The Best Coffee and Beer in Berlin

Coffee and olive bread vegan cafe Berlin

Now I will begin this post by saying this is by no means an exhaustive list. Berlin is an incredible mixing pot of amazing coffee and great beer from all around the world, plus a foodie’s paradise. Hopefully this article will help you experience some of the best coffee and beer in Berlin! 

Café Engels

(Herrfurthstraße 21, Neukölln, Berlin)

This is a bar/café located very close to the amazing Tempelhof Park (the old Tempelhof Airport) and they do amazing food, including vegan options. They also do excellent coffee and delicious fruit smoothies. They have an excellent beer menu too and the prices are very good – you can get a delicious lunch plus coffee or beer (in some cases both!) for less than 10€.

Vegan chilli and iced soy coffee at Café Engels

Vegan chilli and an iced soy coffee! Delicious!

Hofbräu Berlin

(Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 30, Mitte, Berlin)

We were actually fooled by Hofbräu Berlin, thinking it would be a local brewery. No, we were silly. It’s a pub of Hofbräu München IN Berlin. We might not have had our local brew as hoped, but I’m a big fan of Munich’s breweries and Hofbräu is no exception. A little more pricy, but well worth it!

They have a ridiculous amount of seating both inside and outside AND live Bavarian music AND their own store selling Lederhosen and Dirndls etc… A perfect place if you’re a large group! I personally recommend their dunkles Bier, but they also do a great Weizen and Helles.

Café Bada

(Reichenberger Straße 104, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

We went to this café accidentally, as we were actually going to a vegan vintage tea shop, but it turned out it had recently (that week) changed hands and was now a Korean café serving coffee, pancakes and a variety of other Korean dishes (with many vegan options).

It was definitely different from what we had expected, but still very pleasant. It was also incredibly cheap! I enjoyed a mung bean pancake, something I have never tried. The owners are absolutely lovely too!

coffee and mung bean pancake korean food Berlin

Coffee and a mung bean pancake – a perfect brunch!

Haus der 100 Biere

(Mommsenstraße 45, nr Potsdamer Platz, Berlin)

Shockingly, I’m recommending this place for its beer. I KNOW, you totally expected me to say it had great coffee. All joking aside, this restaurant/bar’s beer selection is EPIC. They specialise in bottled beers and have an incredible selection – whatever your taste in beer is, you will find it here! Here my mum had a delicious Kirsch Porter (cherry dark beer), which we were then overjoyed to find at a store a few days later and stocked up on lots!

 

Haus der 100 Biere Berlin

My mum’s opinion of me and my dad photographing our food for Instagram…

 

12 Apostel

(Georgenstraße 2, Mitte, Berlin)

This is a really interesting restaurant built within the tunnels under the railway. Although not actually named for the 12 apostles (disciples) but instead for a reference to a meeting of merchants in Verona, the interior of the restaurant is decorated with wall and ceiling paintings galore of different biblical scenes. It’s a pretty epic interior!

We only visited for the (well recommended) beer, but they seem to do excellent pizza! I can’t vouch for it since we didn’t get to try it, but it definitely looked and smelled delicious!

They have their own brewed beer, which is excellent and I recommend a visit!

Companion Coffee

(Oranienstraße 24, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

This little café within a fashion store in a little courtyard off the main road is another hidden gem. They aim to provide the best espresso and the owner has personally visited their suppliers around the world (Nepal, China, Japan, Ethiopia etc) to ensure that all their drinks are ethically sourced and organic. I definitely agree that their coffee is amazing!

 

Latte art Companion Coffee Berlin

Their coffee AND latte art are pretty epic

 

Berliner Marcus Bräu

(Münzstraße 1-3, Mitte, Berlin)

This microbrewery tap was probably my favourite of the entire trip. The brewpub is fairly unassuming and does not obviously present itself as an incredible place for a drink. But don’t walk past!

This is a do-not-miss brewpub – they brew their Pils, Rotbier and Dunkles on site and all three are incredible. You can also get a “metre” of the Pils for 15,90€ (12 of the 0.2l glasses) or the Rotbier or Dunkles for a little more – perfect for sharing!

I’m predominantly a fan of dark beers, but I must admit that the Rotbier was incredible! They also serve traditional dishes such as Schweinhaxen (roast pork, served with sauerkraut and a dumpling). Extremely German and extremely good!

 

Pils Rotbier Dunkles Bier beer Germany Berlin microbrewery craft beer

Pils, Rotbier, Dunkles. Which is your favourite?

 

Westberlin

(Friedrichsstraße 215, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

Some of you may know that I am lactose intolerant. This makes finding a latte and cake often tricky, so I look for vegan cafés as I know they will have both. Luckily, Berlin is perfect for this.

Westberlin was my favourite café we visited – if I lived nearby I would go all the time! They serve excellent coffee and lots of vegan cake, plus a vegan olive bread (Olivenstange) that was ridiculously delicious and it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.

As cafés go it can be classed under “hipster” and you’re likely to see a lot of student-age people sat ar0und using Macbooks (which is pretty much me in a café at home…). It’s very close to Checkpoint Charlie so is a perfect brunch or afternoon tea/c0ffee spot when on the tourist route!

 

Coffee and olive bread vegan cafe Berlin

Vegan Olivenstange plus a lot of coffee. Yum!

 

Velicious

(Lenbach Straße 13B, Friedrichshain, Berlin)

Okay so when I said above that Westberlin was my favourite? I lied. It was my JOINT favourite with this incredible little gem tucked down a side street in Friedrichshain. It is a tiny café whose name I first thought sounded like it had something to do with cycling (velo), but I’m pretty sure it’s in regards to the delicious vegan food they serve. Because their food is definitely vegan and DEFINITELY delicious. They also have some gluten-free options as well – if you have ever craved cheesecake but are gluten and/or lactose intolerant, this is your place!

They also serve lots of different teas and coffees, including an iced apple chai that was perfect for a warm (almost summer’s) day. I chowed down on a scrumptous vanilla and cookie cheesecake – totally vegan and totally delicious. A must-visit for anyone who loves cheesecake or is vegan, lactose intolerant or gluten intolerant! (Tip: closed Monday!)

Vegan cheesecake gluten free lactose free cafe Berlin

Vegan cheesecake and iced tea, anyone?

Microsoft Café (AKA The Digital Eatery)

(Unter den Linden 17, Mitte, Berlin)

This café located near to the Brandenburg Gate and the Rotes Rathaus, as well as many other of the main landmarks in Berlin, is an interesting concept from Microsoft where one can enjoy a tea or coffee, maybe some cake or a sandwich, and also play with the latest Microsoft tech or receive help with any Microsoft device.

They also do the most delicious yummy ice lollies – in the end I had two of their raspberry and vanilla ices, they were so moreish.

Organic fruit ice lollies Microsoft Cafe Berlin vegan healthy

Raspberry and vanilla, strawberry and lime, and mango and coconut.

Hops & Barley

(Wühlischstraße 22/23, Friedrichshain, Berlin)

Another microbrewery and only a short walk from Velicious, Hops & Barley is a great place for an evening drink. The old brewing system is on display in the bar, and the current working machinery is also on premises. Inexpensive and a good choice of beers, plus they also do Schlangenbiss (snakebite), which you’ll likely know if you are a fellow student (half cider, half beer, plus blackcurrant cordial)!

Hopfenreich

(Sorauer Straße 31, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

I almost left this great craft beer pub out because I had forgotten to note down the name in my list of places we visited – thank heavens for Facebook check-ins! (Slight sarcasm, but you WOULD have missed out on this awesome place and that would have been sad.)

Their beer list is extensive and they sell a huge variety of craft beers from microbreweries around Germany and beyond. Their 22 beers on tap are constantly changing and the variety means that you will definitely find one to suit your tastes. I had an excellent coffee porter and the pub also offers Craft Beer Tours of Berlin on request!

Beers at craft beer pub Hopfenreich in Berlin

Szimpla

(Gärtnerstraße 15, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

This craft beer bar is well worth a visit, not only for its selection of Czech, Polish and Hungarian craft beers but also for their really good cake! Not particularly German but definitely a good place for good quality beer. Very close to Hops & Barley (pub crawl, anyone?).

 

BONUS:

Boxi Kiosk Spätverkauf

(Gärtnerstraße 15, Kreuzberg, Berlin)

If you hadn’t had enough beer after Hops & Barley and Szimpla, or just fancy something for a nightcap, then pop over the road from Szimpla to this awesome little shop that sells a ridiculous amount of beers. From local beers to Icelandic beers to Somerset cider, you can find an amazing variety in this this little off-license, including the amazing Kirsch Porter I mentioned earlier. The prices are also ridiculously low, often cheaper than you’ll find in the supermarkets (and they sell a lot of beers you won’t find in the supermarkets too).

 

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations for the best coffee and beer in Berlin. Have you been to any I mentioned? If you think I missed any, tell us in the comments! If you liked reading it, don’t forget to pin it!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura @ Grassroots Nomad
    June 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Great list! Love the look of that vegan chilli – mmmmmmmm!

    • Reply
      Penelope
      June 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      It was delicious!!

  • Reply
    Sixtina
    June 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t like coffee but I love beer. I am going to check out those places!

    • Reply
      Penelope
      June 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Enjoy! Berlin is a beer lover’s paradise 🙂

  • Reply
    GlobalMary
    June 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    This is a great selection, thank you! Berlin has so many options that sometimes it is impossible to choose and decide. I am bookmarking your list!

    • Reply
      Penelope
      June 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Aw thanks! I’m glad I could help! Sometimes too much choice is a bad thing, haha

  • Reply
    Melissa Douglas
    June 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Great list! I love Berlin!
    Your photography is stunning 🙂 I will have to bookmark this for next time!

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    Lusine Margaryan
    June 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Great guide for coffee and beer lovers (I’m the second type, haha). Will bookmark the article and check it out again when visit Berlin!

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    Adrienne Lee
    June 23, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for the great recommendations. I haven’t been to Berlin, but will definitely visit one of these places when I do – especially those with vegan options. Vegan chili or cheesecake? I am SO there

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    Mel | illumelation ✈ (@illumelation)
    June 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Your food photography totally slays. How do you get those great angles?! The vegan chilli looks delicious – and I’m loving the touch of a little teaspoon full of M&Ms with your iced soy coffee! Yum! Bookmarked for my next trip to Berlin!

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    Erika Bisbocci
    June 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Pub crawl in Berlin would sound great! I’m not a big coffee drinker myself, but I could definitely see why you say that Berlin is a haven for coffee lovers–and foodies in general!

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    Julie Kern
    June 23, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    this is making me want to get to Berlin right now!! Thanks for this

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    Laura
    June 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I am always on the look out for coffee wherever i go! I love finding new places that aren’t Starbucks or Costa.
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    Laura
    June 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I love reading posts about my hometown! There are definitely some spots that I want to try 🙂

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    Jenn Flo Taylor
    June 27, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Awesome list! I’m a huge coffee fan! Can’t wait to try some out in Berlin.
    Might even have a few pints just for good measure!

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    Antonio
    August 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Me gusta♥

    • Reply
      Penelope
      August 31, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Thanks!

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    Loren
    November 6, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Yummy some of my favorite things! xo Loren // http://www.thinkelysian.com

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    Monica @ Not a nomad blog
    December 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Hopfenreich is excellent — thank goodness for the checkins indeed!
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    David
    January 7, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Hi Penelope!

    I love coffee and I love beer , but mostly I love reading your blog!, I have not been to Berlin, But hope to visit it this year, Thanks for sharing those photos, I hope to also visit them. Hey, what;s your favorite place in Berlin ( the coffee and beer places)?

    Thanks for sharing
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      Penelope
      January 13, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Aw thank you so much David!

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    Ian bannon
    March 7, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks penelope, great read and fantastic advice on beer & bars! Going Berlin in a couple of weeks time, thanks for sharing, ian

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