Kreuzberg

5 Hot Activities for Cold Berlin Nights

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Probably the most dreaded characteristic of Berlin is its continental climate – especially the ruthless winters. It feels like many expats would happily switch from a full-time residency to summer guest appearances – but as avowed Berliners, we have a bunch of strategies to cope with the cold and make sure you enjoy our beautiful Hauptstadt all year round. Read on to find out what keeps us warm and entertained!

Michalina by Michalina
on November 16th, 2017
in Bars, Clubs, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Wedding, Wellness

10 Amazing Galleries & Museums for Contemporary Art in Berlin

Kindl exhibition view photo Marco Funke

artwork: Haegue Yang, photo Marco Funke

We’re always keeping you up to date on the coolest contemporary art exhibitions in town – highlighting every art week and pointing you right to the hottest galleries whenever we suggest a route for a particular hood. The Berlin crowd is famous for channeling their creativity in the most unusual ways so no wonder you always enjoy these tips! That’s why we thought we might just go ahead and present you a guide of the 10 most important contemporary art places in the city.

Michalina by Michalina
on November 14th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Museums, Neukölln, Schöneberg, Tiergarten

An Autumn Bike Tour through Kreuzberg with a Barista

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photo: Urte Kaunas

There are so many stories written about Berlin: a city of inspiration, creativity, lost and found spirit, art and music, crazy dance floor love fairytales and never ending discoveries. In the end, every story reflects its personal angle and puts a different color pallet to fill the page. Berlin is made of many different routes – so let’s ride.

Getting into the streets by a city bike, having a cup of beautiful coffee on the way, observing the people in the streets, having spontaneous chats and exploring the local cafes and restaurants sounds like a perfect idyll of a day in Berlin.

For our brand new guide we got together with the charming Edoardo, head barista of Refinery High End Coffee in Mitte and Kreuzberg, and teamed up with Creme Cycles and the bikecitizens app to create a bike tour that unites the spirits of Berlin, delicious coffee and beautiful bikes.

Our tour starts in the most beloved and diverse districts of Berlin: “Kreuzberg is purely bizarre: you never know what to expect from the people, it’s ever changing and there is always something odd to discover,” says Edo before we start our tour…

by Guest Author
on November 7th, 2017
in Bars, Cafés, Kreuzberg

The Best Coffee Places in Kreuzberg

Refinery Coffee

photo: Auste Skrupskyte

Setting out to discover the best places one can enjoy their cup of specialty coffee, always-busy Kreuzberg was a stop we enjoyed making, full of cute little cafes, offering coffee that blew us away. Once you find yourself around there, make sure you don’t miss out on these places.

Stella by Stella
on August 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Kreuzberg

The 10 Most Exciting New Restaurants in Berlin in 2017

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La Lucha, photo: liz_b.

Berlin never stops to deliver us new places to explore and fall in love with. Each year an abundance of new things pop up all over town, putting undiscovered areas on the map and adding new spice to already established ones.

The gastronomic newcomers of this years are particularly exciting and diverse and we had a bit of a hard time to choose the ones we want to present you here in our new guide. We especially love the fact that the style of kitchen is becoming more experimental and bringing some new trends into town, but also that interior and ambience continues to evolve.

Here’s our selection of the most exciting new restaurants in Berlin that you should check out in 2017.

Frank by Frank
on July 28th, 2017
in Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants

A Gay Guide to Berlin

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Berlin is many things, but undeniably, Berlin is pretty damn gay. The capital is so famous as a vibrating LGBTQ hotspot with countless bars, clubs, parties, different places, different styles, scenes and people that it can all become pretty confusing. You have something for everyone here, and that can be a bit overwhelming at times. So, we put together a little list of places a Berlin gay should know.

Andy by Andy
on July 20th, 2017
in Bars, Clubs, Events, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Party, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg, Tiergarten

5 Charming Cafes & Restaurants in Berlin by the Water

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Wondering how to spend the weekend if the weather does you a favor and is nice ever again in the future? Look no further as we’ve gathered for you some of our favorite cafes and restaurants by the water; because, what’s a better summer setting than this? Whether a lake or a riverside, these places are absolutely perfect for summer strolls, and God knows how we miss those. So next chance the weather gives you, grab your friend, your boo, your mom, and be where life is nice! You will find us there sipping on our beer, letting our toes catch some vitamin D.

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Tiergarten

Berlin’s Brutalist Cathedral of Contemporary Art: St. Agnes

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”Another Winter” – Aleksandar Duravcevic,  Feb/March 2017

Berlin in recent years has become known for the space and freedom it gives emerging artists to create and find their artistic voice. Meanwhile, more and more art galleries make their way into the art market to represent and exhibit their work; one of our favorite ones we always love to visit is König Gallery in Kreuzberg.

König Gallery was founded by Johann König in 2002. His innovative spirit showed from the very beginning, when, at the age of 21 he invited his artist friend Jeppe Hein to install a wrecking ball in the gallery, destroying chunks of its wall as it moved about the space, and among the viewers. His innovative spirit, years later, and the urge to move away from the ‘white cube’, had him acquire an old unused church and turn it into an art space. St. Agnes is a Postwar massive concrete building of Brutalist style, designed by Werner Düttmann and built in the 1960s. A former catholic church, which however was out of service since 2004, found new life in 2015 when König re-opened it as the second location for his gallery, (now serving as the main space) while he also resides with his wife Lena in the church’s former rectory.

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Kreuzberg

Prinzessinengärten Berlin: An Urban Oasis of Berlin

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At a time when financial profit is all that cities are driven by, the Prinzessinnengärten seem to be a green oasis that gives us hope that, as long as there are active people creating such projects, the future might not be so bleak. Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green) launched Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens) as a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, a site which had been a wasteland for over half a century. Along with friends, activists and neighbors, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour.

The ultimate idea behind this project is for all unused spaces in cities to be turned to green urban farming spaces where locals produce their own healthy food. In this way, the microclimate would be better, there would be less CO2, and the biological diversity would increase. This project promotes community and aspires to be a place where a new style of urban living can emerge, where people can work together, relax, communicate and enjoy locally produced vegetables. Since more and more people are living in cities than rural areas, it becomes important that there is change towards a more sustainable way of living, eating and moving.

Stella by Stella
on July 17th, 2017
in Cafés, Kreuzberg

Refinery High End Coffee Bar & Retail Store in Berlin

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photos: Thomas Kakareko

Refinery High End Coffee, the international, multi-roaster specialty coffee bar that we love for a ton of reasons (also featured in our coffee guide), gave us one more by opening a retail store as well.

Tansel and Bora opened Refinery in Berlin in 2015, and with it they introduced us to an excellent coffee experience; since then, their cafe near Friedrichstrasse has become a locals and visitors’ favourite. Focused on the highest quality coffee from all over the world (currently serving Norway’s beloved Tim Wendelboe), it also offers amazing seasonal dishes, savory and sweet.

Stella by Stella
on July 3rd, 2017
in Cafés, Kreuzberg, Mitte