Where East Meets West

Where Berlin - - DINING -

Berlin’s re­cent his­tory has been made by its bor­ders and di­vi­sions. One of cen­tral Berlin’s best cof­fee spots em­braces this his­tory head on, choos­ing to set up more or less smack dab where the Berlin Wall once split the city. Just a few doors down from Check­point Charlie, west­ber­lin has be­come a fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion not just for tourists in need of a cof­fee hit after tak­ing some snap­shots at the famed check­point up the road. Lo­cals prize the café’s great cof­fee as well as its at­mos­phere and se­lec­tion of in­spir­ing read­ing ma­te­rial. Owner Kai Bröer is an ar­chi­tect and his fine eye is ev­i­dent in the café’s sleek and im­pec­ca­ble in­te­rior, mod­ern and chic yet laid­back and unas­sum­ing. On the shelves are not only lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional news­pa­pers but also a well- cu­rated se­lec­tion of mag­a­zines and de­sign books. Treats such as the famed New York­style cheese­cake from Kreuzberg’s Five Ele­phant or cin­na­mon rolls from Mitte’s Zeit für Brot bak­ery round out the se­lec­tion.

Friedrich­str. 215. T: 030. 25922745. www.west­ber­lin-bar- shop. de

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