Berlin's Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots: Rise and Shine and Eat Early

Andrea Schulte-Peevers

By , Local Expert, Berlin
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When in Berlin, there are plenty of reasons to get out bed: cool sights, eye-opening museums, fashion-forward shopping...and breakfast. Germans take their breakfast seriously. None of this stale bread with a dollop of jam nonsense. Nope, at cafes like Anna Blume or Tomasa morning meals are epic spreads of cheeses, ham, salami and deli-style meats, perhaps some smoked salmon and eggs (usually boiled), homemade salads, fresh fruit, plus all the sweet stuff. 

But the star of the show is really the bread. Even carbophobes will be tempted by the mind-boggling variety of freshly baked loaves, rolls and pastries. Crusty or soft;...  Read more »

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    Milja & Schäfa

    This upbeat cafe has a cheery charm backed by friendly staff, neat design details and excellent food.

    Local Expert Tip: "The daily changing lunch specials include a main course and a drink and are a steal at 7.50 Euro. "

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    Anna Blume

    Creative homemade treats, lovely presentation and a relaxed setting give this darling cafe an edge over the competition.

    Local Expert Tip: "Anna Blume is hugely popular but they don't take reservations, so on weekends come shortly after opening to avoid a wait, especially if you want to nosh alfresco on the sidewalk terrace. "

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    Zimt & Zucker

    • Cuisine: European
    • Average Main Course Price: €7
    • Neighborhood: Mitte

    For those with a sweet tooth, the extensive offerings at this charming riverside cafe are hard to beat.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're lactose- or gluten-intolerant, ask your server which dishes can be calibrated to your needs. There may be a small surcharge and extra wait. "

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    Cabslam - The California Breakfast Slam

    There's no need to be a Golden State expat to get the day rolling with these tasty and substantial breakfasts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Animals lovers won't feel left out since the menu includes plenty of vegan options. If you need a hair-of-the-dog, go for the Bloody Mary. Don't come if you're on a diet - portions are huge!"

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    Cafe Hilde

    Friendly and unpretentious, this cafe is a little neighborhood jewel still off the tourist radar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pick up a gooey chocolate brownie studded with toasted walnuts to go - they're positively habit-forming. There's also a book exchange and free readings and concerts on some nights."

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    The delicious and healthy food is served with a personal touch at sidewalk tables on one of Berlin's prettiest side streets.

    Local Expert Tip: "The people-watching is at its best on Sundays when a global cavalcade of humanity parades past en route to the Mauerpark flea market and karaoke show. "

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    Tomasa in der Villa Kreuzberg

    The enchanting setting and a wide selection of imaginative breakfast options make this Berlin institution a...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a great place to bring the little ones who can make new friends at the adjacent petting zoo or in the indoor play room."

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    • Cuisine: Eclectic, Fusion
    • Average Main Course Price: €8
    • Neighborhood: Schöneberg

    Chic decor, friendly staff and plenty of variety make More an excellent greet-the-day place.

    Local Expert Tip: "This a good place to visit with fussy eaters as the menu caters to just about every imaginable diet, taste, whim or persuasion."

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    Café am Neuen See

    • Cuisine: European, German
    • Average Main Course Price: €12
    • Neighborhood: Tiergarten

    Locals and visitors alike love to kick off the day at this retreat from the city bustle in an enchanting park setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Book ahead, especially if you want to grab a table on the summer terrace which overlooks an idyllic lake that can be explored by rented rowboat."

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    Alpenstueck Baeckerei

    This place has been voted one of Germany's best bakeries. Enough said!

    Local Expert Tip: "For something different, order a Mutschel, a sweet yeasty roll shaped like a shell and best enjoyed with a bit of butter and jam and a cappuccino."



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