Earlier last year, i was in coffee heaven in Helsinki with Finland ranking as one of the highest in terms of per capita consumption of my favorite beverage. But little did i know that Berlin offered a fitting competition to Helsinki (and Melbourne – i’m going to figure out the ‘winner’ once i visit Melbourne!).
Berliners take great pride in their coffee* – perhaps as much as their beer and bratwurst.
i was about to discover this on a walking tour of this enchanting city…
My first impression of The Barn was a very modern, chic bistro type ambiance which served freshly roasted and brewed coffee.
Bonanza Coffee Roasterswas our second stop – very New York (Brooklyn) and very artsy. Much bigger than the Barn, but equally – if not more chic.
While sipping an excellent freshly brewed americano, i picked up this fabulously geeky ‘specialty coffee map of Berlin’:
2 coffees down, Henrick suggested we walk around the Prenzlaeurberg neighborhood and i was immediately sold on the idea. Walking or bicycling is to me, the best way to explore a new city. Here’s the kind of gorgeous, hipster-grunge hood that is Prenzlauerberg…
After a few hours of soaking in these beautiful sights, aromas and tastes… we headed to explore the legendary Hackesche Höfe. i could have spent the entire day in Prenzlauerberg if i had more time, and i’m definitely going to revisit and do so at leisure the next time.
Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.