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!
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.
13357 Berlin Wedding
12045 Berlin Neukölln
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 weekend morning. They’ll soon have even more breakfast food, so stay tuned. Read more here.
10999 Berlin Kreuzberg
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.
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.
Schönhauser Allee 8
10119 Berlin Mitte
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.
Warschauer Straße 33
10243 Berlin Friedrichshain
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.