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East Central is a trendy, bohemian, artsy area that consists of Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg (sometimes called Prenzlberg). The western district Kreuzberg was merged with the eastern district Friedrichshain in 2001. They skew towards to a young and alternative, often politically left-oriented crowd. Both districts feature a very heterogeneous architecture, from whole quarters of 19th century apartment houses to functional and not very pleasant 60s and 70s residential building blocks. You also notice the differences as the districts were separated by the wall. The remaining part of the wall between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg is the longest part still existing in Berlin. Prenzlauer Berg is to the northeast of Friedrichshain and has changed considerably since reunification. It has gentrified similarly to Brooklyn/Williamsburg from deserted apartment houses into a lively area for students, artists and young people – if they or their parents can afford it. Rents have risen sharply in the last few years, and many empty apartments in this area are no longer rented out but sold, refurbished into luxurious lofts or hostel rooms.

Understand

Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichshain

The former districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain had few things in common (one thing is nowadays for sure the attraction to students, politically left and young creative people), due to their history on each side of the wall. Since the political decision to merge, these two districts work politically together. The name was made by flipping a coin to decide what name to appear first.

Kreuzberg is one of Berlin's most eclectic districts, home to an unusual mix of left-wing punks, anarchists, gays, creative artists and Turkish immigrants, the last of which make up a third of the population and have earned the area its occasional nickname Little Istanbul. The district has gentrified to a considerable extent in recent years, with dot-coms, marketing agencies, designers, German and international kids from wealthy backgrounds moving into renovated lofts and spacy apartments, but there are still plenty of kebab joints, funky nightclubs, and pictures of Abdullah Öcalan gazing down from Communist Party of Kurdistan propaganda posters.

Get in

Map of Berlin/East Central
Metro station U2 Eberswalder Straße

The main entry point for Kreuzberg 36 is Kottbusser Tor, the U-Bahn station on line U1 and U8. The U-Bahn line U1 is the backbone crossing the borough from east to west.

The main entry point for Kreuzberg 61 is Mehringdamm, the U-Bahn station on line U6 and U7.

The main gateways for Friedrichshain are the S-Bahn stations Ostkreuz and Warschauer Straße. There are frequent U- and S-Bahn to the main tourist central in Friedrichshain, e.g. the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery close to the "Warschauer Straße" station.

The best and fastest way to get into Prenzlauer Berg is either the U-Bahn (U2) Eberswalder Straße or the S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee (S41, S42, S8, S9, U2).

Anhalter Bahnhof - former railway terminus

See

There are several monuments and museums in this district as it stretches across the former borders of East and West Berlin, something that was only done in Mitte, too.

Kreuzberg

  • 1 Oranienstraße (K36) (U1, U8 „Kottbusser Tor“ or U1 „Görlitzer Bahnhof“). A street full of shops, cafes and restaurants
  • 2 Bergmannstraße (K61) (U6, U7 „Mehringdamm“). Like Oranienstraße a street full of shops, cafes and restaurants, but in the other, more middle-class part of Kreuzberg
  • 3 Görlitzer Park (K36). 150-200m along the Wiener Straße (bypassing the fire house and the public swimming pool) from U-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof, the park is famous for the Turkish families barbecuing on summer weekends, failed contemporary art and relaxed atmosphere of students. It does have a reputation of being full of pickpockets and drug dealers though and the police makes regular visits to this place to check on the situation.
  • 4 Landwehrkanal. Take a stroll for a few kilometers along this canal which runs right through the heart of Kreuzberg. It's peaceful and mostly traffic-free, but full of life in summer. Some parts are lined with bars and restaurants with terraces. Sit on a bench or terrace and watch the world go by on a summer evening
  • 5 Viktoriapark. with the Kreuzberg (Cross Mountain), a hill in the Kreuzberg 61 with a Prussian National Monument and a waterfall
  • 6 Meistersaal (Hansa-Studios by the wall), Köthener Str. 38 (near Potsdamer Platz). Though the area has changed a lot, the building with the Meistersaal, an old music hall from the 1900s, has persisted. Later converted into sound studios, music history was written here with Bowie ("heroes"), Iggy Pop, and U2 amongst the groups who recorded here at the "Studio by the wall". Guided tours available occasionally.

Museums and Memorials

  • 7 Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Berlin Jewish Museum), Lindenstraße 9-14 (U-Bahn U1, U6 Hallesches Tor, U6 Kochstraße, Bus M29, M41, 248), +49 30 2599-3300. Mon 10AM–10PM, Tue - Sun 10AM–8PM. – Designed by Daniel Libeskind with an excellent exposition on the Jewish life in Berlin and the impact of the Holocaust. €5, reduced charge: €2.5.
  • 8 Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstraße 8 (Bus M41 „Abgeordnetenhaus“, Bus M29 „Wilhelmstr./Kochstr.“, S+U2 „Potsdamer Platz“ or U6 „Kochstraße“). Open daily 10AM–8PM. This museum documents the terror applied by the Nazi regime. Admission free.
  • 9 Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7 (Bus M41 "Abgeordnetenhaus" or S1, S2, S25, U2 "Potsdamer Platz"), +49 30 254 86 0. We - Mo: 10AM–7PM. Exhibition hall.
  • 10 Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128. We - Mo: 10AM-6PM, closed on Tuesday.
  • 11 Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (German Museum of Technology). – Huge technical museum, featuring among many other things an exhibit about computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's work, a collection of old locomotives, and the interactive SPECTRUM science center with various hands-on experiments.

Friedrichshain

Decorated house on Kreutzigerstraße in Friedrichshain
  • 12 East Side Gallery (The gallery is near the Ostbahnhof S-Bahn station on the west side and the Warschauer Straße S-Bahn station on the east side.). The longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still in existence, painted by artists in 1991 and restored in 2009, after years of decay. At Mühlenstraße, next to the river Spree. Note that the murals are painted on the east side of the wall after the fall of Communism; so they are not from the Cold War, during which murals could only be painted on the west side. Make sure not to miss the famous mural of a car seemingly crashing through the wall with Brezhnev and Honecker kissing above it. It is actually on the back side of the gallery (it is facing away from the street.) It is just inside the entrance of the Eastern Comfort Hostel, near the east end of the gallery.
  • 13 Computerspielemuseum (Exhibition of digital interactive entertainment culture.), Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, +49 30 60988577. Wednesday to Monday 10AM-8PM, closed on Tuesday. Near the underground station Weberwiese. €8, reduced €5.
  • 14 Oberbaumbrücke. Arguably the most beautiful bridge in Berlin and the only connection between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. As signage on the bridge indicates, it was built twice - once in the 1890s and once in the 1990s. Before reunification the border ran where the bridge now is.
  • 15 Karl-Marx-Allee. The main street of former East Berlin. It is a big avenue, featuring neoclassical DDR buildings, fountains and lakes.
  • 16 Boxhagener Kiez. The area around Boxhagener Platz is filled with bars, cafes and small shops. Boxhagener Platz itself is a small park with a playground and a cafe, and the nearby Simon Dach Straße is filled with cheap bars and restaurants. At the weekend you can find many places that serve the famous, cheap Berliner brunch. On Sundays there is a small flea market worth strolling around
  • 17 Der Märchenbrunnen. The Fountain of Legends at the Volkspark Friedrichshain.

Prenzlauer Berg

There aren't many museums and only a few minor sights to explore in Prenzlauer Berg, although the recently opened (and free!) Kulturbrauerei Museum is well worth a detour for those interested in everyday life in East Germany. Of some interest is the atmosphere in the streets, sitting down in a nice café and watching the hip crowds go by.

Zeiss-Großplanetarium
  • 18 Museum in der Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, Building 6.2 (U2 Eberswalder Straße). Tu–Su 10:00–18:00, Th until 20:00, M closed. Find out how it felt to live in East Germany in this modern and well-presented exhibition. The museum is a good starting point if you only have a few minutes to sneak a quick peek inside an East German family's living room, but you can spend hours diving further into the stories behind each exhibit by flicking through the documents on display or listening to contemporary witnesses' accounts (English translations available). The museum opened in November 2013 and is housed inside a beautifully restored former brewery; make sure to take a stroll through the courtyards! Free.
  • 19 Kollwitzplatz.
  • 20 Kastanienallee.
  • 21 Wasserturm (at Rykestraße, corner Knaackstraße.). The first (and one of the biggest) water tower of Berlin (built 1877)
  • 22 Synagoge Rykestraße. The Synagogue in the backyard of an apartment house in Rykestraße 53 is one of the biggest in Germany.
  • 23 Jüdischer Friedhof Schönhauser Allee, Schönhauser Allee 23-25. Jewish cemetery and lapidarium with old tombstones
  • 24 Gethsemanekirche. The meeting point of one of the leading oppositions against the GDR regime and is a great Neogothic church. Also the only ecumenical Lord's supper with Protestants and Catholics together took place in the Gethsemanekirche (2003).
  • 25 Museum for Architectural Drawing (Tchoban Foundation), Christinenstraße 18 (former Pfefferberg factory area), +49 30 437 39 0 90. Mo–Fr: 2 – 7PM, Sa: 1 – 5PM. The museum located in a iconic building opened in June 2013, showcases privately owned collection of architectural drawings from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. €5, €3 (discounted).
  • 26 Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, +49 30 4218 450. Closed for renovation until summer 2016.

Do

outdoor Bearpit karaoke, at Mauerpark

Kreuzberg

  • 1 Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22, +49 30 6924785. Cinema showing independent and older movies, some in English.

Friedrichshain

  • 2 East Side Gallery (The Wall) (Warschauer Straße U-/S-Bahn). The longest stretch of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. It has been painted by street artists and has several famous art pieces. (If you want to see the wall in its original condition, see the Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer in Wedding.) Free.
  • 3 Spielwiese, Kopernikusstraße 24, Friedrichshain, +4930 28034088. Mo 16:00-24:00, Th 19:00-24:00, Fr 16:00-24:00, Sa-Su 14:00-24:00. Cafe with over 1200 high-quality board, card, and dice games, both European and American, available to play. Many have rules in English. Perfect for a rainy day. Food and drinks for sale. 1€ per person, per hour; 3€ to rent games overnight.

Prenzlauer Berg

Nearly everywhere the clubs and bars are open till at least 5 o'clock (on weekends).

KulturBrauerei (Culture Brewery)
  • 4 Mauerpark. At the end of the Eberswalder Straße, it was once a piece of the Berlin wall. Today in the summer it is a nice place to be, especially for young people. In the summer afternoons, you can witness - or participate in - the Bearpit Karaoke
  • 5 KulturBrauerei (Culture Brewery), Schönhauser Allee 36 (U2 Eberswalder Straße). A complex that was once a brewery. There you can find the Jazz Cafe, the SODA restaurant where you can enjoy a fine meal of insects, and some clubs: Club 23, nbi and frannz. The KulturBrauerei also has several cinemas showing alternative movies, the Kesselhaus concert house, and one of the best shop for instruments in Berlin, the "Sound and Drumland"
Schönwetter cafe at Mauerpark Fleamarket
  • 6 Kastanienallee and Oderberger Straße. Nice streets with lots of little shop and cafes to sit outside in the summer and watch people pass by.
  • 7 Helmholtzplatz. Little park with cafes and restaurants surrounding it
  • 8 Kollwitzplatz. Small nice park with cafes and a great market on Saturday, there is an extensive selection of food (a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach)
  • 9 Kopfgeldjäger, Stargarder Straße 76. Get you hair cut for €17

Buy

Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

Flea markets

Boxhagener Market

Record stores

  • 3 Hardwax, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, +49 30 61130111, . Mo-Sa 12:00-20:00. THE techno record shop in Berlin; huge back catalogue and weekly news from around the world; also reggae 7" and drum&bass.
  • 4 Heisse Scheiben. Ohlauer Str. 44, Mo-Fr 12-7, Sat 11-3; big 2nd hand record store.
  • 5 SpaceHall, Zossener Straße 33, +49 30 6947463. Mo-Fr 11:00-20:00, Sa 11:00-16:00.. A large selection of electronic music, from the latest releases to older vinyl.

Clothing

  • Berlinomat, Frankfurter Allee 89 (S+U Frankfurter Allee). Mon-Fri 11AM-8PM, Sat 10AM–6PM.
  • 7 Nüx Siebdruckwaren, Gärtnerstraße 29a, Friedrichshain. Mo-Sa 12:00-19:00. Friedrichshain is full of screenprinted t-shirt stores, but Nüx stands out with their high-quality natural-history-museum designs – owls, fish, foxes, and more.


Gifts and Home Decor

  • 8 Modulor, Prinzenstraße 85, Kreuzberg (U Moritzplatz). Mo-Fr 9:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-18:00. Berlin's biggest and best art, craft, and design supply store. A must-visit if you are at all artistically inclined.
  • 9 Aufschnitt, Boxhagenerstraße 32, Friedrichshain. Berlin's only 'textile butchery' sells pillows shaped like meat, made 'fresh' on the premises by Silvia – a unique and whimsical Berlin souvenir.
  • 10 Schwesterherz / Küchenliebe, Gärtnerstraße 28, Friedrichshain. Mo-Fr 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:30-19:00. Two 'sister' stores next to each other – one is a well-curated papeterie, the other focuses on kitchenwares.

Prenzlauer Berg

Flea markets

  • 11 Mauerpark, Bernauer Straße 63-64 (tram-station M10 or bus 247 "Wolliner Straße"). Sunday 07:00-17:00. great Sunday flea market for vintage clothing, furniture, rare vinyl; not many professionals. A typical Berlin experience
  • 12 Rosenthal Flohmarkt, Kopenhagener Strasse 79-81 (S-Bahn Wilhelmsruh). Sat,Sun 7:00-14:00.

Bookshops and record stores

  • Dense, Danziger Strasse 16. Electronic music.
  • 13 Der Plattenladen (Club Sound Records), Eberswalderstrasse 32. Techno
  • Da Capo, Kastanienallee 96. 2nd Hand, Rock, Pop.
  • Hip-Hop-Records, Schönhauser Allee 49. Hip Hop.
  • 14 Vopo Records, Danziger Straße 31. Punk, Rock.
  • Mundo Azul, Choriner Straße 49. International childrens and youth literature and music.

Clothing

  • 15 Tausche, Raumerstraße 8, +49 30 40301770. Berlin fans from all over the world can be spotted with the television tower, the city map or Berlin’s area code +49 30 on their tausche bags with exchangeable flaps and insets.
  • Princigalli, Stargarder Straße 67. Quality shoes and cosmetics for ladies.
  • 16 Who Killed Bambi?, Eberswalderstraße 26. Colourful tops, bags & things.
  • 17 Sgt. Peppers, Kastanienallee 91-92. 70s Secondhand
  • Pauls Boutique, Oderbergerstraße 47. Sneakers
  • 18 Eisdieler, Kastanienallee 12. Sneakers
  • Flagshipstore, Oderberger Straße 53. Mo-Sa noon-20:00.
  • Hit In TV, Oderberger Straße (near Mauer Park). Tu-Fr noon-19:00, Sa noon-18:00..

Decoration

Eat

Kreuzberg

Known for its innovative and good value restaurants. The variety of immigrants can be witnessed in the corresponding restaurants. The following have been recommended in a fast changing market.

Budget

  • 1 BrezelBar. Friesenstraße 2, daily 9 – 22 h
  • 2 Burgermeister, Oberbaumstraße 8 (Verkehrsinsel Schlesisches Tor). to 3AM.
  • Cream, Schlesische Straße 6, +49 30-61 07 49 80. Urban coffee house culture with own breakfast creations linked to the film "Herr Lehmann".
  • 3 Curry 36, Mehringdamm 36 (U-Bahn Mehringdamm). Excellent pork sausage (German: Wurst) with curry ketchup and curry powder.
  • 4 Hannibal, Wiener Strasse 69 (U-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof), +49 30 611 5160. Famous for its burgers and weekend buffet breakfast, good cocktails in the evening.
  • 5 Knofi Café. In the Bergmannstraße No. 11 and 98 – tel: +49 30-695 64 359, Mo-So: 7:00-24:00 h – U6, U7 „Mehringdamm“.
  • 6 Morgenland, Skalitzer Strasse 35 (U-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof), +49 30 611 3291. Oriental breakfast buffet on weekends (reservation essential!), restaurant and bar every day with good food for mid-range prices.
  • 7 Mustafas Gemüse Kebap, Mehringdamm 32 (outside the Mehringdamm U-Bahn station, on the western side of the road). Regarded as the best Döner Kebab in Berlin. Mustafas is a local institution and draws crowds of Berliners day and night. Expect to stand in line for 20-40 minutes to get your kebab, which attests to the reputation that this place has. Drink beer from the convenience store while you wait. Chicken döner with vegetable: €2.90, vegetable kebap: €3.50.
  • Nil. Sudanese fast food shop, serves excellent falafel and other Arabic snacks together with its famous peanut sauce.
  • 8 Sarod's Thai Restaurant, Friesenstr. 22 (at the border of the Bergmannkiez, close to Marheineke Markthalle), +493069507333. Mon-Sat 12-14, Sun 14-24. This authentic Thai restaurant offers great food made from fresh ingredients. The ambiente and staff are nice and friendly, and they know English (and Thai, for that matter). Most meals are available as a small portion. $7-14.
  • 9 Tiki Heart, Wiener Straße 20., +49 30-61 07 47 03. Innovative and creative Asian, Polynesian and South American breakfast.
  • 10 To Loc, Wiener Strasse 61. Indochinese cuisine. Some consider it the best Asian kitchen in the neighborhood.
  • 11 Wangs Street Food, Schönleinstraße 11, +493072022064. Tue-Sun 12-23. Authentic and clean Chinese Restaurant with excellent dumplings. one dish ~4€.
  • 12 Yellow Sunshine, Wiener Straße 19 (near Görlitzer Bahnhof). Tue-Sun 12-23. Authentic and clean Chinese restaurant with excellent dumplings.

Mid-range

  • 13 Angus Restaurant Steak-Haus, Kreuzbergstraße 11-12, +49 30 786 27 42. Pizza, pasta, different steaks etc. Its one of the cheapest restaurants in Kreuzberg and because of this very crowded (which is part of the nice atmosphere). Pizza from €3.
  • 14 Asador Steakhouse, Wilhelmstrasse 22 (corner of Hedemannstrasse), +49 30 2593 1818. Spanish and Argentinian food. Food is good and portions are not so small, waiters are able to speak English. Have a look at the water and drink prices and the taxes to avoid surprises.
  • 15 Hasir, Adalbertstraße 10, +49 30 614 2373. 24/7. The flagship of a chain run by Mehmet Aygun, who has a pretty good claim to inventing the döner kebab as we know it. Main courses still a steal at €6-11..
  • 16 Kuchenkaiser, Oranienplatz 11-13, +49 30 614 02697. Institution for generation 68, breakfast till 4PM and global kitchen highlights every week.
  • 17 KOMA (Kitchen Of Modern Asia).
  • 18 RosaCaleta, Muskauer Straße 9, +49 695 37 859. Jamaican-European fusion food, Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 till 01:00 [1]
  • The Shy Chef. A secret gourmet restaurant in the home of a local resident, with modern European cooking. The address will be revealed to you when you make your booking.
  • 19 Si An Restaurant, Rykestrasse 36, +49 30 40 50 57 75. daily 12.00-24.00 H.

Opposite the U-Bahn station Schlesisches Tor is a very good Turkish bakery which offers broad variety of pastries, cakes, bread and other sweet stuff.

Friedrichshain

Budget

  • 20 Burgeramt, Krossener Straße 21-22 (at Boxhagener Platz), +49 30-667 634 53, . Take-away: Mo-Th 11:00-01:00, Fr-Sa 11:00-03:00, Su 11:00-01:00. Huge selection of gourmet burgers at reasonable prices. Mediterranean, gorgonzola/walnut, vegetarian etc with plenty of homemade relishes and dressings. There is a take-away shop in no 22 and a restaurant in no 21, but the benches outside the take-away shop are crowded, especially in summer. €5.

Mid-range

  • 21 Caldera, Gabriel-Max-Str. 17 (Boxhagener Platz), +49 30 34 200 568 50. Mediterranean food and fancy cocktails in a romantic atmosphere.
  • 22 Cayetano, Simon-Dach-Str. 14 (Frankfurter Tor), +49 30 547 300 42. Mediterranean food. Amazing weekend brunch buffet. Free wireless Internet
  • 23 Fischschuppen, Boxhagener Straße 68, +49 163-987 07 67. Very fresh and good fish. Select your fish and have the chef cook it. €15.
  • 24 Korea Manna, Niederbarnimstraße 11 (U-Bahn Frankfurter Tor). Don't let the Heineken sign misguide you, this place serves excellent Korean food. Try the steamed soy beans as starter and have a bottle of Soju, a Korean schnaps similar to wodka. €5-7 for mains.
  • 25 Lisboa Bar am Boxi, Krossener Straße 20, +49 30 936 21978, . Tu-Sa 15:00-24:00; Su 11:00-24:00; Mo 17:00-24:00. Portuguese tapas, bread, wine, beer and coffee. Good place to have a real dinner or just hang our and share a bottle of wine with a couple of tapas €19 for four tapas.
  • 26 Mutzenbacher, Libauer Straße 11 (near S+U-station Warschauer Straße), +49 30 95616788, . Tu-Fr 12:00-late, Sa-Su 12:00-late. Austrian restaurant. The best schnitzels in the area. The vegetables are great too. €10.
  • 27 Schneeweiss, Simplonstraße 16 (S+U-station Warschauer Straße), +49 30 29 04 97 04, . 11AM-4PM, 5PM-11PM. Very white and clean but still cozy restaurant with knodels, schnitzel and other German food. Very popular, so make a reservation. Has a great Sunday brunch with a buffet of dishes in individual glass jars. €15 for a main.
  • 28 Schoenbrunn Restaurant, Am Schwanenteich im Volkspark Friedrichshain (Volkspark Friedrichshain), +49 30 45 30 565 25, . daily 10:00-23:00 (1. April till 11. November). The Schoenbrunn Restaurant is directly located in the Volkspark Friedrichshain next to "Großer Teich". There's also a beergarden where you can sit outside in the sun. meal from €8,90 to €19,90..
  • 29 Spätzle & Knödel, Wühlischstraße 20, +49 30 27571151. mo-fr 5PM-midnight , sa-so 3PM-midnight. Simple and informal restaurant but the southern Swabian-Bavarian food is delicious and spot on. And they have good beer to match the food. €10 for mains.
  • 30 Turnhalle, Holteistraße 6-9 (S-Bahn station Ostkreuz), +49 30 29 364 816, fax: +49 30 29 364 836, . This big old gym is turned into a spacious restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar. Free wireless internet. €13 for mains.

Splurge

Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzelberg is very popular with students and other budget-conscious people but in recent years the area (especially around Kollwitzplatz) has been developed which has attracted more upmarket restaurants. In other words, check the menu before you sit down.

  • Bangkok Treffpunkt, Prenzlauer Allee 46. Thai restaurant. Excellent service, open until 23.00. Recommended for value and food quality by many in the tourist scene. Has same prices as in 1996.
  • Berliner Currywurst & Coffeeshop, +49 171-2891768. Knaackstraße 98; Kulturbrauerei. finest German food.
  • Butter, Pappelallee (corner of Raumerstraße). Good food, nice salads, reasonable prices.
  • Kleine Eiszeit, Stargarder Straße (opposite of Gethsemane Church). The best ice-cream in Prenzlauer Berg, expect a long queue, closed in winter.
Konnopke's Imbiß
  • 31 Konnopke's Imbiß, Schönhauser Allee 44B (U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße under the tracks). M-F 10:00-20:00, Sa 12:00-20:00. Famous for their Currywurst and truly does sell the best curry sausage you can find. A local would ask for a "Curry mit 'ner Schrippe" (a Currywurst with a roll). Since 1930.
  • Malzcafe, Knaackstr. 99, +49 30-440 47 227. Good modern German kitchen for budget travellers with some good veggie choices. Famous with locals.
  • Neugrüns Köche, Schönhauser Allee 135a, +49 30-440 12 092. Modern German kitchen with daily changing menus. Opens at 6PM.
  • Pizzeria I Due Forni, Schönhauser Allee 12 (Take U2 to Senefelder Platz). Water (Tafelwasser) is free, a rarity in Germany
  • Prater, Kastanienallee. A beer garden with a restaurant under shady chestnut trees. The oldest beer garden in Berlin.

Drink

Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

Kreuzberg is a popular area for a drink and most people enjoy the very laid back atmosphere. Usually people tend to go out later so most bars start to fill up from 10-11PM

  • Bar 11, Wiener Straße 21 (U-Görlitzer Bahnhof). Every day from 6PM till 7AM. Bar in the heart of Kreuzberg, DJs on the weekend (rock, pop, funk, soul, disco), entrance is free and international audience. Mondays all cocktails half price.
  • Bar Sofia, Wrangelstraße 93 (U Schlesisches Tor). Small café and bar with a bit tacky but very nice interior. Open daily from 9AM. Hot drinks till 8PM, alcoholic drinks from 6PM. Outside sitting permitted only until midnight.
  • 1 Bierhimmel, Oranienstraße 181. Cafe during the day, bar in the evenings
  • Cafe Moskau, Karl-Marx-Allee 34.
  • Die Legende von Paula und Ben, Gneisenaustrasse 58 (U7 Südstern). Small and cosy bar with a large choice of cocktails, spirits and wine. For those who are hungry this place serves tapas and for those who want to smoke some cigars.
  • 2 Ebe Ano, Pohl Straße 52., +49 3047384590. An ethical cafe/restaurant with international flair.
  • 3 Freischwimmer, Schlesischen Tor 2, +49 30-61 07 43 09. Bar directly located at the river on a ponton with good food and drinks, good for chilling.
  • 4 Hops and Barley Hausbrauerei, Wühlischstrasse 22/23 (East of Simon Dach str.), +49 3029367534, . Microbrewery in former butcher shop. They have a good selections on tap, all own production and from other microbreweries
  • Konrad Tönz , Falkenstein Strasse. Retro 70s with live DJs playing old vinyl records. Most comfortable chairs imaginable and the barman, Jens, is a local legend for his friendliness and charm. Open Tuesday-Sunday 20.00 - whenever (usually around 3-5AM).
  • Madame CLAUDE, Lübbener Straße 19, +49 30-84 11 08 61. Gigs 5 days a week (indie-rock, experimental, folk.). Crazy Deco (everything is upside-down). Open daily from 7PM till late.
  • Luzia, Oranienstraße 34. Hot brand-new bar.
  • Orient Lounge, Oranienstraße 13, +49 30-69 56 67 62. Relaxing lounge with good drinks.
  • Wild at Heart, Wienerstraße 20. Punkrock Club with live music, great deco.
  • Wiener Blut, Wiener Straße 14..
  • Wirtschaftswunder, Yorkstraße 81. Is synonymous with the expression "economic miracle". The prices are very low and it has a good local Kreuzberg atmosphere.
  • Wuergeengel, Dresdener Straße 122. from 8pm. Great bar for cocktails. Fills up fast even on weekdays and is very crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Zyankali Bar, Großbeerenstraße 64.. The most adventurous bar in Berlin. You'll be surprised what kind of drinks they have on their beverage list. They say some people entered the Zyankali and never came out again.

Clubs

  • 5 Berghain/Panorama Bar, Am Wriezener Bahnhof (S Ostbahhof'). The world-famous techno, house and hardcore club. It is situated in an old power generation plant near the Ostbahnhof, sports a huge dancefloor and has room for more than 1500 people. Panorama Bar upstairs is open late until Sunday afternoon. Gay friendly, with hidden darkrooms and leatherboys. Be prepared for tough door policy on popular nights. Not for teenagers, no cameras allowed (mobile phones with a camera are now allowed, but holders are expressly warned not to use them)
  • Cassiopeia, Revaler Straße 99 (walk off the street, round the back of a bunch of old factories, next to the techno club), +49 30 47385949. eclectic mix of shows on, most nights of the week. good hip hop shows across 3 rooms and a terrace in an old factory. €5-10 entry. opens about 10 but typically quiet until 12-1AM. Good strip of small vegetarian cafes in the same alley if you need to kill some time. beers €2.50.
  • 6 Club der Visionäre, Am Flutgraben 1. Minimal techno, house and techno-house at this atmospheric venue by the water.
  • Geburtstagsklub, Am Friedrichshain 33. Best reggae party in town on Mondays, other days vary.
  • 7 Insel Berlin, Alt-Treptow 6. Mo 14:00-20:00; Tu 16:00-02:00, We 19:30-02:00, Th,Su 14:00-02:00, Fr 21:00-04:00, Sa 22:00-04:00; Winter off. Three floors, music varies from reggae to techno to indie to gothic.
  • 8 K17, Pettenkoferstraße 17A. 4 floors of goth, industrial, synthpop, post-punk, wave, metal, hardcore and punk, located in a backstreet of Friedrichshain. Impressive exterior and outdoor bar. Less snobby than some goth clubs, but the unofficial dress code is all black.
  • 9 Rosi's, Revalerstraße 29. Rosi's features grungy underground - the best club in town if you are into that. Nice grill outside with lots of chairs for the warm days, has one chill out floor and one main stage almost in front of a very nice bar. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: drum'n'bass, 2nd and 4th Saturday: house electro and on other days concerts and rock parties.
  • 10 SO36, Oranienstrasse 190.. Legendary club whose roots are punk, nowadays plays different alternative and mainstream concerts. Don't miss the GAYHANE, the Turkish "homoriental" gay party.
  • 11 Watergate, Falckensteinstraße 49 (U Schlesisches Tor / S Warschauer Straße). Open Wednesday (only one floor), Friday, Saturday.. Big club right on the Spree specializing in house, break-beats and DnB. Split-level layout and fantastic night views of the river. The main room is famous for its LED lighting. Tough door policy.

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Bars and Cafes

  • 103 Bar, 49 Kastanienallee, +49 3048492651. Nice place to have a drink, don't miss the White Russian.
  • 12 Al Hamra, Raumer Strasse 16. Relaxed Mediterranean/Arabic style bar cafe serving good food, with occasional music and movies, has a separate smoking section.
  • 13 Café Hilde, Metzer Strasse 22. large bright corner cafe and bar. Direct fair trade coffee, organic teas & ice cream, home-made cakes. Evenings there is bistro style food including pastas and salads.
  • 14 Intersoup, Schliemannstrasse 31. Small bar that fills quickly; serving spicy Indonesian-inspired soups. Often has live DJs.
  • Kakao, Dunckerstrasse 10. Ppopular cafe and bar specializing in chocolate, ran by the chocolate shop next door. Has a great view of Helmholtzplatz and good hot chocolate.
  • 15 Kulturbrauerei (Close to U-Station Eberswalder Strasse). A former brewery which now houses many bars and restaurant. Most famous is the Soda Club with an excellent bar.
  • Luxus bar, Prenzlauer Allee 197. Great small bar, nice with bricks and an aquarium, looks like an old meat store, can be crowded, excellent music.
  • 16 Morgenrot, Kastanienallee 85, +49 30 44317844. Tu-Th 12:00-02:00; Fr-Su 11:00-02:00. Alternative cafe serving vegetarian and vegan food, quite a recommended place for people interested in squats and related issues.
  • No Fire No Glory, Rykestr. 45. Third wave coffee place with a beautiful terrace and homemade sweets & savory food. Currently available espresso blends are 'the coffee collective' Copenhagen and 'bonanza coffee heroes' Berlin. Pour over coffee with single origins for a real caffeine high are obtained too.
  • 17 Schwarz-Sauer, Kastanienallee 13. until 06:00. Very popular bar with a local and international student crowd.
  • 18 Wohnzimmer, Lettestrasse 6, corner of Schliemannstrasse. 9:00-late. The first 'trendy' bar in this part of Prenzlberg and still very popular. Serves breakfasts and is open late. Separate smoking room
  • Zu Mir Oder Zu Dir, Lychener Str. 15. Everyday from 7PM till late. Very relaxed atmosphere, genuine 70s interior and excellent drinks, the prices are fair and the bartenders are nice. Music changes from soul to electro.

Clubs

  • Bastard, Kastanienallee, next to Prater Garten. Mostly punk, ska and alternative music.
  • Dunckerclub, Dunckerstr. 64. Alternative, hard rock, indie.
  • Dr Pong, Eberswalder Straße 21. A typically Berlin style club where you can play table tennis and drink cheap beer, very friendly place.
  • frannz, Schönhauser Allee 36. A relaxed pop/rock club in Kulturbrauerei, also with live music.
  • Knaack, Greifswalder Straße 224. Former communist youth center. Three floors with different music and hosts live concerts.
  • Magnet, Greifswalder Str. 212/213. Alternative. Some indie concerts and club nights. Take care, there is also a FC Magnet Bar in Veteranenstrasse, which is a cool place, too.
  • NBI, Schönhauser Allee 36. Nice, small club, not really for dancing, with friendly people and live sets. Usually electro or minimal music, as well as indie pop/rock nights.

Sleep

Budget

  • 1 BackpackerBerlin (Hostel, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg), Knorrpromenade 10 (S-Train Station Ostkreuz , walk along Sonntagstraße), +49 30 29369164. Check-in: 13.00, check-out: 11.30. Cosy hostel providing room types such as dorms and private accommodations. Bathrooms and rooms are very clean and you´ll be equipped with wifi, internet, free coffee/tea, washing machine, computers, common kitchen. from €9,90 on.
  • Grand Hostel Berlin (Hostel in Kreuzberg), Tempelhofer Ufer 14 (3 minute walk from subway station Möckernbrücke), +49 30 200 95 45-0. Located within one of Kreuzberg's "Kiez" and a 15min walk away from checkpoint Charlie. It's a recently renovated 19th century building and all the interior is new. The service at the reception is also very nice and helpful. Rooms start at €17 (mixed 4-bed room) and go up to €40 for a private one-bed room..
  • Pegasus Hostel Berlín [2], Straße der Pariser Kommune 35 (U-Bahn: Weberwiese), tel. 2977 360 (fax: 2977 3610, email: hostel@pegasushostel.de), [3]. 2-bed rooms start at €19 per person, dorm starts at €14. One of this independent hostel's main attractions is its large, green courtyard which hosts a beer garden, BBQ, table tennis and comfortable seating areas. They have free internet access, laundry service and multilingual staff. They offer accommodations from single rooms with showers and WC, to beds in dormitory rooms.
  • Raise a Smile Hostel Berlín [4], Weidenweg 51 (U-Bahn: Frankfurter Tor Tram:M10), (email: hostel@raise-a-smile.org), [5]. Double rooms start at €17.90 per person, dorm starts at €8.90. Small & homely independent hostel opened in December 2009. The hostel is decorated in an African style with each room having a different animal theme. 100% of the profit from the hostel is used to support the charity "Raise a Smile" which helps children in Zambia, Africa.
  • 2 Three Little Pigs Hostel, Stresemannstraße 66, +49 30 26395880, fax: +49 30 263958816. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. The hostel is located in an old nunnery in Kreuzberg next to S Anhalter Bhf. from 13€.
  • A&O, Boxhagener Str. 73 (S-Bahn: Ostkreuz), +49 30 297 7810, fax: +49 30 2900 7366, . Double rooms start at €24 per person, dorm starts at €10.
  • Die Fabrik, Schlesische Str. 18 (U-Bahn: Schlesisches Tor), +49 30 611 7116, fax: 618 2974, . An old factory building turned into a hostel. 2-Bed rooms start at €49/room, dorm starts at €18.
  • Odyssee Hostel, Grünberger Str. 23 (U-Bahn: Frankfurter Tor), +49 2900 0081, fax: 2900 3311, . The Odyssee is independently run by a young crew - a real rock 'n 'roll place with a nice bar. 2-Bed rooms start at €45/room, dorms from €10/person.
  • U Inn Berlin Hostel, Finowstraße 36 (U-Bahn: Samariterstraße and near S-Bahn/U-Bahn: Frankfurter Allee), e-mail: info@uinnberlinhostel.com,[6]; another cosy backpacker hostel that offers singles, doubles and dorms.

Bed and Breakfast

  • Frauenzimmer. Private accommodation for women, from women. Guestrooms and apartments. From €25 per night.

Mid-range

  • Sarotti Höfe, Mehringdamm 57 (U-Bhf Mehringdamm), +49 30-600 3168-0, fax: +49 30-600 3168-68, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: Noon. 3* hotel in a transformed chocolate company. Modernised rooms with good location to Bergmann Kietz. Known for its breakfast/brunch and good service. Popular with mid-aged city tourists in a small and cozy hotel. from 69 Euros.

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Budget

  • Transit Loft, Immanuelkirchstr. 14 (U-Bahn: Senefelderplatz), +49 30 4849-3773, fax: +49 30 4405 1074, . Transit, Hagelberger Str. 53-54 (Kreuzberg) is also part of this hostel chain. 2-bed rooms start at €71.50/room, dorm starts at €15 per person.
  • Pfefferbett, Am Pfefferberg, Christinenstraße 18-19 (U-Bahn: Senefelderplatz), +49 30 93 93 58 58, . Central location, walking distance to Alexanderplatz and yet in an another world. Located within an old brewery complex, now converted into a cultural center. Dorms, private rooms. Easy access also from Schönhauser Allee 176 from €9 (shared dorm).

Mid-range

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