Having studied at another culturally forgettable -yet very beautiful in the summer – German town, I always thought that the main difference between living in the capital and living in a place, where breathing large amounts of non-polluted air almost didn’t feel right, was the night life. What differentiates Berlin from other smaller cities is not just its numerous wild parties, where the right drug combination can bring you to euphoric levels of happiness despite the insufferably monotonous beats and pull you into a life crisis the next day, while wondering how you managed to look like you already had a divorce and a few heart-attacks. Luckily, Berlin is so much more than that.
The main difference lies in the possibilities awaiting when the sunlight starts to dim and the city puts on a new outfit, less fancy but always stylish; not the let’s-have-a-reunion-at-the-cemetery-kind, but in a far more original way.
Blame it on your insomnia, your constantly unsatisfied desire to explore as many as layers of this city as possible, your biological needs, or simply your Fear Of Missing Out, Berlin is here to keep you company through the sleepless nights, when doing anything other than “sleeping, because I am working tomorrow” could feel just a little bit abnormal; to be your remedy.
In my version of “Lost in Translation” I end up after another emotionally-draining day at this beautiful 24/7 cafe-restaurant-bar only to be blown away by Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte moments later. Sunny days will make it possible to brunch on the lovely terrace. Should you prefer having your breakfast in the middle of the night, this place will not disappoint you. Schwarzes Cafe is closed only Tuesdays between 03:00 and 10:00 AM, otherwise open 24/7, also the kitchen.
Schwarzes Cafe, Kantstraße 148, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg.
photo: Alicia Kassebohm
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Benedict Berlin is pretty much what could be described a breakfast heaven focusing only on breakfast dishes, but offering them all day long. Only a few months old the place is already super popular and that even despite its unusual location in Wilmersdorf. But the commute to this place is absolutely worth it, because nowhere else will you get a variety and especially with such good quality here in Berlin.
Uhlandstraße 49, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg, Open 24/7
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Mein Haus am See
When you simply want time to stop, so that you can empty your head from all thoughts and worries of real life, a visit to Mein Haus Am See will definitely make you believe that you have achieved this impossible to accomplish goal. Having a few drinks unnoticed amongst the loud crowd can sometimes serve as the twisted, urban version of meditation.
Mein Haus am See, Brunnenstraße 197-198, 10119 Berlin-Mitte.
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Gel Gör İnegöl Köftecisi
Grabbing a bite after an exhausting night out on your way home can sometimes prove very challenging, if you are looking for something other than a several days old doughnut with a sweaty chocolate glaze or a baguette filled with lots of salami and eggs. Check out this place and it will only take you seconds to understand why it is not just another Turkish fast food stall.
Gel Gör İnegöl Köftecisi, Kottbusser Damm 80, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg.
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Trying Bagdad Bistro´s chicken döner, feels like hearing the voice of your fairy godmother whispering in your ear, that it’s all going to be alright. Located at the bustling corner of Skalitzer and Schlesische Straße it is a busy place at every hour of the day and the night.
Bagdad, Schlesische Straße 2, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg.
photo: Bagdad Bistro
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In case you feel like eating your way through a 4AM panic-attack or you are a pathological procrastinator when it comes to cooking dinner, the following places will always be here for you. Should any of the above happen on a Sunday, try out the supermarkets situated at the central train stations (S Ostbahnhof, S Hauptbahnhof, S Zoologischer Garten).
Berliner Straße 24-25, 10715 Berlin-Wilmersdorf.
Siemensstraße 21-23, 12247 Berlin-Lankwitz.
Wilhelmsruher Damm 231, 13435 Berlin-Wittenau.
Schönhauser Allee 130, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.
Revaler Straße 2, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain.
Nollendorfplatz 8-9, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg.
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If the supermarkets above are way too far, then I hope that the following 24hour Späti will compensate you. It will most certainly not have all the ingredients needed for this amazing gourmet recipe you have been meaning to try out, but it will provide you with the basics.
Bernard-Weiss-Straße 1, Berlin-Alexanderplatz.
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From an unstoppable diarrhea to an insufferable headache, you might always find yourself unprepared for what karma has in store for you. For such cases, this place will be your safe haven.
Apotheke im Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Europaplatz 1, 10557 Berlin-Moabit.
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For those of you, staging a marriage proposal or rushing to their nephew’s birth in the middle of the night, Dilek will always be here to serve you.
Blumen Dilek, Oranienstraße 29, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg.
photo: Finding Berlin
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While going to the gym whatsoever -let alone in the lonely hours after 1AM- would be at the very bottom of my list, for others it can be a very profitable way to release all the stress and tension upsetting their body all day long.
McFit (studios in Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Wedding, Moabit etc.)
SuperFit (studios in Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Mitte, Steglitz etc.)
FitX (studios in Alexanderplatz, Südkreuz, Wilmersdorf, Schöneberg, etc.)
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24h Car Rental
For the spontaneous ones, who simply want to rent a car and disappear into the night, this would be ideal:
Sixt Car Rental at Europa Center, Budapester Straße 45, 10787 Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Do you know any other places that are open 24/7? Let us know in the comments below…