Berlin’s neighbourhoods could not be more different from one another – sometimes you only need to ride a few train stations to find a completely new world. Every district has a unique personality, and each one merits a lengthy visit. Here are some of our favourite areas.
Bergmannkiez has always been considered cleaner and more bourgeois than the area around Kotti, Görli, and Schlesi, and many Berliners (rightly) consider Bergmannstrasse the epitome of gentrification. The streets are neat and bursting with interesting shops and restaurants. At Kellerbar Ernst, the bartenders mix a particularly tasty whiskey sour, and Sushi Cube on Zossener Straße serves quality sushi at a good price. At Weilensee, you can buy handmade picture frames, and at Ararat, anything to do with paper. On the quieter half of Bergmannstrasse, you will find the enchanting Dreifaltigkeit cemetery, which houses grandiose mausoleums of wealthy Berlin families, and famous composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s grave.
More beautiful cemeteries are listed here.
- Weilensee Bergmannstraße 9
- Ararat Bergmannstraße 99A
- Ernst Bar Solmsstraße 29
- Sushi Cube Zossener Str. 18
Wrangelkiez is romanticised by tourists from all over the world for its multicultural charm, loose drug policy, and historic buildings. It may have a fair number of tourists, but even as locals, Wrangelkiez has some of our favourite haunts. The most delicious menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs) is served up at Sumak. The vintage store Pink Cadillac is a bit of a hidden gem, and it boasts a unique selection of second-hand and fetish wear. The traditional ice cream parlour Aldemir Eis is busy, but the long wait is forgotten when you are finally holding a warm cheesecake ball in your hand on your merry way to enjoy the sunset at Görli.
- Sumak Oppelner Str. 9
- Pink Cadillac Wrangelstraße 55
- Aledmir Falckensteinstraße 7
This lovely corner in Prenzlauer Berg is named after Käthe Kollwitz, a renowned painter and sculptor who lived in Berlin from 1891-1943. Kollwitzkiez hosts several markets, but the most famous is a weekly eco-market that brings together over 40 farmers and entrepreneurs from Berlin and Brandenburg. Every Thursday, year-round, you will find delicious regionally produced foods, organic produce, flowers and homemade clothing. When the weather is good, you will often find people playing music and dancing here. In addition to the great markets, the Kollwitzkiez has a huge selection of restaurants and laid-back bars.
Read more about locally grown food here.
- Kollwitzkiez Prenzlauer Berg, U-Bahnhöfe Senefelderplatz und Eberswalder Straße (U2), Tramlinien M2 und M10
- Wochenmärkte am Kollwitzplatz Kollwitzstraße, Prenzlauer Berg, Thu + Sat
Schillerkiez is a small idyll between Hermannstrasse and Tempelhofer Feld, where buildings designed by Bruno Taut as well as magnificent Wilhelminian buildings in pastel shades line the streets. There is no shortage of things to do and see here. You can shop in one of Berlin’s most best second-hand stores or at Buchhafen, one of our favourite bookstores. If you’re hungry, grab a bite at the Terz. If you’re not in the mood for a meal, try some speciality snacks from Portugal or Africa at the market on Herrfurthplatz, or order a dark cheesecake ice cream aptly named “Darth Vader” at the Mos Eisley-themed ice cream parlour. By the way, here are some more food options in Neukölln.
Cute as it is, there is a darker side to the story: there is hardly anything left of alternative culture since the left-wing neighbourhood pub Syndikat was forcibly closed down. Anyone looking for an apartment in this district will have to pay an obscene amount.
- Mos Eisley Herrfurthpl. 6
- Buchhafen Okerstraße 1
- Schillermarkt auf dem Herrfurthplatz Wed + Sat
Helmholtzkiez in Prenzlauer Berg, also affectionately known as “Helmi,” is a place to play table tennis during the day, sit on one of the many sunbeds, or go for a quick walk around the leafy Helmholtzplatz. You can stroll among the stately buildings from the Gründerzeit, browse your way through the numerous small boutiques, and feast your way from one street corner to the next.
For breakfast, visit Café Frieda for a poached egg on homemade sourdough bread. In the evening, check out one of our favourite Tanzbars, Zu mir oder zu dir? . When it’s warm, be sure to sample your way through the many ice cream flavours at Hokey Pokey ice cream shop. Between Sicilian Pistachio and White Chocolate with Passion Fruit, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
If you have special dietary requirements, check out our list of the best vegan ice cream in Berlin here.
- Eispatisserie Hokey Pokey Boutique Stargarder Str. 73
- Café Frieda Lychener Str. 37
- Zu mir oder zu dir Lychener Str. 15
In Kreuzkölln, between the noisy Urbanstraße and the green Maybachufer, Reuterkiez gives off a somewhat messy, but overall easy-going vibe. There is much to see, taste and discover: small, improvised-looking galleries and Urberliner stores have taken up residence next to sophisticated drinking establishments and trendy restaurants, where waiters serve fancy food in casual dress. On one corner stands a Turkish bakery, and on the opposite stands a hip craft beer pub, where it doesn’t matter if you can’t speak a word of German.
The soul of the Reuterkiez is best experienced when you stroll down the Maybachufer on a sunny market day, settle down in a neighbourhood pub on Weichselplatz or Friedelstraße, and then (in true local fashion), order your first beer before the clock strikes four.
- Reuterkiez U-Schönleinstraße (U8)
Savignyplatz is a historic square in Charlottenburg, whose buildings and design date back to 1862. Magnificent old buildings and ancient sycamore trees surround the central park, which is intersected by the lively Kantstraße. Neighbours meet here to enjoy the first rays of sunshine and relax together.
The cosy streets that meet at the square are home to many quaint cafés, restaurants, and pubs. The traditional Zwiebelfisch pub is well-known in the city, where old revolutionaries meet students for beer and home cooking. Kantstraße, on the other hand, is a paradise for foodies, especially fans of Southeast Asian cuisine. The bookstores in the S-Bahnbogen are among the finest in the city, and several have a sizable English selection.
- Savignyplatz Charlottenburg
- Zwiebelfisch Savignyplatz 7
Savignyplatz may be better known in Charlottenburg, but Karl-August-Platz is just as charming. There are two markets every week, always on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Pedestrians have recently reclaimed Krumme Straße, and the area behind the church is a meeting place for working people during their lunch break and a popular route for those with dogs. Two large children’s playgrounds are also located nearby. Overall, the neighbourhood is a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of Wilmersdorfer Strasse.
Read more about how pedestrians are taking back the streets here.
Soldiner Kiez is a bit dirty at first glance. But don’t let that scare you away, because there’s too much to see. For example, there is the Ballhaus Wedding, a cultural institution that opened in 1889. The two operators Djamila Rempel and Robert Bittner are working to maintain the charm of the former high-end venue at Wriezener Straße.
If the Ballhaus is too fancy for you, you can visit the trash museum on Prinzenallee , where trash exhibits tell the story of the Soldiner Kiez. Nature lovers, on the other hand, can head to the Panke River for some cosy green spaces, or to ElisaBeet, a community garden on Triftstraße. Here, cigarette butt-paved streets are replaced by beautiful flower beds, and a wonderfully rustic café.
For health fanatics, there are vegetarian dishes at BAOBAB on Soldiner Strasse, and the Ghanaian peanut soup alone makes the trip to Wedding worthwhile. Breakfast at Joumaa on Wollankstrasse offers heartier fare: dumplings filled with vegetables and meat, hummus, halloumi, and many other Arabian specialities. Soldiner Kiez may be dirty here and there, but it is charming, diverse, and free of the pseudo-aesthetics that appear in gentrified districts.
- Ballhaus Wedding Wriezener Straße 6
- Müllmuseum Prinzenallee 39
- ElisaBeet Triftstraße 2
- BAOBAB Soldiner Straße 41
- Frühstückshaus Joumaa Wollankstraße 27
This little neighbourhood stretches from the Wedding S-Bahn station to the back of the north bank. It is bold and colourful, but not quite as noisy as the rest of Wedding. This neighbourhood is ideal for nice walks in spring through the cute little side streets leading off Müllerstraße, where you can admire the colourful facades. In the summer, try to find the hidden Spreekanal so you can sit and drink on the north bank. Fuel up with the tastiest falafel in Berlin at the Libanon Falafel. At night, go to the bar Freya Fuchs for schnapps and foosball or visit the lovely Eschenbräu beer garden.
Still hungry? Here are some more of the best restaurants in Wedding.
- Frey Fuchs Tegeler Str. 34
- Eschenbräu Triftstraße 67
- Libanon Falafel Müllerstraße 165
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