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

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; based on rye, sourdough or wheat; with or without grains or seeds; white, black, grey or brown - 600 different types in all (says Wikipedia). In case you wish to confirm this, just ask the folks at Alpenstueck Baeckerei, one of Germany's best bakeries. 

Of course, in case cold meat in the morning isn't your thing, there's no shortage of breakfast favorites from all over the world in cosmopolitan Berlin, like huevos rancheros at hip Cabslam in Neukoelln or the protein-loaded Irish breakfast bonanza at Cafe Hilde in Prenzlauer Berg. Those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven at Zimt & Zucker, which makes delectable crepes and waffles with all sorts of gooey toppings. 



It's no small feat to be voted one of Germany's best bakeries in a country famous for its mindboggling variety of delicious breads, pastries and rolls. While most of us are still catching up on our beauty sleep, Alpenstueck's breadmeisters are...  Read More



Tiergarten Park is Berlin's equivalent to New York's Central Park: a vast leafy oasis in the heart of the city, teeming with mature trees, a web of walkways and spacious lawns. It's also home to this beloved cafe-restaurant-beer garden combo...  Read More



Although right in the heart of Berlin's traditional gay quarter in Schoeneberg, More is the kind of cafe-restaurant that makes everyone feel like family. This is especially in the mornings when it serves up an extensive breakfast menu that spans...  Read More



In a 19th-century red-brick fairytale villa on the edge of the romantic Viktoriapark, this is the prettiest of the four Tomasa branches in town. In summer especially, the Mediterranean-style garden is an inspired setting for a leisurely start to...  Read More

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In fine weather, there are few better places to get fortified for the day than at Hüftengold, a tiny cafe on the sunny side of Oderberger Strasse in the hippest part of the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. Owner Annie Rott has turned the broad...  Read More



We love this neighborhood corner cafe in pretty Prenzlauer Berg for its unpretentious ambiance, friendly staff and excellent Irish breakfast, an homage to owner Mike's homeland. He and his wife, both artists, have given their place a stylish...  Read More



If you're in the mood for a breakfast of champions, make a beeline to this Left Coast outpost near a picturesque canal in the hipster hood of Neukoelln. Starting out as a pop-up weekend brunch place, the venture got such rave reviews, it...  Read More

Zimt & Zucker
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Wave to the happy folk on the tourist boats gliding past you along the Spree River while ensconced in this charismatic coffeehouse with its detail-oriented olde-worlde decor. Breakfasts here are named for ballroom dances and range from the...  Read More



This corner cafe-cum-flowershop is a classic breakfast stop in the nicest part of the boho-trendy Prenzlauer Berg hood. It's named for a 1919 dadaist poem by the German artist Kurt Schwitters and charmingly decorated in an Art Nouveau-inspired...  Read More



Right at the Ostkreuz train station, this new contender has quickly garnered a loyal following, especially for its yummy breakfasts listed on a black-slate menu behind the counter. The place sits behind panoramic windows and is entirely dressed...  Read More


Meet Andrea Schulte-Peevers

Andrea has made a living as a travel writer and photographer for over 20 years, visiting some 70 countries in the process and authoring a similar number of guidebooks, mostly for Lonely...  More About Andrea