Berlin’s Best: Coffee Guide 2016

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The very first version of this guide on Berlin’s best coffee, published four years ago, featured nine places, the updated version from two years ago had fifteen. And this one? Twentynine! When everyone thought the Berlin coffee scene had reached its climax and was saturated, coffee enthusiasts actually took another leap and made the scene here bigger, better and especially more beautiful. And while it seems like the whole city is covered in speciality coffee places, a look on the map (choose coffee from the drop-down menu on the left) makes it very clear how much spaces are still left untouched by syphons, speciality roasts and the never-ending discussion whether one should or shouldn’t use sugar.
In this guide, I collected all coffee places I enjoy in Berlin, from the chic caffeine chapels to the homey neighborhood joints, from the ones who’ve been here before you even thought about moving to Berlin, to those who literally just opened. Just to make sure you’ll get a good coffee wherever you are.

And since we’re just at it, Berlin Coffee Festival is coming up! Check the massive program here.

Third Wave Coffee, The Barn Roastary, Berlin coffee,

THE BARN

Ralf Rüller and his crew have installed themselves as the reference point for Third Wave Coffee in Berlin, despite only being open since end of 2010. But their distinct interior style and serious devotion to the art of coffee making (and maybe one or two exaggerated “scandals” about their policy regarding sugar, soy milk, strollers, dogs and/or laptops) has made them to internationally known ambassadors of Berlin coffee enthusiasts. Read our reviews here: The Barn and The Barn Roastery.

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Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 8:00–18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00


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

BEN RAHIM

Seriously tucked away in the main hub for Mitte-tourists, Hackesche Höfe, where you’d least expect to get some delicious coffee is this small bar serving your usual speciality coffee drinks plus a great mocca, and offers all the necessary tools to make one at home.

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Sophienstraße 7, 10178 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00 – 18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00 – 18:00 ,

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Bonanza’s impressive place in Kreuzberg

BONANZA COFFEE

Located just off Mauerpark, queues are common at the original location of this stalwart of coffee culture. Founded back in 2007, this roastery has managed to rule Berlin’s caffeine scene from their first and very small venue for years, providing delicious beans to many of Berlin’s cafés and for you to take home. This year, they moved their roasting business to a backyard in Kreuzberg and added a stunning café. Read more in our interview with Yumi Choi. And a review of their Kreuzberg place here.

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Oderberger Straße 35, 10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:30–18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00


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Adalbertstraße 70, 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon – Fri 09:00 – 18:00 , Sat & Sun 10:00 – 18:00

CAFÈ 9

The coffee business of Markthalle Neun is not only bringing good coffee to the area around Lausitzer Platz, but also the driving force behind the Berlin Coffee Festival. To add even more, the place is currently in reconstruction, reopening on August 22nd in a way bigger space and an added roastery.

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Eisenbahnstraße 43, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Wed 07:30 – 18:00, Thurs 07:30 – 21:00, , Fri–Sat 07:30 – 18:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00 ,

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Americano with a bit of milk in the August sun at Camon

CAMON

Adding a pretty spot to the otherwise rather rough Sonnenallee, Camon serves their coffee with a choice of baked treats and sandwiches and the girls running the machines are super nice and attentive.

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Sonnenallee 27, 12047 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00 – 19:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00 – 19:00 ,

CHAPTER ONE

Under Czech and German ownership, this cafe’s specialty is slow coffee, offering a Siphon Brew Bar with a huge beans menu for you to choose from. But don’t fret, the staff is always available to guide you through the coffee specialities to find the brew of your liking.

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Mittenwalder Straße 30, 10961 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Sat 09:00–18:00 , Sun 11:00–18:00

COFFEE PROFILERS

Nora Šmahelová of Chapter One opened a new place last year with the TAF coffee team from Greece. Their chic and minimal joint delivers the best caffeine experience on Karl Marx Allee.

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Karl-Marx Allee 136, 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00 – 18:00, , Sat 09:00 – 18:00, Sun 11:00 – 17:00 ,

Shawn Barber pouring milk in a cappuccino.

COMPANION COFFEE

Shawn and Chris, the barristas behind Companion Coffee, came to Berlin to do coffee – starting out at The Barn in 2010, they went on to start their own bar a year ago. Located inside of Kreuzberg’s fashionable concept store Voo on Oranienstraße they are serving the best coffee in Kreuzberg 36 – see more in our review.

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Oranienstrasse 24, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Sat 10:00–19:00

CONCIERGE COFFEE

The agency-people working in this classic Kreuzberg industrial-turned-office-loft complex must have jumped for joy when this tiny coffee place opened its doors just by the street-entrance. Taking their name from the former inhabitant of this 15sqm hut, their flavorful coffee is a big hit by the canal. And they’re supplying the West with speciality coffee in their coffee bar at the Vitra and Artek Store at Bikini Berlin.

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Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40 , 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:30–18:00 , Sat 12:00–17:00


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Budapester Straße 50, 10787 Berlin Tiergarten – visit website
Mon–Fri 10:00 – 18:00 , Sat 11:00 – 19:00 ,

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Cappuccino at Distrikt Coffee

DISTRIKT COFFEE

Serving strong, double shot coffee in a beautiful industrial yet pleasant interior on Bergstrasse, Distrikt Coffee is an important part of Mitte’s speciality coffee scene. They mark their territory with much more than delicious brews of beans roasted by The Barn Berlin, Belleville Paris or Ozone London, and serve delicate tea by Companion Coffee, stunning breakfast plates and the very rare treat called bread pudding!

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Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:30–17:00 , Sat–Sun 09:30–17:00

DOUBLE EYE

Double Eye is (arguably) the oldest cafe in Berlin serving high-grade coffee. Having opened in 2001, they’re excused from not having a proper website or Facebook page. There is also no “proper” seating, but that’s how espresso was meant to be drank anyway. The place to drink coffee when in Schöneberg.

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Akazienstraße 22, 10823 Berlin Schöneberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 8:30–18:30 , Sat 9:00–18:00 ,

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Bright blue cups on marble table at Father Carpenter in Mitte.

FATHER CARPENTER COFFEE BREWERS

This enticing coffee haven keeps giving us reasons to visit Münzstraße. Tucked away in the courtyard, they’re serving delicious coffee brews in bright blue cups using Five Elephant’s and more roasts. Read the full review here.

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Münzstraße 21, 1st backyard, 10178 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 09:00–18:00 , Sat 10:00–18:00

FENSTER COFFEE

A beautiful place to have your coffee on the otherwise rather crowded and not really aesthetically pleasing part of Falckensteinstraße just off the busy bar-strip of Schlesische Straße. They’re working with multiple roasters and also have great brunches and food from time to time, keep up with their facebook page for more info.

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Falckensteinstrasse 5, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Wed 10:00 – 20:00 , Thurs–Sun 10:00 – 22:00 ,

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Simple and delicious filter coffee at Five Elephant.

FIVE ELEPHANT

Besides making the best cheese cake in Berlin, Five Elephant is famous for excellent roasting and supplies many of Berlin’s prettiest cafés (see Aunt Benny or Westberlin) with coffee. Their beans are direct trade, meaning they deal on a one-to-one basis with the growers. And their cheese cake… There’ll be some big news coming up for this one as well.

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

GODSHOT

Godshot in Prenzlauer Berg is about more than coffee. Owned by Kai-Uwe, a self-trained barrista, it’s aiming to form an urban coffee klub, connecting people through beans and brews.

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Immanuelkirchstraße 32, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Mon–Fri 8:00–18:00 , Sat 9:00–18:00 , Sun 10:00–18:00

HAPPY BARISTAS

Far away in Friedrichshain lies this special place for all kinds of coffee drinks: from the classics to more adventorous varieties like milkshakes or espresso mixed with cola syrup, cherry juice and poured over ice, or horchata, they go to considerable length to make you happy.

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Neue Bahnhofstraße 32, 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon-Fri 08:00 - 20:00 , Sat-Sun 10:00 - 20:00 ,

HOME

An alumni of The Barn, Sarah opened her own space called Home in a quiet street of Hermansstraße, serving grand coffee from different roasters from Berlin and abroad, weekend brunches together with Little Joy, and workshops on butter and kimchi making, tastings of tapas and natural wine and more.

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Jonasstraße 23, 12053 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Tues–Fri 09:00 - 18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00 - 18:00 ,

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Espresso Macchiato in a cup made of recycled coffee grounds at Isla.

ISLA COFFEE

Still a work in progress, this place was opened by two former Café 9 employees with a still unique and definitely challenging idea in mind – Isla is striving for a no-waste-concept. Their coffee is delicious, and the grounds are used to form the cups by Kaffeeform, they’re working with a baker who uses the left-overs of juice making to bake cakes and even more. Enjoy and support their journey.

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Hermannstrasse 37, 12049 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00 – 18:00 , Tue closed , Sat–Sun 09:00 – 18:00 ,

NANO COFFEE

With a chic interior and choice of baked treats that are reduced to the max, Nano is all about the coffee and its many brewing techniques and serve as a relaxing haven just off the some times grim Kottbusser Tor.

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Dresdener Straße 14, 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:30 – 18:00 , Sat 09:30 – 18:00 ,

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Setup at No Fire No Glory

NO FIRE, NO GLORY

No Fire No Glory is  located in Prenzlauer Berg’s Kaffeeviertel. They offer very good coffee drinks in a laid-back atmosphere.

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Rykestraße 45, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – visit website
Sun–Fri 09:00–18:00 , Sat 09:00–20:00 ,

OSLO KAFFEEBAR

This one felt quite ab vom Schuss as we Berliners like to say for a long time, but since the northern parts of Mitte have become quite busy, it moved into the centre of attention. Its pairing of a super-relaxed atmosphere with a reduced yet refined coffee menu make it a top-choice when roaming the streets of Mitte-Nord.

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Eichendorffstraße 13, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 8:00–19:00 , Sat 10:00–19:00 , Sun 10:00–18:00

PASSENGER COFFEE

Located in Treptow, this roastery and café is all for those of you who like their roasts dark and intense.

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Elsenstraße 38, 12435 Berlin Treptow – visit website
Mon 07:30 – 15:00, Tues–Fri 07:30 – 18:00 ,

POPULUS COFFEE

Just by the canal in Neukölln is this fairly new spot run by Finnish coffee addicts. They’ve already attracted quite the crowd thanks to their delicious brews and probably their mint colored cups

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Maybachufer 20, 12047 Berlin Neukölln – visit website
Tues–Fri: 09:00 – 18:00 , Sat 11:00 – 18:00, Sun 11:00 – 16:00 ,

RÖSTSTÄTTE

This place is not only a roastery and a café, but also a shop selling every barista tool needed to brew coffee professionally or for your private enjoyment.

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Ackerstraße 173, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon-Fri 08:00 - 18:00 , Sat-Sun 09:30 - 17:30 ,

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Coffee is love at Silo. Literally.

SILO

Until the arrival of Australian owned Silo and its signature red coffee cups in Friedrichshain was sans third wave. Supplied with beans from their own roastery called Fjord, this lovely place is also a staple in the art of elaborate breakfast making and a prime first thing in the morning spot attracting tired folks from all over the city.

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Gabriel-Max-Straße 4, 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:30–17:00 , Sat 09:30–19:00 , Sun 10:00–19:00 ,

TRES CABEZAS

A little break for a personal anecdote needed here, this was the place in Berlin, I had my first speciality coffee at. It must’ve been 2003, and I just arrived in the city, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Tres Cabezas has been holding the caffeine torch high ever since with their café and roastery, and has recently launched a new concept in Mitte.

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Boxhagener Straße 74, 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00 – 20:00 , Sat–Sun 09:00 – 20:00 ,

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Aesthetically pleasing milk coffee on designer table at Westberlin

WESTBERLIN

This coffee shop on the weird end of Friedrichstraße is all clad in contemporary designer furniture, and sells cool international magazines and publications besides brewing up the best coffee in this part of town.

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Friedrichstrasse 215, 10969 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 8.30–19:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–19:00

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Espresso pouring at 19grams in Kreuzberg

19GRAMS + 19gramsChausseestraße

Another really tiny, easy to miss coffee place in Kreuzberg, which are all about mastering the art of espresso together with Tres Cabezas, or “bloody good coffee”, as they call it. Read our review here. Just now, they opened a new joint in Mitte’s Chausseestraße, working even closer with their roaster and inviting Little Joy to cook their delicious brunches for hungry Mitte folks.

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Schlesische Straße 38, 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg – visit website
Mon–Fri 8:00–18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00


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Chausseestrasse 36, 10115 Berlin Mitte – visit website
Mon–Fri 08:00 - 18:00 , Sat–Sun 10:00 - 18:00 ,

AND MORE…

There’s more than coffee shops going on in Berlin’s coffee scene. All the way east in Friedrichsfelde, the guys of Silo and Father Carpenter opened their roastery called FJORD, whose roasts you can enjoy at their own and various other coffee shops in the city. I especially enjoyed their espresso roast served at Isla.

Cory Andreen of Café CK teamed up with Travis Wilson to bring us nitro coffee on tap under the name of BREWBOX, currently to be enjoyed at various street food parties, with such lovely excursions like fresh ayran, horchata and mexican hot chocolate on tap!

GOOD SPIRITS are the makers of Black Moon cold brew coffee, distributed in those cute little brown glass bottles you can see at many, many coffee places in the city.

Already mentioned in the guide, but definitely worth an extra: KAFFEEFORM manufactures coffee cups out of recycled, used coffee grounds, closing a gap in the production circle. The dark brown cups are dish washer safe and have a delicious smell of freshly ground coffee. Can’t wait for them to produce to-go-cups.

Another gap in the production cycle is closed by SELOSODA, who use the dried peel of the coffee fruit to create a refreshing lemonade with that extra caffeine kick. This makes the demanding coffee plant more profitable and helps small coffee farms sustain their business.

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  1. Darius on

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    Refinery Highend Coffee is great! check it out is Friedrichstr in Mitte

    1. Schorsch on

      Closed until mid Sept. for renovation

  2. Schorsch on

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    Visit Coffee in Adalbertstr. and Goltzstr. is opening in Sept. So the game continues..

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      why all in the same area though? why’s no one going west for example?

  3. Krystian on

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    Kraft is excellent, but I guess they will appear during the festival.

  4. Clare on

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    Giro Coffee Bar in Charlottenburg on Knesebeckstr. is probably the best coffee I’ve had in Berlin in the last year, definitely worth a try.

  5. Rodolfo on

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    berliner kaffeerösterei, why not

  6. Lap on

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    You should definitely pay a visit to Göttlich on the Tegeler Straße in Wedding!

  7. Elektra on

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    Schillerkiez in Neukölln seems to be a blank area in your article – but thank god there is GORDON cafe and records.
    Coffee beans by The Barn – Allerst. 11

  8. Chris & Anna on

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    We definitely miss Mi Onda in Goltzstraße (Schöneberg) on this list. We tried most of the places from the list and Mi Onda definitely belongs to the top spots in Berlin’s good coffee spots :-)

  9. Regine Heidorn on

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    Definitely worth a visit and should be in this list: Bei Jens & Viola, Ebertystr. 49. Has just opened, so go there all you insiders :-) Plus they have this legendary German sweet Kalter Hund in a lot of different flavors, all handmade. Make sure to not miss this one!

  10. Thalia on

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    Just want to give a shout out to the new speciality coffee place SPONTAN on Gotzkowskystraße (Moabit) for us Westerners :) lovely smooth golden coffee, bakery things and also sushi!

  11. Oli on

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    I know it’s Kreuzberg again but I have to vow for Kaffeekirsche on Adalbertstraße! Awesome coffee (and roast of the month special) from their roastery, no-fuzz but highly informative baristas and Nusskranz like mother used to make it…

    1. Schorsch on

      yeah. they made a steep development over the last years. not realy 3rd wave but good, solid coffee..

  12. Katrin on

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    Giro is definitely missing in CHB.

  13. Claudia on

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    One of my favourite coffeeplaces in Kreuzberg:
    Kaffeekirsche in Adalbertstrasse!

    1. nina@jawfamily.com on

      Yes, Kaffeekirsche is one of my favourite too! Very friendly barista, great coffee choice and their avocado cheesecake it the killer. They’ll open a new Roastery in Böckhstraße 30 this saturday. I’ll sure check it out ; )

  14. Silvia on

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    What about Espresso Ambulanz in Oranienburger Straße 51? This is my favourite coffee!

  15. Yasmine on

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    Try Goldhahn & Sampson on Wilmersdorfer Straße in Charlottenburg. My mum says it is the best coffee she ever had. I agree

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