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The Curious Pear heads to Berlin to source the city’s best cafés
Berlin. The eternally cool city that begs you to stay out all night, buy things you don’t need (blue ram’s skull, anyone?) and try lots of things you probably shouldn’t. We’ve visited the Grey City several times over the last few years, and our inability to fully understand Berlin is probably what keeps us coming back for more.
It has it all – streets steeped in history, endless bicycle lanes, a suitably intimidating art scene and of course, cafés. Lots and lots of cafés. Clearly, food and drink take precedence when we are away and there is no shortage of places in this city for us to maroon ourselves for an hour or two.
On our most recent trip to Berlin, we found more glorious food spots than ever before, with some of the best coffee we’ve had in a long time. It seems to us that now is a better time than ever to visit Germany’s capital, and here to accompany you on your jaunt is our pick of Berlin’s five best cafés to visit right now.
‘Coffee, Food, Booze’, what more could we ask for? Berliners love their bikes, and Silo pays homage to their two-wheeled companions with a mounted vintage bicycle on the back wall. You’ll find all the customary hanging light bulbs, woody finishings and brick walls in this Australian café, but the outstanding coffee and delicious brunches set it apart from other spots. Try their baked eggs, which come with chewy sourdough bread baked locally in Kreuzberg, or their stack of fried brioche with orange blossom poached apples. Their coffee selection changes with the harvest seasons, and each cup is brewed with loving devotion. Get here early on weekends, because we’re not the only fans of this place.
This is a bakery, micro-roastery and café, with some of the best cheesecake we’ve ever tasted. At Five Elephant, they are serious about their coffee, with beans sourced from all over the globe and public tasting sessions held every Friday from 12 to 2PM. But we just couldn’t get past that light, creamy cheesecake. Grab a table out front for perfect people watching, or head inside where world maps plaster the walls of the bright, airy interior.
- +49 30 96081527
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Beards, beer and (shuffle) boards make Kaschk our idea of the perfect early evening hangout. Located in Mitte, this wood-clad, pseudo-Scandi bar is a local favourite, with some of the city’s best craft beers on tap. During the day, Kaschk serves a delicious medley of bakes and coffee, and is perfect for a drizzly afternoon indoors reading while slowly becoming over-caffeinated.
Coffee chums Shawn Barber and Chris Onton brought their shared passion to Berlin in 2013, opening up shop in the showroom of designer clothing sellers Voo. Peruse the swathes of unaffordable clothing as you sip Companion’s delicious coffee, which is sourced according to season.
- +49 163 1640275
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Zeit Fur Brot
We followed the heady aroma of sweet, piping hot dough to the door of this simple but outstanding bakery, which churns out the city’s best cinnamon buns. Choose from varieties including apple, nut and chocolate, or just go for a classic original. And if you think there’s even a chance of sharing one of these between two, just wait until you see a tray of freshly baked buns come out of the kitchen with their honeyed steam swirling into the air. You’ll soon change your mind.
- +49 30 28046780
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Ziet Fur Brot
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