photos: Alicia Kassebohm
Have you already tired yourself out following all summer events and hints and tips of the season? Maybe it’s time for a relaxed, yet not boring, weekend for you?
If this is you, we have assembled the highlights for culture lovers off the beaten path in the city for you – starting with a few spots in the versatile district Charlottenburg, where time seems to be running a bit slow to the beautiful facades and quiet parks in which you can meet original Berliners.
Attending a theater play, going to the movies or a gallery or meeting someone in one of the sometimes almost historical cafés – follow into the footsteps of Berlin’s artistic legends.
Walk from the Zoo into Kantstraße and you’ll quickly reach the Paris Bar (French cuisine and meeting place for artists) and the Schwarze Café (Black Café). You can’t miss this place with a colorful neon parrot in the front window. Step in to enjoy the charming old building atmosphere and enjoy breakfast at any time of the day.
Schwarzes Cafe, Kantstraße 148, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
open daily 24h, except Tue 3-10h closed
Paris Bar, Kantstraße 152, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open Daily 12-01h
If Italian cuisine is more for you, and with that I especially mean pizza, head to 12 Apostel around the corner at the Else-Ury-Bogen, right at the S-Bahn station. Sit outside on the terrace if weather permits and enjoy watching passers-by. You may even spot a German soccer player here, if you’re lucky.
12 Apostel, Bleibtreustraße 49, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg, open daily 08-01h
In the lovely backyard of Kantstr. 149 is the gallery Camera Work, currently showcasing photos of boxing legend Muhammed Ali. Since 1997 the gallery offers lots of photography icons to marvel at for free – both in this branch as well as in their new branch in Mitte ( the CWC gallery) which opened in 2012.
Camera Work, Kantstraße 149, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open Tue-Sat 11-18h
If all of this got you inspired, rummage through some photography and other specialty books at the Bücherbogen at Savignyplatz afterwards.
Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz, Stadtbahnbogen 593, 10623 Berlin, Open Mon-Fri 10-20h, Sat 10-19h
Or stroll towards Fasanenstraße with all its little galleries and the famous auction house ‘Villa Grisebach’. Hurry to visit the exhibition with photographs by Alfred Seiland. Part of the FAZ newspaper campaign “Dahinter steckt immer win kluger Kopf” (which translates to „There is always a clever mind behind it“, Scholz&Friends) this exhibition is closing on August 29th.
Villa Grisebach, Fasanenstr. 25, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open Mon-Fri 10-18:30h, Sat 11-16h
Right next door is the Literaturhaus Berlin, that organizes exhibitions as well as lecturs or other events on literature. Their sunny terrace in the beautiful winter garden is the perfect place to relax with a good book that you just scorched at the Bücherbogen.
Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Café-Restaurant Wintergarten open daily 9-24h
Go back to the beginning of the Kantstrasse and complete your evening program with a theatre play at the magnificent ‘Theater des Westens’ or a movie at the ‘Delphi Filmpalast’.
Theater des Westens, Kantstraße 12, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Delphi Filmpalast, Kantstraße 12A, 10623 Berlin, open daily 9-23h