Vilja Cafe - Berlin
If you love a hot chocolate, Vilja is the stop for a "Dunkle heisse Schokolade", or even a white one! But, if you're not into that kind of liquid gold, Thomas and his staff will make you any form brilliant coffee from the fabulous old time coffee machine at the counter. A yummy selection of different cakes, paninis and ciabattas along side fresh juices will satisfy your hunger and thirst, and if they don't, just keep ordering.
Vilja is a place where you can sit for hours, grazing and gazing, reading, thinking, chatting or working. It feels local, which is welcoming and even though there may be a business meeting at the next table or someone on their lap top across the room, it's not overloaded with people buried in their computers or phones. Rather, people chat with their friends and the staff, pick up a mag or a book from the iron draws on the wall and spread themselves out on the big table.
Sit inside on the small but cool selection of retro tables and chairs or out on the front deck next to the plants and soak up some sun when its sunny, otherwise they'll give you a blanket if you insist on being outside when the wind is high or you need a cigarette.
Vinetastraße is only one stop away from the hub-bub of Schönhauser Alle on the U2 to Pankow. So if you want to get away from the Arcade shopping centre, the kebab shacks, commercial coffee house, or the Prenzlauer Berg cafe hype, just take the train one more stop, head to Maximilianstraße and pretend to be a local, it's a nice feeling.
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