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Berlin Does Brunch: the Coolest Spots to Relax and Recover From Last Night

by CB Cowling

posted on January 03, 2020

There’s a renaissance afoot in the Berlin brunch scene, as the traditional German cold plates and old-fashioned buffets are being replaced by a new breed of cool cafes, serving up all-day breakfasts in a distinctly laid-back style. Over the last decade, a fresh breeze of Aussie and American influences have swept in, leaving behind an array of trendy eateries serving up menus full of of local produce, vibrant colors, impeccably brewed coffee, and avocados. So many avocados. For a city that takes its nightlife as seriously as Berlin, the Sunday breakfast is a natural extension of the social scene, where locals and visitors alike meet up to refuel and recap after last night’s escapades (and start planning tomorrow’s). We’ve rounded up our favorite brunch spots that truly have it all: gorgeous settings, exciting, well-executed menus, and espresso on tap. And if you want to keep last night going with a mimosa or three, who are we to stop you?

Photo Courtesy: Silo

One of the first to bring Berlin’s breakfast scene into the 21st century, Silo Coffee is still one of the best. Just off the artsy Boxhagener Plaz in Friedrichshain, it’s the perfect spot to fuel up before heading over to the flea market or browsing the area’s vintage boutiques. Stripped wood and raw brick walls accent the sunny interior, while the third wave coffee is elevated to an art: here’s where you’ll find the best flat white in the city. Brunch dishes are based around organic eggs, freshly-baked bread, and local, seasonal produce. Their shakshuka is legendary, as is their Silo sandwich: avocado toast topped with poached egg, roast potato, bacon, and tomato relish.

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Avocado toast, Brekky Greens, poached eggs on sourdough, homemade granola, Bloody Mary

Photo Courtesy: romers

Turn down this small alley in Kreuzberg and you might just feel like you’ve travelled to coastal California, with Roamers’ pink stucco walls and cactus-filled courtyard evoking a breezy, west-coast aesthetic. The menu continues the theme, with fresh-pressed juices (the apple, ginger, and mint is a renowned hangover cure), light morning cocktails like lavender gin with honey and blackberries, colorful tartines, toasts, and sandwiches, and the best huevos rancheros in Berlin. While this former hidden gem still feels exclusive, these days it’s well and truly discovered by Kreuzberg’s cool kids — so arrive early and be prepared for long waits on the weekends.

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Huevos rancheros, granola bowl, jalapeño cheese sandwiches, poached eggs with feta and tomato, French toast

Photo Courtesy: HALLESCHES HAUS

Only in Berlin could you have an artsy concept space based around the idea of a New England general store. This lovingly renovated former brick post office in Kreuzberg is now home to Hallesches Haus, a soaring modern interior that houses a homewares shop, trendy succulent florist, and a fabulous all-day brunch in its light-filled inner courtyard. The menu is healthy but flavorful, the chai spiced porridge with hibiscus poached pears and hazelnut oat milk is the perfect antidote to those grey Berlin mornings.

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Coconut chia bowl, ploughmans board, loaves & fishes weekend special, maple latte, spiced Aztec

Photo Courtesy: Ora

Elegant kaffeehaus aesthetics are updated with a farm-to-table ethos in this stunningly-restored 19th-century pharmacy at the edge of Kreuzberg’s peaceful Oranienplatz. Ora’s richly-polished curiosity cabinets and marble counters are salvaged from its apothecary origins, while plush green leather couches and high molded ceilings add to the dramatic but cozy feel. Choose from a classic breakfast of exquisitely-strong coffee and Viennese-style pastries (the pumpkin tart is a must) or go full brunch with poached eggs atop kale and walnut sourdough, lush mascarpone french toast, and an apothecary-themed cocktail or two.

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Himbeermargarita, karpfen, zander, Birnensling, house sausage

Photo Courtesy: Factory girl

This cafe’s breakfast boards became famous when they started filling the Instagram feeds of trendy Berliners, with their colorful spreads of rustic toast, crisp vegetables, local cheeses, and charcuterie. Factory Girl’s location on Auguststrasses in Mitte is the heart of the old East Berlin, and there’s chic ‘80s accents to the interior, with retro prints and lots of plants alongside stripped-down furniture and sanded brick. Breakfast offerings are healthy but indulgent, with lots of options for vegans and vegetarians. Try the salmon-and-caramelized-onion bruschetta or a muesli chia bowl packed with fresh fruit and coconut yogurt before you head out to explore Mitte’s landmarks and hotspots.

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Magnolia, homemade lemonade, scrambled eggs with chili

Photo Courtesy: houseofsmallwonderberlin

This popular Mitte eatery is worth a visit for the aspirational boho interiors alone, but its unusual and highly-successful fusion of American brunch classics and Japanese flavors is what keeps the city’s stylish set flocking back every weekend. Find your way to the unmarked door next to Frierichstadt Palast, and head up House of Small Wonder’s soaring circular staircase to a second floor flooded with natural light, tumbling plants, and a ‘70s greenhouse vibe. It’s hard to go wrong anywhere on the menu, but the eggs Benedict with wasabi hollandaise and pale pink grapefruit mimosas are particular standouts.

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Biscuit Benedict, Okinawan taco rice, soboro don, croissant French toast, avocado and goat cheese sandwich

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