My favourite coffee shops in Berlin are the ones which are independent coffee shops. Berlin’s best coffee shops are owned by people who prefer to drink espresso. For me, it is also important to get a clean strong creamy cappuccino. If you go to chain coffee shops they tend to, disappointingly, give you watery bitter hot milk. Often I’d rather go for a capsule machine coffee in the morning (whilst recycling the capsules) and skip the coffee shop entirely. Berlin seems to do this differently. In the Kreuzberg coffee guide I came across some of the best coffee shops Berlin has to offer. The list is very long!
My absolute favourite coffee shops to run into along the cobbled streets of Berlin are the ‘handmade’ cosy cafés which are not so polished but have great coffee for c.a 2€. In 2016 ‘Stil In Berlin’ made an excellent guide on berlin’s best coffee in 2016 – it is worth checking out these different places at the weekend. I am pleased that Berlin hasn’t sold out to Starbucks on every corner (we’ll let Mitte off); there are more independent coffee houses popping up everywhere.
Berlin’s best coffee shops[four_columns_one] Passenger Espresso
Oppelnerstr. 45, 10997, Berlin
[/four_columns_one] [four_columns_one] Salon Renate
Weichselstraße 65, 12043 Berlin
[/four_columns_one] [four_columns_one] Double Eye
Akazienstraße 22, 10823 Berlin
[/four_columns_one] [four_columns_one_last] Café Quitte
Wiener Straße 62, 10999 Berlin
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Coffee shops for language learning
Coffee shops are great for talking. I love practicing languages with a tandem partner, enjoying the quiet atmosphere where you can hear eachother well and people watch.
Sometimes it is too loud to really have a good conversation in a bar so I personally like the coffee shops where you feel like you’re in a living room. Berlin does this especially well, where they have homemade cakes and vintage furniture. As they tend to be quieter, this is a great way to practise improving your fluency. People from every age and race and nationality come to coffee shops so sometimes you hear multiple languages and dialects around you. There are of course tonnes of Macbook Airs around – that will never change.
TIP – Add to your Evernote vocab list and speak with a tandem partner here once a week. Hearing others speak is essential to your learning.
Co-working spacesI find that Berlin really has excelled in providing co-working spaces or even galleries incorporated with coffee shops to relax, work, write, read and catch up with friends.
It seems more and more people are chosing to live a different lifestyle with more flexibility. As lots of Google employees think: good ideas do not always come to you whilst wearing a suit.
I used to think dressing smartly for work was essential in order to get into the right mood / mode. Now I realise that working 9-6 can often be a complete mental block. Having worked shifts, I would say that is equally as restricting as you feel deprived of a normal structure. I like the idea of freelancing, working on your own terms and for as long as you please, whatever time you please (if feasible). Working from home could mean you don’t really have the separation of work and leisure; this can be bad for both your health and inspiration. This is where co-working spaces come in.
A new way to work from home
This new idea of having a coffee shop / gallery / co-working space is a nice combination, as it bring artists, writers, freelance translators together.
In Berlin especially, reasonably cheap co-working spaces are available, where someone can rent a desk on a monthly basis, for example. I’ve seen offers for 150€ per month, including some benefits such as cheaper coffee or food. Not only do you have the potential to meet other people but you could exchange ideas or even choose to collaborate together.