Where are the best cafes to work in Berlin? It’s 2020, and overnight we all started working from home. As someone who already worked from home, it wasn’t a huge transition. But, I always didn’t work from my actual house. I relied heavily on working in cafes to get a little distance and prevent myself from going stir crazy.
If you are enjoying your office’s new normal being elsewhere, and you live in Berlin, read on. Working from coffee shops is great, but not all cafes are welcoming once you pull out that laptop.
One time I was told by a server that they had a 15 min limit with laptops. When I asked, why? They said, “because we don’t want to be part of the laptop culture.” Alright, I thought. And I promptly left that restaurant.
I was caught a little off guard and felt awkward. No one wants to be told they are doing something wrong. Since there seems to be a real need for clarification between the laptop-friendly and unfriendly, I created this list.
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Best Cafes To Work In Berlin
Berlin is a big freaking place, and it’s full of digital nomads. As the freelancer culture grows stronger, so does the need to find the best cafes to work in Berlin. We all want the same thing in working spaces: the best wifi, great coffee, a good lunch menu. Berlin has so many neighborhoods and so many co-working spaces to choose from!
The list below will grow as I explore more and more. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to check out what is new. To make my list of the best cafes to work in Berlin, they must have:
- Great Coffee
- Free Wi Fi
- Healthy Lunch Menu
- Work Friendly Vibes
I seek out places with more digital nomads than strollers and cafes with co-working space vibes. Feel free to leave me comments on where in Berlin has great working spaces.
The Store | Torstraße 1, 10119
Monday – Saturday 11:00-19:00
The Store, located on the ground level of Soho House, is open to the public Monday thru Saturday. This concept store/cafe is a freelancer’s top choice for a day’s work.
Not only do they have delicious pastry and coffee, but they also have menu items from Cecconi, Italian kitchen. You will feel welcomed with your laptop, as more patrons have them on the tables than not.
The wifi is FREE, and it is a super-fast connection! As a freelancer, internet speed is a top priority.
You don’t have to be a member of Soho House to enjoy this co-working space, but I recommend becoming a member. With a monthly membership to Soho House, you will have access to 2 more levels of relaxing chill space perfect for digital nomads. In Berlin, Soho House has an incredible rooftop deck with a pool.
Distrikt Coffee | Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin
Monday- Friday 8:30 – 16:00 & Saturday – Sunday 9:00 – 16:00
Distrikt Coffee is the perfect spot to log some hours during the week. The closer it gets to the weekend, the busier it will be, and the longer it will be for a table.
You will not be the only one working in this modern and stylish coffee shop. The wifi connection is excellent, and the food is FANTASTIC! Try the avocado toast!
Distrikt Coffee is a trendy spot on the weekends. Laptops are not really possible on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
Black Apron | Invalidenstraße 1, 10115 Berlin
Monday – Friday 8:00-18:00 & Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
This cafe has a great work-friendly vibe, even on Sundays! Black Apron plays excellent music, like the hip hop classics that you forgot how much you loved.
The cakes are fantastic, but they also have a full kitchen. If you are craving a breakfast burrito, this is the place!
Black Apron has become my go-to co-working cafe on Sundays since the digital nomad friendly cafes are harder to find on the weekend.
Hallesches Haus | Tempelhofer Ufer 1, 10961 Berlin
Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
Hallesches Haus is one of the best cafes to work in Berlin! But, you should know that it’s not 100% Freelancer friendly. On weekends, laptops are not allowed. Also, it’s closed Monday and Tuesday. I found that out the hard way.
You should arrive early to share a co-working spaces table with other like-minded digital nomads during the week. Hallesches Haus has a nice lunch menu and great coffee. The wifi is super strong, and the vibe is pretty relaxed.
I especially love to browse the shop when I’m sick of looking at my computer. Hallesches Haus has no monthly membership option.
44 Brekkie | Rykestraße 44, 10405 Berlin
Monday – Sunday 9:00 – 18:00
44 Brekkie newly opened in 2020, and that must have been hard to do. A delightful cafe that serves up more than just cake. If you are looking for a great breakfast bowl with eggs and avocado, you must try this place.
The cafe has fast FREE Wi-Fi and is happy to be a weekday home to us digital nomads. Like most cafes in Berlin, the weekends are more for friends, not laptops. However, it’s not forbidden, just unrealistic that you will get anything done here on a Saturday or Sunday.
44 Brekkie is quickly becoming my favorite work-friendly cafe that is close to my house!
St. Oberholz | Kastanienallee 84, 10435 Berlin
If you are looking for more than the best cafes to work in Berlin, check out St. Oberholz / Sankt Oberholz. It’s more than just a coffee shop with laptops; it is a true co-working space. St. Oberholz is the leader in working spaces in Berlin, with several locations. They have a monthly membership program that a few options in fees. If you are full time freelancing and want to be part of the digital nomad culture, you should consider a membership.
These memberships come with free coffee, use of printers and scanners, telephone booths. People use St. Oberholz as their office, and it is this way by design.
Sankt Oberholz does offer a few different memberships that you should review, but keeping in mind that in the current state of the world is not operating the same.
The advantage of getting a membership at a place like this guarantees that you will be welcomed and have a seat any time of day or night. Having this dedicated workspace may be better for you than the best cafes to work in Berlin.
St. Oberholz Locations | Best Cafes to Work in Berlin
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