I know. Everyone was waiting for my blog post about cider in Berlin. So here it is! Berlin is the New York City of Europe, so I heard. And, similarly to New York City, Berlin is a fascinating and multicultural city. Hence, you would expect to find everything here. Everything, but cider. It took me a few months to track and explore cider friendly spots in Berlin and subsequently compile a list of places offering proper cider that I can honestly recommend for your next visit to the best city in the world. I guess this is another similarity to NYC. Both cities used to have a cider bar, NYC had Wassail and Berlin had Comptoir du Cidre. Both sadly closed down leaving only cider friendly spots.
Loch Ness is the only pub in Berlin offering real cider from a bag in box. Just like it’s done in the UK. Location wise Loch Ness is not exactly in the touristic part of Berlin. When you take the S-Bahn (which is a local train) and walk to Loch Ness you might get the feeling that you are in outskirts of Berlin, in a neighbourhood where people rather sleep than party all night. Back to Loch Ness, the owners are a friendly German couple, who fell in love with Scotland a while ago and anything related to this beautiful country. Since 2010, they have been doing efforts to create a piece of Scotland in Berlin. With a good result, I must say. Usually, they have one cider on offer from Kentish Pip, a cider maker based in Kent. Bottled ciders available here, except for Thistly Cross perhaps, are industrial ciders and are not worth mentioning. Loch Ness is quite far from where I live but I pay them a visit once in a while. What’s important, once a year they organise a beer & cider festival in Berlin. Check my visit recap here.
- Muted Horn (Flughafenstr. 49, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln)
Located in the most interesting and colourful, sometimes even dangerous neighbourhood of Berlin, Neukölln, the Muted Horn is a craft beer bar and my favourite cider spot in Berlin. The Muted Horn is run by a couple of friendly Canadians who also happen to like cider. Depending on the weather conditions and preferences, you may either sit outside or inside. If you’re hungry, you are welcome to bring food from outside. My personal recommendation is the Chilli Burger from Musty Burger located just opposite. A must try! Every once in a while, the Muted Horn has craft cider from Cidrerie Milton, B. Nektar, BlakStoc, Aeblerov or Domaine Dupont on tap. For their current tap offer click here. In bottles, available cidre from Domaine Dupont, BlakStoc, Gwynt y Ddraig, Antidoot and OBC Cidre. If they have a new cider on tap, you can be almost sure I’ll show up there to try it.
- Hops & Barley (Wühlischstraße 22/23, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain)
Hops & Barley is based in the most trendy and touristic area of Berlin, Friedrichshain. Hops & Barley apart from brewing their own beers, also make their own cider from apple juice pressed in orchards around Berlin. I’ve tried their cider twice and each time it tasted different. The first time I sampled it, it tasted bone dry, the second time it was overly sweet. When I pointed out the difference in the level of sweetness, I was informed that their cider is still fermenting in the cask. Well, it’s a cider made by a brewer so that was to be expected. Anyway, big applause for being one of two places in Berlin with self-made cider. Personally, I don’t think their cider is special and I don’t like visiting them as they are always completely full. You can purchase 0.3l at 2.50 EUR or 0.5l at 3.50 EUR.
If you have a few Euros to spend or you simply enjoy fine dining, you can visit a Michelin Star restaurant Nobelhart & Schmutzig that took 88th place in The World’s Best Restaurants 2018. At Nobelhart & Schmutzig, you may order a bottle of exquisite cidre from one of the best cider makers in the cider world such as Domaine J. Ceclion, Cidro Maley, Eric Bordelet, Cidrerie Du Vulcain or Kystin. Personally, I haven’t been there but heard great reviews and I’m looking forward to trying this place out.
Herz & Niere is a restaurant serving fine German cuisine so as you might expect their dishes are mostly meat-based. Everything is made from scratch here. Even their Apfelwein is made by their team, making Herz & Niere the 2nd place in Berlin with homemade cider.
- Protokoll (Boxhagener Str. 110, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain)
Protokoll is a craft beer located in the famous Boxhagenerstr. in Friedrichshain owned by a Russian guy. Apart from craft beer they usually have a gluten-free alternative, meaning cider. From time to time they have ciders from BlakStoc, or other ciders from the US and Russia on tap. Check out their current tap list here. No bottled cider here.
Naturales Weinbar is a small wine bar in Neukölln offering not only natural wines from around the world but also natural sidra from the South of Spain, Fuente Guijarro Sidra del Sur. I love the atmosphere here, but unfortunately, their tapas tastes rather average.
- Keith Bar (Schillerpromenade 2, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln)
I haven’t visited this spot yet. But they are supposed to stock Henney’s Cider in bottles at 6 EUR.
- HEIDE’s (Rykestr. 52, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg)
HEIDE’s is a deli and an ode to everything made by Italians in Italy. As for cider, they carry Sidro del Bosco. From Italy, of course.
- Cafe Butter (Pappellallee 73, 10437, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg)
It’s a typical place to meet friends, hang out or just have breakfast. They have bottled cidre produced in Germany by Van Nahmen on offer.
The Castle used to be my No. 1 in terms of cider spots in Berlin but when they moved to a new location their cider selection significantly decreased and you will not find any real cider here. Once they had a selection of cider from other countries such as Austria or Poland. But nowadays you will find here only bottled typical commercial cider brands such as Magners, Thatcher’s, Brothers, Annings, Malvern Knight or Kingston Press. They used to have Aspall on tap, now they have introduced Stowford Press, which tastes better than the first one but is still average. Now it’s just another hipster bar in this area.
Hopfen and Malz is actually a beer shop, but they have the widest cider selection of cider in Berlin. Most cider brands are commercial but there are a few hidden gems. Hopfen and Malz carry cider from Gwynt y Ddraig, Henneys, Thatchers, Aspall, Finnbarra, Westons, Sheppys, Orchard Gold, Hazy Hog, Thistly Cross, Oldfield, Black Rat, Celtic Marches, Waddlegoose, Bulmers, Merrydown, Kelterei Heil and many more. Their selection varies. Friendly staff.
A few vendors carry cider here. For my visit recap to the Markthalle Neun click here. Unfortunately, the Danish Rødder is no longer in business. But a new stall with French cidre just opened!
Most wine shops in Berlin offer only mainstream cidre from Kerisac. Apart from Weinhandlung PanaRoma located in Prenzlauer Berg.
If you are looking for fine French products in so-called City West, Maître Philippe & Filles Berlin is the place to go. They offer cidre, poiré and calvados from Pierre Huet but also cheese and other food products great for food pairing. Interestingly, apart from French cidre they carry also a sagardoa from the Basque Country, the Isastegi Sagardo Naturala.
Lager Lager is a tiny craft beer bar in Neukölln. Apart from craft beer, they carry only bottled cider from Eric Bordelet, Domaine Dupont and Brauerei Gusswerk. And, sometimes Zeffer or recently Aeblerov. Their offer changes from time to time. Sometimes they hold cider related events.
Very friendly owners. If the weather is nice you may sit outside the shop on a wooden bench and sip your cider. They offer bottled Cornish Orchard Cider, Thatchers and Papagena Cider from Brauerei Gusswerk straight from the fridge. But don’t ask the owners for a recommendation. Their focus is only beer.
- KaDeWe – (Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin-Schöneberg)
If you are in Berlin for sightseeing, sooner or later you will visit KaDeWE anyway. KaDeWe is one of the oldest and largest department stores in Europe. For cider, visit Späti located on the top floor where you can find a cider selection including Celtic Marches, Kelterei Heil and Eric Bordelet.
If you prefer French cidre, then you should drop by at Galerie Lafayette, which is close to the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and the Brandenburger Tor. They carry cidre and poire from Eric Bordelet and commercial cidre brands such as Loïc Raison.
It’s a chain specializing in food from Mediterranean countries. Apart from cheese, sausages and fish, you will find sidra from El Gaitero (Etiqueta Blanca) and Envasados Eva La Sidra de San Sebastian.
If there are more cider spots in Berlin worth mentioning, just drop me a line! I would be happy to update my post.