Have fun at these Berlin cafés and brunch restaurants in summer!
The variety of cafés, restaurants and cosy brunch places in Berlin can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. To make sure you still allow yourself time to discover other great LGBTIQ places in Berlin, here are some ideas for brunch, breakfast, or a snack in between out in the open air. Sometimes you can enjoy eating surrounded by the city’s urban buzz, but also in quiet courtyards, and at other times even a bit further out of Berlin in the countryside. If the weather isn't that great however, don't panic! Here you'll find more recommendations for special cafés and brunch places that will make you forget the grey skies.
On the busy and sometimes rather chaotic Hermannstraße in the heart of Berlin-Neukölln, the brunch café '21 gramm' is a surprisingly unexpected oasis of well-being. '21 gramm' is housed in the walls of a former cemetery chapel. Guests retreat under the imposing domed ceiling of the interior when the weather is bad. However, as soon as the sun shines, the romantic outdoor area makes brunch fans think of Tuscany. Vines grow on the stone brick walls of the chapel, while soft melodies play from loudspeakers. The brunch menu includes crispy sourdough rolls with all kinds of unusual toppings, a light summer curry, and pancakes. These taste great and look so good at the same time that they also make for great Insta posts. In addition to the delicious dishes, '21 gramm' offers a very well-stocked drinks menu, complete with mimosas, homemade iced teas, and coffee specialities of all kinds. No wonder '21 gramm' is often well frequented! It therefore makes sense to make a reservation beforehand. If you're in the mood for exercise afterwards, there's the spectacular Tempelhofer Feld, a disused airport in the middle of the city, just around the corner.
Hermannstraße 179, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln
Website of 21 gramm
Around Hackescher Markt in Berlin-Mitte, fashion boutiques line up one after the other. Many well-known brands have also established their flagship stores here. However, trying on the latest trends makes you hungry in the long run. You can escape the hustle and bustle at Father Carpenter. The café is located in an inner courtyard that makes you forget all about the urban grit of the city. In the middle of the cobblestone courtyard, with its ornate architecture, there is a burbling fountain surrounded by lush green bushes. The menu at Father Carpenter offers a wide selection of sweet and hearty dishes. You can't beat the banana bread, which goes down a storm with diners. Reservations should be made in advance, if possible. In the event of bad weather, Father Carpenter also has a cosy indoor area.
Münzstraße 21, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Website of Father Carpenter
Shakespeare and Sons – Fine Bagels
Are you the type who happily spends so much time in bookshops that at some point hunger strikes and you have to go in search of a nearby café? We have the solution: 'Books and Bagels' on the bustling Warschauer Straße in Berlin-Friedrichshain! The bookstore 'Shakespeare and Sons' and the bagel café 'Fine Bagels' work in tandem to make this happen. Here, reading enthusiasts can be inspired by a fantastic selection of partly queer books. Once you've found a great book, you can read the first chapters at tables in front of the shop on Warschauer Straße, while enjoying a delicious bagel. When you finally re-emerge from reading, you'll find yourself right back in the heart of city life. 'Books and Bagels' is perfect for a relaxed me-time day or a few relaxing hours with friends.
Berlin's most unusual street food attraction will transport you to Southeast Asia in one fell swoop. A long walk from the queer rainbow district on Nollendorfplatz, your mouth is guaranteed to water when you visit Wilmersdorf's Preußenpark between April and October. Preußenpark is much better known by its nickname 'Thai Park', than by its actual name. In good weather, you can enjoy Thai cuisine specialities at dozens of stalls every weekend. The origins of the 'Thai Park' date back to the 1990s, when mostly Thai women went to the park with their children and picnicked there with homemade food. Because other visitors showed interest, some families set up little food stalls. What started out as a small business has now become Germany's largest Thai street food market. You can drift from stall to stall for hours, sampling the different dishes. Make sure you come hungry!
Brandenburgische Straße, 10707 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
U Fehrbelliner Platz
Website of Thaipark
Das Hofcafé bei Mutter Fourage
In 1989, Berlin's first health food shop was founded in the very southwest of the city, where the city between Wannsee Lake, the Havel River, and the surrounding forests seems much quieter and more relaxed. Here you can enjoy coffee and cake surrounded by flowers and bees. Next to the café you will also find a flower shop where you can buy handmade terracotta products. Art lovers can also explore a small gallery. Relaxed and refreshed, you'll be ready for the hustle and bustle of the city!
Hofcafé bei Mutter Fourage
Chausseestraße 15A, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee
Website of Hofcafé bei Mutter Fourage
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Words: Julian Beyer