Natalie Holmes, the author of The Best Digital Nomad Neighborhoods in Berlin, shares her favorite spots for dining out and plugging in at the best cafes, restaurants, bars, and coworking spaces in the German capital.
The Best Restaurants in Berlin for Digital Nomads
Zola, Kreuzberg: This is a popular and vibey canalside restaurant serving some of the city’s best Neapolitan pizza. Be prepared for a (worthwhile) wait, especially on weekends.
Lode & Stijn, Kreuzberg: Elegant and down to earth, this lovely restaurant is tucked away on a pretty residential street and prides itself on its carefully sourced regional suppliers.
Merold, Neukölln: Just on the border with Kreuzberg, this hip upscale eatery serves creative cuisine in a casual atmosphere; it’s perfect for a special midweek treat.
Ernst, Wedding: Hugely hyped, and for good reason, this Michelin-starred gem features a single table with eight seats perched around an open kitchen, and serves a Japanese-inspired set menu. Book well in advance.
Cafe Pförtner, Wedding: This chilled, cozy, and cute cafe serves excellent international dishes. If there’s space, you can board a converted bus and eat your meal on the top deck.
Örnek Lahmacun, Wedding: Berlin is home to the largest Turkish population outside Turkey, so it figures that there are Turkish grills aplenty. This one is a true local favorite. “Lahmacun” is flatbread topped with tomato, minced meat, herbs, and spices.
Cookies Cream, Mitte: Tucked away yet just steps from Mitte’s famous Friedrichstraße, this local institution offers an exceptional veggie and vegan menu, and never disappoints.
Chutnify, Prenzlauer Berg: Authentic, contemporary Indian street food that stands out amid the bustle of P-Berg’s myriad bars and restaurants. Get the thali.
Kanaan, Prenzlauer Berg: Uniting Israeli and Palestinian cuisine with a sprinkling of German flavors, this vegan and vegetarian restaurant is beloved across the city. Whatever you do, order the hummus.
Michelberger, Friedrichshain: Set in the eponymous hotel, this restaurant effortlessly fuses upscale, creative dining with the rough-around-the-edges attitude for which the area is known and loved.
The Best Bars in Berlin for Digital Nomads
Tausend, Mitte: Well hidden behind a steel door, in the shadow of an imposing bridge beside the River Spree, this speakeasy-style bar takes you back to the glitz and glamour of 1920s Berlin.
Basalt, Wedding: This botanical cocktail bar is a true hidden gem, serving excellent drinks in a calming atmosphere surrounded by dazzling green tiles and a profusion of plants.
Glasweise, Kreuzberg: Serving exceptional wines and small Italian plates, this bar has become a fast favorite of locals, thanks in no small part to the passionate and friendly proprietor.
Bryk Bar, Prenzlauer Berg: Polished leather chairs, dark wood detail, and low, atmospheric lighting combine to create speakeasy vibes that hark back to Berlin’s heyday in the Roaring Twenties.
BRLO BRWHOUSE, Kreuzberg: Local craft beer brewer BRLO’s flagship bar is set in a complex of repurposed shipping containers, with a cool indoor space as well as a sprawling garden.
Limonadier, Kreuzberg: For a fun night out, you’ll find that this speakeasy-style bar serves exquisite cocktails.
Ora, Kreuzberg: This former pharmacy is today a superb bar and brasserie, featuring original detail such as shelves of apothecary bottles and dark green leather upholstery.
Clash, Kreuzberg: Don your leather jacket and experience Berlin’s punk side at this raucous, smokey, and surprisingly friendly venue.
Klunkerkranich, Neukölln: You can’t get much more Berlin than this place, which is set atop a parking garage and features a range of ramshackle bars and outdoor seating, perfect for summer sundowners.
Zum Böhmischen Dorf, Neukölln: A classic pub-style bar on the border of Kreuzberg hosting a great roster of DJs and music nights.
The Best Digital Nomads Cafes in Berlin
Hallesches Haus, Kreuzberg: Set in a historical building that started life as a post office and went on to become a nightclub, this cafe and design boutique is today a sanctuary of peace and light.
Cuccuma, Kreuzberg: Digital nomads love this unassuming cafe for its chilled vibes, plentiful plug sockets, and excellent cakes.
The Store Kitchen, Mitte: Hang with the hip crowd on the ground floor of Soho House, amid pretty plants, a clothing and design boutique, and some great food and coffee options.
westberlin, Mitte: There’s a lot to love about this cafe’s stylish space, selection of inspiring magazines, good coffee, and great food, just steps from Checkpoint Charlie in the heart of the city.
Coffee Circle Café, Wedding: Coffee Circle is a local Berlin company offering ethical coffee subscriptions. Their beautiful cafe, kitchen, and roastery are bright, quiet, and spacious.
The Best Coworking Spaces in Berlin for Digital Nomads
Mindspace, Kreuzberg and Mitte: These well-located spaces in two of the city’s most popular districts are calm, professional, and beautifully decorated, with a great range of wellness and lifestyle events.
Factory, Kreuzberg and Mitte: A magnet for tech-oriented freelancers and startups. Factory Mitte is the original, in a more upscale neighborhood; while the younger Kreuzberg sibling is in a grittier, up-and-coming area.
Sankt Oberholz, Mitte: A local institution, with a coworking cafe called St. Rosenthaler that comes complete with meeting room rental and a podcasting studio
Ahoy!, Mitte: Open plan, post-industrial vibes with soaring ceilings and plenty of light.
Tuechtig, Wedding: Germany's first inclusive coworking space, providing a fully accessible venue for people with and without disabilities from all over the world.