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The most important meal of the day is suddenly heightened on holiday. Coffee is much more than a hot drink, it’s a moment to reflect on your travel experience and plan what you might explore during the day. Berlin’s café scene is brimming with unique, independently owned establishments which are not hard to come by. Whether you wake up with a craving of a full English breakfast, or bagels, or fresh croissants, there are always the local stars that will guarantee your culinary experience is nothing less than perfect.
Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwoc3JMHy2B/ Look out for the rabbit illustration on the glass windows that open into this idyllic breakfast option. Inside you can chow down on bagels from 5 euro, enjoy quality fillings and thick bacon rashers. More than this, you can treat yourself to their home-baked cakes and quiches, with dough that is rolled freshly in-house. Outside, if the weather is pleasing enough, head across the street to the park or take advantage of outdoor seating and watch the locals go by. You won’t find a pretzel here, but you can find gluten-free brownies that are not dry.
Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ4uFiYgl6b/ If for some reason you find yourself needing to work on your trip, Nah Am Wasser is worth mentioning, as it is one of the cafes that have no restrictions on laptops. The crowd is mixed, however, so don’t expect to walk into a tech hub! It’s quite the opposite as it has a warm rustic feel, decorated with oddly matched benches and art, also offering warm, fluffy croissants and interesting porridges to start your day; of course, there are egg and toast options for those who desire it. After a hearty breakfast, it is normal to want to go for a stroll and lucky for you, you're just outside of one of the most picturesque canals peppered with local markets on the weekend.
Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BL_ggZhADXM/ If you’re craving a big breakfast with all the trimmings, you’ll find it on the menu of Lagari--fit for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Look down on your plate to see hash browns, sausage, bacon, eggs, beans and much more for under 10 euros including a coffee. Their teas are highly tempting, you can expect more than just a tea bag — think raw leaves and ginger and richly flavoured hot drinks. If you find yourself taken by the place, you always have the option to come back in the evening where they regularly host live music nights by local artists.
Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoL37wRCe2e/ An aptly-named café due to the fact that you feel you could be in someone’s living room. Large glass windows ensure the light really does stream into this place, creating a serene and chilled-out vibe. The food is a great mix of beautifully crafted breakfast bowls with fresh fruits, to warm and fluffy sausage rolls. Brunchers will adore the fact that Home café offers one of the most generous servings of avocados you will ever experience in a modern-hipster cafe. Food in this place, much like home, is meant to fill you, and rightly set you up for the day.
Embedded content: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwZ4GniBrFn/ When it comes to living in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most sought out areas; it is peaceful, green and packed tasty food options and charming cafes. This cafe offers a hearty breakfast with a buzzing atmosphere and freshly-roasted coffee beans. For those who have a bit of a sweet tooth, pancakes with bacon are on the menu, for savoury-lovers, you’ll find thick toast perfectly-stacked with avocado, eggs, and bacon. If you’re in the mood for exploring this cafe is nearby to many charming quirky shops in this area, a highlight being Saint Georges English Bookshop, where you can pick up hundreds of page-turning English written books.
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