Berlin City Guide

4mar2013

Berlin is enormous, so this is just the teeny-tiny sliver that I discovered over the course of my time there. Everyone is always talking about Berlin, so there’s always new travel posts from the Guardian and other newspapers or smaller magazines about the latest and greatest happenings in the city. I discovered lots of cool stuff just by simply walking and biking around my neighborhood- If you’re in town for any length of time, I suggest that you do the same 🙂

Getting from point to point in Berlin can mean a lengthly journey because the city is just so darn BIG. For help finding the fastest routes, use the Berlin Transportation Authority’s trip planner. They also have a missed connections page– how cute is that?!

Still confused on moving here and where the heck all those neighborhoods are? Here’s a good description of what you need to know to move to Berlin. Once you’re here, read up on all the cool English-language activities in Exberliner– but do your part to learn German, too 🙂 When you are really craving peanut butter or need to find a grocery store that caters to your expat needs, a search on Toytown might do the trick– it’s an English-speaking expat forum. I also wrote a post about how I packed for my time abroad.

There’s lots of travel guides out there on the internet, and I’m sure you’re reading a guide book like any good adventurer would before a trip to Berlin, but here’s some of my favorite things to visit in the city too: the Brandenburg Gate, the East Side Gallery (my post here), the Reichstag (my post here), the Jewish Museum, the Berlin Zoo (my post here), the Berlin Wall Memorial, and, if you have the time, the nearby city of Potsdam (my post here).

Also, do you like chocolate? If you like it as much as I do, you’ll definitely appreciate the awesome chocolate sculptures at Fassbender and Rausch, a gourmet chocolatier in Mitte. Ritter Sport World isn’t far from there and sells the delightful squares in bulk at discounted prices. You can even make your own!

Blogs and Websites

The Wednesday Chef– Louisa Weiss lives in Berlin with her family and wrote a great book, My Berlin Kitchen.

Chasing Heartbeats– an American photographer living in Berlin with her husband and dog.

Foodie in Berlin– This is where I found lots of good restaurants to try! If you’re trying to find something new to test out, this is the place to go.

Freunde von Freunden– A site that interviews people about their lives and home design choices.

Smart Travelling Berlin Guide– an awesome website to find new, hip, and interesting stuff to do in Berlin as well as many other large cities worldwide.

ĂĽberlin– expat articles and guides.

Unlike City Guide: Berlin– restaurants, shopping, hotels- all that is in in the city.

What Ali Wore– A charming little blog chronicling the outfits of a Turkish man.

Coffee Shops and Cafés

the barn– another Berlin coffee experience. Less seating than most shops, but conveniently located in Mitte.

Bonanza Coffee Heroes– The best coffee I’ve ever had. The fresh croissants (chocolate and plain) top it all off. A good stop on the way to Mauerpark on a Sunday.

Zeit fĂĽr Brot– One of my favorites. A delicious organic bakery- try their almond-marzipan rolls.

CafĂ© Fleury– Spacious with a good selection of cakes and drinks. Don’t forget to browse the neighboring writing supply shop.

Kauf dich GlĂĽcklich am Park– Cute clothes plus ice cream and cafĂ© treats.

CafĂ© CK– Very high quality coffee in Prenzlauer Berg.

Godshot– Another tasty Prenzlauer Berg choice. They also offer barista classes. Read my post on Godshot here.

westberlin– a hidden gem right next to Checkpoint Charlie. Get your tourist and hipster on all in one place! Read my post on westberlin here.

Restaurants

Baraka– Moroccan in Kreuzberg.

Burgermeister– Burgers in an old men’s toilet in Kreuzberg. Expect a long wait!

Luise– Biergarten/restaurant close to the Freie Uni in Dahlem. Student discounts on Thursdays!

Transit– Thai and Indonesian, multiple locations.

Pappa E Ciccia– Italian in Prenzlauer Berg.

Street Food Thursdays– An awesome selection of foods in an old market hall in Kreuzberg.

The Art Academy on Pariser Platz– Yummy lunch right next to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Side note: Take a peek at the U.S. and French Embassies while you’re there!

Bars

Windhorst– Classy (and sort of pricey) cocktails in Mitte.

Eschenbräu– A cozy microbrewery in Wedding.

Pratergarten– Berlin’s oldest Biergarten in Prenzlauer Berg. Munich’s not the only city where you can enjoy a good MaĂź!

Here and here are more suggestions.

Shopping

Trödelmarkt Arkonaplatz– Sunday market close to Mauerpark with higher quality goods.

Mauerpark Flohmarkt– The biggest flea market in town! Good eats and hipster goodies on Sundays. Look what I found!

Modulor– modern crafting supplies in Kreuzberg.

Made in Berlin– Vintage clothing in Mitte.

2 Comments

  1. oh my gosh this is so excellent. I wish i had all your expertise before I went!! Now i will just have to tag along with you if you go back someday haha.

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