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The café culture is very much a part of German life—there is always time for coffee and cake (most often a dense piece of quarkkuchen). Cafés and coffee shops line the streets of Berlin, where you will find both residents and visitors lazily enjoying the day over a massive cup. In the summer, this relaxed attitude spreads onto the streets, as cafés add plenty of outdoor tables and seating. Anne Blume and Cafe Fleury are portraits of this type of Berlin institution, the type of places you can get your caffeine on all day long.
Coffee in Berlin has changed for the better in recent years, thanks to an influx of roasters and enthusiasts immigrating to the city from all over the globe. With their latte art talents, fancy equipment, and high standards for sourcing beans, these aficionados have upped the ante on Berlin coffee, helping the city to compete on a world level when it comes to java. At shops like Mitte’s The Barn, Prenzlauer Berg’s Bonanza, and Kreuzberg’s Five Elephant, you’ll find some of the best the city has to offer.
If you’d like to get a little work in with your caffeine fix, Sankt Oberholz, KaffeeMitte, and Bully’s Bakery all offer wifi along with a side of caffeinated atmosphere.
And in West Berlin you can find a few examples of more elegant coffee shop culture. Inside a turn-of-the-20th-century villa, Café Einstein Stammhaus is a refined Viennese restaurant and coffee house, which roasts its own coffee and takes pride in its Austrian classics, including Apfelstrudel. And you can take a break from shopping on the ritzy Kurfürstendamm at Cafe im Literaturehaus, a charming coffee house where poetic and literature readings often take place.