Review: Blumencafé, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

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I'm terrible at eating breakfast.

Actually - let me correct that.  I'm terrible at eating breakfast most of the time. I'd rather stay in bed for that extra half an hour. I know it's bad but I'm 31 years old and I doubt I'll change a habit of a life time now!

There is one exception to all of this. Holiday breakfasting. 

A lazy, luxurious breakfast/ brunch is perfect for whiling away some time, planning adventures and just relaxing whilst you can. On our recent (and much documented) trip to Berlin, we found a great brunch spot which ticked all those boxes. And, bonus, it was just down the road from where we were staying in the rather wonderful district of Prenzlauer Berg. 

Omelette and bread roll at Blumencafe in Berlin
Blumencafé is a florist shop & cafe right on the main drag of Schönhauser Allee which is separated by the S-Bahn running down its centre like the beating heart of this district. At first glance you wouldn't even realise it was a cafe but once you step through the doors past a wonderful green frontage, you go straight back in time. Decoration is kitch but without trying to be. Old tills, candles in wine bottles and random ornaments coupled with mismatched tables and chairs give the place an authentic charm. 


Blumencafe in Berlin from the outside
Blumencafe in Berlin

We'd walked past the day before and returned for breakfast thinking it looked like a good traditional type of place for a Berlin brunch and we definitely found a hidden gem. Everything is locally sourced and cooked fresh by the family run team using seasonal ingredients and we really loved what we ate.


I went for a cherry juice - something I've not had before. It amused me that it came in a wine glass and looked very much like I was necking red wine before 12pm. The juice was sweet but not sickly and I loved it. They press a lot of juices themselves so I'd recommend trying a couple to anyone visiting.

For food, Dave opted for the potato pancakes with smoked salmon and I had a ham omelette. The eggs were cooked perfectly, not a rubbery bit in sight.  The ham running through the omelette was plentiful and slightly smoked. The bread roll and cress were a welcome touch too and filled me right up. Dave's smoked salmon was really nice but the pancakes were what did it for me. Savoury, not at all greasy and just salty enough. The dill flavoured creme fraiche or sour cream was perfect too. Really the only criticism is that there wasn't quite enough smoked salmon for our greedy little tummies.

Blumencafe scrambled eggs and bread roll
potato pancakes with smoked salmon and dill creme fraiche
Gingey Bites at Blumencafe in Berlin
Taking a picture with a Canon film SLR

The bill for two drinks and two hot breakfast meals came to under €20 - very good value in my opinion.  So, after coffee, a stroke of the very old cat and a chat with the parrots (yes really), we headed off back through the florists and out into the cold Berlin air, fully satisfied and happy for the day of exploring ahead of us. Next time we're in Berlin, there will definitely be a repeat visit on the cards. 

Canon film camera and euros in Berlin cafe

Find Blumencafe on Facebook here and if you're heading to Berlin, they're located here: 
Schönhauser Allee 127a 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. 

*We paid for our lunch and they didn't know I was blogging. We just looked like annoying snap happy tourists! All opinions are my own.* 

15 comments

  1. Oh I love breakfast on holiday. Especially when it is a breakfast buffet and there is unlimited avocado. Then I get my moneys worth!

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    1. oooh yes definitely! I've got such a savoury tooth so I'd opt for something like this any day over cereal and fruit!

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  2. Wow it must have been fun eating in such a cool place. Florist and cafe anew concept for me.

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    1. Yep, a new concept for me too! Breakfast and flower shopping! The parrot and cafe cat were new ones for me too!

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  3. I love hidden gems like this!! Those potato pancakes look amazing.

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  4. Oh this looks like the perfect hidden hideaway for breakfast, I love coming across little places like this. x

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  5. This is completely my kind of cafe - delicious reasonably priced and packed full of character. Absolutely LOVE the fact it's in the back of a florist too, like a little hidden treasure! x

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    1. Mine too! I'll be returning on my next visit to Berlin for sure! It's a secret gem! :-)

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  6. Well I wasn't feeling hungry until I saw this post and wow, the food looks just amazing, what a cute little cafe x

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    1. Teeheee! Reading food blogs ALWAYS makes me hungry :-)

      Thanks for your comment!

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  7. I am really bad for eating breakfast too. But when I am on my days off, I always have a nice, hot breakfast. I just don't seem to find the time in the mornings when I know I need to leave early.

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  8. I am pretty rubbish at eating breakfast too, and when I do it is rarely healthy. That omelette looks fantastic

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    1. Yes I'm the same. Always drawn to non healthy breakfasts! I love a fry up especially.. but that omelette was really good :-)

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  9. Love finding little places like this. Even though it's part of a franchise, one of my favourite places for breakfast is Le Pain Quotidien on Rue Antoine Dansaert,in Brussels, not too far from the Grand Place and the Bourse. Sitting at a large communal table, full of spreads (Specaloos, and chocolate of all persuasions), preserves, honey & jams. A basket of wonderful hand baked bread of different kinds, plus many other breakfast items. There are other braches in the city, but this is by far the best one, and a place we never miss when in the city.

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    1. Ooh, speculoos is my favourite! That sounds like a perfect breakfast option to me, if I'm ever in Brussels, I'll definitely head over and find it :-)

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