September 18, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
A long-time favorite of The HUNT Berlin writer Hilda Hoy is Five Elephant, a compact and perpetually busy hangout near the bottom of Kreuzberg’s Görlitzer Park. Beans are sourced from small-scale farmers in Ethiopia and South America and roasted on-site before being brewed up by expert baristas. The essential accompaniment to every drink is a wedge of Five Elephant’s famous (and addictive) Philly-style cheesecake, made according to a top-secret recipe from the owner’s grandma.
Ensconced in a stunning brick courtyard, just a few steps from Mitte’s trendiest shopping neighborhood, Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers seamlessly combines good looks with fine brews, not to mention fresh juices, brioche sandwiches and a brunch menu served until late afternoon. The subdued, utilitarian-chic décor inside is admittedly lovely, but when the weather’s nice, the really coveted seats are the ones out in the peaceful courtyard.
Also oozing with charm is Kreuzberg’s Concierge Coffee, wedged into a tight passageway room that was originally designed for the building’s porter. Place your order right at the cute green window and get it to go, then enjoy your cappuccino or flat white next to the canal that ambles by on the other side of the street.
Coffee Profilers is another café that takes advantage of a unique location, with enormous glass windows looking out onto Friedrichshain’s Karl-Marx-Allee. From a seat out on the wide sidewalk, you’re well positioned to take in the striking Stalinist architecture of this East German boulevard. All the beans are sourced from an exacting Greek roaster and brewed according to equally rigorous standards. The pour-overs on offer are especially impressive.
Westberlin is more than just a coffee shop — it’s also a magazine shop stocking a mix of niche and picturesque periodicals. With the owner being an architect, the space has a stylish, minimalist layout with a thoughtful mix of contemporary furniture. In addition to the great coffee, a delectable array of sandwiches, quiches and cakes, along with plenty of seating make this a memorable pit stop just a stone’s throw from hectic, touristy Checkpoint Charlie.
About The HUNT Berlin Writer: Hilda Hoy is a journalist and writer who ended up in Berlin as a result of a very happy coincidence: after leaving a newspaper job in Prague, Berlin just happened to be a nearby place to take an extended holiday — one that has lasted nine years and counting. When not covering local dining and nightlife for Where Berlin magazine, she can be found tilling her allotment garden, scouring flea markets or exploring all corners of the city by bike, U-Bahn and on foot. She writes about the places she finds on her blog, thenwetakeberlin.de.