We decided, almost on a whim, to fly to Amsterdam over the winter holiday, with time allotted for Berlin and Munster as well.
by electrofork on May 9, 2007
Located in Prenzlauerberg on what must be a very lively corner in the summer, Cafe Eckstein exudes "welcome" and "relax". It was winter, however, and a drizzling, grey sort of day when my boyfriend and I came upon it, so the outdoor tables were not set up for service. We took seats at the bar and ordered wine as we waited a few minutes for a table to open up. (I chose "reservations recommended" because it was certainly busy that day, and we did notice while in Berlin that many brunch spots had reserved tables, but it may have been due to the holiday. We had no reservations.)The interior was well-designed but not threateningly stylish, and the overall atmosphere was entirely pleasant. We arrived there in late afternoon; the cafe was at the tail end of serving brunch. The crowd was eclectic; a few young hipsters, some mellow tables of post-brunch gatherings, solitary readers; and there seemed to be both locals and travelers. The rustic wooden tables were in no discernible pattern, having been re-arranged to accommodate groups of varying numbers. Some young Germans at an adjacent table who were also traveling asked to borrow our map.I'm sorry to say that I can't provide details regarding the cuisine, as we were merely relaxing with wine after a full day of wandering. I do recall the menu having a nice variety, and daily fare included breakfast, lunch and dinner. It had a very agreeable wine list (for not being a wine bar), cafe staples such as lattes and espressos, and of course a wonderful German beer selection. The wait staff were friendly and attentive, despite it being rather busy.The late afternoon light waned toward dusk during our respite there, and as it grew darker the interior lighting was adroitly adjusted, and candles came to the tables. It was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an hour or two on a winter's day.
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