Café Berio

 
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Round-the-clock gay landmark for more than 50 years
Café/bar on two floors, with major al fresco situation and expanded crusing potential during the summer months. Reliably decent for breakfast (including a very nice Eier im Glas with toast), lunch and beyond, though the food and coffee are not of a vital standard. Attracts gay and straight locals and tourists, and business picks up during the Easter BLF leather and September Folsom Europe weekends. Berio is Berlin's answer to Hamburg's Cafe Gnosa, though Gnosa bakes the much better cakes. Management changed in 2009, with a dip in quality of food, service and atmosphere, though somewhat now improved. The Maassenstraße can't compete with the Motzstraße for top catwalk status, but traffic remains heavy enough for a decent regularity of people-watching, and centre-stage Berio does the trick despite some competition from neighbouring Impala [see entry]. And it's back to being open 24 hours a day. U-Bahn: Nollendorfplatz, then a one-minute walk.

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