Neukölln

A Guide to Neukölln

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This Saturday a whole bunch of shops, cafes and restaurants united for the third edition of the Neukölln Shopping Night. Our friends from Berlin Loves You are presenting the special event together with Down By Retro and it’s turned out to be the biggest one they’ve done so far united all the different kiezes of Neukölln. From vintage to design, edgy brands to accessories or even records to food, you’ll get the perfect opportunity to appreciate multifaceted Neukölln. There will be special discounts, music and free drinks all over the place. And not to be missed: The after party at Chesters (which technically is not in Neukölln, but close enough…)

We’ve browsed through the list of participating places and thought this is a good opportunity to create a little guide to Neukölln for you guys because we hardly ever feature this youthful and blooming district of Berlin that especially the foreigners and expats love so much. So have a look at our selection of places in our Neukölln Guide after the jump, all of which are gonna be part of the Neukölln Shopping Night with special opening time until 22h. If you are looking for even more recommendations in Neukölln we recently published The Vintag Path Neukölln tour on our Friendly Berlin App with a great itinirary to spend a day in this beloved district in the name of vintage.

Frank by Frank
on October 29th, 2014
in Neukölln, Shops
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The All-Day Breakfast Guide for Berlin

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I’m a total breakfast person. Well, I’m a food person in general, but breakfast is the most important meal for me and even if I have a busy day ahead of me I will take my time and endulge in my daily breakfast routine.

I love eating out for breakfast with friends or for business meetings. It sets me in the perfect mood for just anything to be serviced with coffee, scrambled eggs, pancakes or cakes. But sadly the majority of cafes and restaurants don’t align with my nighthawk schedule and super late breakfast sessions. I never understood why restaurants decide to limit the time they serve certain dishes even though they still have the same cook and the same ingredients in the house. It seems to be one of those German beaurocratic rules that you just have to oblige.

But Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin if there wouldn’t be at least some places that operate outsite of these silly rules. I have selected 6 of my favorites places that I gratefully visit on a regular basis and put together a little all-day breakfast guide for Berlin.

If you are looking for more places to have an amazing breakfast (also at more common hours) I have curated a list of the 10 best breakfast places for the brand new and phantastic Friendly Berlin offline city guide iPhone app. You should definately download and check out this app if you want to get some inspiration on how to spend your days here as I have written many original themed routes about Berlin.

Frank by Frank
on August 18th, 2014
in Cafés, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg
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Calypt – A Modern Vintage Treasure Chest

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When it comes to vintage fashion the options in Berlin are countless. There are many sources, big markets, kilogram shops and small boutiques. We have quite a few really good little stores with a nice, almost personal selection of clothes. But when it comes to the reflection of contemporary style and youth culture the options are getting fewer.

Calypt might very well be one of the rare vintage shops that closes this gap. The little store in Boddinstraße just opened a few months ago but has already managed to gather a little fan base of the young and fashionable in Neukölln. When you browse through the racks you can tell that the store owners select their pieces meticulously with love and care. For them every garment is unique and special that they hang into their shop.

Right on the wavelength of current trends in fashion they have a focus on the 90s, both for boys and girls. They cover various styles, but what stood out the most two me where two things: One is their selection of sports and active wear. With all the mesh tops, sports jerseys, shorts and neopren jackets you could totally style an editorial for any renowned style magazine and no-one would know it’s all vintage. And the second section that I think is interesting is the “club rack” which is a fun selection of some more crazy and daring pieces you could wear for your next night out in the techno nightclubs of Berlin.

Head over the jump to get your first impressions and the details of the store, but even better schedule a visit on your next trip to Neukölln.

Frank by Frank
on August 14th, 2014
in Fashion, Neukölln, Shops
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Le Articioche – The Artistic Supper Club

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From time to time we have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary dinner experience such as a secret supper club. We love these kind of dinners were random strangers meet at a house of another stranger and get surprised by all kinds of delicacies. These types of dinners take a special place in our memory not only for the food but also for the interesting encounters with the other supper club guests. Berlin has so many wonderful supper clubs to offer and some of them we reviewed over here. One supper club we would like to recommend today is called Le Articioche and is organised by two Italian girls living in Neukölln. Their special recipe: for every dinner they serve they invite a special artist to give a creative contribution. For the one we went too, we had the chance to enjoy contemporary dance in between the courses of tasty Italian dishes.

This Wednesday they will have another supper club with the topic abstraction. A performance by Sub Human Bros will create the right atmosphere to guide you into the abstraction era! Don’t miss this intense experience and reserve your seat since the capacity is limited. By staying in touch with their facebook page you will know when their next dinner will take place. After the jump you will find some photos from the last supper club we attended to.

Claudio by Claudio
on August 11th, 2014
in Art, Neukölln, Restaurants
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December Fun with the KreuzbergKalender – Win Tickets!

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December is always packed. But before everyone heads home and Berlin feels like completely emptied out everyone wants to do something nice with their friends. Each year the KreuzbergKalender offers small events that provide the perfect opportunity for lasting memories and the team has great things planned for the upcoming weeks…

Lia by Lia
on November 28th, 2013
in Events, Kreuzberg, Neukölln
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The KreuzbergKalender returns!

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The Advent project will introduce people, places and products in and around Kreuzberg and brings the neighborhood together at their own events again this year. It will kick off with an Opening Party at the Backyard and because the girls won the Leetchi.com Party, there’s another big bash on February 1st…

Lia by Lia
on November 10th, 2013
in Events, Kreuzberg, Neukölln
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Restaurant Feliu in Neukölln

Restaurant Feliu in Neukölln

Even though I am a big fan of Spain I have to admit that I have never really gotten used to the Spanish cuisine. There hasn’t been one Spanish restaurant here in Berlin yet, that I truly enjoyed eating at. Gladly this has changed now. Let me introduce you to Feliu. It’s a brand new Spanish restaurant in the Kreuzkölln area that I was lucky to try out last week. And it was quite delightful!

The place is located at Pflüger, quite close to the subway stop Schönleinstaße. The candle-lit interior has the typical urban-rustic style of Neukölln and Kreuzberg, with lots of little details and antiques, think of Das Hotel. We felt quite comfortable in the place and were warmly welcomed. We tried out as many things as possible on the menu including vegetarian and fish starters, meaty main courses and chocolaty desserts. Unlike most of the Spanish dishes that I have been served so far everything was really arranged with a good sense of style and love to details. Some of the courses almost looked Asian, which was quite unusual.

The baked egg plant with cheese was really good, so was the pork main course. But the absolute hightlight was the chocolate cake, very rich in taste! And to our big surprise everything was unusually inexpensive for the area. No main course was over 13 EUR. I’ll definately dine here again soon and will probably try out the duck. We also heard they have an amazing Paella for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy our impressions and the details after the jump!

Frank by Frank
on March 27th, 2013
in Neukölln, Restaurants
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Looking forward to the KreuzbergKalender

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Last year around this time I was still very relaxed and the Christmas corners in the supermarkets annoyed me like most other people. But then I sat in our kitchen with a good friend and we came up with idea of an Advent calendar that contains real experiences instead of stale chocolate. What was said was done and relaxation was quickly replaced with excel-sheets, nights of filling paper bags and plenty of anticipation for the Holiday season. Although the KreuzbergKalender was a fairly improvised project in its first year, it was a surprisingly great success. Our handmade Advent calendars sold out quickly and plenty of friends and fans visited the events we hosted and created memories we still talk about.

Now December is approaching and we decided to give the KreuzbergKalender another go in 2012. But this time around we’d like to not only do it for our friends, but with all those cool kids interested in what’s new and exciting between Schillerkiez and Moritzplatz.

Lia by Lia
on October 25th, 2012
in Art, Events, Kreuzberg, Neukölln
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Vintage Galore – The 60s Teak Heaven

Vintage Galore – The 60s Teak Heaven

Vintage Galore is a brand new vintage furniture store at Sanderstraße a few doors down from Sing Blackbird. It’s not like any of those cramped and dusty second hand furniture shops with cheap knock-offs and granny’s old stuff. It feels more like a high-end design boutique. The specialty here are 60s Scandinavian design furniture in teak wood and lamps. They also have a small but great vintage clothes section with a lot of menswear. The amazing thing about the store is the quality of the products. Many of them are refurbished by hand which makes them look as good as new. Owner Erik told me, that teak wood pieces from the 60s have always been a passion for him and with this store he turned his hobby into a profession. Well done! Some more impressions and details after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on October 19th, 2012
in Fashion, Neukölln, Places, Shops
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Lavanderia Vecchia – Newkölln Adventures

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I have no problems with Neukölln. I don’t think that it is dangerous, I don’t have any problems with the people living there (hipsters included) and I have no envy at all towards people paying so much less rent than I do. Still I am not a Newkölln enthusiast. Something makes me nervous there. Which is a pity, because they have one restaurant I would kill to have in Mitte, Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain.  The Lavanderia Vecchia (ital. the old laundry) is an amazing place with amazing food. And during the day for lunch time the prices are amazing too. In the evening they just serve full course menus for a fixed price of 45 EUR (drinks included). Certainly more of an option for special occassions. The social engagement of the restaurant is quite impressive. Once a month they serve extra cheap food to unemployd and homeless people.  Check out some impressions and the address after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on June 28th, 2012
in Neukölln
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