Berlin has no shortage of things to do and is one of the interesting hotspots in Europe where people just love to visit!
I went last week – as you’ve probably seen from the Facebook and Instagram photos – and here’s a list or rather summary of my time there mostly in the Kreuzberg and Neukolln neighborhoods.
The photos show my Berlin that I like to think of as through an authentic lens of someone who’s been to many of the very touristy places before, and just enjoy a mix of coffee shop hopping, and gastronomic delights, but won’t shy away from the many street food options that make Berlin so diverse.
Lots of Coffeeshops, old cafes, Bars, people drinking beer everywhere, riding bikes, burger places, Korean restaurants, graffiti on every single door, big parks, lots of green (you can even buy weed in Grlitzer Park)…
I took the RER B from Gare de Nord to Charles de Gaulle -CDG and my round-trip ticket on Air France was around 170 Euros. But You can get cheaper on low-cost airlines for around 100 Euros. My flight went to Berlin Tegel airport and it’s super easy to get a cab in the city ( or share a cab) or even take the x9 but to a metro. Bus and metro tickets are 2.20 Eu. And you can just buy a day pass for 7 Euro, or rent a bike for around 8 euros per day.
I would advise seeing Berlin by bike!
Carry cash around – very few places accept credit cards.
Tipping 10% is customary.
An average (decent) meal is around 10 Euros- no kidding! It’s that cheap (compared to Paris).
Germans drink a lot of beer. That much you already know. But they also eat a LOT of ice cream and ice cream shops are EVERYWHERE, and they’re really good!
There are parks everywhere so if you’re traveling with kids you’ll be able to take a break almost anywhere.
Take a picnic along the Spree – or any one of the many massive parks!
Voo Store – kind of like Colette in Paris, for a mix of overpriced stylishly functional stuff for your wardrobe or home. Get some cool coffee table books here too. And they have an in-house coffee shop courtesy of Companion Coffee that is the bomb.
Bohei – the perfect place to take the kids or gift shop before you leave Berlin (close to Bundlsey Coffee Shop).
Mykita – the eponymous Berlin brand is the big boss of the sunglass and eyewear scene here.
Hallesches Shop (General Store) and Restaurant – Best place to get a yummy veggie lunch bowl, rub elbows with some of Berlins most creative – use the c0-working space or eat lunch outside.
Markethalle – Fresh fruits and veggies here as well as discover some of Berlin best shops in a pop-up form on Saturday mornings.
Beuster – has a changing seasonal menu where the prices are similar to that or Paris between 10 to 25 Euros per plate (rare for Berlin) but the food is ALWAYS great. Example – Mules Frites (10 eu), Entrecote (24 eu). The setting is trendy casual and perfect for hipster or whoever wants to be seen.
Pacifico Berlin– Try the classic it’s 5.50Eu with a damn good cheddar and if you want to step up a bit the blue cheese burger for 1 eu extra may take you to Heaven.
Sahara Imbiss – Berliners are big on snaking you’ll find a kebab place on every corner, and one of the best chains is this healthy (well if you don’t count that almost everything is fried!) Sudanese restaurant where you can get a veggie place with halloumi cheese tofu and falafel for 6 euros.
Angry Chicken – has the best Korean chicken in town, simple fast and tasty.
Wild Things is your best bet in Kreuzberg for a great selection of natural wines, great lively ambiance, and excellent food. May have to make a reservation, or just go for a drink and try the sesame algae popcorn – OMG! Drinks around 5 euros and popcorn 2 euros.
Bateau Ivre – is just one of those places you go to pass the time away out front and see all of Berlin in Kreuzberg. They have great cheese platters too. Beer around 2.50 euros.
Concierge – is along the spree and lots of outdoor seating if you’re wanting to take in some rays.
Camon – has the BEST decor and coffee shop vibe.
Bitte – is a tiny piece of heaven with yummy vegan treats and good coffee
Five Elephants – the standard in Kreuzberg and they roast many of the other shops coffee in Berlin
Bundsley – has the BEST carrot cake and chocolate cookie. And a strong yet creamy espresso to go!
Nah am Wasser – one part coffee shop and one part real restaurant – they have the BEST industrial decor where you can relax with your computer and work on their wifi all day.
As I went the second week of May I was lucky to be there for Stil In Berlin 10 Year anniversary at Markethalle, The German Aeropress Championships at the Five Elephants Roastery, Carnival de Kulture, and Craft Beer Festival.
Berlin has no shortage of things to do!
Address: Wildenbruchstrae 85, 12045 Berlin, Germany
Wild Things Bar
Address:Weserstrae 172, 12045 Berlin
Metro: U Rathaus Neuklln
Contact: + 49 1578 3130418