Café Berio

93% love it
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...generous supply of Speck [bacon]), 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 and neither is the gay-heavy hot spot as was the case back in the day. Berio management changed in 2009, with a dip in quality of food, service and atmosphere (now drab and faded), 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]. But will it ever go back to being open 24 hours a day? U-Bahn: Nollendorfplatz, then a one-minute walk.


    • jakedakota
      jakedakota Over a year ago
      Loves it

      very nice
      Love the vibe and staff

    • Marquette
      Marquette Over a year ago
      Hates it

      OK the service SUCKED
      I guess they have one wait person for the whole place. Likely to change shifts during your meal. First visit I was asked to pay early, since she was leaving. Second time, I didnt know the waiter left. I sat waiting for about 30 minutes waiting, but people watching as well. Finally went to what appeared to be the cashier, I was told NO, pay the waitress..I said "what waitress"? Found her, told her I wanted to pay, my check of 25 euro. All I had was a 50 euro note, she was irritated I didnt have something smaller. "I just started my shift, I dontt have that much change". I was about ready to walk out, but didnt want trouble. She took the 50 out of my hand and started walking out. She saw a cute dog and decided she had time to pet the dog for about a minute, while I was waiting there (with her bare hands, btw). Crosses the boulevard and returns with my change, which she literally threw at me. Dont get worse!

    • ding
      ding Over a year ago
      Loves it

      the best breakfasts in Berlin
      Just try any of very big breakfast. I love the one with schampaign ;) sekt.

    • msunger
      msunger Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great first stop
      My first stop on my first day. Waiter was so helpful and made me feel welcome. Good food and free wifi

    • Pegasus61
      Pegasus61 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Breakfast / Frühstück
      The best gay place to have a great breakfast or just sit relax and have a drink

    • argorok
      argorok Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Lots of fun
      Nice to sit outside and just watch. Great cake, not this great coffee. But a place you have to go if you are in Berlin. Lots of fun being there on saturday.

    • vledd1964
      vledd1964 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best view in Schoenenberg!
      Cafe Berio is a cafe, rather than a bar. Good food, cute waiters, great atmosphere... But the best feature is the outdoor cafe, open late, covered and heated for men-watching all year long!

    • peerspective
      peerspective Over a year ago
      Loves it

      See and be seen!
      This is the place to be on a sunny afternoon/early evening or even for breakfast, especially on saturdays, when there is the food market at the nearby Winterfeldtplatz. It is a cafe, good for coffee and cake, all outside chairs face the pavement and street, just like a french style cafe in Paris at the Champs Elysee. So go there and watch people going by and get seen! If you don´t like the catwalk atmoshere, there are many cafes around, just like Manzini and Cafe Maybach.