You can get a freshly made crispy 'Nan Pizza' with interesting cold toppings like rocket, avocado and sun dried tomato for four Euros. The large bowls of salad are also four Euros. You must try the home-made lemonade with chilli. Sitting at one of the tables outside is not a bad place for people watching.
Kastanienallee 49, Corner Zionskirchstrasse, Prenzlauer Berg - the upside down Mc Donalds logo is unmissable. www.whereisliz.com/pod/pod145.html
The coffee is expensive, it’s full of tourists, and it’s next to the fortress-like US embassy. But Cafe Einstein is still the best place to hang out and watch the world go by while sitting on the pavement of Berlin’s most famous avenue. Good food, too. My favourite dish is Tafelspitz, beef served with horseradish. Gerhard Schröder Germany’s (soon to be ex-) chancellor comes here sometimes with his wife, Doris.
Unter den Linden 42; Tel: 030 2043632; www.cafeeinstein.com/
The giddy centre of pre-war Berlin, Potsdamer Platz was pulverised during the second world war – then found itself in East Berlin's 'death zone' next to the Wall. Since 1989 it’s been transformed into the futuristic glass and steel heart of the new Berlin, with shops, cinemas, and restaurants. OK, it’s a bit pricey and touristy, but it’s a relaxing place to hang out nonetheless and watch the ice games in winter. The film museum, English language cinema, and the Gemäldegalerie are all on the doorstep.
Nearest S-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz; www.potsdamer-platz.net/
Few things beat a sweet, creamy coffee on a sunny winter morning in Berlin and this café also has delicious cakes, plus organic ice cream so good you want to eat it even when it's cold outside. The cafe gets the sun all day so is perfect for reading a newspaper and watching the world go by.
It also has art for sale - hence the name - some original modern-style paintings of Berlin that I just love.
Zionskirch Str 75 Nearest tube: Senefelder Platz
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