My Berlin, For FriendsPosted by in Places - 9 November 2014
I’ve been compiling a list of favourite haunts, after frequent requests from visiting friends, and friends of friends. So I thought, why not share it with the world. Nothing too guidebookish; just my everyday Berlin.
Turkish: Imren. Not just doner and schwarma, also hearty dishes – go on a Friday afternoon from 12:40 pm (after Jumu’ah), when they cook up an extra special storm.
Vietnamese: Hamy – amazing slap-up meal for under a fiver. Chicken or tofu. Go for one of the two specials on the board rather than ordering from the menu.
Streetfood Thursday – what is says on the tin.
Bite Club – as above but fewer stalls, bit sexier.
Cocolo Kreuzberg (pictured) – out-of-this-world ramen.
Eckbert Zwo - traditional German.
Miss Saigon – wholesome Vietnamese.
Kimchi Princess – Korean barbeque. Decent meat but pricey if you go for the BBQ.
Kantine Kohlmann – for something a bit fancy.
Restaurant Richard – fancier still but wonderful.
Wok Show – irresistibly cheap and delicious Chinese dumplings.
Djimalaya – hummus bar run by Israelis. So, so good.
Katz Orange – for a special occasion or with the parents.
Pantry – amazing Asian fusion. Conveniently located close to the touristy bit.
Bar Raval - exceptional tapas. Painfully hip (but not pretentious).
Tabibito – Berlin’s best sushi. Tiny, cute place; reserve ahead.
Cookies Cream – bit pricey but totally worth it.
Fabelhaft – decent cocktails, nice atmosphere, superior service. Smoky.
Vin Aqua Vin (pictured) – excellent wines, reasonable prices. Non-smoking.
Room 77 – quirky, Bitcoin-friendly, American food with massive portions (but no decent veggie grub). Smoking from 10 pm.
Yuma – wonderful selection of (perilously powerful) Belgian beer. Smoky.
Pony Saloon – pool table, foosball table, darts, board games. Bad wine, good vibes. Smoky.
Griessmühle - nice garden, relaxed door policy, cool staff.
About: Blank – cool club, especially in summer (big, pretty garden).
Berghain – don’t ask me for guestlist, or how to get in. Use the force. Tip: go on a Sunday.
Prince Charles – former swimming pool. Nice outdoor area. BBQs in summer, chilled vibes year round.
Ohm – the new Horst, apparently. Small club; the place for bass-heavy beats and other stuff you’re unlikely to hear elsewhere in Berlin, which loves its tech house a bit too much.
Galleries & Museums
C/O – Berlin’s best contemporary photography.
NGBK – free entry, interesting shows. Out the back of a cool bookstore on Oranienstrasse.
Hamburger Bahnhof – world-class modern and contemporary art in a massive former train station.
Neue Nationalgalerie – cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.
The Wardrobe – regular design market at Platoon Kunsthalle.
Markthalle IX – revamped turn-of-the-century market hall, now host to numerous events (including aforementioned Street Food Thursday) and a farmers’ market on Fri & Sat.
Turkish Market at Maybachufer – every Tuesday and Friday.
Kreuzboerg and Nowkoelln flea markets – trendy, low on bargains but you might get lucky. Nice atmosphere, with live music and yummy streetfood. Former amongst a beautiful urban garden; latter along the canal in Kreuzkölln.
Parks and Green Spaces
Görlitzer Park – Rough around the edges. Great for people-watching. Populated by friendly local dealers. Don’t be intimidated.
Hasenheide (pictured) - huge, labyrinthine, beautiful. Also a pot hotspot.
The legendary Tempelhofer Feld.
Schlesischer Busch – good for games, home to one of Berlin’s three remaining Cold War watchtowers.
Grunewald – including the famous Teufelsberg listening station and a brilliant dog-friendly lake area.
Horseshoe Estate – Bruno Taut’s interwar modernist masterpiece
Onkel Toms Hütte – modernist Utopia.
Karl-Marx-Allee – Stalin’s socialist centrepiece.
Hansaviertel – postwar modernism from an all-star cast of international architects.
Potsdamer Platz (lead image) – love it or hate it, the face of a unified Berlin.
For A Rainy Day
Philharmonic (pictured above) – treat yourself to a concert in this amazing building.
Yorck Cinemas – beautifully renovated arthouse cinemas showing critically acclaimed films in their original language (look for OmU).
Neue Welt Bowling – nothing like chucking some heavy balls down an alley to the sounds of Europop. Terrible food, great beer.
Das Wellenbad – swimming pool complex on Spreewaldplatz. Open September to May.
Hamam – ladies only. Lovely space in a former chocolate factory.
Huettenpalast – quirky and affordable, in desirable Kreuzkölln area.
Resources / Further Reading
What did I miss? Add to this list in the comments!