As a result of a sudden change in circumstances in my life I am now temporarily unemployed/ on holiday and it’s not a bad thing at all. I decided to take this month that I have off of full time employment to live the way I always wanted to live – to sit around in cafes and parks, read books, browse the interwebs and travel.
So here I am sitting in one of my favourite coffee shops in Neukölln scrolling through Pinterest and drinking rosemary ice tea, planning my trip to Israel as well as some future posts for this blog. Living the dream.
is the place I’m at right now. They just turned 1 year old on the day I officially started this blog. I was introduced to it some time in September last year by someone really dear to my heart and I’ve been a frequent visitor ever since. It is special to in many ways – because of how I got to know it, who I came here with, foods I’ve eaten, german words I’ve learned and the amazing owners Giulia and Martin. Just as I’m writing this ‘This must be the place’ by Talking Heads is playing in the background. Perfect.
Address: Weichselstr. 66, Neukölln, 12043 Berlin
was the very first speciality coffee shop I ever went to on one of my brief visits in Berlin in July 2015. I remember going to their cute location in Prenzlauer Berg. Again introduced to the location by a very dear friend who I know from London and who’s boyfriend happened to work and still works for those Berlin (and beyond!) famous coffee roasters. Sitting on the benches outside I was introduced to the Bonanza family, friends and fans and have kept in touch with some of them ever since. Last year they opened a second location in Kreuzberg so now I don’t have to travel across the city to say hi to some of my favourite people. The second location is also frequented by many of Berlin famous doggos and puppers, Kork the Corgi being one of them. 10/10 would pet. With even more energy after their amazing coffee!
Address: Oderberger Str. 35, Prenzlauer Berg, 10435 Berlin
Adalbertstraße 70, Kreuzberg, 10999 Berlin
is another location dear to me where I have sipped on numerous almond milk flat whites (how very hipster of me!) and shared some more or less happy stories with some of my closest friends. I tend to take most of my polish friends there as the furniture features an old school-like chair with the word ‘jelita’ written on it. Well, jelita in polish means intestines. I don’t want to know how and why this chair was used in it’s previous life. The place is very cute and cosy and serves amazing food too. They don’t, however, have WiFi, making it great for actual human interaction or old school analog book reading.
Address: Graefestraße 8, Kreuzberg, 10967 Berlin
features exclusively vegan menu and exclusively cool barista dudes. It’s a cozy shop full of flowers and books you can leave and take with you. They occasionally have events such as gallery night of some rather interesting (read: ridiculously funny) artists. I think one of their google reviews just says it all: “When you look around yourself elsewhere and notice that the given cafe employs staff as stiff as their Scandinavian stools to serve you overrated espresso… wake up and run over to Two Planets for their amazing house espresso blend, great off-the-cuff banter, and of course, delicious toast that will fill your belly and make all of your Insta followers weep.”
Address: Hermannstraße 230, Neukölln, 12053 Berlin
was recommended to me by that same dear friend who’s bf is a Bonanza celebrity and this place has since become one of my favourite places for coffee with friends, computer work times and later also for weekend brunch. Since the wonderful Yannic came aboard their food has been always very surprising and every time nothing less than excellent. On a drunken afternoon in some park Yannic has also shared some of his China travel stories with me which made me want to go to Isla even more just to see his cute mug. Personal favourites aside, this place is definitely worth a visit as everything about it is great. Go go go!
Address: Hermannstraße 37, Neukölln, 12049 Berlin
And what are your favourite places in Berlin? Any recommendations in the local area of Kreuzberg or Neukölln always welcome. I’m too lazy to go further out!