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The sprawling Tiergarten is a must-see for all visitors to Berlin. More than just a destination to take a serene stroll or bike ride, it's also an ideal spot for riding boats on a lake, having coffee or a beer at the scenic Cafe am Neuen See, or viewing the ornate buildings of the Diplomatic Quarter.
Betahaus is a vibrant co-working space. You can either work in the spacious downstairs cafe or rent a private or semi-private quiet space (for as little as five days) from the upstairs areas. They host a slew of events every week -- from design workshops to managing taxes for freelancers -- and are a prime spot for networking and bouncing ideas off of fellow inhabitants, most involved with the local start-up scene and/or innovative projects in a variety of fields.
A French fashioned cafe with a scrumptious array of baked goods, Manolo is a prime setting for conversation or sitting with a book (or laptop - there's free wifi) for a few hours. The coffee is top quality, and combined with many sweet drinks.
One of three remaining market halls in Berlin, Kreutzberg's Markthalle Neun is a sprawling indoor market with stalls selling everything from fresh organic produce to French pastries to gourmet vegan dishes. Picnic benches are spread throughout the area, making it a perfect place to camp out for a weekend brunch (Saturdays it's open from 10 am to 6 pm) or for the weekly 'Street Food Thursday', which boasts food from around the world.
Oberholz, with two spacious stories and quick, free wi-fi, is an ideal spot for planting a laptop for hours. The usually melodic or ambient music coupled with delicious desserts, coffee and food (much of it vegetarian) makes it easy to get work done or actually converse with your neighbor. Unlike many coffee shops in Berlin and especially Germany, the staff don't seem to mind if customers spend hours there. Situated right at Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte, the location also doesn't get much more central than this -- unfortunately, though, some of the prices reflect that.
A Swiss restaurant in Berlin's central Mitte neighborhood, Nola's overlooks a large and leafy public public park, Volkspark am Weinberg Way. Perched on a hill, its patio is perfect for long, leisurely brunches (comprised of various breads, egg dishes and muesli in a buffet or a la carte) in the summer. Dinners are also delicious, with an assortment of rich meats and pastas.
Every Sunday, Cafe Morgenland boasts an extensive all-you-can-eat buffet. Hosted in its own room, there's an ever-changing array of quiches, vegetable sautés, various roasted meats, bread and cheese, muesli, pasta dishes and more. The trays are heated until the 4 p.m. brunch closure, and despite this cozy space being a bit cramped, the staff doesn't mind if you have a leisurely meal, chatting for hours as I have done before. It's a short walk from the scenic Spree and the many quirky mom-and-pop shops of Kreutzberg.
Cafe Rix may not have the most expansive brunch buffet in Berlin, but it is arguably the nicest place to eat it. Set in a former 19th century ballroom next to an airy courtyard, this is a regal and relaxing spot to eat crepes, eggs and all-you-can-drink orange juice on a Sunday morning. As a downside, their brunch "only" goes until 2 p.m. and they don't put as many warm options out after 1 p.m.
Babel has heaping plates of delicious halloumi cheese, falafel, baba ganoush and varied juicy meats. Run by Lebanese owners, it also has quick, friendly at-the-counter service with free tea. There's a unique atmosphere to boot, with flower pedals often scattered on the floor and festive music playing.
If you're looking for falafel at a good value in Berlin, this is your go-to place. Azzam serves heaping plates of freshly-prepared crisp falafel, halloumi cheese, tahini sauce, fresh mint, and pita bread for only three Euros. They also have free self-serve tea on top of that, which the owner insisted on serving me while I waited for two friends.
Want the best view of San Francisco possible? It's not via the Golden Gate Bridge, but rather on top of this scenic hill that rewards drivers and motivated runners/hikers with a sweeping panoramic view of the city and the Bay.
A good all-purpose convention center that hosts everything from techno dance concerts to the annual Dicken's Christmas Fair.
This is THE San Francisco attraction. I grew up only a few miles away from it, so have many memories of the famous bridge: riding on a sailboat on choppy waters underneath it, biking across it on a perfectly sunny day, commuting across it, hiking in the Marin Headlands while gazing out at magnificent views of it, and taking out-of-towners to see it, feeling their sense of awe like I was also seeing it for the first time.
Centrally located in at Berlin's bustling Rosenthaler Platz -- a trendy area replete with colorful cafes and shops -- ibis Styles Hotel is a bargain. The rooms are clean and comfortable, there's free and fast wi-fi, and the delicious breakfast buffet boasts both hearty (ie. German rye bread) and sweet (ie. Nutella) options. In walking distance to Alexanderplatz and many big German sites, the hotel is a good fit for business and recreational travelers alike.
Located in the heart of the Haight, People's Cafe is both a great place to plant a laptop for a few hours (they have good coffee and quick wifi) or order brunch/lunch. There are several delicious options in the latter category, such as Eggs Blackstone and the Tofu Scramble.
A uniquely SF cafe (where else can you find a hemp milk mocha?), Coffee To The People is a spacious, colorful place located in the heart of the Haight with plenty of good drink and food options.