Prenzlauer Berg is a lovely, tasteful district with orderly streets and usually a bunch of children running around and pulling the high-quality sleeves of their trendy parents. But still, there’s many places where the prevalent clientele comprises of tenderfoot expats, breezy tourists, and others who heart Berlin just like you do.
Breakfast – Betty’n Caty 26
Located at the lovely water tower in Prenzlauer Berg’s Kollwitzkiez the cute French Brasserie-style cafe and restaurant Betty’n Caty 26 might be one of the nicest spots of all Prenzlauer Berg. Fresh creative salads, the most scrumptious cakes, and several modern options with eggs and avocado, as well as porridge and Acai bowls won’t leave you hungry!
Betty’n Caty, Knaackstraße 26, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Built in 1877 the Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg is the oldest water tower in Berlin. Once used to supply the workers apartments with water, it hasn’t been used since 1952. The tower is surrounded by a little park and despite its grim history (associated with the first concentration camp in Nazi Germany) today this is a place of serenity and quiet in the middle of a friendly neighbourhood where you can chill for a while after the hearty breakfast.
Wasserturm Prenzlauer Berg, Knaackstraße 23, 10405 Berlin
Kulturbrauerei, located in the northern corner of the Kollwitzkiez, is a 25,000 square metres building complex accommodating various cultural and educational establishments, like a cinema, two dance clubs, the event location Alte Kantine, museum on everyday life in the GDR, or the Berlin branch of New York University.
Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
It’s the street you might already have seen in pictures without being aware of it. In a fashion similar to people who wear glitter as an everyday accessory, Choriner Str has a bunting that stays there hanging between its opposite sides all year round!
Kastanienallee is a long street bustling with sounds of simple downtown joy. Locals and tourists alike are attracted by the plentiful collection of shops, cafes and street food establishments like An einem Sonntag im August, Prater Garten, or Lichtblick Kino – a charming single-screen cinema that screens Casablanca every Saturday night to name a few.
For more recommendations check out our detailed guide to Kastanienallee.
photo: Keith Telfeyan
Zionskirchplatz is the next point of interest on our tour. The church here is a definite photo op, even from within its spires. It’s surrounded, of course, with more places to sit back and relax with food or drink, including W Der Imbiss and the Weinerei Forum, where unlimited wine is pay-as-you-wish.
photo: Keith Telfeyan
Kastanienallee intersects Oderberger Straße, which might feature the most lovely architecture in the city. The pastel building facades are somehow reminiscent of Paris. This street features many good restaurants (Vietnam Village, Entweder Oder, Sushi Kyand countless others), cafes (Kauf Dich Glücklich, Cafe Krone, Bonanza) and shopping opportunities. But the best thing about it? It will lead you straight to Mauerpark!
photo: Keith Telfeyan
Mauerpark can’t really boast any especially trimmed garden areas, and still it is by far the city’s most popular park. On a typical Sunday afternoon, the city’s crowd simply owns the place, elevating it to the status of a communal cultural institution, with a huge flea market, street food stands, iconic karaoke, and plenty of spots to show off with any skill you might think you have (surprisingly often playing drums).
Mauerpark, Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin Wall Memorial
The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) is a visible reminder about the division of Berlin by the Berlin Wall and the deaths that occurred there. There is a monument and a great, very informative museum.
Definitely not a household name, the flea market at Arkonaplatz is surely a cool option to check out when you’re not feeling too keen on jostling through the crowd at Mauerpark.
Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg
Dinner – Les Valseuses
This French cuisine place on the busy Eberswalder Straße will constitue a very happy end to your journey into the heart of Prenzlauer Berg!
Les Valseuses, Eberswalder Str. 28, 10437 Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg
photo: Les Valseuses
And if you are so inclined to, your 7 days in Berlin could end with a visit to the one and only techno temple as the best day to go is Sunday afternoon. Do we need to say more? The only downside you will have to leave lovely Prenzlauer Berg and head down to Friedrichshain…
Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain