Oct 5, 2015

Doppio Pazzo

On a sunny day Doppio Pazzo looks more like a cafe in Italy than in Germany. Outdoor seating in the quiet, leafy suburb of Charlottenburg, great coffee and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere makes Doppio Pazzo the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Coffee 10/10
Lots of different coffee options from double espresso to flat whites. The lovely ladies who work there are great baristas and served up perfect coffees time after time! If you go here I recommend choosing coffee over anything else.

In one word - cute. I stopped here because it looked like a Parisian or Rome street cafe and was not disapointed. Inside the cafe is well decorated and lots of fine attention to detail. Outside the location makes you feel like you are in a suburb of Paris or similar.

Food and other drinks
As well as great coffee, Doppio Pazzo serves up teas, cold drinks and some uber healthy fresh juices. There was a few freshly baked cake options, cookies, breakfasts and small food items available. The cakes are amazing (check their facebook for mouth watering pictures).

There is free wifi and a chilled atmosphere. Not too much noice and the music blends into the cafe sounds effortlessly. The tables are small and round so not the best place for laptops and I didn't see any plugs. However when I was there there were two people working on their laptops so it can be done.

Cost of a Cappuccino 2.70

Open: Tues-Fri 08:00-18:00 Sat-Sun 09:30-18:00 (closed Monday)
Location: Leonhardtstraße 2, 14057 Charlottenburg
Facebook: Doppio Pazzo


A cool large cafe in the heart of Neuköln, come to Prachtwerk to glimpse cool hipsters, online freelancers and soak up a relaxed atmosphere.

Coffee 8/10
A simple range of choices including my favourite double espresso. Drinks are handcrafted with skill and look and taste as they should do.

A beautiful and simple building with chilled music in the background, high ceilings and lots of space make Prachtwerk a great place to relax, work or just chill out.

Food and other drinks
Tea, beers, fruit juices. Breakfasts, meals and snacks. Prachtwerk has it all!

Yes. This is a great cafe for working. Spacious, quiet and relaxed the tables are sturdy and the seats are comfortable too. Free WiFi (code at the till)

Cost of a cappucino 2.50
Open: (Sun-Tues)10:00 - 23:00 (Wed) 10:00 - 00:00 (Thurs) 10:00 - 01:00 (Fri,Sat) 10:00 - 02:00

Location: Ganghoferstr. 2 12043 Berlin (U Rathaus Neukölln)
Facebook: Pratchtwerk

Sauers Café

A busy corner café within walking distance to Alexanderplatz and in the heart of Berlin Mitte in the fancy area of Rosa- Luxemburg Platz.

Coffee 9/10

Sauers offers a simple menu of coffee options with good cappuccinos and strong espressos. A great place to start the weekend


An appealing location set on a corner with lots of outdoor seating and views of the impressive Volksbühne (People's Theatre). If it is raining (or cold) then there is lots of indoor seating too.

Food and other drinks

A full food menu of delicious breakfasts, sandwiches and salads, as well as desserts, alcoholic drinks, tea and fresh fruit juices. Everything you might want Sauers offers.


People sitting indoors in the daytime and or outside having 'business' meetings. Sauers offers wifi and big strong desks, as well as a work bench to sit on inside (facing the wall - distraction free).

Cost of a Cappuccino 2.50

Open: Mon-Friday 8:00 - 00:00, Sat/ Sun 9:00 - 00:00
Location: Rosa Luxemburg Strasse 31 (U Rosa - Luxemburg Platz)
Facebook: Sauers Café

Jan 29, 2015

Mi Onda, Schoeneberg

One of the best coffee in Berlin! In Gonzalo’s amazing cafe Mi Onda you will find some of the best coffee you will have ever tasted, not just in Berlin but anywhere in the world. The coffee is exceptional and it is served whichever way you want it, one of the nice qualities of our host Gonzalo, he asks each and every customer how they want it. It is a very friendly and laid back atmosphere like the host himself and you can have a nice chat with him. The decor is a minimal setting of wooden floors, wooden furniture and a nice touch is the great retro games by Tomy which you can pick up and play while you sit back and enjoy your beverage. Another great thing about the cafe is the quality of music that is played, always very good and thought through plus there is a great range of magazines on offer, lots of art and fashion magazines.

Mi Onda is all about the joy of coffee, the food on offer is wonderful delicious croissants fresh daily and they melt in your mouth, also the odd other pastry is available. There is also a nice sitting area at the window and outside the window a nice bench. Schoeneberg is spoilt for great coffee and it is another cafe worth taking the trip over to taste if you don’t live in the neighbourhood. If you are Saturdays in the area is nice as the food market is on which you can see from the cafe beside the church. If you happen to live in the area and this is your local, well you never have to leave the area for a good coffee fix. You can also take away some damn fine coffee freshly ground.

Monday CLOSED  |  Tuesday – Friday: 8 – 5pm
Saturday: 9 – 5pm  | Sunday: 11 – 4pm

Address: Goltzstrasse 34
U-bahn: Kleist Park or Nollendorfstrasse

Coffee: 10/10  Croissant: 10/10

Jul 2, 2013

The Playwright Cafe, Kreuzberg/N'koelln

Céad Míle Fáilte 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes and some fine food and coffee' at The Playwright Cafe.

You will get a big Irish welcome at the Playwright Cafe, a wonderfully comfortable place to go in the thriving area of the borders of Kreuzberg and Neukoelln on Pannierstrasse and right beside the Landwerkanal. We were very impressed by the very friendly waitress and the coffee and banana bread in particular were very tasty. The food on choice is very varied and great value, in particular the excellently priced Playwright Breakfast is fantastic and a great treat for any expats out there. The selection of cakes were also very nice. I also like that you can collect a stamp for every coffee you buy and your are rewarded after your card has been stamped in full, a nice reward schreme for loyal customers. I can imagine it must be the perfect place to go for Sunday Brunch and when the weather is nice there is some lovely outdoor seating where you can people watch.

Also if you are interested in Irish literature the backroom is a delight with lots of great books there and a great gallery of the Irish Literary Giants. It is a very cosy room and you can hang out here til 8pm during the week and til 12 at the weekend. Must also mention how very clean the WC were here, another problem in a lot of Berlin establishments.

One other thing of note is that the choice of music was fantastic, anywhere that plays a full Neil Young album during the day has to be given a big thumbs up, that and it has super fast wi fi so its nice place to come and work. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information, the website is in English and German. Can't wait to get back there again and hear what other great music choices they may have. It is something that is often overlooked in Berlin, nice to hear some decent tunes in a very decent cafe indeed!

Address: Pannierstrasse 29
U-Bahn: Hermannplatz or Bus: M29/171/194
www. theplaywright.de

Coffee: 9/10   Cake: 9/10

Mar 14, 2013

Maxway Cafe, Schoneberg

It was a total fluke that I originally frequented Maxway Cafe as it was one of the only cafes that looked kind of decent in the Nollendorf area of Schoeneberg. As it was I had to be closeby my kids kindergarten for his first week or two so I settled into a routine of going to Maxway Cafe every day. I had thought it was a chain because of the logo design but found out it wasn't, not that I have a huge problem with chains but they tend not to make very good coffee, just milky coffee flavored drinks of the Starbucks variety. Anyway Maxway was a great surprise, the staff are very friendly, really happy to see you every morning and after a couple of days actually knew our order and we later noticed that the same people came in here every single morning and they pretty much knew all of their orders too, they have a steady flow of regulars and we felt like we were regulars in no time. 

The coffee was excellent, it might not be up there with the best baristas in Berlin but excellent nonetheless and coffee art always seems to put a smile on my face, I am a bit of a sucker for the added extras. That and the fact they served one of our coffees with a nice smalll just of steamed milk was also a nice touch. They served a nice selection of cakes, muffins and pastries and also some tasty sandwiches and salads all homemade and fresh. A nice touch also was the loyalty card, order 10 coffees and the next one is free, normally when I get these things I never seem to make it to the free one but in the case of Maxway we did and they made sure we actually got a large version of each drink, delightful. 

A very friendly cafe so don't let the Starbucks kind of logo deceive you, this cafe is miles better, a nice place to spend time alone or with friends and a great window seat to look out or sit there with your laptop and pretend you are working (surfing the web) as they also have free wi fi and great comfy couches down the back.  

Address: Maasenstrasse 13
U-bahn: Nollendorfstrasse 

Coffee: 8/10 Cake: 8/10

Antipodes, Prenzlauer Berg

I originally hunted this cafe down because of the name of the cafe, I for some reason felt drawn to it and I am so glad I did, I have heard numerous great reports of this place but had yet to try it. This small laid back cafe run by two New Zealanders (who know a thing or two about coffee) make amazing coffee, one of the best in Berlin. The owners are very friendly and there is always a real warm welcome, mix that with the wondrous coffee creations, what more can you ask for. One of the specialities here and a New Zealander speciality at that would be the 'Flat White', made to perfection every time, so great to find a cafe that is always consistent. These Baristas take the matter very serious and put a 100% into each brew, all done with a carefree attitude, like second nature to these guys.

They also serve a mix of snacks like sandwiches croque monsieur and scones, some nice breakfasts and great value for money. They also prepare a delicious soup which is very hearty. I also like the fact that there was so English magazines there too. Antipodes is a little gem, thats all I can say, a little gem in Berlin! Well worth doing what I did and hunt them down, that and hunt down all these great cafes Berlin has to offer, we are so blessed to have such a fine selection. 

Address: Fehrbelliner Strasse 5
U-bahn: Senefelderstrasse

Coffee: 10/10   Cake: 8/10

Cafe CK, Prenzlauer Berg

Another cafe that goes under the banner of the Third Wave in Berlin who's owner Cory was name the World Cup Tasting Champion, no mean feat. The coffee I had here was very smooth, pretty strong too I might add but delicious, it really hit the spot, coffee the way its meant to be. I loved the way they get the steamed milk just right, a lot of cafes just can't do this, I have had so many frothy airy milk creations I want to forget about, the milk here is steamed to perfection, the correct consistency, a dream brew always balanced. 

I like the fact that you can hang out here and never feel rushed, just take you time and people watch. Cafe CK is a first class cafe. The decor here is very loungey and some nice furniture, probably not the best place to work with a laptop as it most likely have to be on your lap but not every cafe has to be a place where you have work in mind (there is free wi fi), some were made to just go and drink some fine coffee, relax and float downstream… if that is possible with a coffee that gives you a kick, goodbye hangover and tiredness. They also served a great banana bread and all manner of nice treats and a really great breakfast. I guess the staff are friendly but not overly friendly, something I hope they can improve like many cafes in Berlin, it really makes a huge difference when you feel welcomed but still a great ambient cafe, very cosy, the owner was very attentive, knows his coffee! Try an aeropress!

Address: Marienburgerstrasse 49
U-bahn: Senefelderplatz


Coffee: 10/10  Cake: 8/10

Five Elephants, Kreuzberg

Five Elephant Coffee Roastery, Cafe and Cake Shop in Kreuzberg is another wonderful cafe in the kiez area, sourcing their brew from farm to cup, ethically and fair trade, the coffee is sourced directly from the farmer. They roast their own coffee so every cup of joe is fresh and the smell of ground coffee here is mesmerizing, they have got it just right. The cafe itself is typical of the kind of cosy cafe you find in Kreuzberg but it is very cool and very cosy to hang out, ok there are one or two hipsters but hey its Kreuzberg and its a lovely place to unwind and take in the neighborhood.

One of the specialities of 5 Elephants is the scrumptious Philadelphia Cheesecake, a recipe left by the owners grandmother…. all I can say is that this is cheesecake heaven, quiet different to the type of cheesecake you normally get in Berlin. The owners and staff are passionate about what they do, great quality food, exceptional quality coffee and very friendly to each customer, you feel. Another nice aspect is that the cafe is in the lesser known area of Kreuzberg so you really have to look this place up if you are a searcher of great coffee, it really is worth the visit. What I also liked about Five Elephants that because it was in this kiez area it was mostly frequented by people who live in the neighborhood and you get a real feel of this in here and also that its is never overfull, very nice indeed. 

Honestly this place is worth a visit for the cheesecake alone and add in the coffee, well I just can't get enough of this place, wished I lived in this kiez area, lucky for the Berliners who do.

Reichenbergerstrasse 101
U-bahn: Goerlitzer Bahnfhof


Coffee: 10/10   Cake: 10/10

Passenger Espresso, Kreuzberg

A great little find in Berlin, a small espresso bar again run by an amazing New Zealander Barista. These guys and Antipodes are really competing for the best Flat White in Berlin or possible Germany and I can't pick a winner, they are both exceptional. Seemingly I have been told by other kiwis' who frequent here that it is the best flat white they have had outside of New Zealand. 

Ok the cafe might not be the type of cafe where you would hang out all day, its not that type of cafe, like Double Eye Cafe in Schoeneberg this is the kind of place where you come for one thing, a perfect coffee! It is a small establishment run smoothly and has a nice and friendly vibe and check out those cool Anzac biscuits. They also serve a small selection of cakes, banana bread and drinks, a small cafe with big ideas, coffee that leaves a taste in your mouth. You can also buy roasted beans here.

Passenger also operates a mobile cafe at the market at Boxhagener at the weekend so great coffee on the move.

Address: Oppeinerstrasse 45
U-bahn: Schlesisches Tor


Coffee: 10/10   Cake: 8/10