Tucked between Mitte and Prenlauer Berg is the brilliant cafe, Schwarze Pumpe. As well as been a cafe/bar it also has a nice studio apartment that they rent out and very nice it is too and affordable especially for this area. The food on offer is a fine selection of German treats and they also offer a fabulous Sunday brunch at the very affordable 4.50 euro, a great selection indeed and also very inexpensive. It is also a great night time hang out place and it is never too packed and the crowd are a cool mix of locals, cool but not pretentious. They play a good selection of music and also have some occasional live events. The café's name is an allusion to surface mining in Eastern Germany which was stopped in the years after the reunification. The futuristic barstools made of steel tubes and gauges and the enamel signs with instructions to the workers on the brown walls recall the industrial past. The old floorboards and the even older tables create a very dense and nostalgic atmosphere. This is definitely a cafe with its soul still partly in the old DDR but this is done with great care and you will enjoy the time you spend here.
Address: Chorinerstr 76/Fehrbellinerstr 16 U-bahn: Senefelder Platz