Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Berlin Guide Part I

Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

Firstly, I must mention that Kreuzberg is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Berlin that you can see many 
cafes, bars, cool places one to another. In Friedrichshain there is nothing to see, except a "must night" in 
Berghain night club.

Marx Coffee Shop & Bar
In this cafe, you can drink your coffee while reading a book, or you can have a breakfast/brunch that I 
highly suggest (the one includes cheese, egg, fruits, breads, and tomatoes with pesto sauce) . At nights, 
drinking a glass of wine when listen to a good music with a Marx sculpture is really nice.
Spreewaldplatz 6, Kreuzberg

Five Elephant
Delicious cakes with a cup of coffee. Small and cute for cake lovers.
Reichenbergerstr. 101, Kreuzberg

Bellman Bar
1920s style bar, with a nostalgic interior decor. If you like to sit on a bar stool, near the bar as me, so you 
will like this place. Bartender is so good that you probably have a delicious cocktail there. Good oldies 
music, and candle light (it is so common in Berlin)... But be aware of smoking is free in this bar.
Reichenbergerstr. 86 Kreuzberg

Club der Visionare
A club where is near the canal. So be sure to check whether this place is open, because sometimes it's 
closed due to weather. Summer is the best for this place!
Am Flutgraben 1, Kreuzberg (a little far away from the center of Kreuzberg)

Frau Rauscher Restaurant
Typical German pub & restaurant to eat a traditional meal and drink German beer.
Wrangelstr. 42, Kreuzberg

Kirk Bar
A cozy bar that is full of young people smoking, chatting outside.
Skalitzer Str. 75 Kreuzberg

Schwarze Traube
Very beautiful cocktail bar. They don't have any menu, but you can describe what you want.  And you can 
ask whatever you want from the talented bartender; Atalay. I like the one with rom, rose petals, and some 
kind of liquor. Also the furniture, decor and lights are really retro and nice. If the bar is full, you have to wait 
for a while until someone get out, so weekdays are better than weekends, if you don't want to wait. The 
door is locked, so be sure to knock it when you go there! -Prices: 9-10 euro per cocktail.
Wrangelstr. 24, Kreuzberg

Bateau Ivre (cafe-bar)
A bar at a corner of the street, so if the weather is warm enough, it's good to sit outside to drink beer and watch people.
Oranienstr. 18, Kreuzberg

Voo Store
A hip- concept store where you can find some good brands and a coffee shop inside.
Oranienstr. 24, Kreuzberg

Cafe Luzia
My favorite cafe/bar in Kreuzberg. You can drink a beer all day, cause it's so cozy, peaceful and cool.
 Oranienstr. 34, Kreuzberg

Kreuzburger (burger place)
One of the burger places in Kreuzberg.
Oranienstr. 190, Kreuzberg

Mo's Kleiner Imbiss (the king of falafel)
I you like to eat falafel, you should go there. There is a few chairs to sit, but you can take away.
Graefestr. 9, Kreuzberg

Kado Liquorice
Different kinds of liquors, chocolate bars and vintage covered boxes and old bottles.
Graefestr. 20, Kreuzberg

East Side Gallery
If you want to see many graffiti works next to each other, you should go to this memorial Berlin wall in east 
side then. But the mural art is getting worse year by year, last time I went it was much more beautiful; now 
it's getting dirty and ruined by someone.
Mühlenstr., Friedrichshain

Berghain / Panoramabar (club)
If you feel drunk and into dancing with a good techno, so this place is a heaven for you. It's the biggest club 
I've ever been to. But be sure to go there after 3:00-4:00 o'clock in the morning, if you don't want to wait in 
long line for hours.
Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain

For the second part ---- Link

Berlin Guide Part II

Mitte: Hackescher Markt & Kastanienallee

In Mitte, you see fancy and stylish people, beautiful boutiques and many cafes. My favorite parts are 
Hackescher Markt and Kastanienallee around Mitte.

Cafe Cinema
A very nice cafe with a large backyard which is full of graffiti & mural art. Also you can sit inside the cafe, 
drink a Weiss Bier while feeling Berlin's vibes.
Rosenthaler Str. 39, Mitte (close to Hackescher Markt tram stop)

Die Hackesche Höfe (passages)
It's a courtyard complex situated near Hackescher Markt. The complex consists of eight interconnected 
courtyards, it's a little touristy but if the sun shines, walking around and hanging in the one of these 
courtyards are really fun. There are also some open air cafes, and stores here.
Rosenthaler Str. 40-41, Hackescher Markt

Made in Berlin Second Hand
The quality of the second hand pieces are really good, but I need to say if you look for something cheap, it's 
impossible to find here. You can find bags, shoes, dresses, skirts and shirts here.
Neue Schönhauser Str. 19, Hackescher Markt

Barcomi's Deli
A nice courtyard for having a delicious breakfast or a coffee. You feel very peaceful here, with singing birds 
while you're sipping your coffee.
Sophienstr. 21, Hackescher Markt

Monsieur Vuong (Vietnamese restaurant)
Delicious Vietnamese food. You can pick from "today's menu" on the board, or pick from the regular menu. 
I also like ginger/lemon tea so much. And don't be surprised of seing the owner's pics every corner of the 
place :) -Thanks to "the cat you and us" blog for this recommendation.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 46 Mitte

Shiso Burger
Good staff, delicious cheeseburger, and free wifi :) Yes, it's so hard to find a wifi cafe in Berlin, that's why I 
want to mention on this. I also suggest you to eat "sweet potato fries"!
Auguststr. 29 C, close to Hackescher Markt

Do You Read Me?! (a magazine store)
Big magazine store; you can find any mag you look for (design, fashion, architecture, fanzine, zine etc.)! 
I am in love with this place since I'm very into mag culture.
Auguststr. 28, close to Hackescher Markt

Clärchens Ballhaus (open air bar&rastaurant)
I really like its garden, especially the lights above your head. This place is 100 years old. Good to drink, 
talk and sitting in the garden. Although I never tried, it seems they serve meals (ex: Wiener Schnitzel) too. 
Inside Ballhaus, you can even dance! I highly recommend when it's summer.
Auguststr. 24, close to Hackescher Markt

Altes Europa
It's a lovely restaurant/gastropub. I especially like its great vibe with the candle lights. Great place to  drink 
a glass of wine and chat with friends at night.
Gipsstr. 11, close to Hackescher Markt

Zosch Bar
A good bar to drink every kind of beer. Also there are 2 options; sitting outside or inside. If you want, you 
can check their program to listen to live jazz in the basement cellar of the bar.
Tucholskystr. 30, Mitte

Around Kastanienallee
On Kastanienalle, you can see some second hand boutiques, cafes, bars. Also on Oderberger Str.,you 
see many places alongside as well. If you want to take a photo automat picture, I must mention that 
there is a big one in Kastanienallee!

Café Godot
Good spot to take a rest, and drink a beer after a long walking.
Kastanienallee 16-17

Café Morgenrot
Best place in this neighborhood to have a delicious brunch. Also good spot to watch people on the street.
Kastanienallee 85

Konnopke's Imbiss (curry wurst buffet)
Delicious curry wurst, must be eaten here!
Schönhauser Allee 44a, Prenzlauer Berg (at the end of Kastaienallee)

Kauf Dich Glücklich
A nice place for waffle, ice-cream and coffee lovers.You can sit outside when you eat.
Oderberger Str. 44, Prenzlauer Berg (close to Kastaienallee)

Paul's Boutique (second hand store)
Lots of jeans, t-shirts, shirts, toys and sneakers with reasonable prices.
Oderberger Str. 47, Prenzlauer Berg (close to Kastaienallee)


My favorite neighborhood, which is very hip nowadays. You can find new opened places, bakeries, and 
cozy cafés. 

Berlin Burger International
Very good spot to eat a delicious burger, with fries and "Fritz Kola". I ate cheeseburger which was so big 
that I totally got full! If you're into burger places; don't skip this one.
Pannierstr. 5, Neukölln

Martin's Place
A small patisserie where you can see the owner making a cake in the open kitchen. Very delicious Tiramisu 
and also I recommend "Ludwig's cake" (with orange and cacao).
Pannierstr. 29, Neukölln

Roamers Cafe
A cozy cafe, here you can drink delicious coffee with a fresh homemade cake.
Pannier Str.  64 Neukölln

Another cozy cafe; a peaceful place to read or write something. Delicious chai latte, and good music.
Reuter Str. 59, Neukölln

Bullys Bakery
Delicious "Flammkuchen" (thin German pizza), nice spot to sit outside with friends.
Friedel Str. 7, Neukölln

Zwei Dicke Baren
I didn't try their burgers though, I can say that you should go there to ear "ice-cream burger" (an ice-
cream between the two cookies).
Vendor around Neukölln

ASA90 Camerashop
If you like analog cameras, there are many second hand cameras in ASA90. The prices are not so 
expensive, but not so cheap as well. 


Bauhaus Archiv: If you're into Bauhaus, so take a visit there. But don't forget, it's near Tiergarten; where 
you don't find anything special except this gallery, and it's closed on tuesdays.
Klingelhöferstr. 14 U-Bahn Haltestelle Nollendorfplatz

Jewish Museum (Judisches): Very good presentation (different ways of exhibiting); compared to the 
other galleries. Find everything about Jewish culture. Also the building is very charming, if you like Daniel 
Libeskind's architecture style.
Lindenstr. 9-14, Kreuzberg

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum: Contemporary art museum. It was one of the first terminal stations in 
1800's. Now there are both temporary, and permanent exhibitions; so you should check before visiting. 
They're paid separately, but I suggest if you don't like the temporary one, you should directly see the 
permanent collection rooms.
Invalidenstraße 50-51, Mitte

Berlinische Gallery: Modern art gallery. See it, if you like "Dada art movement".
Alte Jakobstrasse 128, Kreuzberg

KW Institute for Contemporary Art: Here you can see "Berlin Biennale". Also there is a changing 
schedule, which includes art shows, body art shows and installations. Be sure to check its program. And I 
love its garden that you can sit under the trees when you complete visiting mission.
Auguststr. 69, Mitte

- If you're looking for famous brands; Mitte (near Hackescher Markt) is your destination.
- If you're patient enough for a treasure hunting among many second hand pieces, just go to Garage 
Kleidermarkt (Ahornstraße 2, Schöneberg). Altough I'm so lazy to dig, I've found several pieces from 
there. Also here you can buy some garments by kilos (around 18 euro per kilo), but they are just in the 
basket and not in so good condition. On Wednesdays, happy hour: 11-13:00; which means 30% off.

- Mauerpark Flohmarkt : It's a heaven for the ones who like grand flea markets, antique stuff, used 
clothes, books and records... Maybe you can't find what you seek there, but still it's worth to go to this 
market for its atmosphere. Don't hesitate to bargain! On sundays!
Bernauer Str. 63-64, Wedding
- Also around Kastanienallee, you can see some second hand boutiques.

Touristic Things
I don't like to have a touristic "things to do" during my trips, but if you're interested in, I suggest these ones 
which are worth to take a visit.

 - Jewish Memorial (Holocaust memorial): This memorial looks like a labyrinth, that you might like the 
feeling of it. Also good spot to take pics.
Cora-Berliner-Straße 1

- East Side Gallery: For the ones who like graffiti, and stencils.
Mühlenstr., Friedrichshain

- Berliner Dom: Beuatiful 1700's baroque protestant church.
Am Lustgarten, Mitte

- Museumsinsel (museum island): An island which is located northern part of an island in the river Spree. 
Easy walking distance from one museum to another; so if you're a "museum person" you must go there.
Bodestr. 1, Mitte


Berlin is a fun city; so don't return back without dancing until you get exhausted. Berghain is so good for 
sure, but Prince Charles, and Sisyphos (open air club with some different dancing rooms and a fire place, 
weird atmosphere) are on my places to dance list. To guarantee having fun, be sure to go these clubs after 
you get tipsy or drunk :)

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