Salon Schmück (Kreuzberg)
This cosy little café on Skalitzer Straße in Kreuzberg serves a diverse and tasty breakfast from 9 am. Whether you prefer the minimalist version – „Mini-Frühstück“ with Schrippe (plain roll), topping and some fruit – or the opulent „Berg-und-Tal-Frühstück“ with a variety of European cheeses and cold cuts; at Salon Schmück they have something to suit everyone’s taste and appetite. Including classics like „Strammer Max“ (bread topped with ham and a fried egg) or American-style pancakes. Order „Fishermans Friend“ and you’ll get pickled salmon, salad, toast and tasty trimmings. In the warmer seasons guests can enjoy their breakfast outside, that is if you don’t mind the traffic noise from Skalitzer Straße.
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The California Breakfast Slam (Neukölln)
This is for those brunch gourmets who have already tried every version of continental breakfast. The „Slamlord“, mysterious man in the background of the Ca.B.Slam, had stints in other locations before. Now he has settled down in his own place, namely on the corner of Landwehrkanal and Innstraße in Neukölln. Here, guests can indulge in the amenities of American breakfast culture. On the menu: interesting variations of classic US food, including banana-walnut pancakes or an omelette with goat cheese and roasted red pepper. There is also a Ca.B.Slam take on Texmex with stuffed Burritos and Huevos Rancheros – homemade corn tortilla with egg, black bean, fresh Pico de Gallo salsa, Guac and sour cream. And the California Breakfast Slam isn’t all about breakfast anymore: nowadays they are open from 10 till midnight. At weekends, a reservation is highly recommended.
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Breakfast in this trendy, yet well-established, pub at Landwehrkanal enjoys a good reputation. Fresh ingredients, tasty cold cuts and cheese as well as the affectionately placed trimmings are popular with the guests. That’s why Fuchsbau is frequented on weekends even before noon. You can also stop here for breakfast during the week, with less hubbub. After all, a lot of people in this area have some time on their hands even then. In summer, breakfast is also served in front of the pub and in the small beer garden.
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„Schrader’s“ in Malplaquetstraße used to be considered as „the oasis of Wedding“. Nowadays the café / bar / restaurant isn’t all alone anymore, but still enjoys great popularity. Try the Mediterranean breakfast buffet (8,50 Euro) on Saturday or the proper brunch (9,90 Euro) on Sunday. But either way, don’t forget to place a reservation! Schrader’s also offers breakfast a la carte during the week up until 4 pm. Large windows, black leather sofas and the friendly service add to the pleasant atmosphere of the place. In the evening, people meet for a burger, Tapas, beer, a glass of wine or cocktails.
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Gourmet Sud (Zehlendorf)
Gourmet Sud in Zehlendorf, situated deep in Berlin’s southwest, certainly lives up to its name. The Mediterranean dishes are delicious. This is due to their fresh seasonal ingredients and their refined use of herbs and spices. Early risers are in for a treat in Gourmet Sud too, as you can have breakfast there from as early as 8am. They offer brunch with cold and warm dishes for 15 Euro on Sundays from 9am to 3pm. If you live in the area or don’t mind to travel, make sure to pay this gourmet spot at Selmaplatz a visit.
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Café Mirbach (Weißensee)
With Mirbach there is only one little drawback: the next train station at Greifswalder Allee is a good way off. The place is worth a visit nonetheless, at every time of the day. Whether you long for coffee and a piece of cake, German and Mediterranean cuisine or an after-work pint, Mirbach caters for it all. Guests can eat and drink in the beer garden with its 120 seats in summer. On Sundays from 10am to 3pm, October to April, Mirbach offers a very popular brunch buffet. Word of its quality has spread quickly, so a reservation is highly recommended. Breakfast a la carte is served daily at any time of the year between 9am and 4pm. Try the English version for 7,50 Euro or breakfast for 2 at 10,90 Euro.
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Suicide Sue (Prenzlauer Berg)
Call it a comeback: good old „Berliner Stulle“ (open sandwich) features on the menu at Suicide Sue. Home-baked and combined with various home-made spreads it makes a visit to this café a terrific idea. Other breakfast offers include scrambled eggs with bacon, Bircher muesli and pancakes. The coffee shop has a nice wooden interior. Its name Suicide Sue was passed on by owner Franziska Stromeyer who, according to the shop’s website, belonged to the Japanese Yakuza and put down her sword to concentrate on cutting bread from then on. Lucky for us Berliners who love a good home style breakfast.
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Schwarzes Café (Charlottenburg)
„Schwarzes Café“ in Charlottenburg was a hotspot of the old West-Berlin from the late seventies on, and is still pretty busy nowadays. Even the opening times are special: the pub-at-night / café-during-the-day place in Kantstraße is open 24/7. Only on Tuesday mornings do doors close for a couple of hours. This means guests have the opportunity to get breakfast and a cup of coffee around the clock. Breakfast is served a la carte. There is a choice of 15 versions, including a regular cheese breakfast, as well as „Erste Liebe“ (first love) which is made up of toast, soft-boiled eggs with butter and orange juice. In addition, they offer a daily and weekly special, with dishes primarily made from organic ingredients.
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Café Einstein (Tiergarten)
Café Einstein references the Vienna tradition of coffeehouses and is renowned well beyond the borders of Berlin. The coffee is roasted in-house. Breakfast offers range from the rather Spartan „Pariser Frühstück“ to the generous cheese breakfast or the manifold „Einstein-Frühstück“. The café in Tiergarten is also known among the VIP crowd – be prepared to meet a film star or artist for breakfast from time to time. Prices range a little bit above your average Kreuzberg or Prenzlauer Berg café (Pariser Frühstück 6 Euros, cheese breakfast 13,50 Euros), but for that Einstein scores with freshness and variety.
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Mauna Kea (Friedrichshagen)
Berlin’s southeastern part is gaining popularity not only as a place to live; nowadays the catering sector can keep pace, too. Mauna Kea on Bölschestraße (Friedrichshagen’s Boulevard) even belongs to our favourite breakfast spots in the city. It’s not only the cosy interior we like, there is also an outdoor area in summer. First and foremost, Mauna Kea serves a breakfast to please each taste between 8am and 3pm. The menu sounds international: offers range from „indisch verführerisch“ (seductively Indian) to „deutsch gehaltvoll“ (opulently German) and „mexikanisch feurig“ (fierily Mexican). Prices are fair, varying between 6 and 10 Euros. Alongside the a la carte breakfast, they also offer egg dishes, bagels and Tramezzini. After 3 pm, guests can choose from a constantly changing menu. Make sure to place a reservation especially at breakfast time!
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