Berlin, Germany's capital and largest city is a dynamic and lively metropolis with a flourishing art scene, much historical significance, a diverse culture, and an energetic social scene. Whether you live there full-time, are planning a trip, or want to work there for a time, there is a perfect neighborhood and place for everyone.
Mustafas Gemüse Kebap
Germany and Döner Kebap are inseparable, and no trip to Berlin would be complete without a meal at Mustafas. They are known for their chicken and veggie kebap but also have vegetarian and vegan options made with falafel.
A trendy, upscale restaurant with Asian-inspired cuisine carefully curated with Japanese, Thai, and Chinese styles. With colorful, beautifully plated dishes, this stunning restaurant is rated with two Michelin stars. The menu also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Much like Doner, Curry is another staple in Germany, and Berlin is home to many delicious curry shops! Bergmann Curry is a popular one. They have traditional curry sausage, as well as a vegan variation. There is a range of sauces in all spice levels. Currywurst, Pommes (fries), beer, and soda are all on their simple but perfect menu.
If traditional German food is what you crave, look no further than his cozy and family-friendly restaurant. Settle in with a beer and enjoy schnitzel, potato salad, and apple strudel. With an extensive menu and full bar, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
If you visit between late spring and early fall, you'll be in Berlin during prime Biergarten time. There are many Biergartens, but Prater is a step above the rest, with various local beers, fruity wine spritzes, and snacks. Grab a beer, enjoy live music, and relax under the shade of the dense chestnut trees covering their back patio.
The christmas markets offer an intoxicating mix of hot beverages, both alcoholic and not. Mulled wine (Gluhwein) is the most popular and comes in red and white wine. Hot chocolate, spiced apple cider, fruit punch, plus more! These drinks are served in beautiful souvenir mugs, so you can keep the mug or return it to the vendor and receive your deposit back.
If ping pong, a rowdy party, and good drinks are what you're looking for, Pong is the place to be. While the place is smaller, the entertaining atmosphere in the quirky bar makes up for it! It’s a great place to make new friends while competing to win a ping pong tournament.
Becketts Kopf is a swanky cocktail bar that's embraced the classic speakeasy concept. It is accessible through an unmarked entrance and has ornate rooms adorned with luxurious red velvet. The menu offers a selection of traditional and unique cocktails made with top-notch spirits. During a quiet moment, the bar staff are happy to tailor a drink to your taste!
The historical center of Berlin and home to many landmarks, museums, and government buildings. There are hotels and rentals, both more upscale and affordable.
A family-friendly neighborhood with parks, playgrounds, casual dining, and a quiet feel. With charming tree-lined streets and plenty of cafes and boutiques, this neighborhood is also home to a thriving artistic community.
A neighborhood known for its energetic and youthful vibe. The lively alternative scene has many bars, clubs, and street art. It's a fun place to stay if loud, late-night partying is the goal!
Bonanza Coffee Heros
In Prenzlauer Berg, this location attracts a mix of locals, tourists, and digital nomads. The rustic interior and their specialty coffee create a calm and productive workspace.
A coffee shop in Kreuzberg that offers a monthly coffee subscription and makes delicious, sweet pastries. Modern, clean, and bright, with lots of seating and a simple menu, makes for the perfect out-of-office workspace.
A coworking space in Kreuzberg with a cafe! Grab a coffee and make yourself at home in this space for the day, week, or month. A day pass is 24€ and a month pass is 105€. These passes include a desk on the Club Level, community events and expert sessions, tea, coffee, and high-speed wifi.
A coworking space in Friedrichshain with a creative and vibrant atmosphere. This location caters to small businesses, freelancers, and startups needing monthly office space. The monthly rate starts at 300€ and includes IT services, fast wifi, office supplies and printers, and barista coffee.
If it's Sunday or late, apps (MAYD or GoPuls) can deliver essential medical items, prescriptions, and some other basic items.
Public transportation covers a wide area of Berlin, is easy to use, and is inexpensive. Taxis are also available, as well as short-term car rentals.
Chances are, the neighborhood you're in has restaurants, coffee shops, or a bar that is affordable, delicious, and loved by locals.
News in English
For local news, follow The Local, Berliner Zeitung, Der Spiegel, and DW. DW has an English YouTube channel and streaming app as well.
A Berliner is both a citizen of Berlin OR a doughnut with jam filling and vanilla icing!
Long Story Short...
When President John F. Kennedy visited the then West Berlin in the summer of 1963, he said, "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner). While his speech was, of course, in the context of the Cold War and a divided Germany, with this handy guide on how to eat, sleep, and work in Berlin... You too, might just be able to get away with saying "Ich bin ein Berliner"!
Written by Andrea Jeschke