Berlin’s Best Coffee

My recent trip to Berlin, like my life, was coffee fuelled. I’d heard about how good the coffee scene is in Berlin so I was really excited to check out the local’s top picks and we found A LOT of amazing places that I want to share with you.

The Barn

Oh The Barn, I well and truly fell in love with you. As well as being situated across from an independent magazine shop (THE DREAM!), The Barn serves up some fantastic coffee as well as having a really lovely atmosphere, which may be in part thanks to its laptop-free areas. The Barn felt like it really had a feel of Monmouth Coffee by Borough Market in London.

When it comes to coffee, The Barn know what they’re doing and they do it well. They currently have 5 places across Berlin but we visited The Barn Cafe on Auguststrasse. It was the perfect place to enjoy reading our newly bought magazines and try out a beetroot flat white, an experience which I surprisingly would try again.

I’ve also recently found out that they do coffee subscriptions and my birthday is coming up soon if anyone is reading this…

Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Bonanza Coffee Roasters is the ‘cool kid’ of coffee shops, i.e. probably not the one for me. They currently have two coffee shops, Bonanza Coffee Heroes in Prenzlauer Berg and the coffee roasters in Kreuzberg. We visited the one in Kreuzberg, which is hidden away by the side of a petting zoo in a cute little courtyard. The interior is gorgeous, rather minimalist and also has the feel of a coffee shop in a museum, but in a good way.

The coffee was fantastic. My boyfriend gave it a solid 10/10 whereas it was a little citrusy for me, however I do know the taste of a good coffee when I err… taste it. This one just wasn’t my favourite. It’s an almost must for any coffee fans when visiting Berlin.

Röstätte 

We stumbled upon Röstätte completely by accident when we needed a break from all our wandering. We were almost ready to order our classic two flat whites when we spotted Coffee Negronis on the menu and knew we had to try them. We took them outside and sat in the sunshine sipping our cocktails, pondering life and how damn nice it was to be in the middle of Europe, enjoying every second.

After our visit I googled the coffee shop and found that it was a must-visit for coffee drinkers. A wonderful surprise find!

No Fire, No Glory

Potentially the most “German” of the coffee shops we visited was No Fire, No Glory. It had a slightly more European feel to it, rather than the coffee shops that I’m used to in England. The coffee was really good, possibly my favourite of the trip, but the menu was slightly lacking. This was mostly because their brunches weren’t super vegetarian friendly and I am rather picky so more my issue than theirs.

No Fire, No Glory is situated in Prenzlauer Berg and is worth the trip even if you’re the other side of the city.

Rachel x-x-x

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My Top 5 Zoos

In my 24 years I’ve ventured far and wide to many a zoo because I just love animals. As a little disclaimer, I’m not going to get into the ethics of zoos, I’m just going to say that I think they’re great as a way to preserve species as long as the zoo is treating the animal appropriately.

Also having written this post, I’m thinking I might make this into a bit of a series because I really struggled to choose my top 5!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster, England

Entry: £15

When I first went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park I was crossing my fingers that I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I mean, it’s in Doncaster, which isn’t exactly the most exciting place in the country so I didn’t have high hopes.

I visited just after the zoo had finished building its Polar Bear enclosure, which not only is incredible because POLAR BEARS but also it’s one of the biggest animal enclosures that I’ve ever seen at any zoo. And the polar bears looks really happy so that’s a big plus too.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park has every animal you could dream of seeing, and it even has a little Wallaby walkthrough so you can pet them!

This is hands down one of the best things to do in Yorkshire so I wholly recommend it.

Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland

Entry: €17,50

The Zoo is situated in Phoenix Park in Dublin. If you’re going to Dublin then the zoo probably isn’t on your list of things to do but change that list and stick it on there!

We went for opening time (obviously!) and there were hardly any people there yet so it sort of felt like we’d got a zoo to ourselves, which is the dream really, isn’t it?

If you like elephants, you won’t be disappointed here, because there are so many to see, as well as a plain of giraffes and rhinos. It’s perfect for up close shots of animals if that’s your thing (it’s mine!).

Koelner Zoo, Cologne, Germany

Entry: €19,50 or €14,50 for students.

Possibly my favourite zoo on the list. Unless you’re a zoo fanatic you might not even know that Cologne has a zoo but it does and as someone who lived in the area for 6 months, believe me when I say this zoo is great. I think I visited 3 times in the 6 months I lived nearby.

The zoo has a good sized aquarium as well as so many animals in really big enclosures! It’s one of the oldest zoos in the world so it has a really cool history behind it which you can read about at the zoo.

Again, there are elephants so I’m totally sold on this one.

So if you’re wandering Cologne at any time in the near future put this on your to do list!

Tierpark Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Entry €6

Aachen like Cologne, is situated in North Rhein Westphalia in Germany, so again if you’re in the region, this is a definite to do!

Tierpark Aachen isn’t as big as some of the other zoos on the list but it does have a unique draw! A goat play pen so you can get in and cuddle some goats! Yes I’m serious. I never knew I liked goats until I got to pat a pregnant goat mummy or chase a little baby goat around its pen.

Burger’s Zoo, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Entry €21

Burger’s Zoo is situated in Arnhem in The Netherlands.  It’s a little pricey but so worth it because it’s such a huge zoo and they have penguins and elephants and rhino’s and leopards. You’ll definitely get your 10,000 steps in!

It also has an aquarium and it’s a really good use of a nice day in The Netherlands because let’s face it you’re never that far away from anywhere when you’re in Holland!

Where are your favourite zoos? Have you visited of my favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

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