Things to Do in Berlin

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Things to Do in Berlin

Looking for things to do in Berlin? Here’s a collection of my favourite places in Berlin be it a bar, cafe, book shop, or restaurant.

Art and Culture

  1. Bunker Gallery – local artists transformed a former bunker into a massive contemporary art gallery. Book an appointment through their website for a guided tour and view the private collection, which includes pieces from Ai Weiwei. The exhibit is so popular that you need to book tickets months in advance. The entry fee is €12. Reinhardt Strasse 20, 10117

Bars

  1. Dr Pong – a classic Berlin dive bar with cheap beer and a single ping pong table. Bring your own paddle or rent one and join the crowd in a social “around the world” styled game of table tennis. Eberwalderstr 21, 10437
  2. Facciola – a wine bar in Kreuzberg, owned and operated by the beautiful Aurora Facciola. All of the Italian wine in stock has been handpicked by Aurora herself. Forsterstr 5, 10999
  3. Hops and Barley – one of my favourite spots in Berlin, this spacious bar offers up some delicious local beer made at their brewery in Friedrichshain. Be it a pilsner, dark, or white beer, they’re all good. Wühlischstr. 22/23, 10245
  4. Keith Bar – a perfect escape during the winter, gather in the dark candlelit bar with your friends to drink local craft beer or one of their many whiskies. Schillerpromenade 2, 12049
  5. Primitiv Bar – this smokey joint in Friedrichshain is decked out with a 1920s theme. Come for the super cheap beer and wine, all for less than €3. Simon-Dach-Straße 28, 10245
  6. Rum Bar Bar – a Bermudian themed bar in Neukölln with a lovely cocktail menu. Try the house specialty, the Swizzle, mixed with three kinds of Bermudian rums. Mahlower Str. 32, 10967
  7. Salt N Bone – a gastropub in Prenzlauer Berg. Come for the massive amounts craft beer and their Sunday roast specials. Schliemannstr 31, 10437 
  8. Sorsi e Morsi – a busy wine bar tucked away on a quiet residential street in Prenzlauer Berg that’s frequented by locals. You won’t be able to resist the charm of the owner Johnny who’s become somewhat of a Berlin legend over the years. Sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the free antipasti dish that comes along with it. Marienburgerstr 10, 10405 
  9. Wohnzimmer – The names translates into “living room” and that’s exactly what this long-standing dive bar feels like. During the day, it’s a popular local cafe in Prenzlauerberg and by night, it transforms into a smokey drink spot. Lettestraße 6, 10437

Book Shops

  1. Do You Read Me – this tiny shop in Mitte has a large international selection of magazines and books from more than 20 countries. They also play host to regular exhibitions and lectures. Auguststraße 28, 10117 
  2. St. George’s – a cozy bookshop that you could sit in for hours, here you’ll find both new and used English books. Bonus is that you can sell your books back to them and use the money to further stock up your bookshelf. Woertherstr. 27, 10405

Clubs

  1. House of Weekend – Near Alexanderplatz, the club’s known for their house and techno beats. Hang out in their rooftop garden for a killer view over the city. Pro tip? Head there during summer to watch the sun go down (or rise) over Berlin. 

Coffee Shops

  1. Café Ursprung – a little oasis inside Dussman Kulturkaufhaus, there’s a two story wall covered with plants and trickling waterfalls. Bring your book and stop in this peaceful spot for a glass of wine or cup of coffee. Friedrichstraße 90, 10117
  2. Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers – A newer entry to the Berlin coffee scene. Order their flat white! Münzstraße 21, 10178
  3. Five Elephant Coffee – This Kreuzberg establishment is one of the best places for coffee in town. Not only are their coffees top notch, so are their baked goods, like the cheesecake. Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999
  4. Godshot – Here you’ll not only find high quality coffee, but a great space to do some work for the afternoon. They also offer seminars like “latte art basics”. Immanuelkirchstraße 32, 10405 
  5. Impala – Aside from the coffee, they have a large bagel selection. My favourite is the California bagel, with chicken, orange, and other tasty ingredients. Schönhauser Allee 173, 10119 
  6. Kaffee Raum – Situated on a quiet residential street in Prenzlauer Berg, this shop remains close to my heart as it was the first one I visited when I moved to to Berlin. Eat brunch while classical music plays in the background. Bötzowstraße 25, 10407 
  7. No Fire, No Glory – Yet another spot in Prenzlauer Berg that serves up great coffee. Their coffee comes from Bonanza Coffee Roasters (also in Berlin) and from the Coffee Collective in Copenhagen. Rykestraße 45, 10405
  8. Nothaft + Seidel – a third wave coffee shop with plenty of great coffee, home made cakes, smoothies, and fresh pressed juices. Schönhauser Allee 43A, 10435

Restaurants

  1. Berliner Republik – German food and more than 18 beers on tap. Enjoy the fun of their beer stock market and get your beer cheap when the market crashes. Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117
  2. Bistro Faunesse – a bright airy space in Mitte, offering light and healthy lunch options. Recommended is the BBQ burger which comes with potatoes (instead of greasy French fries) and a salad. Reinhardtstr 9, 10117 
  3. Bun Bao – Asian burgers! They started out running a food truck and opened their first bricks and mortar location in Prenzlauer Berg just last year. My personal favourites are the “chick on fire” (a chicken burger) and the sweet potato fries. Kollwitzstr 84, 10435
  4. Café am Neuen See – open year round, this beer garden and restaurant is set in the middle of the Tiergarten, alongside a lake. Sample different food (like their yummy pizza) and sling back a beer outside, while watching the sun go down. Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787
  5. Café Marralart gallery and eatery, this cozy venue is a revered hot spot in Mitte. Popular choices are the avocado burger and falafel plate. Torstr 222, 10115
  6. Datscha – a Russian restaurant in Friedrichshain that serves up an expansive dumpling menu and even Russian beer. Also a popular brunch spot on weekends. Gabriel-Max-Straße 1, 10245 
  7. Eschenbraeu – A little tough to find, this little beer garden and restaurant in Wedding is located in a residential courtyard. Serving beer from their own brewery, you can take your pick from their tasty suds, which change seasonally. Triftstraße 67, 13353 
  8. Mogg – a sandwich heaven that has Berlin foodies shouting their praises to the high heavens. Go for the pastrami or pulled pork sandwiches. Auguststraße 11-13, 10117 
  9. NEST Cafe – one of the best brunch spots in Kreuzberg, even Berlin. On Saturday, order from their regular brunch menu, while on Sunday, feast on their expansive buffet. It’s often busy, so get there early, or expect to wait. Görlitzer Str. 52, 10997
  10. Prater Garten – enjoy a beer (or two, maybe three) in Berlin’s oldest beer garden and combine it with a good old fashioned serving of German food. It’s open April through September, weather permitting. Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435
  11. Santa Maria East Side – known for their innovative tacos and tasty margaritas, check out this Mexican restaurant in Friedrichshain. They also have a second location in Mitte. Krossener Str. 18, 10245 
  12. Suzette Crêperie Berlin – a French restaurant doles out the yummiest crepes you’ll find in Berlin. Pappelalle 15, 10437   
  13. Yumcha Heroes – these guys take their dumplings rather serious and there’s a wide selection of Chinese style dumplings to choose from. Visit this place on an empty stomach. You can visit their original location or their new location in Prenzlauer Berg. Dunckerstr 60, 10437

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