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An insider's guide to Berlin

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Flea markets that AREN'T Mauerpark, greasy chicken joints and how to get into Berghain. For reals.
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Schwedter Str. 18, 10119 Berlin, Germany
The organic spread of antipasti at the Italian-owned Pappa E Ciccia in Prenzlauer Berg is heavenly; their organic eggs with fresh herbs and bacon just about the sunniest dish you could order on a lazy Sunday morning. Pappa E Ciccia also boasts a...
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Skalitzer Str. 35, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Set on one of Berlin's most lively streets, at Skalitzer Straße 35, Cafe Morgenland in Kreuzberg serves one of the most famous fixed-price brunches in the city. The EUR 9.50 buffet serves up sunny Mediterranean fare with plenty of fresh baked...
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Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, 10785 Berlin, Germany
It's hard to miss the distinctive tent-shaped, yellow Berlin Philharmonic Hall, considered by many to be one of the world’s best concert halls. Designed by Hans Scharoun, it was built in the 1960s as a replacement for one destroyed in World...
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Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, Germany
This club, housed in an old industrial warehouse, does not look unlike a mental ward and, inside, has as many fascinating levels as an Escher drawing. To dance with a sea of the coolest kids in Berlin (and Europe for that matter—it’s a landmark...
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Potsdam, Germany
This is Berlin’s Golden Age, and a throbbing underbelly of artistry and anarchy threatens to burst into the streets at any time. When the hedonism gets too much, just outside Berlin, you can visit Potsdam’s Sanssouci Palace...
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Lübbener Str. 19, 10997 Berlin, Germany
If you're looking for something more chill than Berghain, which is as close to Dante's vision of hell as it gets (in an awesome way), Madame Claude’s Sunday open-mic night is the best place to see live music. In a former brothel. With chairs on...
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Sonnenallee 59, 12045 Berlin, Germany
Forget watery currywursts topped with cheap curry powder and sugary ketchup. Berlin is all about great Turkish food. On Sonnenallee 59, City Chicken is a Neukolln institution and just the spot for late night eats, serving up roast chicken straight...
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Schlachtensee, Berlin, Germany
Biking in Berlin is a breeze. The city is as flat as Amsterdam or Copenhagen, and there are cycle lanes everywhere.The best place to pedal over to in summer? Schlactensee; a particularly lovely lake in the south of Berlin, carved out of the earth...
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Maybachufer 31, 12047 Berlin, Germany
Neukolln’s Sunday flea market (Nowkoelln Flowmarkt) is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs. Leave the tourists to go to Mauerpark flea market, where prices are as inflated as the egos of Berghain's bouncers.
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Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
One of the biggest stars of the five museums on Museum Island, the Pergamon was the last to open, in 1930. Built to resemble a Babylonian temple, it houses a trove of ancient treasures from the Middle East, with highlights that include the...
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Singerstraße 109, 10179 Berlin, Germany
If you like street art, Berlin is like a free outdoor museum dedicated to the medium. Take a stroll down Kopenicker Strasse in the east part of town and you'll be in the thick of it. Look out for the paper cut outs applied to surfaces. Sadly, ugly...
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Schwedter Str. 7, 10119 Berlin, Germany
If you're on a budget, EastSeven Hostel is a great option for saving money while in Berlin. Set in an old tenement building, rooms are clean, the kitchen is huge and the cleaners and staff are beautifully friendly. There's a little garden terrace...