4 small Berlin gems
There are a few cities that never bore you, no matter how often you’ve been there or in which time of the year you visit it. It always feels great to be back. Berlin is definitely one of those. Strolling around the streets, having a beer or coffee in one of the many nice bars or visiting the historical sights; even if you have been there quite a lot of times, there is always something new to discover.
The ‘obvious’ highlights (Alexanderplatz, Brandenburger Tor) are worth a visit, but these are some spots that you have to include in your next trip to Berlin as well, to see the Berlin I really love:
1. Prater Garten Berlin. Serving beer since 1837, right in Prenzlauerberg. Although the garden itself seems a bit hidden (it can not be seen from the street) the entrance of the beer garten at Kastanienallee is easily spotted. It has a nice atmosphere, with both tourists and locals enjoying the beer and the snacks. It has a restaurant too. That one servers more meals.
2. Yaam Berlin. One of my friends living in the city took me there last summer. When entering this kind of ‘village’ I did not know what to expect and it’s best to just go there yourself and discover this place. It’s an interesting mix between stalls selling African streetfood, a club and a small beach where you can enjoy a maracuja beer. There are many live music sessions going on that are worth checking out too.
3. Sunday brunch. When walking through Berlin, the signs at restaurants saying they serve brunch on Sundays can not be missed. Actually, a brunch can be ordered throughout the entire city, but the places near Kollwitzplatz (in the Prenzlauerberg district), are recommended. Good food for a small amount of money.
4. Markt am Mauerpark. The Sunday flea market at Mauerpark is huge and probably known by many tourists already, but still worth a visit. Not only does it have a large amount of second hand furniture, it also has a lot of new stuff like cloths, bags, shoes and all sorts of ‘arty’ souvenirs (bags, paintings etc). Many food (with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options) can be bought at the market too. And, you can join the karaoke that is going on in the park as well.