Berlin for writers
November 15, 2011 10:49 AM   Subscribe

What's a good, chill cafe for writing in Berlin? Preferably with Wifi. Any around Kreuzberg/Mitte/Neukölln?
posted by dontjumplarry to Travel & Transportation around Berlin, Germany (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
St. Oberholz and Mein Haus Am See, both at Rosenthaler Platz, seem to be the best-known ones. In Kreuzberg like Espresso Lounge on Bergmannstrasse, and there are a couple others nearby (e.g. Kaffee am Meer) where I often see laptops. If you want a less standard-coffee-shop choice, the back room at Hemingway's Pie Factory is rarely full and they have good wifi. Not sure about Neukölln but hopefully others will have suggestions there.
posted by pete_22 at 12:46 PM on November 15, 2011

Here's a neat blog about Berlin cafes that I occasionally drool over: - it hasn't been updated in a while but has a few good ones. I would tell you my personal favorites, but sadly, it's been so long since I've been to Berlin that WiFi barely existed!
posted by beyond_pink at 12:53 PM on November 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

If the actual COFFEE matters to you, Bonanza had the only Synesso in Germany until recently (Charlottes Enkel in Dresden, which I stumbled on last month, is another). It's in Prenzlauer. Most places have wifi.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 12:57 PM on November 15, 2011

The original Einstein on Kurfurstenstraße is good, though outside your areas–not so far from Kreuzburg, though. In Kreuzburg I like Yorckschlösschen on Yorckstraße, but it's noisy in the evenings. Not sure about wifi in those places.
posted by londongeezer at 1:11 PM on November 15, 2011

Bonanza does have great coffee, but it's very small, so I'm not sure it would be a great place to write.
posted by kiltedtaco at 1:12 PM on November 15, 2011

I spent a lot of time at Aroma in Friedrichshain in the summer of 2008. Fantastic coffee and snacks, great playlist and plenty of room to work. I think I wrote a review on Qype back in the day.

It's now called Goodies; don't know if it's the same scene — sure hope so!
posted by bhayes82 at 1:20 PM on November 15, 2011

I used to get a lot of work done in Cafe Sarotti on Mehringdam. (Actually, it's probably a little closer to Platz-der-Luftbrücke.)
posted by duvatney at 7:38 PM on November 15, 2011

Hidden gems in South Kreuzberg/North Neukölln:

- Heroes on Friedelstr. - bestest coffee ever, and the owners are charming
- Roderich on Glogauerstr. - lots of comfy couches and quiet corners, delicious teas
posted by guessthis at 4:31 AM on November 16, 2011

Most of the places people have mentioned here are not in Kreuzberg/Neukölln or even Mitte.

I came here to enthusiastically recommend (as guessthis suggests) Roderich on Glogauer Str. 19. It's very nice and cozy, there's good food and drink, but most importantly they have WIFI and it's very big, and people come there all the time to study, so you won't be looked at weirdly for buying a cup of coffee and staying there to write all day. They have couches and lounge areas but also "real" tables and chairs where you can sit and work properly. My favorite study café in Berlin.
posted by coraline at 11:40 PM on November 16, 2011

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