As I’m sitting reunited with my favorite café in DC, it seems fitting to reminisce and talk about my favorite cafés in Berlin. There is no shortage of cafes in Berlin, that much should be obvious. Whether you are looking for a cozy cafe to curl up in and read a book or a busy cafe to get you working, Berlin has it. I have to say, there are far too many cafes for me to visit...I mean there are too many cafes on my street for me to even visit in just a few weeks.
When I visit cafes, I have to admit that I make a lot of my judgments based off the atmosphere and not necessarily just the coffee. Don't get me wrong, I will not enjoy my time if I receive a lukewarm coffee or badly made espresso, but I'm not claiming to be a coffee connoisseur. I want my coffee to be strong, but I'm not at the level of being able to detect different notes in my coffee...yet. But if you want that anyway, Berlin is also the place to go for good coffee.
However, the places I'm including in this post are the cafes I have frequented; they are tried and true favorites for me to get my coffee fix and also sit down to do a little bit of work. There are some famous coffee places in Berlin, including The Barn, Bonanza Coffee Heroes, Double Eye, and Sankt Oberholz among many many others, but some of these a little more unknown. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the abundance of cafes and restaurants in Berlin, so I hope this helps some of you out who are looking for some different options.
The first café was essentially right around the corner from my apartment, making it easy for me to pop over and grab some coffee and catch up on my emails. It had the qualities of an ideal café for me – good coffee, nice people, a cozy environment, and fast Wi-fi…which unfortunately can be harder to find in Berlin than most people think. It was also in my favorite district of the city Schöneberg, a quiet historical area in the center of Berlin. By historical area, I mean that it was the cultural center of Berlin during the Weimar Period, aka one of my favorite historical periods.
Leberstraße 21, 10829 Berlin
S-bahn Julius Leber Brücke or S-bahn Südkreuz
The first time I visited Mokalola was through the recommendation of someone I knew. She encouraged us to find out what the name of the café meant. It turns out that it was named as a nod to its location in Schöneberg, and especially after Marlene Dietrich, born near the cafe in Schöneberg and ultimate femme fatale. One of her most famous roles was as Lola in The Blue Angel, making Mokalola an adorable name for the café.
|photo from flickr because I forget to take pictures....|