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Your Guide to Hipster Berlin

When you head to Berlin, ditch the guidebook and don your horn-rimmed glasses. Famously described as “poor but sexy” by a former mayor, Berlin will inspire you to venture beyond the classic sights in search of emerging cultural hotspots, fantastic food, and unexpected spaces. Follow this guide, and you’ll be acquainted with the Grey City from the perspective of its hippest residents.
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Herrfurthstraße 23, 12049 Berlin, Germany
A meal at Berlin’s Mama Kalo would be incomplete without ordering the Spätzle and the Flammkuchen, a flatbread typical of the Alsatian border region of southern Germany. It’s one reason this restaurant, south of the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood,...
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Reinhardtstraße 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Only in Berlin could a hulking, aboveground World War II‒era concrete bunker, right in the center of the city, be turned into an art gallery. The structure—too bulky to be blown up after the war—was transformed in 2008 by...
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This historic market stays open late once a week for Street Food Thursdays (5-10pm). It’s a highly satisfying way to sample the finest area stalls all in one central hub. Locals meet up here for casual good eats, which makes for intriguing people...
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Entrance A, Köpenicker Str. 154, 10997 Berlin, Germany
At this coffee shop and lunch spot, the upper floors are specifically set up for putting that caffeine fix to good use. The co-working space is handy for any traveler looking to catch up on emails or work projects. Betahaus also functions as a...
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Tempelhofer Damm 104, 12099 Berlin, Germany
An abandoned airport sounds like a strange setting for a park, but Tempelhof is much better in person. With long runways perfect for biking, skating, or running (and skiing in winter!), nature preserves for rare and endangered birds, and...