Despite being a Berlin café, Gagarin is paying homage to astronaut Yuri Gagarin and this patriotic café follows an accordingly Soviet theme. Next door to Russian restaurant Pasternak, it forms a nostalgic pocket of the USSR in former East Berlin. Red stars and sputniks may be in abundance, but these days there’s little political activity. Instead, it’s a great spot to sip Russian vodkas and sup on authentic pelminis and other traditional delicacies. A safe step back from the cutting edge, the crowd is young but not self-consciously trendy. Enjoying a steady turnover, but rarely reaching capacity, mid-mornings are busiest, when a hearty breakfast menu draws in a crowd, and the Russian brunch (slightly bigger than neighbouring Pasternak’s) on Sundays is increasingly popular. (If you arrive between 3pm and 5pm the price drops from €10 to €6).