For cafés in Berlin, Café Bilderbuch is a Schöneberg institution. Opened in 1996, the clue to the café’s raison d’être is in the name – picture/book. In the wonderfully elegant and deceptively capacious back room there are hundreds of them stacked away in antique cabinets. The books can be borrowed, swapped or read right there amid the sprawling wonderland of lamps, sofas and even a grand piano. The menu is styled as a newspaper, complete with information on in-house events (readings and live music mostly) and even its own sudoku and tarot sections, all alongside offers of cakes, soups, salads, breakfasts (until 11pm) and simple evening meals. The front of the café is perfect for a relaxed conversation, a laptop session and/or snack, but it’s the rear that most Bilderbuchers head to. This is the perfect spot to huddle into a sofa or an armchair and wile away the afternoon with friends, strangers or just yourself and a good buch.