has led to a number of cafés becoming known for their breakfast menu; from typically German fare to menus taking inspiration from France and the US, there is a venue to suit every taste.

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Alpenstueck
Located on a quiet side street in Berlin’s vibrant Mitte district, Alpenstueck bakery combines a cosmopolitan interior with traditional south German specialities. Ideal for those in a hurry, the bakery produces fresh breads and pastries each morning and visitors can be sure that every item is free from flavour enhancers and preservatives. Those with more time to spare should try one of the special themed menus; the fitness menu is particularly healthy, with muesli, fresh fruit, a sourdough sandwich and glass of orange juice. Don’t miss its pretzels, best enjoyed straight from the oven with a drizzle of butter melted on top.
Alpensteuck, Gartenstrasse 9, 10115 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2175 1646

Eiffel
Offering egg dishes that have been called the best in the city, Eiffel specialises in breakfasts with a touch of French flair. The menu is vast, but the best options are some of the simplest; scrambled eggs with a mustard-dill sauce offer just the right amount of spice, crêpes come sprinkled with honey, and the classic eggs Benedict is one of the café’s most popular choices. The larger set menus take inspiration from Parisian neighbourhoods; the Montmartre unusually pairs vegetable sticks with cottage cheese and guacamole while the more refined Champs-Elysées adds tomato and chives to scrambled eggs, alongside a crayfish salad. The décor is similarly French inspired with a bistro atmosphere, dark wood furnishings and a neutral colour scheme.
Eiffel, Kurfürstendamm 105, 10711 Berlin, +49 (0)30 891 1305

Café November
Cosy and intimate, Café November is one of Berlin’s best-kept secrets: a typical neighbourhood café complete with menus scrawled on blackboards, rustic wooden furnishings and low-level mood lighting. The breakfast menu is traditional with an emphasis on German and Austrian cuisine as well as extremely generous portions, but its platters are surprisingly vast and varied. The continental breakfast combines rosemary ham, Black Forest ham, Emmental, Gouda, cream cheese, smoked salmon, salted herring and scrambled egg. If the selection seems overwhelming at first, opt for one of the à la carte dishes; the scrambled egg with spinach served on fresh toast comes highly recommended.
Café November, Husemannstrasse 15, 10435 Berlin, +49 (0)30 442 8425

The California Breakfast Slam
Offering the classic American breakfast experience, The California Breakfast Slam is open only on weekends, but it is well worth making the effort to visit this laid-back eatery. The menu is filled with diner fare; generous portions of French toast are stacked with fresh fruit and lashings of maple syrup, blueberry pancakes are piled high and even healthier choices such as granola with Greek yoghurt and mixed berries have an indulgent twist. Don’t be afraid to try the more unusual dishes; black bean huevos rancheros with fried egg, guacamole and sour cream offers a touch of Mexican spice, while the seasonal specials always add something a little extraordinary to the menu.
Cabslam - The California Breakfast Slam, Innstrasse 47, 12045 Berlin, +49 (0)30 686 9624

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