One German habit you should all indulge in when visiting Berlin is an afternoon ritual known as Kaffee und Kuchen (or kaffeetrinken/kaffeeklatsch) – aka, coffee and cake. Taken between lunch and dinner, this afternoon delight can be enjoyed alone or with others, at home or at one of Berlin’s many wonderful cafe options. Here we bring you a selection of some of the best cafes around for your slice of this delicious German tradition…
Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel is the historic Café Kranzler, a true bastion of ‘Kaffee Kultur’ overlooking the busy boulevard of shoppers at Ku’damm with almost a 360 degree view. Boasting free wifi and a large balcony to relax and enjoy some serious people watching, Café Kranzler serves up a delicious coffee blend from coffee connoisseurs The Barn, who have a handful of outlets across the city. You can find it across from the hotel at Kurfürstendamm 18, 10719 Berlin, Germany. Open Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.
Wintergarten at Literaturhaus
Nestled in a leafy garden just a five minute walk from Sofitel lies the beautiful Literaturhaus. An absolute haven for literature lovers, this Berlin institution hosts a number of literary events all year round and is also home to Wintergarten Café and restaurant. It’s the perfect destination for a rainy day when all you want to do is curl up with a good book, some coffee and cake. It’s a short stroll away at Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin and is open daily from 9am to midnight.
Friendly staff and a cosy interior make Doppio Pazzo the perfect coffee/cake pitstop for any time of day. Always fragrant with the enticing scents of the in-house bakery, the home made carrot cake is a must. Situated in Charlottenburg (a few U-bahn stops away from Sofitel) on the quiet and leafy Leonhardtstraße, Doppio Pazzo serves up not only amazing coffee and cake but healthy fresh juices and snacks. Leonhardtstraße 2, 14057 Berlin, Germany. Open Tuesday to Friday from 8.30 am to 6.00pm and weekends from 10.00am to 6pm, closed Mondays.
If you’re venturing out to the nearby neighbourhood of Schöneberg a trip to Cafe Bilderbuch is not to be missed. Like Literaturhaus there is a strong emphasis on books here, with a huge back room with large bookshelves filled with volumes for your perusal. Complete with cosy couches (and limited wifi), this is the perfect place to escape reality with a good book and some kaffee und kuchen. Akazienstraße 28, 10823 Berlin, Germany, open daily from 9am to 11pm.
Further afield in the hip suburb of Kreuzberg is ORA, the perfect place for both early birds and night owls to get their coffee and cake fix. Open every day until the early hours, ORA is a brasserie based in a refurbished pharmacy, it’s unique interior the perfect setting for a mid afternoon meeting or relaxed cocktail after hours. Whatever your taste in sumptuous baked goods, be it in gorgeously glazed cinnamon buns or intensely dense hazelnut cake, ORA will not disappoint. Oranienplatz 14, 10999 Berlin, Germany . Open daily from 9.30 am to 1am except Sunday, when they close around midnight.