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Urban jungle: Berlin’s green oases for the grey season

Slowly but surely we’re reaching Berlin’s darkest season, when the leaves are gone and things get gloomy. But! The city is home to some cosy, plant-filled cafés to help us escape the grey and breathe in some green.

Nothing beats the winter blues like a bit of jungle (Photo: Chris Abney)

Houseplants are having a comeback. And there are plenty of good reasons for that: plants create a soothing atmosphere, they improve air quality, and with the right pot, they become a design object in their own right. More and more eateries put their plant collections front and centre, proving that the good old houseplant can shape indoor spaces and add some cosiness to any room. Even, and we can’t quite believe we’re writing this, to a shopping mall food court. Yes, for real. So, in honour of our photosynthesising friends and their numerous benefits, here are five spots in Berlin at which to get your green fix — plus the place to go for the most beautifully-designed pots around.

The Greens Berlin — Coffee & Plants

Oh our heart! This place will get us through the winter (Photo: The Greens Berlin).

Address: Am Krögel 2, Mitte | Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat+Sun

Directions: U-Bahn station Klosterstraße



Plants and food: what more do we need? (Photo: Blumen-Café Berlin)

Address: Schönhauser Allee 127, Prenzlauer Berg | Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Schönhauser Allee


Roamers — Coffee & Booze

A bit of Cali in Neukölln: Roamers (Photo: Elena Peters, Copyright Roamers).

Address: Pannierstraße 64, Neukölln | Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, Sat+Sun 10am-4pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Hermannplatz


House of Small Wonder

Hanging planters, soft lighting: a lunch at House of Small Wonders feels like having a meal in an urban conservatory.

Address: Johannisstraße 20, Mitte | Wed-Mon 9am-11pm, Tue 5pm-11pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Oranienburger Tor


Kantini at Bikini Berlin

Kantini takes its hanging planters seriously (Photo: Bayerischen Hausbau/Bikini Berlin )

Address: Budapester Straße 38-50, Charlottenburg | Mon-Sat 9am-9pm

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Zoo


The Botanical Room — Plants + Pots

A treasure trove of plants and pots (Photo: Paul Green/The Botanical Room)

Address: Manteuffelstraße 73, Kreuzberg | Tue-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm

Directions: U-Bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof


Translated by Aida Baghernejad


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