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Curated travel guide offering the best off the beaten path experiences in Berlin

Locally curated guide of beautiful sights, unique restaurants,  exclusive bars, shopping and networking in Berlin

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Off the beaten path guide to Berlin

The capital city is famous for its multi-culture, vibrant nightlife, plenty cafรฉs, clubs, and bars, street art, historic museums and other places of cultural interest. Berlinโ€™s heritage is contributed by a series of tumultuous events resulting in its many distinctive neighbourhoods, each offering its unique charm.

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Locally Favourite places to see in Berlin

East Side Gallery — Outdoor graffiti art exhibition on the historic Berlin Wall.
๐Ÿ›ซ Tempelhofer Feld — Abandoned airport offering a large space for outdoor activities
๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Sammlung Boros — Former bunker and contemporary art gallery with private collection tours
๐Ÿž๏ธ Teufelsberg — Urban hike to an abandoned NSA Station with hilltop views over Berlin
๐ŸŽค Mauerpark on Sundays — Flea market with international food trucks and Sunday karaoke.

Topography of Terror — Outdoor museum showing the Holocaust history of Germany.
Berliner Unterwelten — Get under the Berlin wall and visit an underground bunker.
๐Ÿ Tropical Island — Indoor tropical theme park with water slides and a spa.
Hohenschönhausen Memorial — Museum of DDR oppression and former Stasi prison.
Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and The Reichstag — Berlin historical sights.
DDR Museum — Interactive museum allowing you to experience life in East Germany.
๐Ÿ› Pergamon and Neues Museum — Museums featuring Babylonian and Egyptian artifacts.
๐ŸŒ Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden— Greenhouses showcasing Earth's many biomes
๐Ÿ˜ Bohemian Rixdorf — Berlin’s hidden secret village within the city.
๐ŸŒด Pfaueninsel Park — Hidden peacock garden on an island accessible by ferry in Wannsee ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Schwerbelastungskörper — Large concrete block with historical significance from the Third Reich
๐ŸŒŒ Zeiss Planetarium — Modern stellar theatre hosting events and the chance to explore the universe
Sandgrube — Nature hike in the Grünwald region with a large sand pit
๐Ÿฆ‹ Biosphäre — Indoor tropical botanical garden in Potsdam with a butterfly garden and a koi pond
๐ŸŽจ Gemäldegallerie Berlin — Art gallery exhibiting renaissance paintings from 14th-18th century
๐Ÿ‘พ Computer Games Museum — Video games music with playable historical video game exhibits
โ›ฐ Der Kegel — Indoor and open air boulder park with climbing areas for both beginners and experts


No FOMO by skipping these

Checkpoint Charlie — Tourist trap.    
Alex TV Tower — Better views from Panoramapunkt Café on Potsdamer Platz.

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Best of local places to eat (map below)

๐Ÿฃ Dudu — Chic Asian fusion restaurant serving great sushi
Chicken Buzz — Trendy Japanese fusion restaurant known for their chicken popcorn ๐Ÿ— Angry Chicken and Mmaah — Korean fast-food restaurants serving quick bites
๐Ÿ” Burgermeister  — Fast food and burgers in trendy Berlin areas
Chutnify — Bombay themed street food cafe serving dosas and pani puri
Geist im Glas — Come for the brunch, stay for the cocktails, and chicken waffles
๐Ÿœ Umami — Vietnamese and Asian-fusion restaurant serving sharing platters
Bahadur — Authentic Indian restaurant serving tasty tandoori and kebabs

๐Ÿ– Kimchi Princess — Korean BBQ with self-cooking on a hot plate
$ Ushido — Japanese BBQ restaurant in Berlin serving Wagyu and Angus beef
๐Ÿฒ District Mot — Vietnamese street food restaurant serving pho and burgers
๐Ÿฅ— Monsieur Vuong — Vietnamese cafe serving soups, salads, and shakes
๐Ÿฒ Yumcha Heroes — Shanghai style soup dumplings eatery
๐Ÿ› Hot Spot — Authentic Chinese restaurant serving duck and rice dishes
Transit — Tapas style Asian restaurant cafe with small bites
Schwiliko — Georgian cuisine serving a local delicacy known as Khachapuri in Berlin
The Bird — New York style steakhouse serving quality burgers and steaks
$ Katz Orange — Unique restaurant in Berlin serving experimental cuisine
Txokoa — Gastrobar serving creative dishes and drinks in Berlin ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐ŸŸ Patio Restaurantschiff — Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine on a boat
$ Osmans Töchter — Traditional Turkish restaurant serving meze with ambiance
$ Le Piaf and Chez Maurice — Gourmet French restaurants with seasonal menus ๐Ÿง€ Schwarze Heidi — Swiss restaurant in Berlin serving traditional cheese fondue
Max und Moritz and Mauli Maultaschen — German restaurants serving schnitzel
Jolesch — Austrian cuisine place serving veal schnitzels
Tak Tak — Polish deli serving locally famous dumplings known as pierogi
๐Ÿ• Trentasei — Upbeat Italian restaurant serving traditional thin pizzas
๐Ÿ Trattoria Libau and Vino & Basilico — Italian restaurants with seasonal menus
๐Ÿฎ Bekarei — Portuguese bakery in Berlin serving custards, pastries, and sandwiches
$ Cookies Cream and Lucky Leek — Upscale vegan and fine dining restaurants
 House of Small Wonder — Cozy brunch café spot with hipster décor
๐Ÿณ What Do You Fancy Love? — Breakfast and brunch café serving bagels
โ˜•๏ธ Bonanza Coffee Heroes & Doppio Pazzo — Cafés serving organically sourced coffee
๐Ÿจ Oak and Ice — Creative ice cream shop serving unique flavors and styles
Thaiwiese — Street kitchen serving Asian delicacies in a pleasant meadow
๐Ÿฅ— Good bank — Healthy concept restaurant that grows its own salad in house
Knofel — Garlic themed restaurant in Berlin serving lunch and dinner
๐Ÿฑ Tsukushiya — Authentic Japanese deli and bistro serving bento box lunches
๐Ÿœ Cocolo Ramen — Japanese restaurant serving delicious bowls of ramen noodles
๐Ÿฐ Die Stulle — Café serving sandwiches, coffee and cakes with a friendly atmosphere
๐Ÿ” Son Kitchen — Korean street food place serving hip burgers and Bibimbap
๐Ÿบ Golgatha Gaststätten — Beer garden with a rooftop terrace located in Viktoria Park
Die Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee — Historic inn & beergarden with views over lake
Prince Restaurant — Trendy Asian fusion restaurant serving great food and drinks
Datscha — Russian restaurant with a nice atmosphere serving brunch and vodka
Kumple und Keule — Meat lover’s paradise serving dry aged beef burgers with bacon
$ Nobelhart & Schmutzig — 10 course organic meal with seating around the kitchen
Cafe Valentin — Swedish cafe serving tasty vegan dishes and smøreebrød
Horváth — Exquisite restaurant offering an Austrian 7 course fine dining experience
Long March Canteen — Chinese restaurant serving great dim-sum with tapas style
Repke Spatzlerei — German restaurant serving known for its Spätzle and Maultaschen
Aunt Benny — Cafe offering nice coffee, good music and fresh cakes to order
Da Jia Le — Authentic Chinese restaurant in Schöneberg serving peking duck
Wirtshaus zum Mitterhofer — Austrian Tirol influenced restaurant known for schnitzel
Pizzeria Fratelli La Bionda — Authentic Italian pizzeria serving fresh pizzas with wine
Matreshka — Authentic Russian restaurant serving tasty dishes with fair prices
Joseph Roth Diele — Cozy German restaurant serving food that takes you back in time
Big Sur — Gourmet burger and fries restaurant offering a friendly American vibe
3 Schwestern — German restaurant with an artistic vibe and friendly service
Doyum Restaurant — Authentic Turkish restaurant serving delicious food
Villa di Wow — Pizza shack serving large slices of margarita, vegan and salami varieties
Massai Restaurant — Elegant restaurant offering a unique African dining experience
Al Dente — Italian restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg serving fresh handmade pasta
Chen Che — Vietnamese restaurant with great interiors serving food and tea
Standard Pizza — Hipster pizzeria serving juicy pizzas fresh straight out of the oven

Looking for something different? Maybe check out our blog post on Unique Restaurants in Berlin

Map of our local and unique places to see in Berlin

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Things to watch out for in Berlin!

๐ŸšŒ Carry validated tickets when riding public transport.
๐Ÿ’ธ Cash is more frequent than card.
๐Ÿšซ Almost everything is shut on Sundays.

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Bars, Nightlife and Parties in Berlin!

Prince Charles — House & hip hop club with a swimming pool converted into a bar.
๐Ÿป An Einem Sonntag Im August — Cosy bar and café serving vegan beetroot burgers.
๐Ÿธ Fairytale Bar — Alice in Wonderland theme speakeasy serving timeless cocktails ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Bohnengold — Classic Berlin style bar and club packed with a good crowd ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿบ BrewDog — Craft beer bar in Berlin offering a wide selection of beers and pizza.
Holzmarkt — Outdoor marketplace by the river Spree with street food stalls and bars
๐ŸŒณ Dschungel — Rainforest jungle themed bar with a casual and friendly ambience ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿ”ฅ Chalet — Night club with an outdoor area and a friendly bonfire pit.
๐ŸŽถ Katerblau  — Spacious techno club with great music in Berlin ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Griessmühle — Alternative Berliner club with an outdoor area by the canal.
๐Ÿพ Trompete — Club and cocktail bar with after work parties on Thursdays.
๐Ÿฅ‚ House of weekend — Nightclub with a rooftop offering views over Alexanderplatz.
๐ŸŽค Monston Ronson’s — Karaoke bar in Warschauer offering group bookings.
๐Ÿค˜ Sage Club — Local rock concerts every Thursday night only at Kitkat.
McLaren’s Pub — American pub based on the tv series ‘How I met your mother.’
Madame Claude — Intimate upside-down bar hosting live gigs and small concerts.
๐Ÿšฝ Kneipe Klo — Toilet themed bar with a cool and funny atmosphere.
Yaam — Beach themed reggae music paradise with lounge chairs and Jamaican food.
Klunkerkranich — Rooftop bar hosting live concerts and art events in Neukölln.
$ Hotel de Rome and Solar Sky Lounge — Fancy rooftop bars and lounges.
๐Ÿน Deck 5 — Beach bar on a rooftop located inside the Arcaden on Schönhauser Allee.
๐Ÿ’จ Würgeengel — Classic smoking bar serving the tastiest cocktails in Kreuzberg.
๐Ÿฅƒ Neue Odessa — Smokers bar with tasteful interiors and a door policy.
๐Ÿท Mauerwinzer — Cosy wine bar offering a wide variety of wine and small snacks.
Eschschloraque Rümschrümp — Berliner bar located inside Hackescher Höf.
Kumpelnest 3000 and Sameheads — Dive bars offering a vintage Berlin feeling.
๐ŸŽต Süss War Gestern — lounge and bar that turns into a nightclub with live music.
๐Ÿš‹ Fahrbar — Bar in a local tram; drinks on the wheels while cruising through the city.
Stones Brewing — Craft brewery offering a spacious atmosphere and a beer garden
Mein Haus am See — Quirky bar with a cozy atmosphere, live DJ sets and busy evenings
Mano Café — Cosy bar and cafe offering a homely atmosphere to catch up with friends ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Meltdown — eSports bar chain hosting hearthstone and super smash bros tournaments
Nopa — Exclusive sheesha lounge and cocktail bar offering a great atmosphere
Vagabund Brauerei — Lively brewery serving craft beer in Wedding ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Eschenbräu — Brewery serving fresh beers and pizza in an outdoor beer garden tavern
Zum Starken August — Bar offering cabaret shows and karaoke with a cosy atmosphere

Networking and Business Events in Berlin

The Factory — Start-up events and panel discussions on various tech and non-tech issues. here.
GTEC Open Lectures — Seminars and personal stories by industry experts in the niche. here.
The Energy Market Revolution — Regular meetups for discussing topics like Blockchain. here.
Hub:raum — Startup accelerator and incubator hosting regular events for entrepreneurs.
Mindbox — Regular events and meetups on transport industry topics like drones.
:agile — Startup accelerator hosting hackathon events in Berlin.

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Exclusive moments and luxury experiences

Tausend — Subtly lit Gastrobar with an unmarked entrance serving Peruvian Japanese cuisine ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Tim Raue — Experience modern Asian cuisine with European twist at this restaurant in Berlin.
Hugos — Gourmet restaurant serving creative French Mediterranean dishes with panoramic views.
Käfer Dachgarten— Fine dining at the parliamentary building Bundestag with views over Berlin.

Crackers — Lively dinner restaurant in a former nightclub with a hidden kitchen entrance ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Spindler & Klatt — Glamourous bar and laidback restaurant by the Spree river.
Liquidrom — Unique spa with underwater music and swimsuit optional saunas. here.
Air Service Berlin — Helicopter and hot air balloon rides. here.
Schiffskontor and Spreeboote — Rent a boat for charter with a skipper for a day trip in Berlin.



Shopping and Unique Purchases in Berlin

Modulor — Professional hobby store offering creative art supplies ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿ  Type Hype — Handmade stationery and house lifestyle products.
๐Ÿฅ’ Kochhaus — Market style grocery store selling recipes curated for the perfect meal.
Goldhahn & Sampson — Artisan food store offering exotic ingredients.
Original Unverpackt — Sustainable plastic-free supermarket promoting BIO products.
๐ŸŽธ JustMusic — Large musical instrument shop with jam rooms to test instruments ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Jünemann’s Pantoffeleck — Independent artisan selling handmade felt slippers.
๐Ÿ‘“ MYKITA and Retro Super Future — Contemporary eye wear and sun glasses store.
Ting — Scandinavian gift shop displaying well designed products ๐Ÿ’ฏ
๐Ÿซ Ritter Sport ChocoWorld — Make your own chocolate in Berlin!
Lakritz Dealer — Candy shop with a huge selection of licorice from various regions.
๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Solebox — One of the world’s finest streetwear and sneaker store in Berlin.
Designer Outlet Berlin — Discount shopping outlet with great price for fashion
Kauf Dich Glüklich — Curated clothing store offering the best of many brands at a price
Paper and Tea — Tea store serving blends from the world and stationery products 
The green lung in Friedrichshain — Vape shop selling a healthier smoking alternative
๐Ÿ›’ Dong Xuan Center — Vietnamese and Asian Shopping and shopping market. Alexa and Mall of Berlin — Shopping malls with high-street brands and food courts.
KaDeWe — Shopping mall featuring luxury brands and fashion stores.

Boutique multi brand store in Friedrichshain catering to a range of sneakers, jackets and bags among other accessories @stereoki

also check out our blog post on Boutique|Independent Stores in Berlin

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Road trips from Berlin to places nearby

Potsdam — World heritage site with parks.
Sachsenhausen — Former Nazi concentration camp and memorial.
๐Ÿšข Niederfinow Boat Lift — Large manmade machinery that lifts boats to the other side.
๐Ÿ• Mecklenburg Lakeland — National parks and lakes.
๐ŸŒŠ Usedom, Stralsund and Rügen — Baltic seashore regions offering a quick beach get away.
๐ŸŒณ Spreewald — National park area featuring many picturesque waterways and forests.
๐ŸŒƒ Dresden — A city that was rebuilt after bombings and war famous for art and architecture.

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