Ten years and still going strong
Oh my, the St. Oberholz! A temple of digital Berlin Bohème for some and the path to the forever glowing apple for others. But after exactly ten years now, the cafe located directly at Rosenthaler Platz is far more than that. When Ansgar Oberholz opened his shop in 2005, countless concepts for the same place had already failed – including a Burger King Franchise. (Kind of makes you wonder how this was even possible during the early noughties?!) Meanwhile, Rosenthaler Platz has turned into a Mitte Hotspot, the once godforsaken Torstraße has come to life and the cosmopolitan creative power of the capital city is sprouting everywhere. Just a question of luck? No, not at all. The driving force of St.Oberholz is one of the main reasons why this area has evolved the way it has. Berlin’s start-up scene is booming, revolutionary ideas are born (and discarded again), young creatives from around the world are drawn here – lured by the dream of the next big thing and a way of life that releases potential rather than limiting it. The St.Oberholz does not only serve good coffee and organic snacks, it’s an office space, a meeting room and has been the birthplace of some of the best concepts that the city has spawned in recent years. You can practically taste the sweet spirit of entrepreneurship when you walk in. Upstairs you can now officially book co-working spaces or even rent guestrooms another flight up. St. Oberholz has taken things to an even higher level with its own publishing company and their sister company St. Meze is winning fame for its coffee and cakes. Today there’ll be a big ten year anniversary bash with music and snacks and tons of founder stories (including those famous aha moments). Plenty of good reasons to stop by and return to the place where it all – or at least something – began for so many. Let’s raise our soy lattes to that – Happy Birthday!