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Cafe Einstein

Celebrity intelligentsia at '20s coffeehouse

Hours 8am-1am
Phone (49) 30 263 91 915
www.cafeeinstein.com

Kurf rstenstra e 58 amp 8232 Berlin 10785 Germany

It's been an institution for Berlin intelligentsia for years located in a charming period building that's the original location of the Café Einstein empire, Germany's version of Starbucks.  But this super-stylish bistro and coffeehouse is anything but mass-produced. A glossy main dining room is lined in rich walnut paneling, bistro chairs and historic black-and-white photographs of '20s Berlin. Tall hand-carved ceilings and oversize picture windows frame treetop views of the buzzing Berlin neighborhood.  Just a room away is a dimly lit drinking bar for those moving on from caffeine to more stimulating alcoholic drinks that percolates till 2am. 

The Food

The day begins bright and early with a sexy commuter crowd in fashionable eyewear lingering over the Morgenpost while eating homemade breads, pastries, and egg dishes. By afternoon it's more of a coffee and lunch crowd ordering the occasional chicken sandwich or tossed salad with potato soup while chattering about the latest CDU infighting. By night the menu turns a bit fussier and a lot more French with oysters on the half shell, beef tartare and towering shellfish selection. Entrees are a choice of steak frites with grilled tomatoes, Wiener Schnitzel or goulash with dumplings.

Last Word

Home of the original Café Einstein, this Berlin cafe offers a sexy crowd of neighborhood bohemians enjoying a pricey all-day menu of French bistro specialties.

Reviewed by:

Ann Vine
Editorial Review Author
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