City Guide

10 Amazing Places in Berlin that will take you by Surprise

photo: Funkhaus Berlin. 

In all of the years that I have been living in Berlin the city never ceases to surprise me with new incredible places, no matter if they are incredible buildings, stunning interiors, unusual locations or innovative concepts. When people who are planning to come to Berlin or are already here but want to experience something new, they often ask me about places like that and where they can find them. My first reaction is always that I am missing the right answers because all the places are so familiar to me, after 18 years, what can truly still surprise me. But then I think back to the moments when I first discovered those incredible places, sometimes even before I had seen pictures of them, and how they made me feel. With this memory in mind I curated the following list of amazing places that will take you by surprise when you first visit them. Our readers who are more familiar with the city might know a lot of them already, but maybe we manage to have at least a couple that you don’t know yet.

Frank by
on April 25th, 2018
in Bars, Cafés, Friedrichshain, Galleries, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Wannsee, Wedding

The Best Spanish Restaurants in Berlin

Oh, Spain…How to describe you? Besides everything, Spain is a country that keeps charming and surprising both its new visitors and its inhabitants. Envied because of the weather, admired for its historical, cultural and artistic legacy and desired for it’s rich, healthy and extremely varied gastronomy, Spain never leaves you indifferent. That’s why if you are a Spaniard like me, you’ll find yourself missing the smells, the flavors and the warmth of the country that you have left behind. So if you are feeling the weight of the nostalgia bringing you down or just asking yourself how did you end up in this cold and rainy (but always amazing)  city, here we have put together some great places that will, hopefully, make you feel a little bit like home. And of course, don’t forget to make a toast ¡salud!

by
on April 16th, 2018
in Bars, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Restaurants

The Amazing Female Chefs of Berlin

The gastronomy scene of Berlin has lacked a bit of gender diversity for far too long. Gladly, this seems to be changing now, with more and more female chefs and restaurant owners rising up. We’re all in for some more female power in every genre so we took it upon us to introduce you to six talented female chefs in Berlin, who grab the gastronomy scene by the horns and keep creating new opportunities and perspectives for women in the industry.

Franziska by
on April 10th, 2018
in Food, People, Restaurants

A Guide to Schöneberg’s Beautiful Akazienkiez

Schöneberg, Schöneberg…? Surely, some people who aren’t yet familiar with the city won’t know that Schöneberg is one of Berlin’s neighborhoods because that’s exactly what happened to me. For decades Schöneberg was the epicenter of Berlin’s creative underground, but today you will find Berlin’s interesting, cool, and artsy vibe in most of the Eastern neighborhoods. This unique atmosphere that makes people from all over the globe want to move to the German capital. That way some neighborhoods like Kreuzberg have kept their cool and edgy reputation over the years. But, as you can already imagine, there’s much more than meets the eye in Berlin’s west, especially in Schöneberg. Yes, if you are new in town Schöneberg is still worth a visit and we are going to explore some of its curious locations and little wonders.

FYI: Because Schöneberg is quite an extense neighborhood, I have focused on a specific area which it’s the Akazienkiez and places near The Red Island. In a map, you can see a distinctive triangle-shaped area of Schöneberg bordered by railway lines S1, U7 and the Ringbahn of Berlin. It was called like that due to the left-wing supporters that lived in that specific neighborhood.

by
on April 4th, 2018
in Bars, Cafés, Museums, Restaurants, Schöneberg, Shops

The Future Breakfast: A Brand New Breakfast Delight in Neukölln

photos: Sabrina Hubert

Announcing The Future Breakfast as a novelty in Berlin is not doing them justice. Katie and Flo, the lovely team behind the new cafe in Neukölln, have been around with their project for a few years now serving their delicious egg and avocado dishes from their little food caravan at various street food markets, events and locations. But after all those years on the streets it was about time to settle down. So they rented their own space at Böhmische Straße in Neukölln, beautifully renovated it and opened their charming cafe to the public over the Easter weekend this year. Their launch was a huge success and their tasty dishes filled the bellies of many happy customers – and many more to come.

Frank by
on April 3rd, 2018
in Cafés, Neukölln

Sustainable Berlin: Amazing Zero Food Waste Projects for a Better Future

photo: Elaine Casap

Old habits die hard. Not that this is an excuse for avoiding change, but… they just do. When you, like most of us, grew up in this affluent society of ours, you are used to groceries always being available to you. That yoghurt in the back of the fridge, that you forgot when you went away for a few days… oh well, sheepishly throw it away, you can get a new one today. That take away food, that you didn’t end up eating in the end – bye, there’s the bin. Again, you bought 10 eggs and ended up eating 3? If you are recognizing yourself right now, this article is for you!

There is that indifference, in all of us. But if global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases next to China and the USA. Unshaped fruit and vegetables, overproduced goods, portions at restaurants that are too large or expired groceries that are still fine to consume – all of it ends up in the bin, even though it is still perfectly fine to eat. Food waste is on of our biggest problems today and the fight against it should become habitual. This is why we are giving a shoutout to these awesome Berlin-based food projects that are taking a stand against it.

Franziska by
on April 3rd, 2018
in Cafés, Food, Products, Restaurants, Shops

A Guide to Syrian Creatives, Projects & Places in Berlin

photo: Bernhard Musil

For a new feature from our series of articles presenting different cultures in Berlin that already featured the Greeks, Poles, or the Turkish people we want to showcase some of the most interesting things that Syrian people have brought to Berlin. Our listicle is simply brimming with versatile talent – among others we’ve got a Youtuber, several artists, writers and dancers, and – of course – a DJ.

We also highlight a bunch of great social initiatives created either by or in cooperation with Syrians that you shouldn’t miss. Last but not least, scroll right to the bottom of the article to find the best locations for Syrian food that Berlin has to offer!

Michalina by
on March 22nd, 2018
in Cafés, Food, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Music, Neukölln, Party, People, Restaurants, Theater, Wedding

The Ur-Berliner Guide Curated by Born & Raised Berliners

photos: Amanda Artiaga

There are so many reasons why we heart Berlin. In a fast-paced city like ours, it’s hard to keep track. People move in and out, places come and go. What one person loves about this city, might be completely unknown to others, and possibly gone before they even find out about it. Every city guide, every restaurant recommendation, list of cafés, clubs or bars can only give little indications and reflect someone else’s love for this city, but in the end why you love Berlin, is your own story.

Those who have been born and raised in Berlin, and, after all these years, still decide to call Berlin their home, have a genuine love story to tell. We asked some of these ‘Ur-Berliners’, with lifelong experience how they would spend a day in Berlin. The results are a collection of hidden gems and nostalgic places that never lose their charm. #whyiheartberlin

Andy by
on March 15th, 2018
in Bars, Cafés, Dahlem, Kreuzberg, Market, People, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants, Schöneberg

Portrait of a Birch Tree: A Hidden Gem on an Exhibition in Prenzlauer Berg

Greenhouses are a an immersive experience. Just by entering a door you end up in another climate with another vegetation. All of this is of course all human made and some would say unnatural or even fake. Created for whom lives in colder regions to enjoy tropical plants and flowers once in a while.

Taking the idea of recreating a fake-vegetation young artist Martin Binder reinterpreted a small green house hidden inside a beautiful courtyard of Prenzlauer Berg. His Portrait of A Birch Tree is a unique sculpture imitating natural forms and shapes. Binder who studied in Berlin and Finnland was always fascinated by the purity and singular structure of birch trees. By recreating their innocence he is not only questioning our senses but maybe the whole concept of what is actually real in a world of post.truth and virtual entertainment.

The exhibitions is open until the 15th of March 2018. 

Claudio by
on March 11th, 2018
in Art, Prenzlauer Berg

7 Awesome Berlin Bars that are Perfect for a First Date

photo: Herr Lindemann

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we came across Zitronenstraße – a project that highlights Berlin’s most romantic spots such as bars, cafes, restaurants and parks on an interactive map. Although the town is full of bars and cafes, sometimes you still end up clueless as to where can you take your date. This is especially common during Winter, when even the most tenacious Berliners have to seek shelter from the cold. We’ve asked Valerio – the creator of the romantic places in Berlin map – to share his 7 favorite bars that he thinks are perfect for a romantic date.

Michalina by
on February 14th, 2018
in Bars, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln