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Exploring Kreuzberg: A Guide to Graefekiez

photos: Amanda Artiaga

When you make your way from Kottbusser Tor down to Hermannplatz, you’ll get Kreuzberg as you imagine it to be: Loud, busy, weird and colorful. You pass Doenershops, Spaetis, and stores that sell so many cheap and unnecessary things you start questioning what they actually make their money with. If you walk straight down Kottbusser Damm, you wouldn’t necessarily guess that one of Kreuzberg’s most beautiful “Kieze” is just to your right. But as usual in Berlin, you can just turn around one corner and the whole scenery turns upside down.

The Graefekiez won’t be your new go-to hotspot for activities after nightfall, due to strict noise regulations after 22h in this neighborhood. However, all its lovely cafes, delicious restaurants, cute little shops and streets where one beautiful old building stands next to the other, make Graefekiez the perfect destination for a relaxed ‘lil Saturday or Sunday afternoon excursion. We picked a few spots that you should definitely check out.

Andy by
on May 8th, 2018
in Cafés, City Guide, Kreuzberg, Restaurants, Shops

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

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

5 Delicious Breakfast Dishes from around the World in Berlin

After one of those vigorous Berlin weekends there is nothing more rewarding than indulging in a delicious breakfast, made and arranged beautifully by one of the many fantastic breakfast places in Berlin. Something tasty to wake up your senses after that long night out, that exciting Stranger Things showdown or that draining study session.

We know that internationally there is a lot to find in Berlin’s culinary pot of cafes and restaurants. To prevent you from visiting Roamers for the 4th Sunday in a row or get your needed matcha-fix again at lovely Brammibals, we put together five mouth watering unusual places to mix up your breakfast game.

Franziska by
on December 14th, 2017
in Cafés, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg

Spooning Cookie Dough: Prenzlauer Berg’s Sweet New Dessert

Berlin is a city of vices and few of them are as innocent as sweet tooth. But the Berlinerin Diana Hildenbrand has elevated her habit of scooping on raw dough into a yummy business idea. Those of you looking for a candy haven where you definitely won’t have to add extra sugar – read on!

Her store in Prenzlauer Berg looks like it was taken out of a Wes Anderson movie – and the fairytale aesthetic is a perfect setting to experience the luscious snack. Raw cookie dough is not yet a very popular concept in Germany, but it has many followers in the US – and that’s how Diana first came across it when during her pregnancy she was googling cake dough recipes that didn’t contain eggs.

She organized a few tastings with friends and after their positive response, she quit her job and devoted herself solely to her two kids and the cookie dough business. Now, you can choose your favorite from a sweet variety of cookie dough sorts jazzed up with delicious extras like hazelnut and chocolate spread, roasted almonds, marshmallows just to mention a few, along several different toppings.

If you like your desserts extra sweet, you just have to check out this place!

Michalina by
on December 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Prenzlauer Berg

A Bike Tour through Kreuzberg with a Barista

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
on November 7th, 2017
in Bars, Cafés, Kreuzberg