Over the summer, I spent a week in Berlin’s district of Prenzlauer Berg in a sunny loft housesitting a fluffy little bunny. Prenzlauer Berg is mostly gentrified and its cute establishments are spilling with brunching yummy mummies but I liked it a lot. I loved its preserved pre-war architecture, green spaces and that it has an Indische restaurant named after my hometown Pune.
Kastanienallee, Danziger Strasse, Oderberger Strasse
Cute boutique stores, ice cream shops, lots of bars, these three streets are where most of the action is. Stroll around and stop wherever takes your fancy. Below are some of the spots I tried and liked.
My high school pal Maxi turned me onto her friend Uli’s little café Happies and I can say for certain it is a very happy place. Happies has a great story. It was crowd funded and its supporters are immortalised in an illustrated tribute on the wall in the form of dumplings doing what makes them happy, or have dumplings named after them. Dumpling shaped lamps and the lovely wooden tables are etched with dumplings and they serve Germknödel, Austrian dumplings with tasty fillings served with a lovely fresh salad on the side. (Dunckerstraße 85)
Cafe and bar Atopia is awesome. Order a morning coffee and read the paper on its cool outdoor seats, or drop it at night for drinks. It’s cosy and hella vibey. (Prenzlauer Allee 187)
I liked Mauerpark for two reasons. It’s home to a popular flea market where I bought tons of vintage and artist jewellery, cool dresses, PAPP UV’s hip sunglasses and beautiful chopping boards carved out of olive wood.
In the warmer months, you'll see locals sprawled out on the grass chilling and smoking rolled cigarettes. Mauerpark has a great feeling of community especially on Sundays when hundreds of spectators clamour onto the steps of its amphitheatre for karaoke.
Adorable little Japanese delicatessen. Drop in for handrolls and their lovely selection of mochi cakes and chocolate with sesame, matcha and yuzu. (Danziger Straße 65)
You can’t be in Berlin and not be in a beer garden. Prater biergarten is a fine one with delicious German beers. Bonus: You’ll find Berlin’s ubiquitous photobooths right next door. (Kastanienallee 7-9)
Lastly, if you are in Berlin this winter, do not miss the Christmas markets. I hear both Kollwitzplatz and the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg host lovely ones so check them out if only to warm up with some delicious glühwein.