The Space Hall record store is THE place to go to buy new or used records in Berlin. With plenty of listening stations, you can be sure you're buying quality music. The space-like interior features some comfy couches (if not odd-shaped) and simple but quirky touches of design.
Check out the room in the back to find good deals on used records. Or if you want some novelty band/DJ t-shirts, try the section up front.
Berlin has been called the coolest city in Europe (maybe the world) and since the wall has fallen, creatives and internationals have flocked to the German capital city. With an influx of European start-ups, young & passionate artists and creative professionals, Berlin is quickly defining itself as the world's most hipster city. On this list you'll find my personal favorite places for young urbanites—everything from Berlin's best coffee to the coolest clubs and trendiest restaurants.
If you can find a way past the guard and barbed wire fence you can get into this amazing old spy station in west Berlin. The views are fantastic.
The Barn is a bucolic coffee bar in the Mitte district that boasts top quality coffee (from Copenhagen's famed fairtrade Coffee Collective) and a local-food ethos, inspired largely by the owner's formative years in rural Germany and his mother's penchant for baking. Ornamented with rustic touches, like bales of hay, knotty wood benches and tables and a large chalkboard menu, the cafe has cultivated a large bean since it opened two years ago and shows no signs of slowing. I'd make the trip to Berlin just for a cappuccino and a scone.
The Berlin brunch scene is typically a buffet-style brunch with meats & cheeses, maybe a quiche or a soft-boiled egg. While that's an enjoyable meal, sometimes breaking out of the mold is called for. That's what makes the California Breakfast Slam so unique. It's an American-style brunch that serves up Berlin's best pancakes. But even here the breakfast meals come with a twist...
Using gourmet cooking styles and spices, the typical American brunch of eggs, pancakes and hashbrowns, the mal isn't just a boring breakfast but an explosion of taste in your mouth!
Tiergarten Park is the largest public park in central Berlin and is a surprisingly cool (as in temperature) retreat in the summer. Heavily forested with wide walkways, boulevards and hidden spots of seclusion, the Tiergarten is one of the easiest and most interesting escapes from city life in Berlin.
Seems the newest nightlife party trend in Europe is to take India's Holi Festival and turn it into a party with international DJs, festival foods and all the trappings of a good European party.
At the Holi Festival of Colours in Berlin, bags of powdered paint cost 2€ which stick to everyone's white clothing. Live DJs keep the crowd pumped up and the party runs all afternoon into the evening. Berlin's most colorful party!
The abandoned Kinderkrankenhaus (Children's Hospital) in Weißensee, Berlin was apparently one of the first of its kind and built during the Prussia era (before either World Wars). It’s been abandoned and left to rot. In the past year, the abandoned building has been the target of several arson attacks, but during daylight and with a bit of precaution, the site is easy to explore.
The walls are covered with graffiti both new and old, and the remnants of the children's hospital are easy to discover. Just watch where you step when exploring to avoid falling into any potholes or too much broken glass.
Berlin's most central hotel, the Park Inn, has some of the best views in Berlin. Rooms facing the Alexanderplatz central square provide premium viewing space for Berlin's most iconic architecture. The TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) are easily spotted from most rooms. And for those looking for a bit more of a daring adventure, it's possible to base-jump from the hotel's rooftop terrace.
Rooms in the hotel are small but modern, and anyways—it's the views that you want.
This little banana can only mean one thing: this art gallery's good! Since 1986, Cologne-based artist Thomas Baumgärtel has tagged Berlin art galleries that regularly put on good art shows. Wander the back alleys and side streets around Hackescher Markt and you're sure to stumble on more than a few galleries with this little yellow banana.