a paradise for both ravers and behavers
Berlin's fractured past has allowed it to reinvent itself once again in recent decades. This chameleon of a city stands apart from the rest of Germany as a centre for liberal thought, art and culture. Hence why so many young people from across the world move to the city every year. Cheap (though steadily increasing, to the disgust of original 'Berliners') rents make the city affordable to young creative types who have been priced out of cities like London or Paris. Ever increasingly, Berlin is becoming a synonym for all that is cool and alternative. Full of small business, it resists the homogenisation of many other european capitals. When the wall came down, many 'Ossis' from the east fled to the west of the city, leaving many buildings abandoned. This was perfect for young artists and musicians who could now afford studio space and even set up clubs and live music venues in the abandoned factories of the east (the most famous of which is the infamous Berghain).
Gertrud Tavernier is a Belgian yoga teaching, chocolate making pharmacist living in Germany’s buzzing capital. Together with her partner Felix she has started two exciting independent businesses from her own home.
Relaxed restaurant and beer garden hidden within the grounds of Berlin’s Tiergarten.
Maroush is a good value Lebanese restaurant in central Kreuzberg, Berlin. – Serving up kebabs, crispy falafel and obscenely creamy hummus.
Mr.Vertigo is a relaxed and friendly cafe/restaurant in the North-Western part of Mitte in Berlin. Fresh salads, sandwiches and Mediterranean themed dishes are to be expected.
Südblock is a cafe, bar and brunch buffet situated in the heart of buzzing Kreuzberg, Berlin. Expect Middle-Eastern and Turkish oriented cuisine, with events and occasional drag acts in the evenings. On the corner of the Kottbusser Tor roundabout, where
Cafe Wirtschaftswunder is a cheap and cheerful bar come German Kneipe in Berlin’s buzzing Kreuzberg district.
Ora is a cosy Berlin café and bar in Oranienplatz’s old apothecary. The haunt can be found in Kreuzberg.
An inviting canal-side refuge for shoppers and coffee drinkers.
For a change from Berlin’s serious techno scene, Cake is a laid-back bar in Kreuzberg playing a mixture of funk, soul and hip-hop.
For excellent value Lebanese food, Al Andalos in Berlin’s Neukoölln district is a good start.
Hester Underhill interviews musician/designer Kristian Pålshaugen, co-founder of Il Kino, Berlin’s cosiest cinema.
Where all is not the same…Sameheads is an inconspicuous bar in Neukölln, Berlin.