Berlin City Guide
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
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.
überlin– 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 für Brot– One of my favorites. A delicious organic bakery- try their almond-marzipan rolls.
Café Fleury– Spacious with a good selection of cakes and drinks. Don’t forget to browse the neighboring writing supply shop.
Kauf dich Glücklich am Park– Cute clothes plus ice cream and café treats.
Café CK– Very high quality coffee in Prenzlauer Berg.
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!
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 Maß!
Trödelmarkt Arkonaplatz– Sunday market close to Mauerpark with higher quality goods.
Modulor– modern crafting supplies in Kreuzberg.
Made in Berlin– Vintage clothing in Mitte.