Berlin’s Best: Breakfast Guide Part 1 – Quick & Easy

Quick but nonetheless delicious breakfast at ORA

This guide was a long time in the making. I have repeatedly said that Berlin is not living up to its name of being a “breakfast-city”, while umpteen places offer breakfast, only really few manage to make a good one. However, my ongoing laments had an effect the current change in the food scene has yielded fruit in the morning meal department – so much, in fact, that I had to divide this guide into two parts. While the epic and indulgent breakfast experience is to be found here, this part is presenting you options for when time is limited. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to lower your expectations when it comes to taste and satisfaction. There are a lot of places quickly serving you food that will give you a great mood for your day.

This guide will be updated in the future, so please leave your breakfast recommendations in the comments! In case your first meal needs to be even quicker, like a shot of caffeine and a bite of pastry, check my best-of-guide for speciality and Third Wave coffee. Part II is fully devoted to those days when breakfast can last forever, so stay tuned!

Mosabaha served with vegetables (4 Euros)

Akko & Akroum Snack

Since this guide is ordered by alphabet, it starts with two delicious, yet maybe unusual options: Akko in Wedding and Akroum Snack in Neukölln are both good at quickly putting a Levantine breakfast on your table – Msabbaha, a hummus dish served with even more crushed chickpeas, flatbread with Za’atar spice, some fresh vegetables, pickles and olives. A hearty start into the morning, that is made even better when adding another Levantine favorite: Fatteh, which is toasted or stale flatbread topped with yoghurt, mint, olive oil and more chickpeas. All in all a very hearty breakfast that will last long into the day, and a very comforting one pushing you right into a good, fulfilled mood. Read more here.

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Pankstraße 52, 13357 Berlin Wedding
daily 08:00–24:00


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Sonnenallee 45, 12045 Berlin Neukölln
Mon–Sun 08:00–21:00

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Alsancak Simit Sarayi

When it comes to hearty, belly-filling dishes that are cut through by fresh and vinegary flavors, the Turkish breakfast is always a safe bet – this café in Kreuzberg serves a plethora of eggy dishes enhanced with cheese, Sucuk or potatos, served with olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and a freshly baked Simit sesame ring. It is incredibly filling (I was never able to finish one portion) and best enjoyed with a big cup of Turkish tea (and maybe with a slight hang-over).

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Gneisenaustraße 3, 10961 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Daily 07:00–21:00

Aunt Benny

Friedrichshain (and probably Prenzlauer Berg) is the origin of the “Berlin Brunch Myth”, the sad buffets I have complained about over and over again. However, some places are fighting for the good morning meal, like Aunt Benny with its delicious coffee, sweet treats and bagel sandwiches served in a chic yet relaxed surrounding. Read more here.

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Oderstraße 7, 10247 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Tue–Fri 09:00–19:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

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Betty’n Catty

This comfy café in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg is adding some very appealing breakfast options to the classic croissant and Bircher Müsli: colorful juices, soft eggs on rye bread with avocado, filled toasts and porridge with fresh fruits.

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Knaackstraße 8, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00–18:00 , Sat-Sun 09:00–18:00 ,

 

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Brammibal’s Donuts

Look, I wasn’t planning on encouraging people to eat sugar first thing in the morning… But, if you ever get the craving for a maple coconut, or a strawberry cream cheese or even a salted caramel (it’ll stay between us) donut in the early hours, I swear Brammibal’s Donuts has got your back. Not convinced? Their new menu also includes bagel sandwiches, pumpkin waffles, and chickpea flour pancakes! Read more here.

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Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Tue-Sun 10:00 – 19:00 ,

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Brot & Butter

This is hands down the best place for a classic German breakfast thanks to the amazing produce they use. Their house-baked breads are one of the best in Berlin, the cheese selection is fantastic and the coffee is quite good for a real German place. Don’t forget to take some products home from their deli.

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Hardenbergstraße 4-5, 10623 Berlin Tiergarten – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00–20:00 , Sat 08:00–18:00

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Café Valentin

Besides being super-cute and cosy, this Swedish favorite of mine is serving some fancy options for your first meal of the day: how about a Swedish spelt porridge with apple, berries, and honey, or a quinoa porridge with flaxseed and chia? I added a serving of their house-baked Knäckebröd, a kind of crisp bread made with all kinds of seeds, chia, sesame and poppy seeds. Delicious! Read more here.

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Sanderstraße 13, 12047 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Wed–Sat 10:00–18:00 , Sun 11:00–18:00

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Daluma

If you wanna start your day super-healthy and fill yourself up to the max with vegan superfoods, this is your place to go: chia puddings, acai bowls, coconut “yoghurt”, delicious juices and smoothie mixes, all prepared on site and available to eat in their Mitte space or take home (or into the office). Also perfect for people looking for gluten-free options. Read more here.

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Weinbergsweg 3, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00–21:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–20:00

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Du Bonheur

If your mind is tending towards France in the morning, try this outstanding patisserie on Brunnenstraße for a breakfast of caneles, financier, pain au chocolate and obviously perfect croissants. Read more here.

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Brunnenstraße 39, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Wed–Fri 8:00–19:00 , Sat–Sun 09:00–19:00

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Located inside the bookstore Shakespeare and Sons, Fine Bagels is the perfect spot if you like slow mornings and long books. This New York style bagel-ry boils and bakes their bagels fresh every day. Offering a variety of bagels and topping – I suggest their everything bagel with chive cream cheese, smoked salmon, onions and capers. Or a honey oat bagel with fig cream cheese, if you want something sweet. The chocolate rugelach is also really special. Get’em starting at 9 on weekdays and 10 on weekends — while they’re still hot. Read more here.

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Warschauer Straße 74, 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon–Sat 09:00–20:00 , Sun 10:00–20:00

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Five Elephant

As mentioned, a plethora of speciality coffee shops is listed in this guide, however, some of them excel in brewing beans while at the same time being equally gifted bakers. Five Elephant at the quiet end of Reichenberger Straße is not only making the best cheese cake ever, but also a smashing banana bread and other sweet treats. Best enjoyed with their filter coffees, especially the ones with nougat notes. Read more here.

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Reichenberger Straße 101, 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 8:30–19 :00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

Goodies

Vegan and healthy is all what’s on this place’s mind – chia pudding, coconut rice pudding, avocado chocolate pudding, gluten free musli, quinoa porridge, super green smoothies and coffee with organic, soy, spelt, almond or oak milk. Goodies can also be found in the Veganz stores, where they offer a vegan-only menu. Great for gluten-free options as well! Read more here.

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Warschauer Straße 69, 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon–Fri 07:00–19:00 , Sat–Sun 09:00–19:00

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Gordon

Looking for a delicious Shakshouka and maybe some records on the side? This pretty and cosy space in Neukölln’s Schillerkiez will fulfill both these wishes. Read more here.

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Allerstraße 11, 12049 Berlin Neukölln
Mon, Wed–Thu 09:00–19:00 , Fri 10:00–22:00 , Sat-Sun 11:00–19:00 ,

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Kame

With its light wood tables and delicate prints, this Japanese bakery’s interior design is as calming as its matcha latte and egg Onigirazu (rice sandwiches). Located in Charlottenburg, enjoy their wide selection of homemade Japanese pastries and teas, starting at 9:00. Read more here.

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Leibnizstraße 45, 10629 Berlin Charlottenburg – visit website
Mon – Sat 09:00–20:00


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Katie’s Blue Cat

This breakfast favorite in the hip streets of Kreuzkölln is serving delicious coffee with scrumptious baked treats like crumpets, english muffins, bagels, shortbreads, buns and cakes. Perfect sweet start into the day. Read more here.

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Friedelstraße 31, 12047 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Tues–Fri 8.30–18.30h, , Sat–Sun 10–19h

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Klub Kitchen

While definitely looking for the healthy features of eating, this shiny-white café in the middle of Mitte is not leaving the deliciousness out of sight. Their short menu has avocado on toast, green juice and “sultan eggs”, poached eggs in yoghurt and smoked paprika butter that is super good.

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Mulackstraße 15, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Sat 10:00–19:00

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Meierei

This one’s a long-time favorite of mine – Meierei serves a classic Alpine breakfast in their pretty space on Kollwitzstraße, scrambled eggs with pumpkin seed oil, Bircher Müsli and much more (even Weisswürste, the white sausages of Bavaria that are eaten with sweet mustard). Read more here. Read more here.

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Kollwitzstraße 42, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Mon–Fri 07:30–19:00 , Sat 09:00–18:00 , Sun 10:00–18:00

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ORA

New to the breakfast club is Ora, the gorgeously renovated pharmacy at Oranienplatz. Starting the day with one of their rice puddings or cinnamon buns (pictured in the cover photo) is the most comforting thing I can imagine on a Monday morning. They’ll soon have even more breakfast food, so stay tuned. Read more here.

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Oranienplatz 14, 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon-Sun 9:30-1:00 ,

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Salon Sucre

Eric Muller is baking some of the finest croissants in the city in his tiny patisserie at Görlitzer Park. His opening times are not necessarily fit for a quick and easy breakfast, and cocoa powder on the cappuccino isn’t either, but his sweet treats are so good, this place needed to be included in this list. Read more here.

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Görlitzerstrasse 32A, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Thu–Sun 10:00 –18:00

The Barn Roastery

No need to introduce this speciality coffee bar, it’s one of the most known places for third wave coffee, and will provide you with a stellar coffee drink plus some delicious and filling sandwiches, pasteis and croissants. Read more here. 

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Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:30–18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00

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The Bowl

This will be your favorite place for clean and healthy, vegan and raw, gluten-free and all-in-all feel good breakfast. Their different bowls range from chia pudding bowls with coconut milk, maca, banana and goji, to over night oats, and smoothie bowls with toppings of fresh fruits. Pictured here is a sweet Brotzeit bowl with vegan and gluten-free banana bread, dates, maca, raw chocolate cream and homemade raspberry jam. Served with: even more smoothies or all kinds of dairy-free warm drinks, like curcuma almond milk. Read more here. 

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Warschauer Straße 33, 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
daily 10:00–23:30

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Qua Phe

Most of us foodies have tried good Vietnamese food, whether it be pho or Vietnamese twist on a burger, but what about a Vietnamese breakfast? Qua Phe is offering just that, and it is to die for. Their menu includes Thap Cam, a sweet bean treat mixed with coconut milk and syrup, or their Banh Bao, a ball-shaped bun stuffed with meat, eggs, mushrooms or veggies. With a side of bonanza coffee, you just can’t go wrong. Read more here.

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Max-Beer-Str. 37, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
daily 09:00–21:00

 

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  1. Masha on

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    So viele tolle Möglichkeiten um Frühstücken zu gehen! Ich habe direkt einige auf meine Liste gesetzt! Das Prenzlauer Berg ein wahres Food-Schlaraffenland ist, weiß ich allerdings mittlerweile. Aber wie sieht es mit Schöneberg aus?
    Ich würde mich wirklich über ein paar Tipps von euch freuen! Einer meiner Lieblingsorte zum Frühstücken: Das Café Taubenschlag!

    Viele Grüße und weiter so!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Im nächsten Teil der Serie gibt es ein paar Tips für den Westen. Kommt nächste Woche!

  2. Glory Box on

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    Alles in Alternativen Bezirken…..bei uns, im Spießigen Westen gibt es auch schöne Sachen. z.B. Wiener Konditorei am Hohenzollern Damm. Set, Literatur Haus… Man darf sich sogar schick ankleiden ohne dabei schlechtes Gewissen zu haben am frühen (vor-, nach) Mittag.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Keine Sorge, im zweiten Teil gibt es auch den ein oder anderen Tip für Schöneberg.

  3. Lisa on

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    You should definitely include Cafe Morgenrot on Kastanienallee in P’Berg! They have an amazing vegetarian and vegan Breakfast buffet Fridays and Saturdays!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Not a fan of buffet-style breakfast…And giving an alternative to buffets is exactly why I made this guide..

  4. carolina on

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    super! I love this guides von Stil in berlin. falls ihr noch nicht fertig mit dem Weste Teil seid. Ich kann nur das Lula Café (www.lula-berlin.de) in friedenau empfehlen, es ist einfach super zum frühstücken, auch weil man nicht bis 10 uhr warten muss… die Burger sind dort auch gut aber nur ab 12 pm ;)

  5. Leonie on

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    Wahnsinn, was für viele geniale Empfhelungen! Ich wünschte, ich hätte die schon entdeckt gehabt, als ich vor zwei Wochen in Berlin war. Dann hätte ich da mit Sicherheit mehrere Möglichkeiten durchprobiert. :D
    Aber: Ein Grund mehr bald mal wieder nach Berlin zu fahren. :)
    Viele liebe Grüße
    Leonie

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Genau, einfach wiederkommen!

  6. Maj-Britt on

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    What about Cafe Fleury?!

  7. nathalie on

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    ich liebe Neumanns (Gabriel-Max-Str. 18, 10245 Berlin)
    es ist so gut!

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