Berlin Coffee Guide: best coffee in Berlin, Germany

I’m about to drop the ultimate list of the 5 best specialty coffee shops in Berlin, Germany.

Before traveling to Berlin last Spring, I didn’t realize how prestigious their coffee culture is… like VERY prestigious. Very unexpected for me to come across but super thrilled I was able to find the perfect spots.

Read till the end to see my absolute favorite coffee shop that I still dream about.

If you’ve read my past posts on my Germany travels from last March, Best photo spots in Berlin & Cutest German village, my brother was doing a semester abroad in Berlin and on my spring break I flew out to visit him.

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travel tip: While I was traveling around Germany, 90% of the cafes only had soy milk for dairy free options (besides lactate free.. but I don’t count that). Based on this, something I realized was that cafes that did carry other dairy free milks, especially those with oat milk, were easily the more popular, higher end cafes.

At the time I was visiting Berlin, it was my semester break from university so I still had some papers to get caught up on. Naturally, I spent a lot of time at each of these places not only for coffee, but to be productive as well. So, I will be talking about the atmosphere of these Berlin coffee shops in more detail as well.


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The Barn Coffee Roasters

First Impressions: My brother introduced me to Barn Coffee Roasters and I was extremely impressed. Their coffee menu varies considerably from pour overs, to flat whites. As they roast their own coffee, it makes complete sense that they are very knowledgeable on the perfect ratios and pairings of their coffee. A super super prestigious spot; I’m just going to keep using “prestigious” for emphasis.

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Atmosphere: Super rustic with an average amount of seating. One interesting thing to note is the window spots, the best spots, had these signs to deter people from using their laptops. I honestly thought it was a great concept because in the end it forced me to pull out a book to read instead and also let me spend more time people watching the busy street. It’s a very popular spot: lots and lots of in and out and longer lines for people to get their morning coffee before work.

Final Thoughts: 10/10 for quality, aesthetic, branding, the array of options, the list goes on. If you go to Berlin you MUST visit Barn Coffee Roasters. Within the last year they opened more locations too.


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Bonanza Coffee

First Impressions: Bonanza coffee roasts their own coffee (woo!!!!) and they currently have three locations. The one I went to I think is their Roastery Cafe but I could be wrong… it’s been a while. The cafe has lots of space and room to spread out.

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Atmosphere: Lots and lots of room to sit and get work done (I managed to snag a window seat in the back). At least when I was there it was must quieter than Barn, for example. The spot also had lots of plants, so thats a plus for me.

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Final thoughts: 9/10 for great quality coffee, and a friendly & open atmosphere. Not my absolute favorite spot, but super super good. I think I got some sort of oat milk latte here. Their cafes are located in pretty convenient locations so it makes it relatively easy to pop by.


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Distrikt Coffee

First Impressions: I could be wrong, but I think I first found out about Distrikt Coffee by searching cafes in Berlin that had the best avocado toast and came across them. Out of the 5 cafes I mention in this post, this one for sure if the one that is more with a traditional cafe menu. So whether you come here for the food, the coffee or both, it’s a great spot!

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Atmosphere: As I mentioned earlier, this spot is more of a traditional cafe with both great food & coffee. It is a bit louder with the nature of the place, but there are still some corner spots or they have an adorable “mini loft” kinda spot to be a bit more isolated. Also they are a dog friendly cafe SO I SAW THE MOST ADORABLE BEAGLE AND I GOT TO PET IT (a beagle is my dream dog)!!

Final thoughts: if you’re looking for a cafe to get great food AND coffee then 10/10, but if you’re after just the coffee part then 8.5/10.


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Chapter One Coffee

First Impressions: This was the other coffee spot that my brother introduced to me. Chapter One is very much a takeaway or quick in-and-out kind of spot. It was super popular with the locals and overall just seemed like perfect spot to grab a coffee with friends on your lunch break at work,

Atmosphere: Although it was a popular local spot, it is a super small cafe & as a result theres super limited seating. I wasn’t on a quick break from work, I was actually very much a tourist; I was hoping to sit down, rest my legs and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. I managed to snag a super small ledge to kind of hang out near for a couple minutes until I finished my coffee. Also, if lighting matters to you, this place for the most part was pretty dark.

Final Thoughts: If you’re on the go and looking for great takeaway coffee or a quick break then 10/10. But if you’re looking for a cafe to sit down and get work done then head to this next spot.

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Oslo Kaffebar

Ja Ja Ja gets to know Oslo Kaffebar! - Ja Ja Ja
Somehow I never took any photos of the cafe itself, so this one is by Ja Ja Ja Music
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First Impressions: I found Oslo Kaffebar from a quick google search of cafes not far off the train line I’d take from seeing my brother. It was CROWDED with a long line out the door, BUT it moved very timely and once I got to the register the baristas were so welcoming and immediately made me feel like a local. I could instantly tell that, hey, this is the ultimate local gem. Also, if you read my tip from the beginning of this post: they had oat milk… enough said.

Atmosphere: Super rustic, minimalistic and friendly atmosphere. The locals love it here so much that regardless if they got one of few tables available (because it’s so popular), they would casually just hang out outside the cafe. The sidewalk in front of Oslo almost was like an extension of the cafe atmosphere, in the best way possible; this aspect also made waiting in line to order a more entertaining experience.

For the cafe’s size, they did have a decent amount of seating relative to the space. Even though it was crowded, each time I went I didn’t struggle too much to find somewhere to sit. The nature of this cafe is also very “productive” if that makes sense. So many people come here just to relax and do work, which I LOVE!

Final Thoughts: 10/10 for atmosphere, location, friendliness & milk frothing abilities of the baristas.

Also side note, they did a partnership with the oat milk brand “Oatly” themselves. Of course the week after I left this cafe offered free beverages to anyone who got one with oat milk. At the time I was in Germany (March 2019), Oatly was really killing it in the advertising around the country. I even saw their ads in the airport.

If you could only go to one on this list, go here.


If you liked this guide, or found it helpful please let me know! I’d really love feedback.

If you’re on the look out for more coffee guides:

Best coffee in NYC (also the most instagramable spots)

Best coffee in Portland, Oregon (a city, with surprsingly, a lot of killer coffee).

What to look for when choosing a coffee shop to spend your money at

Lots of love,

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber: the ULTIMATE German Day Trip

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the perfect walled-German village in Northern Bavaria, right off the Romantic Road!

Not sure if anyone else does this but when I’m first researching into places to visit, I immediately go to google images and click on the prettiest, most photogenic places. Based off that I find some great options to start.

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When visiting my brother studying abroad in Berlin, we spent a decent amount of time roaming around Southern Germany in Bavaria. One of our stops was Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and yes I found this adorable village from google images.

The village is very walkable once arriving at the train station. It has become a decent tourist stop, but there’s enough alleyways and gardens to escape to and it all makes up for it.

The “walled” aspect of the village is still pretty well preserved. You can walk around most of the perimeter to get good views.

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Endless cute photo opportunities.

cute cafes to have a good morning coffee!

& open courtyards to have a classic German Schintzel.

The town is kind of known for their Christmas Museum and Shop (which we walked by but didn’t go in) & also everyone seemed to be obsessed with these cookie balls?

They looked and sounded incredible but I’m pretty certain they weren’t dairy free so oh well!

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If you are planning to travel around Germany I would definitely recommend Rothenburg ob der Tauber for a classic touristy experience.

Don’t you just love the aesthetic of a European village?

Lots of love,

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12 Hours in Stockholm

The day started early morning in Berlin. (For a post I did on some top photo spots in Berlin click here ). Anyway, that Christmas I gifted my brother a day-trip to Stockholm, Sweden from Berlin, Germany (where he was studying abroad in Spring 2019). I chose Stockholm not only because it was on my list of places to visit, but more importantly it was a place we could do an international day trip. We had an early morning flight, and left around 7pm that same day to go back to Berlin. I was able to get us super cheap flights round trip and thought it’d be such a cool experience to do an international day trip.

Let me tell you, if you ever have the chance to go to a different country just for the day do it. We both don’t mind running around with our heads cut off and loved it.

We probably got to Berlin Tegal Airport around 5-6am and our flight took off around 7am. The flight wasn’t even an hour and our first priority once landing was of course coffee. If you have seen my instagram or any of my posts on coffee, I do my research before traveling.

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Around 8am I found a place in the Stockholm airport that actually knew how to make a great coffee (as airport coffee is usually not the greatest).

The next thing was to head to the Arlanda express.

OMG OK so this was my favorite train experience of my entire life. The train takes you straight from the airport to center city Stockholm. Similar to other big cities in Europe (like Oslo), it’s a super fast train of around 18 minutes. It was of course pricey but i loved the 18 minute experience so much I kinda wish it was longer….oops.

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Around 9am By the time we got to center city, it had been a bit since our last coffee. Naturally I had the perfect cafe in mind for breakfast; by then it was mid-morning.

Kaffeverket (I have a small post on them here) was on the top of my list. They had oat milk lattes and avocado toast so I was easily sold.

Around 10am By later morning we had visited our first official tourist stop: the Vasa Museum. I definitely recommend it, as it’s a super cool museum; just be prepared for longer lines.

Around 11am After that we just enjoyed walking around and making our way to the old part of town. I don’t have photographic evidence but I found a bakery in old town that did vegan cinnamon buns (as I’m dairy free) and they were incredible. Before researching into it I had no clue that Stockholm had a thing for cinnamon buns?

Old Town was gorgeous: the colors, architecture, cobble stone streets, and the narrow alleys. I really loved how the old part was on its’ own little island too, kinda separated from the industrial side of Stockholm.

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Some of my favorite photos of myself to-date are these that my brother managed to get of me down a narrow alley in old town.

Honestly, most of our time in center city was just walking around and exploring. In old town there were soooo many alley ways and we circled around but it was great. Fun times.

Around 1pm Once we realized we pretty much did all the walking we could, we headed back towards the center modern area and brainstormed our next move. We shopped a bit on the main strip, looked for an IKEA (which wasn’t anywhere near center city…) but ultimately ended up at another museum. Definitely different, but we went to the Swedish Army Museum (more of an interest to my brother but I played along since I kindly forced him to take all those photos of me). It was cool spot and pretty sure it was free… I could be wrong. But at that point we were pretty satisfied with our adventure and wanted something more chill.

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(such a winner of a shot wow!)

Around 3:30PM By the time we were done with the museum we were starting to get tired and decided to make the trek back to the airport to just chill there.

Just when I thought the Arlanda Express speed train couldn’t get any better we found a car with a little “work bar” with the stools, all the USB plugs, etc. If you go to Stockholm, enjoy those 18 minutes on that train.

Around 7pm We were getting ready to board our flight back to Berlin Tegal, making it back pretty late that night (as my brother was living on the other side of Berlin to Tegal Airport).

That’s pretty much it! Just about 12 hours in Stockholm. I was really impressed with the city and how organized it seemed. It will definitely be on my list to go back, also I really want to explore more rural Scandinavia (as I’ve only been to Oslo & Stockholm).

Have you been to Stockholm? What about any of Scandinavia?

Thanks so much for reading a little adventure I’m reminiscing on. Especially now with everything going on there’s gonna be a lot of throwbacks.

Lots of love,

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The Best Photo Spots in Berlin

A little throwback to a trip to Germany I took just over a year ago to visit my brother studying abroad in Berlin. I did get to travel around the country a bit and see so many gorgeous castles but I was also really impressed with Berlin. Stay tuned because I definitely have a list of my top coffee spots in Berlin as well. I was suuuuuper impressed with their specialty coffee culture.

Okay, back to the photo spots.

Overall, I spent around 4-5 days in Berlin alone so I had some time to venture around. If you’re interested in other European adventures I have them all here.

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The East Side Gallery

Probably the most obvious answer but there are so many gorgeous murals miles down to choose from. Depending on when you go and what murals you choose (as some are more famous than others), you can get a good spot to take photos.

These are some of my favorites.

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Bradenburg Gate

If I’m being honest I didn’t realize that this landmark was in Berlin until I arrived late at night from the airport, looked up, and saw this massive gate.

As this is a really popular landmark, getting a photo can be hard. This is why I decided to take a different angle and get down on the sidewalk. Genuinely a gorgeous site in person; it’s also really stunning all lit up at night.

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The International Spy Museum

If I’m remembering correctly the admission price was kinda pricy but it was a very interesting museum. Lots of interactive portions and puzzles to solve. The lighting overall was pretty dark but they had cool backdrops.

They had this area where you could dress up in “spy clothes” and pick a backdrop.

I was feeling fancy so I even just picked a random wall! wooo!!

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The Streets

Like most European cities, the architecture really lines the streets. Pretty straight forward but it makes a decent photo opportunity.

Coffee Shops & Cafes

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m definitely going to dedicate a whole post to Berlin’s coffee culture but they are some super cute spots. This one (Bonanza coffee) had a cute little window spot.

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In the short time I was in Berlin those are my favorite photo spots. I’m sure there are some great ones that I missed. Check back for more posts on my trips across Germany.

Have you been to Berlin?

Lots of love,

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