The German capital city has long been known as the Mecca of electronic music and clubbing in Europe. Over the past years, however, it has also reinvented itself as a hotspot for amazing international food, great art and independent shops. One of our favorite cities in Europe, Berlin has its very own lifestyle and a plethora of places to explore.
Discover our best tips and ways to experience the city like a local in this brand-new city guide that focuses on our favorite neighborhoods.
Start your visit by diving right into what makes Berlin so unique. An extremely multicultural area, Neukölln is a glorious melting pot where you’ll find the city’s best falafel sandwiches and Döner Kebabs as well as countless charming bars, shops and sit-down restaurants.
For a stunning view of the city, head to Klunkerkranich, a hidden rooftop bar located on top of the Neukölln Arcaden mall. There, you’ll be able to enjoy live bands, DJs and other seasonal events while sipping on beer or mulled wine.
Klunkerkranich - Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin
After dark, head to Weserstraße, one of the area’s main arteries that is filled with bars, galleries, tattoo studios and secondhand shops. You can walk into any bar there and have a good time, though our favorites are Ratzeputz (order their signature ginger schnaps), Mendy & Edeltraut for their 1€ Mexikaner (a German shot that is essentially a tiny, spicy Bloody Mary) and Silver Future, a super fun queer bar. On a budget? Grab a drink from any Späti, the city’s characteristic convenience shops. We especially enjoy Späti International as it has tables out front and bathrooms at the back.
The next morning, head to Kreuzkölln, the area where the districts of Kreuzberg and Neukölln merge. There, Geist im Glas serves the city’s most decadent brunch and is a great spot to stay through the night while enjoying their perfectly crafted (and affordable) cocktails. For some more daytime drinking, Lenau Stuben is a great typical Berlin bar where older native Berliners rub shoulders with the city’s young expats.
Craving a juicy burger? We love Berlin Burger International, a small joint that serves some of the best in town. Across the street is also a Döner shop with incredibly low prices during the day, so the choice is yours!
After that, take the M29 bus towards Kreuzberg, the alternative district that has been making waves for decades. Vertikal, on Reichenberger Straße, serves amazing food from morning to evening while Five Elephant, located across the road, is famous for its third wave coffee and has the best cheesecake in town.
Head to Görlitzer Park for an afternoon stroll and pass by Edelweiss, an all-day cafe located Inside the park that combines a terrace, a music club with jazz sessions, a party garden and a restaurant.
Vertikal - Reichenberger Straße 86a, 10999 Berlin
Five Elephant - Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999 Berlin
Edelweiss - Görlitzer Straße 1-3, 10997 Berlin
If you’re dying to try Berlin’s famous Burgermeister burgers, don’t stand in line under the Schlesisches Tor station with all the tourists. Instead, head to their actual restaurant located on Kottbusser Tor! While in the area, visit café, restaurant and night club Südblock or head to gay bar Möbel Olfe for cheap Polish beer and vodka shots.
Burgermeister - Skalitzer Straße 136, 10999 Berlin
Südblock - Admiralstraße 1-2, 10999 Berlin
Möbel Olfe - Reichenberger Straße 177, 10999 Berlin
The city’s central district is known for its designer shops, art galleries and fancier restaurants and bars. One of our favorite spots to hang out there is ISLA, a new concept store dedicated to celebrating women. Aside from a neat clothing selection, it is also home to a nail salon that will make your wildest nail art dreams come true. Into DJing? They also have equipment and will happily let you play a few tracks.
ISLA - Inselstraße 13, 10179 Berlin
Mitte is also renowned for its great Asian restaurants, and we especially like Sixtyseven (a bao burger place), fusion restaurant Dudu and District Mot for Vietnamese street food. For shopping, Mulackstraße is filled with designer shops, including cute stationery store R.S.V.P.
Sixtyseven - Rosenthaler Straße 67, 10119 Berlin
Dudu - Torstraße 134, 10119 Berlin
District Mot - Rosenthaler Straße 62, 10119 Berlin
R.S.V.P. - Mulackstraße 14 + 26, 10119 Berlin
Other main streets to explore include Auguststraße, Linienstraße and Torstraße. If visiting the latter, stop by Gaststätte W. Prassnik, another typical old-fashioned bar that brews their own delicious beer.
Gaststätte W. Prassnik - Torstraße 65, 10119 Berlin
Berlin gets cold and gloomy in winter but visiting the botanical garden is the perfect cure! Located in the south-west area of the city, this truly magical location is home to no less than 22,000 plant species. Its gorgeous glasshouses are filled with exotic plants and its pleasant temperature makes it the perfect place to take a break from the cold.
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin - Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, 14195 Berlin
Pictures : Merlin Meuris
Text : Camille Darroux