Favorite places on Planet Berlin

Favorite sightseeing places

Elsenbrücke

"My favorite place is the bank of the Spree near Elsenbrücke on the Friedrichshain side - it’s the best place in Berlin to watch the sun go down," says Sharon Schael, who sells Venezuelan street food from her food truck.

Favorite sightseeing places

Flak Tower in Humboldthain Park

"I like to visit the flak towers from the Second World War in Humboldthain Park - Berlin has such an interesting history," says Simon Ellery from Australia, also known as the Sausage Man Never Sleeps.

Favorite sightseeing places

Oberbaumbrücke

"My favorite place is Oberbaumbrücke, which once served as the border between East and West. Today it is full of life. I love vibrant streets, and the bridge itself is beautiful, too," says Aglaen Rodríguez, owner of the handicraft shop, Rincón México.

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Soviet War Memorial

"My favorite place is the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park. I love the atmosphere there in autumn - It reminds me a little of my old hometown," says Vladislav Gachyn from Goldies chip shop.

Favorite sightseeing places

Spreepark

"My favorite place is Spreepark, a deserted former amusement park. It has such a mystical, romantic atmosphere," says Austrian Stefanie Drobits from Fräulein Brösels Schnapserwachen.

We asked the people whose ideas have helped shape the city about their favorite places in Berlin. From a night out to shopping and green oases, here's their insider tips for the most exciting city in Germany.

  

Favorite places to shop

Arminius Market Hall

Michelle Casciolo from the United States of America likes to frequent the Arminius Market Hall. This indoor market was built in 1891 and its wide-ranging culinary offerings unite both traditional and modern tastes.

Favorite places to shop

Bartleby & Co.

The three Spanish restaurant owners of vegan Tapas bar Alaska like Bartleby & Co. The bookstore and lending library hosts events catering to Berlin’s Spanish community and is home to a café with a bar.

Favorite places to shop

Mall of Berlin

"My favorite place is the Mall of Berlin – there are lots of free events there, particularly in summer. There are photography workshops and people meet there to go jogging," says Colombian Fernando Zapata from dance studio Zapata.

Favorite places to shop

Kadó licorice

Jesper Jensen loves Danish salt licorice. He buys the savory treat at Kadó, a licorice store specializing in Scandinavian varieties.

Favorite places to eat and drink

Altes Europa

"One of my favorite places is the restaurant Altes Europa. It's a very vibrant, social place. I'm there all the time – I love the familiar atmosphere", raves Mario Lombardo from Atelier Oblique.

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Café am Neuen See

Paula Gouveia from Portugal loves taking a boat out onto the Neuen See. In the summer, you can rent boats from the café located directly adjacent to the Berlin Zoo.

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Café Einstein

"The main branch of the Einstein is a Berlin institution - it’s a coffee house where I can just relax," says hatmaker Fiona Bennett from Britain. "In the evening I like to treat myself to artichokes and a glass of champagne."

Favorite places to eat and drink

Clärchens Ballhaus

Chilean Cecilia Fuentes Ibarburu, owner of the South Embassy, is drawn to a Berlin institution after work: "My favorite place is Clärchens Ballhaus, because I love the diversity. This is where young and old, East and West all come to dance."

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La Bretagne

Chinese Yanwu Yuan’s favorite place is the Crêperie Le Bretagne which offers specialities such as Breton galettes. She eats breakfast there every morning after taking her son to kindergarten.

Favorite places to eat and drink

Geist im Glas

Fashion label founder Jade Helene Shimmin from South Africa likes to meet her friends at Neukölln cocktail institution Geist im Glas, which is famous for its unconventional gin and whiskey creations.

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Herz & Niere

Bin Lee-Zauner and José Miranda Morillo of the restaurant Kochu Karu like the restaurant Herz und Niere, where they can enjoy meat with a clear conscience. All the products are local, and the restaurant always uses the entire animal.

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I Due Forni

"I love the pizzeria I Due Forni in Prenzlauer Berg," Lázsló Baksa, owner of the Hungarian delicatessen, Borsó. "They make the best pizza in Berlin."

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Khwan

Jeniffer Mulinde-Schmid likes to eat at Khwan, where you can watch chefs prepare their Nouvelle Thai dishes in the restaurant’s open kitchen.

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Les Valseuses

Frenchman Romain Dumond enjoys the Bistro Les Valseuses and its French specialities.

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Long March Canteen

Mirza Music-Zander of the Unique Factory enjoys the menu at the Chinese restaurant Long March Canteen.

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Panke Bar

Ruta Sluskaite-Dittmann likes to frequent the Panke-Bar, a relaxed locale with cocktails and vegetarian meals in her home district of Humboldthain.

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Röststätte Berlin

Vietnamese Nam Cao Hoai recommends Röststätte, which offers a great selection of fine coffees as well as workshops for up-and-coming baristas.

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Nobelhart & Schmutzig

"Nobelhart & Schmutzig is leading the way in the future of fine dining, with an honest, courageous menu made from local and seasonal products," says Dalad Kambhu. The Thai chef knows what she's talking about, having earned a Michelin Star for her restaurant, Kin Dee.

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Schlosshotel

Menswear designer Albert Haziza likes to go for a drink or two at the bar of the elegant Schlosshotel. Albert Haziza knows the owner, Patrick Hellmann, and his father, Alfred, from back in Morocco.

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Silo Coffee

Stacy Kent often enjoys breakfast at Australian café Silo Coffee, a popular brunch spot in Berlin Friedrichshain.

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Soda Club

"My favorite place is Soda Club in the Kulturbrauerei," says John Al Haddad, a Syrian who imports and sells laurel soaps in Schöneberg. "The people are nice, and I love dancing salsa there."

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Tadim

Jazz nightclub owner Sedal Sardan from Turkey likes to head to Turkish restaurant Tadim at Kottbusser Tor for a döner, Berlin’s own fast food specialty that is made from 100% veal.

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Voima Bar

"Every once in a while, I visit other bars in Berlin. My favorite is the Voima Bar," says Rik Lusing, the Dutchman who recently opened Beavis Bar, adding that Voima "offers classic cocktails mixed with Finnish ingredients."

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W - Der Imbiss

Kristian Moldskret enjoys the vegan fusion dishes at W – Der Imbiss. The meals combine elements from Indian, Mexican, Californian and Italian traditions.

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Weinerei

Sanjay Shihora enjoys the Weinerei wine bar with its understated flair. The bar offers an international selection as well as bottles from its own winery. Shihora has been running the Kookaburra Comedy Club nearby for many years.

Favorite places to eat and drink

Zum Biermichel

"I like to hang out at Biermichel at the corner of Rheinsberger Strasse and Brunnenstrasse," says Dietmar Arnold, founder of the Berliner Unterwelten. "It's a refuge for smokers. I know the people who live around there and sometimes we even make a little music together.

Favorite cultural places

Berghain

"My favorite place is the temple of contemporary electronic dance music – Berghain," says Maciek Tyszecki from Concept Store Quadrat Shop.

Favorite cultural places

Kino Babylon

Belgian and beer bar owner Bart Neirynck likes to catch a film at Kino Babylon in Mitte. It's the only communally owned cinema in Berlin and boasts a beautiful theater built according to the plans of famous architect Hans Poelzig.

Favorite cultural places

Museum of natural history

Mensud Bjelosevic from Bosnia-Herzegovina and co-founder of Unique Factory likes visiting the museum of natural history with his children.

Favorite places in the neighborhood

Graefekiez

Walid Kacem and his wife Julia of Berberlin love the Graefekiez district in Kreuzberg. The neighborhood has a whole host of small boutiques, as well as lovely cafés, shops and playgrounds.

Favorite places in the neighborhood

Nikolaiviertel

Peruvian Diego Velazquez of Restaurant Nauta likes to visit Nikolaiviertel, Berlin's oldest settlement and a listed historical landmark. It reminds him of a miniature city.

Favorite places in the neighborhood

Kollwitzplatz

Mongolian Saranzul Bazarvaani likes Kollwitzplatz, where the weekly outdoor market has become a tourist attraction in its own right: "I like the mix of commerce and nature here."

Favorite places in the neighborhood

Winterfeldtplatz

Melion Abraha’s favorite place is Winterfeldtplatz, an area with many bars and restaurants as well as Berlin’s largest outdoor market. "I lived around here for a long time," says the founder of Cocoon Hairshop from Eritrea.

Favorite nature places

Allmende Kontor

Viivi Haussala-Seppo of restaurant Palsta is a big fan of the nearby urban gardening project, Allmende Kontor, whose famous raised garden beds extend almost to her front door on the edge of Tempelhofer Feld.

Favorite nature places

Beach 61

Bastien Slovinski of La Käserie loves playing beach volleyball at Beach 61 in Park am Gleisdreieck.

Favorite nature places

Botanischer Garten

"My favorite place in Berlin is the Tropical Gallery of the Botanical Gardens. The vegetation, the colors, and the atmosphere all remind me of home," says Handoyo Oedi, owner of the Indonesian restaurant, Handoyo's Sate & Coffee.

Favorite nature places

Britzer Garten

Georgios Chrissides from Greece and owner of Restaurants Z enjoys taking his family on trips to Britzer Garten, one of Berlin’s most beautiful garden parks with its themed areas and special flower shows.

Favorite nature places

Golf- und Land-Club Wannsee

Adid Harb of the Harb Lebanese deli likes to spend his time at the Golf- und Land-Club Berlin Wannsee, where members can take on the 9-hole course.

Favorite nature places

Grunewald

Russian Ilja Kaplan, owner of Datscha restaurant, loves Grunewald, the 3000-hectare forest located on the Havel river in Western Berlin. He is known to take lengthy walks there.

Favorite nature places

Paddling on the Landwehr Canal

"I like paddling along the Landwehr Canal In Kreuzberg on mild summer evenings," says Sweden's Sten Rasmussenthen, owner of Scandinavian Objects furniture shop. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent from Kayak Berlin Tours and other companies.

Favorite nature places

Liepnitzsee

"I like Berlin’s natural areas, particularly the city’s many lakes," says Piotrek Ksiazek from concept store, Quadrat Shop.

Favorite nature places

Müggelsee

"My favorite place is Lake Müggelsee," says Barbara Saltmann from Jamaica. "You are walking through the forest and all of a sudden there is this huge lake. I probably like it so much because I love the ocean and it feels so free there." Saltmann runs the Ya-Man Caribbean restaurant.

Favorite nature places

Rhododendrons in Tiergarten

Kyla Boyle from Café Aunt Benny loves the rhododendron grove at Tiergarten Park. The bushes can grow up to four meters tall and the flowers bloom in pink and purple each May.

Favorite nature places

Viktoria Park

The Italian owners of Cento Passi wine bar, Francesca Balisteri and Fabrizio Frau, love Viktoria Park in Kreuzberg. At the park’s summit – the highest point in the center of Berlin – stands the cast iron Prussian National Monument designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Favorite nature places

Volkspark Rehberge

One of Markus Shimizu's favorite places is Volkspark Rehberge. The inviting park features an open-air cinema, an animal enclosure, and multiple playgrounds. The half Japanese is the founder of Mimi Ferments.

Favorite nature places

Wannsee

"I like to go for walks at Lake Wannsee," says the Bulgarian Denitsa Popova. "I find the view inspiring because I come from the coast and often find myself missing the sea." Popova runs Perelic Woolen Goods.

Favorite nature places

Weisser See

Fabricio and Krithika do Canto, owners of the Meta Mate Bar, like to sit on the banks of the Weisser See with a mate in hand. The popular resort area has its own beach and a historic café, the Milchhäuschen.

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