Coffee, cake, china and lace: Charlottenburg's Café Kredenz
According to the owners, it resembles a tiny Viennese coffeehouse; to us, it evokes a quaint, old-fashioned English tearoom. But whatever your take on Charlottenburg's Café Kredenz, it's hard to find it anything but irresistible.
Framed lace adorns the walls, a clock ticks above a china cabinet and flowers are arranged on carefully polished antique tables.
It's the kind of setting your knick-knack-loving granny would feel happily at home in, and she'd be delighted, too, with the mouthwatering array of cakes temptingly displayed behind the counter.
These award-winning confections - which include such goodies as Yoghurt and Peach Torte or Chocolate and Lime Gateau - are specially prepared by a secret source, and every bit as delicious as they look.
Genteel, faintly twee yet genuinely lovely, Café Kredenz exudes exactly the kind vintage charm that so many other cafes strive (too) hard to reproduce.
If you find yourself in Charlottenburg, take a trip to the least-visited end of Kantstraße to savour some very special old-time nostalgia - and, of course, some equally exceptional cake.
Café Kredenz: Kantstraße 81, 10627 Berlin
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-6pm