Every once in a while, I get an urge. Pancakes, bacon, syrup and waffles - I am desperate for an American-style breakfast. While Germany is renowned for its bakeries and brunch is becoming a real Sunday thang, nothing satisfies like a fatty plate of biscuits and gravy.
After recently posting a photo of one such delicious breakfast in Berlin, I realized I was far from alone. Cries of "Where? In Germany?!" were quick to follow. I found that through dedicated research of many, many breakfasts out, I have tracked down five top places to satisfy your bacon tooth in Berlin. Whether you are a sweets-deprived expat, traveler in search of a bite of home or someone wanting to find out what the fuss is all about, their meals are sure to start your day off right.
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Cabslam started on the sly, a wily pop-up just appearing on the weekends to offer delicious American breakfast hybrids. Now with more permanent opening hours, the menu continues to be ever-changing with seasonal specialties like huevos rancheros, seafood benedict and banana pancakes. Cabslam also ups your morning drinking game with specials like blood orange mimosas.
Address: Innstraße 47, 12045 Berlin
Tel: 49 030 6869624
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What's the draw of endless coffee and water with ice? Ask the droves that turn up at Nalu Diner each weekend. As American as apple pie, free refills of water and coffee are a given at any true American diner and Nalu honors this promise.
Once you're well-hydrated, indulge in beloved American specialties like hash browns, pancakes and Egg McBluffin. Mmmmm....feel those arteries clog.
Address: Dunckerstraße 80A, 10437 Berlin
Tel: 49 030 89758633
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Now with two locations to attest to its popularity, Expat Cynthia Barcomi is a Berlin success story. Her brand of carefully considered ingredients and cooking expertise (backed up by several successful cookbooks) has drawn a loyal crowd of expats and Germans.
Renowned for its authentic, hand-made New York bagels which come in flavors as varied as onion to garlic to chocolate chip, you can top your circular treat with homemade cream cheese or Philadelphia if you're feeling nostalgic. For something more elaborate, make it a sandwich with lachs (lox) for a true German/New York experience.
The perfect pairing to the bagel is a cup of coffee and Barcomi's excels in options. Try their distinctive, organic blends from Mexico, Guatemala or Rwanda. Barcomi's start in highly caffeinated Seattle has allowed her to claim an impressive knowledge which can be sampled here with the beans roasted in-house.
Café & Kaffeerösterei Address: Bergmannstraße 21, Berlin
Tel: 49 030 6948138
Deli... Address: Sophienstraße 21 (Hackescher Markt), Berlin
Tel: 49 030 28598363
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Markthalle IX is cornering every avenue of the foodie game and that now includes breakfast. With a monthly meet-up (every third Sunday of the month) of the best international dishes in the city, diners can graze between options of eggs benedict and Croque Monsieur, Vietnamese porridge and BBQ breakfast sandwiches.
Address: Eisenbahnstraße 42, 10997 Berlin
Tel: 030 577094661