As you can see from our Berlin stories, they’re very much centred on our neighbourhood, Prenzlauer Berg, and are probably much more locally-focused than any other series of posts we’ve written on other destinations we’ve visited for Grantourismo this year.
Boasting streets bursting with vintage clothes shops, vinyl record stores, atmospheric cafés, affordable restaurants, and hip bars, Prenzlauer Berg is such a cool area that it’s just so easy to spend time here and so very hard to leave.
Even if you’re visiting Berlin for the first time and are intent on ticking off some sights, all the major monuments are a 15-minute train ride or half hour to an hour’s stroll away, so it’s very easy to do your museum-hopping by day, and spend your evenings kicking back in the local ’hood.
To give you an idea of what a typical street in Prenzlauer Berg is like, we thought we’d provide a guide to what ‘our’ street Oderberger Straße has to offer, so you can appreciate its appeal and understand why we haven’t ventured far. Who needs to head to Kreuzberg when we have all this right on our doorstep?
#14 Oder Barfuß vintage clothes, shoes and accessories in a bright basement shop.
#23 Silberfischer’s Home Shop t-shirts and clothes with attention-grabbing graphics.
#27 Oderquelle hearty German dishes in an inviting atmospheric pub; always packed.
#28 Pune tasty, authentic Indian cuisine and cocktails in a contemporary Asian space; popular.
#29 VEB Orange cluttered vintage furniture store with a wonderful selection of ceiling lamps.
#31 Sukho Thai super-affordable, authentic Thai food in a simple setting; excellent for take-away.
Opposite side of the street:
#35 Bonanza Coffee Heroes locals consistently rate this Berlin’s best coffee; coffee roasted on the premises.
#38 Café Krone cosy casual café with wooden chairs and long tables; family-friendly.
#39 Café Ost Fee another homey café, this one with mismatched retro furniture; also beloved by local families.
#41 Zehnle von Langsdorff bespoke made in Berlin clothes to fit any figure; their tailored trousers are legendary
#42 Lampensitz cool, contemporary designer lamps and lighting.
#45 Goo vintage clothing by chic designer brands, from Chanel to Helmut Lang.
#46 Nemo dimly lit late night bar that attracts a boisterous mix of locals and foreigners.
#47 Paul’s Boutique Hipster streetwear: funky t-shirts, sneakers galore, and retro robots.
#53 Flagship Store up and coming Berlin-based and international fashion designers.
#16 Kastanienallee (corner) Café Godot casual corner café-bar with outdoor seating in the warmer months.
#61 Calypso this cluttered shop is packed to the rafters with retro vintage shoes.
#2 Fleischmoebel/Möbel a snug, bohemian bar with a retro-cool feel to it; the later you go the better.
#4 Oye Records specialises in new and used vinyl, from funk and soul to drum and bass and disco.