Given how badly we wanted to visit Bilderbuch Cafe, we were practically setting ourselves up for disappointment. Two of us heard that their brunch is one of the best in the city, and the third joined the enthusiasm. Only we live in Mitte, and Cafe Bilderbuch is in Schöneberg, so we decided to have a reservation before leaving the house. No room. Once. Twice. Even on the third try. On our fourth attempt we managed to book for two weeks in advance. We love brunch, but this seemed to much, and we were ready for the letdown. There was none.

Cafe Bilderbuch is worth the trouble. Reserving in advance turned out to be totally useless, as the place is big and roomy, with lots of free space. Our suspicions faded at the door. Bilderbuch is a pleasant place to step into. So pleasant, there is a danger you’ll stop at the first space. Don’t. A bigger one awaits further in, next to a wonderful green patio. The place a designed to look and feel like the living room we would want to have: full of books, with unique and cosy furniture, a piano on a wooden stage and huge windows.

Seeing they serve a brunch for three was too good to be true. For 26 EURO we got a huge platter filled with every vegetarian good you can imagine: butter, cheeses, spreads, pineapple, kiwi, watermelon, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and a basket of breads on the side.

The plate test: it was still half full when we left. Not because it wasn’t delicious, but because there is SO much food.

 Crowd: families, three generations, lots of kids. The children’s meal comes with a Kinder egg, but you’ll only get it if your less than 1.40m tall.

 Soundtrack: classical, low key, comes and goes.

 Pets: not that we’ve seen, but suitable.

 Bottom line: a great place to bring your folks, and impress them with Berlin’s class.

 Cafe Bilderbuch

 www.cafe-bilderbuch.de

 Akazienstraße 28, Berlin

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