Stepping into Spielwiese is like stepping into geek heaven. If you are a board-game lover, you will no doubt see a holy light radiating from the shelves stacked against each wall boasting over 1000 games to choose from, you might even hear Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ in the background.
This board-game cafe on Kopernikusstraße is cosy and brightly decorated, with orange and green paintwork, light wooden tables and floors, and funky hanging lights, achieving the perfect balance of geek and chic. The owner Michael Schmitt is an incredibly friendly man with an impressive beard, who will stun you with his knowledge of games. Feel free to ask him for recommendations for what you should play, it is said that he is able to find you your perfect game based upon your personality.
Along with family friendly games like Monopoly, Uno, and Risk, there are also specialised fantasy role playing games like Call of Cthulhu and Year One, strategy games such as Dominion, and even a whole load of vintage games including Ambush! and Thunder Road. There are also two versions of Cards Against Humanity, something that even inexperienced gamers will enjoy for its dark humour and straightforward game play. Renting a game costs €2 and you can play for as long as you want. The cafe tends to fill up as the afternoon progresses, so it is advisable to get there around noon to bag a good table for your group. Drinks and snack are available from the bar, including a variety of coffee, organic beers and soft drinks, a range of sandwiches, and chocolate bars.
Kopernikusstraße 24, 10245 Berlin | opening times vary