It’s almost a month since I returned from Berlin, but it feels like so much longer. For me, Berlin is a city that feels homely. I love roaming its familiar streets, in each of its iconic areas, and it’s no surprise that it’s one of my favourite place to write about! John and I have visited so many times. but despite this, every visit uncovers somewhere new for us to enjoy.
Top 3 Berlin Breakfasts
Since I feel like a Berlin veteran these days, I can say that over the years I’ve noticed an emerging coffee scene so every time we go, we try somewhere new for breakfast on each day of our holiday. It was a hard task, but we managed to select our top 3 Berlin breakfasts.
You’ve not lived unless you’ve unashamedly stood up to photograph your breakfast to achieve that perfect Instagram shot. If, like me, you’re used to eating your food tepid in the name of a good photo and love cafes with character, then let me introduce you to some of my favourite top 3 Berlin breakfast hotspots: Betty n’ Caty, Aunt Benny and The Barn.
(By choosing these top 3 Berlin breakfasts, I’ve tried to select places in different city zones and locations that provide easy access to transport leaving you handy to explore the city.)
Betty n’ Caty
If you visit Betty n’ Caty on a weekend morning, then it’s likely you’ll rub shoulders with Prenzlauer Berg locals; mothers meeting for coffee before play dates, students deciphering scholarly articles at their laptops or hip Berliner couples starting the day. Enter inside and you’ll find a bijou cafe playing pop hits transformed with a bossa nova jazz feel. Service is relaxed, but wait to be served. Menus are in German, but English menus are available on request. We chose to order the ‘big breakfast’: hard boiled egg, fresh fruit, a selection of cheeses and a croissant. Coffee is extra and is price just under 3 Euros.
We’ve been visiting Aunt Benny for some years now and it never disappoints. A short walk from Frankfurter Allee will take you through the neighbourhood of Friedrichshain to find Aunt Benny onOderstraße 7. Facing a park and operating a strict no laptop policy on weekends, adds to the laid back feel of Aunt Benny.
Choose to sit outside on summer days , select from a range of their titles (i-D, The New Yorker, Der Speigel) or retreat into the impeccably designed interior on autumn days (click here
to take a Google Images tour of the inside.) Owned by Canadian siblings, Aunt Benny offers North American delights with a no-fuss menu. We opted for peanut butter bagels and of course, coffee!
Defined as a roastery, The Barn serves up an authentic, rustic coffee experience not to be forgotten. Speciality coffees takes precedent here, but sandwiches and light bites can be purchased. We chose to enjoy an Anzac biscuit and a carrot cupcake alongside our espresso with 10oz of milk (yep, you guessed it, a latte!) Situated in Mitte, next to the now defunct Platoon Kunsthalle, it’s within walking distance of Senefelder Platz. A no laptop and no prams policy, coffee lovers are free to simply enjoy their coffee. It could easily be mistook as pretentious but you’d need to travel far to find coffee this good. Expect to rub shoulders with tourists and those in the know.
How to Find Them:
Betty n’ Caty, Knaackstraße 8, Prenzlauer Berg.
Aunt Benny, Oderstraße 7, Friedrichshain
The Barn, Auguststraße 58, Mitte.