Hidden Gems of Berlin
Collected by Nyssa C., AFAR Local Expert
A collection of the hidden gems around Berlin. Whether it's an authentic hole-in-the-wall food joint, a trendy fashion boutique, or a charming bookstore, venturing off the beaten path in the German capital never ceases to surprise.
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...
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...
Linienstraße 160, 10115 Berlin, Germany
It might be small and simple—just a smattering of handmade wooden tables topped with flower arrangements; conspicuously bare white walls; and a few barstools—but the updated German cuisine at Lokal is far from basic. With a commitment...
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...
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...
Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin, Germany
Kauhaus de Westens (Department Store of the West) is Europe’s second-largest department store, boasting a food hall rivaling Harrod’s. The 6th and 7th floors are entirely devoted to gourmet, and advertisements tout the place as having two football...
Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Looming over one of central Berlin's most vibrant intersections, this restored Bauhaus building, with its distinctive 1920s curved facade, was transformed in 2010 into the Berlin outpost of the glamorous Soho House hotel and private members brand....
Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin, Germany
One evening while I was strolling the streets of Mitte, I noticed a hectic scene and a young crowd outside a buzzing restaurant. It was Monsieur Vuong, a hip Vietnamese restaurant with pink and red walls, great cocktails, and fresh Vietnamese...
Rykestraße 41, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Upon entering this airy store, it's impossible not to find anything to pimp up your home. There's bamboo bowls, beautiful glass vases, wool blankets or socks and various cute little knickknacks. The best part is that although many things look...
Muskauer Str. 9, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Rosa Caleta fuses the sophistication of European flavors with the fiery spices of Jamaica. Sounds crazy, but it's done so well that you're likely to plan your return before you even leave. It's an independently-owned restaurant in the heart of...
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