Cafés in Berlin: westberlin

Coffee at Westberlin

This coffee shop is located in the weirdest of places in central Berlin, right in the eye of the tourist-hurricane, but then otherwise a rather deserted area around Checkpoint Charlie, in between Mitte and Kreuzberg. There’s literally nothing else of food interest, which is maybe why this spot is crowded every time one passes by.

Outside of Westberlin

The crowd attraction might also be caused by the enthusiastic reviews this spot got instantly after they opened – this is not only because of the food and drinks they serve, but also thanks to a stylish interior furnished with design classics and the latest of Scandinavian cool-design, like the Danish brand Hay. But it’s not only the furniture, the design concept is applied to all aspects, from the logo to the website to the selection of magazines sold in the back of the shop. It’s one of the most thoroughly and contemporary designed places in Berlin I know.

Apple crumble cake at westberlin

Which could feel a little over-styled, almost heartless, if it wasn’t for the heartwarming drinks (we loved the green tea and liked the cappuccino, while the espresso, surprisingly, fell through with an overly sour taste) and sweet treats like the delicious apple crumble cake we had after a quick lunch with beet root salad, potato salad with Buletten (sadly, both served in plastic cups, not only rather unattractive but also just very wasteful) and a huge baguette with cheese. All of which was excellent and fresh.

Lunch at Westberlin

The service staff is quite nice, of course rather cool as well, fitting the contemporary design of the shop, yet very helpful and patient in quickly handling the crowds and still being able to serve your coffee to your table and have you pay when you leave, instead of when you order.
I will definitely come back, this one deserves a spot in the ever growing list of recommendable coffee places in Berlin.

Westberlin
Friedrichstrasse 215
10969 Berlin Kreuzberg

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Subway: Kochstraße
+49 30 25922745
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Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri 8.30–19:00
Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

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  1. G Watson on

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    Intrigued as to how a coffee shop can serve up a sour espresso (a coffeshop’s bread and butter) and still receive a glowing review. Is a poor coffee the norm in Berlin to the point that its ignored and everything else reviewed?

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      If it was ignored, I wouldn’t have mentioned it, also the review doesn’t focus on the coffee they serve. Yet having a high acidity in a coffee is something loathed by some and praised by others. We only had one espresso there ever, it could’ve been a rare failure, it could be the norm, I just can’t say. Still, this one espresso won’t make me order another one, I’ll just stay with the delicious tea at this place

  2. coffeegeek on

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    The coffee is roasted by Drop Coffee in Stockholm which is well-known as one of the leading micro-roasteries in the world. Their coffees are quite light-roasted and pronounce wanted acidity of the fruit (in contrast to the over-roasted Italian-style coffees).

    1. Kiduk Reus on

      The high acidity in 3rd wave cafes these days is too much.
      Its a reaction to the dark roasted coffees form Italy that have dominated the market the decades.
      But the coffee is starting to be so acidic that its become undrinkable.
      Its actually a inverted dark roast. And it has the same effect on the ability to detect the terroir of a coffee as a dark roast does.

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