foreign correspondent: westberlin coffee shop.
westberlin is not the typical coffee shop, it’s a coffee bar and media shop. opened just over a year ago by the architect and owner Kai Bröer, it’s a perfect place to relax and read from an amazing selection of both german and international magazines that range between design, fashion and lifestyle. Kai designed the space himself and built the wooden structures you’ll see throughout the westberlin coffee shop — a perfect combination of minimal and modern with influences from scandinavia and japan.
Ilenia Martini, who shoots this foreign correspondent series for sfgirlbybay, says of her visit to westberlin, “The colors are what struck me the most, they are so well balanced between neons and pastels making it very pleasing for the eyes. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the crowd is mixed, giving the feel of being accessible to everybody. The owner was such a nice person and very helpful that it was really a pleasure talking with him.”
Another really cool thing about the space it’s the huge backlit image (below) at the end of the shop which serves to hide the office/kitchen area, while being visually appealing. westberlin is located in between kreuzberg and mitte and despite the proximity to the famous ‘check point charlie’ sightseeing destination, it’s not filled with tourists. The coffee is really good, too and every barista is professionally trained beforehand to maintain high standards for the coffee served at westberlin.
• all photographs by Ilenia Martini.