I was here until late last night (or was it early this morning?) with my companion, my other companion, and his companion. As we wanted to hang out in a dive bar without a cover fee, we ended up here. We found a long sofa which we shared with a swanky lesbian couple. We ordered two Berliners and two glasses of Chardonnay; that was 12,50 EUR. We thought it was cheap so we repeated it and ordered another one.
Why do I love this place? I've only been here last night, but I heard how great this place is. Maybe it's that retro vintage vibe, that grandma chic atmosphere, as well as the cavernous yet monastic underground restrooms.
They have a huge smoking section, as well as two bars. I tried their cookies; they were okay, but I won't deduct a star for the okay cookies. After all, you go here for the alcohol, not for the cookies.
Oh, did I tell you they have free wifi as well?
This bar has a nickname in our household, for my fiance who does not speak German: "the perfect bar." As in, "meet me at that perfect bar." They play great music and they actually know how to make a cocktail. Until a few years ago, if you ordered a martini anywhere in Berlin, the bartender would open a bottle of vermouth, pour it into a martini glass and hand it to you. I'm totally serious.
The legendary bar with the trashy Prenzlauer Berg look, and the charme of a living room. Friendly staff and cheap beers....ultra cool.
Being a child of the 80's in Berlin, this mirror image of a great dive bar for me puts Spandau Ballet in perspective with charm as I look over the furniture & find a place to ruminate over culture gone past and consider my next hop on the continent with good company. The dim ad-hoc interior is just priceless.
The perfect living room type cafe, older than retro, almost older than vintage.. this place has more charm than most modern places combined.
The Caipirinha is a good choice if you are thirsty, or if the sun is out.. otherwise the bio wine, or the coffee are both safe bets.
Wohnzimmer only gets packed quite late in the evening, so I like heading there in the early hours when it's still quiet and calm.. then I find it the perfect chair to sink into, bring out a book or a notepad, and get lost in thoughts.. someone else's, or my own.
In the back they allow you to smoke, but luckily the front room is smoke-free - which is perfect, seeing it's my favorite anyways.
I was torn between giving 3 or 4 stars but decided to go with 4 as I think Wohnzimmer is a great, cosy cafe/bar. I went here during the day for a meeting and Wohnzimmer has a great atmopshere for that. You feel like you're hanging out in grandmas living room while sipping some tea (or cocktails). The only thing I don't like is that at times it feels a bit clutters like there is too much furniture there, especially when you attempt to go to (what I think) is the smokers area. Besides that though, I think it's a great spot to hang out or work.
I come here because I like their White Russians and I have a soft spot for tufted chairs. It's a cool hangout spot with nice vintage decor.
Relaxed, friendly bar/cafe on a corner at Helmholz Platz. One room inside does really feel like a cozy living room, and the staff are always friendly (even when we were the last to leave early in the morning following DE's Euro Cup defeat).
A really relaxed cafe with a real comfortable feeling to it. The service was really nice and quick. The seating is good and we had the separate room off to the left all to ourselves which was nice. Even when other people showed up, it was still completely chilled out. I don't mind the self-service aspect at all and the selection is good. The back room was a bit too smoky for us so we wanted to sit up front but in general a great cafe to hit if in the Helmholtz Platz area. I will be back at some point to try out the breakfast.
My favorite cafe in all Berlin, I think. Wohnzimmer just works. The inside is done up in old sofas and chairs and coffee tables, all mismatched furniture but all plush and charming. for me, the ambiance can't be beat. The bar is right smack when you enter the place, almost always with some sort of daily treat on display, like teas with fresh herbs or little cookies or whatever. A good cup of coffee and a slice of bio cake makes for a great afternoon, only for under EUR5.
....But what really makes this place special for me is the breakfast. My favorite is the großes Käse Frühstück. Good for two people, its a giant plate filled with lovely cheeses, fresh veggies and fruit, some spreads, and a little sweet treat for dessert. The bread is fresh and tasty that comes with it. Also included is a glass of orange juice. For EUR5? I'd call that a good deal. They also have lots of other choices--a combo coffee and bio croissant tray, herb toasts, müsli, and more.
Lately I've been getting my breakfast with not just a big ol' coffee but also their Bionade Schwipp, a big glass of red bionade, sekt, strawberries, and fresh mint. Very refreshing.
Right now in spring is the best time, to just sit outside on one of the benches and tables that wrap around the outside corner of the building, soaking up the sun and enjoying beautiful Helmholtzplatz.
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