For many years, brunch in Berlin consisted of cold meats and cheese, hard boiled eggs, bread and maybe a quiche if you were lucky. Not anymore! The food culture in Berlin is changing fast, as a new generation of Berliners are prioritising high-quality ingredients and developing a deep appreciation of gastronomy. As a result, more and more cafes are now serving delicious brunches and are helping to put Berlin on the food map.
A local’s guide to the best brunch spots in Berlin:
Roamers is my absolute favourite spot for brunch on the weekend. It’s a real little treasure located in the back streets of one of Berlin’s coolest neighbourhoods. It’s tiny, only seating about twenty and the vibe is relaxed, cosy and welcoming. The interior is filled with plants and knickknacks.The staff are super friendly and the food is delicious. Be sure to leave room for a slice of one of their mouth-watering cakes!
Order: Everything is good but I always order the french toast with crème fraîche, grilled pears and berries (pictured below).
Location: Panierstraße 64, 12043, Neukölln, Berlin
2. Silo Coffee
For the closest thing to an Australian breakfast you’re going to find in Berlin, Silo Coffee is your place. Nowhere in Berlin does baked eggs like Silo Coffee does and the coffee here is some of the best in the city too.
Order: the classic baked eggs in a house-made tomato sauce with feta on a bed of spinach. Chorizo is an optional extra and a highly recommended addition.
Location: Gabriel-Max Straße 4, 10245, Friedrichshain, Berlin
3. Shakespeare and Sons
This place is a combination of a bookstore and a cafe — what’s not to love about that? What’s better than browsing books over coffee and breakfast? Not much. The specialty at Shakespeare and Sons is bagels and there is a huge range to choose from, baked fresh every day.
Order: An ‘everything’ bagel with cream cheese and red onion chutney (here).
Location: There are two in Berlin: Warschauer Straße 74, 10243, Friedrichshain, Berlin / Raumerstraße 36, 10437, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
4. The Breakfast Market
Every third Sunday of the month, The Breakfast Market is hosted in Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun. If you’re looking for an international breakfast, this is the place to be. From Vietnamese Porridge to Eggs Benedict to Latin Breakfast Arepas, all of it can be found under the one roof.
Order: The Egyptian breakfast of favo bean mash, sesame seeds, fresh tomatoes, dill, olive oil and pita bread (here).
Location: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstrasse 42–43, 10997, Kreuzberg, Berlin
5. The California Breakfast Slam
For a little taste of America in Berlin, The California Breakfast Slam is where it’s at. This place was originally opened after the owner became sick of traditional German breakfasts, missed the fare of his home in America. It immediately became an expat favourite.
Order: the Huevos Rancheros: homemade corn tortilla with egg, black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream.
Location: Innstraße 47, 12045, Neukölln, Berlin
6. Anna Blume
A favourite spot for breakfast in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, Anna Blume is an Art Nouveau inspired cafe, patisserie and florist. Situated on a leafy corner in a beautiful neighbourhood, a breakfast at Anna Blume is always lovely. Get there early, as this is particularly popular with Berliners on the weekends.
Order: the ‘Anna Blume Special’: a three tiered extravaganza filled with cheeses, cold meats, fresh fruits, marinated veggies and scrambled eggs (for two people).
Location: Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
7. Father Carpenter
Father Carpenter is brand-new and one of the best cafes in Berlin’s central Mitte district. This place sure knows how to make real coffee and do a mean brunch — it’s owned by Australians after all!
Order: the avocado smash with a poached egg and parmesan, served on sourdough.
Location:Münzstraße 21, 10178, Mitte, Berlin
8. Melbourne Canteen
The name says it all: head to Melbourne Canteen if you want to feel like you’re eating brunch in Melbourne. The friendly atmosphere combined with all the high-quality, standard brunch options Australians are accustomed to really makes you feel at home. This place also transforms into a bar at night.
Order: the Eggs Benedict and a bloody mary.
Location: Panierstraße 57, 12047, Neukölln, Berlin
9. Le Bon
Everything about Le Bon is lovely, from the food to the coffee to the friendly service. The interior is minimal yet cosy with lots of natural light.
Order: the granola pancakes.
Location: Boppstraße 1, 10967, Kreuzberg, Berlin
10. Distrikt Coffee
Distrikt Coffee emphasises serving food made from high-quality ingredients as well as warm and friendly service. It would be enough to visit Distrikt Coffee just for the interior design; think wooden and black steel tables, raw brick walls and a beautiful tiled floor in (in the back room). The food here is excellent as is the coffee.
Order: the fluffy buttermilk pancakes with lime syrup, nuts and homemade compote.
Location: Bergstraße 68, 10115, Mitte, Berlin
What have I missed? What are your favourite brunch spots in Berlin? Share in the comments below!