About us

There are many stories surrounding the Café Einstein Stammhaus. In 1878, sewing machine manufacturer Gustav Rossmann had a villa built outside the center of Berlin at Kurfürstenstrasse 58 in the then modern neo-Renaissance style. In the vibrant 1920s, Jewish private banker Georg Blumenfeld acquires Villa Rossmann, which he rents to a secret gambling club of high society. The crème de la crème of the Weimar Republic came and went here: Aristocrats, factory owners, famous lawyers and stars celebrate in tuxedos and evening gowns with champagne and caviar. This has not changed to this day. After the National Socialists seized power in 1933, the club was publicly blown up. Soon an SS office moves into the premises of the present-day coffee house. The owners of Villa Rossmann, the Blumenfeld couple, are expropriated and eventually driven to suicide. Today, at the entrance of the house, two “Stolpersteine” commemorate the life and fate of the Blumenfeld couple. Over 300 air raids turn the city of Berlin into a field of rubble. The villa at Kurfürstenstraße 58 survives the war – for a long time it is unclear what is to become of it and it falls into disrepair. 100 years after the foundation stone of the Rossmann House was laid, the exiled Austrian Uschi Bachauer revives in it a renaissance of Berlin coffeehouse culture as well as a genuine Viennese coffeehouse; the perfect symbiosis of apple strudel and avant-garde. Today, Café Einstein Stammhaus is known worldwide and has enjoyed a first-class reputation since Philipp Hasse-Pratje took over. Anyone who likes an exclusive ambience, wants to experience tradition, simply take their time or enjoy the greenery, comes to Café Einstein Stammhaus. A book about the coffee house: “Café Einstein Stammhaus – the history of the Berlin coffee house” is available in our online store or in the café.