If you travel to Berlin, don’t forget to include Prenzlauer Berg in your “to-do list”. It is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Berlin with historic buildings and unique aesthetics. From the ’90s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is still considered a youthful and alternative neighborhood. If you are one of those people who, in addition to visiting historical attractions, like to wander in beautiful streets, drink coffee in cozy coffee shops and shop in vintage second-hand stores, you should take a walk in Prenzlauer Berg.
1) Μauerpark Flea Market
It’s one of the most famous outdoor markets in Berlin and the most famous in Prenzlauer Berg. This is where one’s trash can become someone else’s treasure. Every Sunday at the Mauerpark Flea Market, regardless of the weather, you can find anything you can imagine, like vintage items, records, books, handmade jewelry, clothes, leather, shoes. There is also a bar in the middle of the market, the Schönwetter Club, where you can take a break to drink or eat something. If you are still not a fan of shopping and flea markets, it is worth taking a walk here and take part in the karaoke organized in the amphitheater of the park. You can test your singing skills if you’re not shy enough, or just enjoy the rest.
2) Coffee shops
You can’t come to Prenzlauer Berg and not enjoy your coffee in a coffee shop. The intense coffee culture that characterizes the place, as well as the many and different styles of coffee shops can satisfy the tastes of even the most demanding coffee addicts.
Bonanza Coffee Heroes, as it is called, is located near Mauerpark, has a modern industrial style and design. With various varieties of coffee, and pioneering in roasting coffee, they make it the right place for lovers of the genre.
Kauf Dich Glücklich Café & Mehr
From the team behind the well-known clothing store, Kauf Dich Glücklich, “Café & Mehr” of the same name is a special, vintage cafe in Prenzlauer Berg. Delicious waffles, various flavors of ice cream and nice pastries, coffee, and a unique vintage decoration and aesthetics create an ideal atmosphere for its guests.
3) Beer Bars
Going to Germany and not drinking beer is like coming to Greece and not eating mousaka. Prenzlauer Berg, like any other place in Germany, is famous for its breweries. Different breweries with a special style each and with a great variety. I would need a whole separate article to analyze the breweries at Prenzlauer Berg specifically, so I will suggest these two that I visited.
Stone Brewing Tap Room
A very nice and warm environment to enjoy your beer. A wide variety of beers, most of which are tap beers, originate from the US site Stone and are made at BrewDog in Berlin. And all this in combination with international street food flavors that include in their menu.
With a wide variety of options between local and international craft beers, cocktails, and other beverages and with a variety of music playing from rock, alternative, industrial, up to ’70s ’80s ’90s, it’s the right place to drink beers while listening to nice music.
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Another reason why Prenzlauer Berg is a must visit destination in Berlin is the many shopping options it gives you. If you are a fan of second-hand clothes, then you will definitely find several shops with very nice things, both men’s and women’s, and at very affordable prices. Modern minimal boutique and various, new brands, jewelry stores, and special decoration style, bookshops, and record stores make the shopping experience unforgettable. I will not recommend a specific store, because each one is unique in its own way. If you ever happen to wander in the streets of Prenzlauer Berg, don’t forget to take a shopping stroll and visit any store that impresses you.
+1) Berlin Wall Memorial
The most important monument in my opinion in Berlin. We all know its story! So you can’t go to Berlin and not visit it. You can walk along the Wall from Mauerpark and head to the Mitte area. Do not forget to go up to the observatory on the opposite side of the Wall where you have a panoramic view of the monument!