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Berlin, Germany
The East Side Galley is the longest stretch of the Berlin wall that remains today. It is covered in beautiful murals from artists from all over the world including this well-know and controversial image of two soviet leaders kissing! A must see...
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Oderberger Str. 35, 10435 Berlin, Germany
The baristas here know a trick or two about coffee and Bonanza Coffee Roasters is one of the names that always comes up when discussing Berlin's best coffee. An amazing and hard to find Synesso Cyncra espresso machine is the center of attention in...
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Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin, Germany
The Barn is a bucolic coffee bar in the Mitte district that boasts top-quality coffee (from Copenhagen's famed fair-trade Coffee Collective) and a local-food ethos, inspired largely by the owner's formative years in rural Germany and his mother's...
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Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The original 1791 peaceful message of the Brandenburg Gate was distorted by the Nazis into a symbol of their own power and later by the Soviets as a symbol of the Berlin Wall East/West division. Today, sitting unobtrusively on the right side of...
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Reinhardtstraße 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
If I could recommend only one thing from my time in Berlin, this would be it! It is probably the most amazing art exhibit I have ever seen. Christian Boros and his wife bought this WWII bunker to display their private collection of contemporary...
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Oranienburger Str. 67-68, 10117 Berlin, Germany
C/O curates some of work from some of the world's top photographers housed in the former Royal Post Office building in Berlin Mitte. The peeling paint and crumbling walls add to the allure of the space. *** UPDATE- the museum is currently moving...
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Schützenstraße 70, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Through my varied travels, I have seen the rivalry food can cause in a country. In Central Asia, chefs fight over plov; in Japan it is ramen noodles; but in Germany it is the currywurst. You are probably asking yourself, what the heck is...
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Georgenstraße 14, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The last full day I spent in Berlin, it was snowing a lot. It was also the day on which I toured some of the “hidden” parts of the city, including several tragic backstreet reminders of its World War II Jewish history. The accumulating snow...
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Mitte, Berlin, Germany
This might be one of the well known buildings in East Berlin, not to mention, one of the well known murals. 'How Long is Now' mural is on the side of Tacheles building, in the Mitte area, East Berlin. The building used to be the Central office of...
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Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Kreuzberg is a full of playful street art and murals. The borough is home to a large Turkish and immigrant population as well as the left-wing, art community.
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Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Do You Read Me? is one of the most fabulous bookstores/magazine shops in Berlin. While living in Berlin, I stumbled upon this find purely by chance as I was walking home from a friend's place. I was already on a quest to find the latest editions...
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Oranienstraße 170, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Coming from California, we often miss the plethora of amazing Mexican food that can be had just about anywhere at home. After a friend's recommendation, we found this authentic gem while visiting Berlin: Santa Maria on Oranienstrasse. Standouts...
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Herzbergstraße 55, 10365 Berlin, Germany
If you do only one tour during your visit, I suggest the free three-hour "Alternative Berlin" tour run by this company. It is mostly walking, with a subway and train here and there. (Make sure to follow your young, fast, walking tour guide...
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Knaackstraße 98, 10435 Berlin, Germany
A vast majority of Berliners will gladly stop for a good old currywurst on their way back home from a festive evening at the pub. The history of this mouthwatering dish goes back to the 1950s when a German woman was given ketchup, curry powder,...
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Rosenthaler Str. 40 -41, 10178 Berlin, Germany
This is one of the most hectic and lively courtyards in Berlin. Located in Mitte, it is named after the Hackeschen Market, which is across the street. As in many of Berlin's courtyards, the building complex around it consists of offices,...
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Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin, Germany
At the top of the famous Ka De We shopping plaza in Berlin there's an amazing food section. You'll find artisan chocolates, fresh baked pastries, restaurants, wine shops, and even cleverly tanned apples! We had so much fun browsing and sampling...
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Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Burritos are a staple of the California diet, and we've missed them greatly since our move to Germany. Dolores in Berlin allowed us to satiate that need, and then some! The burrito options—and sizes!—are overwhelming, from choice of...
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Charlottenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers at the Gendarmenmarkt. Quality and unique chocolate from handmade truffles to pralines. Even for those of you without a sweet tooth, well worth a visit as they have on display incredible chocolate creations of...
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Weinmeisterstraße 4, 10178 Berlin, Germany
It was in the Mitte district in Berlin where I stumbled upon the Absinthe Depot. Yes, a store dedicated to selling only absinthe. A spirit at one time banned in the US, because of its extremely high alcohol content and for pressumably possessing...
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Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany
A fantastic view of parallel lives. Almost overnight, friends were separated and a city divided. The Memorial is a fascinating look at Western vs. Communist views, the failures and tragedies that ensued. Brilliant!
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Kurfürstendamm 15, 10719 Berlin, Germany
When have you ever seen a McDonalds look this nice?!
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Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Most of us are familiar with the story of Oskar Schindler, German industrialist who was credited with saving over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories, which was the subject of the film “Schindler's List”. Less known...
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Alexanderstraße 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Just in the same street, few steps from Rro Qm, I found this nice beautiful store KM. This store carries a collection of various artists (locals and internationals) and a variety of Jewelry, stationary, home accessories and personal ones. The...
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Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Berlin is one of those cities that truly has it all—street art, cultural attractions, historic museums, and a fascinating urban bike scene. As I found out during my trip to Berlin last summer, the city also has its very own beach. Badeschiff an...
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Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
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...
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Gesundbrunnen, Berlin, Germany
A former BVG workshop has turned into a cultural center; the little house, where the gatekeeper used to watch the incoming vehicles from, has become a relaxed place for good food. Tip: order muesli for breakfast and then come back in the evening...
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Oderberger Str. 44, 10435 Berlin, Germany
I was so glad to discover this cafe during a stroll in the trendy streets of Prenzlauer Berg, in East Berlin. Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most popular districts, and one of Berlin’s prettiest neighborhoods, known mostly for its art scene. Cafe...
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Budapester Str. 48-50, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Two must-sees on Kurfürstendamm Street in Berlin are the KaDeWe department store (with its foodie-heaven top floor) and the remaining spire of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The structure is all that remains of the original 1890-era church...
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Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin, Germany
A friend and I were craving Asian when she suggested that we find a particular spot recommended by her fiance called Mr. Wong. He told her that the food was amazing and insisted that we go. Cut to,...us in the backseat of a taxi in Berlin, texting...
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Danziger Str. 33, 10435 Berlin, Germany
I know this may be hard to believe, but you CAN find authentic Mexican food in Berlin. After living in Europe for many years and being let down every time a new Mexican restaurant would open up, I was recommended Maria Bonita's by very good...
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Pannierstraße 5, 12047 Berlin, Germany
One of the best burgers in town. So big you need a strategy to eat it.
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avant garde clothing? check. Gallery? check. Cafe? check. 3 guestrooms geared to "artists"? Yes cause it's in Berlin.
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Oppelner Str. 44, 10997 Berlin, Germany
on a quiet and rainy morning I enjoyed nothing more than relaxing with a book or magazine and a cup of excellent espresso at this tiny, unassuming yet friendly cafe watching the young things of Berlin come by for their caffeine fix. Just be aware...
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Kurfürstendamm 225, 10719 Berlin, Germany
Watch a movie in style! Plush leather chairs that recline, foot stools, waiters serving you wine and small tapas styled snacks. It doesn't get better than this ...
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Kiehnwerderallee 1-3, 12437 Berlin, Germany
Even fun has a shelf life. This is what runs through my mind as I walk around Spreepark, the abandoned, dilapidated amusement park in Berlin. When East Germany and the GDR fell, so did many of the businesses operating under the rules of communism....
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Leuschnerdamm 25, 10999 Berlin, Germany
I sat at the little communal table shared by 3 other lucky strangers who, like me, were dining alone that night. Since all of the other tables were taken via reservations, this little communal table sat solo travelers like me if there was room. I...
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Brunnenstraße 9, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Ulrih Krauss is an interesting man. After years of struggling as an artist- he moved his focuses to the culinary arts. The joining of these loves are how the ZAGREUS PROJEKT was born. The ZAGREUS PROJEKT is essentially an gastronomic exuberance...
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Mitte, Berlin, Germany
We stumbled on this light-filled, modern spot on our way to another recommended place for lunch (which happened to be packed) and since I'd never had the pleasure of a Banh Mi, I was excited to try one. Not only was it fresh and delicious, but the...
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Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, 10243 Berlin, Germany
"Diversity" is a good word to describe Berlin. And there's no better place to get a dose of diversity than along the River Spree in Berlin. If you simply walk around the river banks near the Oberbaum Bridge connecting Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg,...
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Friedelstraße 39, 12047 Berlin, Germany
In Berlin on a sunny day, relaxing and getting a coffee go hand in hand, but Eiscafe Fräulein Frost not only has great coffee but AMAZING ice cream. I devoured the cone I got before I could take a picture. LOL. Sorry.
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Reichenberger Str. 177, 10999 Berlin, Germany
I'm not a big beer drinker, but when drinks are inexpensive and poured out in such large portions as they were at Möbel Olfe... Why not? And not just any beer but great Polish and German beers. How could I resist. It was a great crowd packed with...
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Genslerstraße 66, 13055 Berlin, Germany
“What is the first article of your country’s constitution?” our tour guide Grit asked. We all answered with some form of free speech and the right to choose. Grit then announced to us the first article of East Germany run by the GDR (German...
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Sanderstraße 11, 12047 Berlin, Germany
Walking around Berlin with a friend, I never expected to hear TLC's "Red Light Special" and the Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks" coming from a cafe in the Middle Schöneberg. The cafe Sing Blackbird definitely represents the cultural crossroads between...
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Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin, Germany
I've been fascinated with the Olympics since I watched the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games and saw that archer and his flaming arrow light the Olympic flame. Prior to my trip to Europe, I'd never been to an Olympic stadium....
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Herzbergstraße 128-139, 10365 Berlin, Germany
In Lichtenberg, Berlin, desolate warehouses renamed after the famed market in Hanoi have really come alive. Eastern Germany's sizable Vietnamese community congregates here on weekends, buying wholesale goods to sell in their shops and feast on...
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Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
It look me a solid four days in Berlin to discover this neighborhood. I was on the hunt for street art, which really isn't too difficult to find anywhere in Berlin, as it's such an integral part of the city's culture. I joined a street art walking...