“the barkeeper was not able to talk any english and my german still is not good enough”
Well, you are in Berlin luv!
Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Okay, admittedly: this place is one of the smokiest bars I’ve ever been to (they do have a separate room for smokers, but it’s still pretty intense throughout), their wine selection isn’t mind-blowing, and it can be a pain to find a seat, since it’s somehow always. packed.
With that said, Wohnzimmer is bar none (ha!) my favorite bar in Berlin. The ambiance is so relaxed and the seating is (for the most part) cozy and comfortable. Tons of places in Berlin go for the vintage antiquey style, but in doing so they all end up looking the same (and not in a good way). This place, on the other hand, can really pull it off. The music is great more often than not, and the people who go there always seem friendly and relaxed. Sure, there are lots of tourists. But it’s Prenzlauer Berg, people! Bottom line: come here! It’s an awesome Bude.
They play good music and the atmosphere is very friendly. In summer it's impossible to sit anywhere but outside because of the heat. However, seats are quickly taken and they don't have that many. Their choice of beer is not too good either, and is bottled. Pretty smoky too if you're a non-smoker.
A really relaxed cafe with a real comfortable feeling to it. The service was really nice and quick. The seating is good and we had the separate room off to the left all to ourselves which was nice. Even when other people showed up, it was still completely chilled out. I don’t mind the self-service aspect at all and the selection is good. The back room was a bit too smoky for us so we wanted to sit up front but in general a great cafe to hit if in the Helmholtz Platz area. I will be back at some point to try out the breakfast.
Relaxed, friendly bar/cafe on a corner at Helmholz Platz. One room inside does really feel like a cozy living room, and the staff are always friendly (even when we were the last to leave early in the morning following DE’s Euro Cup defeat).
My favorite cafe in all Berlin, I think. Wohnzimmer just works. The inside is done up in old sofas and chairs and coffee tables, all mismatched furniture but all plush and charming. for me, the ambiance can’t be beat. The bar is right smack when you enter the place, almost always with some sort of daily treat on display, like teas with fresh herbs or little cookies or whatever. A good cup of coffee and a slice of bio cake makes for a great afternoon, only for under €5.
....But what really makes this place special for me is the breakfast. My favorite is the großes Käse Frühstück. Good for two people, its a giant plate filled with lovely cheeses, fresh veggies and fruit, some spreads, and a little sweet treat for dessert. The bread is fresh and tasty that comes with it. Also included is a glass of orange juice. For €5? I’d call that a good deal. They also have lots of other choices--a combo coffee and bio croissant tray, herb toasts, müsli, and more.
Lately I’ve been getting my breakfast with not just a big ol’ coffee but also their Bionade Schwipp, a big glass of red bionade, sekt, strawberries, and fresh mint. Very refreshing.
Right now in spring is the best time, to just sit outside on one of the benches and tables that wrap around the outside corner of the building, soaking up the sun and enjoying beautiful Helmholtzplatz.
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