Newspapers and Cafés go pretty well together, right? Still, it is surprisingly rare for a newspaper to open their very own café.
The taz, or Die Tageszeitung (“the daily newspaper”), is a nation-wide publication which can be considered as alternative left. Its political orientation is also very visible in the newspaper’s organization: In contrast to many other publications, taz is cooperative-owned and administrated by its employees.
At the newspaper’s own café you can’t only read and buy their publications, but also drink their very own organic and fairtrade coffee “tazpresso”. But don’t think that this place is just meant to merchandize taz’s products: the café is actually located right beyond the journalists’ and editors’ offices.
Especially during lunch time many of the employees come down for a quick meal. taz Café offers a changing menu every day, always with vegetarian options. Rumors say the lunch is so good that even the journalists of rivaling Axel Springer publishing house, located just around the corner, secretly come here; but don’t quote me on that… In the evening, taz Café hosts discussions and events, often related to journalism and left-winged politics (mostly in German though).
Unfortunately, taz Café is not extremely cozy. However, it is definitely an interesting spot to check out for lunch or coffee — especially because this place is a lot better and cheaper than most other places in this area, which cater to the masses of tourist visiting Checkpoint Charlie and other popular sights.