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Partying and food are rarely a successful pas de deux. It’s virtually impossible to find good food in party hubs like the RAW area, specially in the evening, when all the nice cafés in Friedrichshain are already closed. Luckily, next to Berlin’s infamous Ballermann, just a few steps away from the S-Bahn Station Warschauer Strasse, the kung fu fighter Luan serves one of the best pho of Berlin at his restaurant Fire Tiger.
Photo: Max Tschöpe
We had the pleasure to get to know Luan and check out his vietnamese restaurant. Tucked away between not too inviting bars and restaurants, we experienced delicious Asian food and drinks that achieves a great value for money!
First, the drinks: the banana lassi and the pineapple mint shake were amazing! Pineapple and mint get along very well and are the perfect mix of sweetness and freshness.
Photo: Max Tschöpe
The waiting for the main dishes was shortened by the amazing smell of the pho that quickly came to our table. The smell was not a false promise and we were instantly wowed. The bouillon, with its taste and perfectly balanced aroma, was unbelievably satisfying. And that’s not for nothing: the broth simmers over 9 hours (!), making all spices properly immerse into it. We needed to check the menu twice, as we couldn’t believe that the delicious pho costed merely 5,90 euros!
Photo: Max Tschöpe
Although we would already return just to have the pho again, we can also recommend the rest of the dishes we tried, especially considering the price/value ratio. From the king prawns on beef strips to the Saigon curry, with grilled duck, everything was great! Also, the spring rolls, prepared following a family recipe, should not be missed. Their vegetarian variation stood out for us!
Photo: Max Tschöpe
There is definitely another reason for hanging out around the RAW area, other than drinks and party. Fire Tiger is a sort of hidden gem and a must-go for all pho lovers. We will definitely return, especially to check out the new grill dishes to be launched soon!
We’d heard a buzz about this gastropub in Kreuzberg serving up Sunday roasts. So one wet and cold Sunday, we decided to head on down to St. Bart’s and see what all the fuss was about.
We immediately felt welcomed by the friendly staff and the cosy, warm interior (just what we needed after being out in the rain). The crowd was a mix of families with kids, couples and friends hanging out in an all-round, good pub vibe.
Photo from St. Bart’s Instagram
We couldn’t help but notice the large, well-stocked bar serving beer on tap, cocktails and an impressive wine list. There was also a selection of ‘orange’ wines on offer, which we were intrigued to try. The staff were happy to explain about the different wines and also let us try before taking a glass – we’re pleased to say that all the wine we tried was delicious.
Photo from St. Bart’s Instagram.
Now for the food. The roast selection isn’t so cheap for Kreuzberg, however it’s presented as a sharing option which means you can go in groups of 2, 3 or 4 and split between you. The prices are definitely justified by the quantity and quality of the food. Between two of us, we enjoyed a half-bird and a few sides (carrots in honey, goose fat spuds, yorkshire pudding and stuffing) which was plenty, moreover, it was really tasty. All of the produce is fresh and perfect for sharing with your friends and family.
Grilled Savoy cabbage and kethup. Photo from St. Bart’s Instagram.
There’s also a main menu throughout the week (roasts are only served on Sunday’s, traditional English style!) with different specials each night. Some dishes really stood out for being quintessentially British, like the back bacon sandwich and scotch eggs though there are plenty of other very interesting things to try, for example smoked eel or pumpkin and goat’s cheese tart. There are also a few dessert options available. Sadly we were too full to try anything else, but that just means we’ll have to go back again to sample more of their goodies.
Thick cut bacon sandwich. Photo from St. Bart’s Instagram feed.
You can take a look at their Instagram account to get a better idea of what’s on offer (warning: don’t look when you’re feeling hungry).
St Bart’s is open Monday to Sunday, between 16h00 and 0h00. Food is served from 18h and also for lunch on the weekends, between 12h00 and 16h00. Reservations can be made online. We can’t wait to go back and see how their weekly menu compares to the Sunday roast, though we’re pretty sure it’ll be top-notch.
Address: Graefestraße 71
This article was written by the awesome Tulio Edreira.
Austria has a long – and delicious – tradition of patisseries that spread all over the world the last few centuries. Austrian sweets were influenced by Central European cuisine under the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Many believe that the proximity to the Ottoman Empire, with its unfailing sweet tooth, is what gave the Austrian Empire such a craving for desserts. When the Turks were driven out of Hungary, they left behind a local population that had mastered the art of desserts and the best of them were employed by the aristocracy.
So you’re sure to find a wide selection of sweet treats in the Austrian cuisine and many of the dessert recipes date back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austria’s sugary delicacies are typically complex and difficult to bake. Another characteristic of Austrian patisserie is the use of fruits and cream in most recipes.
Sachertorte. Photo: Wikipedia
Since Austrian classics like the Sacher Torte– a chocolate cake made with a thin layer of apricot jam and rich chocolate icing– and the Linzer Torte– considered the oldest known cake in the world and baked with a shortcrust pastry made with ground nuts, redcurrant or plum jam filling and a decorative dough lattice pattern on top– can be found in virtually any random bakery or café in Berlin, let’s focus on a few lesser-known Austrian specialties!
This sophisticated chocolate cake, with its very fine chocolate cream filling, should be tempting enough for you to make make the trip north of Berlin. Located on Hohen Neuendorf in Villa Hundeshagen, this Viennese coffee house serves mouthwatering cakes, as well as coffee specialties, like the so-called Kaffee Verkehrt, an Austrian style latte macchiato with just a little coffee and lots of creamy, foamy milk.
Created by Austrian pastry chef Franz-Karl Kaufmann, this poppy seeds and apricot cake, made with Quark, a kind of curd cheese, is to die for! Topped with buttery crumbs, the apricot combines perfectly with the thick layer of poppy seed dough. Once you’ve tried this cake, you’ll dream about it having again and again!
The Apfelstrudel at Café Einstein Stammhaus:
Apple strudel is the most famous of the Austrian pastries and it’s made with layers of puffy dough surrounding a filling of apple cubes, cinnamon and raisins. Served warm with a perfect vanilla sauce, this dessert will take you to paradise as you savor it at a charming café located inside a 19th century Neo-Renaissance villa.
Do you have any other favorite Austrian cakes in Berlin? Let us know in the comments below!
The past couple of years have seen a surge of “specialty” Christmas markets and they range in theme from Latin, design, Japanese, vegan… You name it! These variations, though fun, tend to feel less “Christmassy” than the more traditional ones, but they’re perfect for those who are not entirely into the Christmas season. But keep in mind: it’s virtually impossible to avoid the Christmas vibe in Berlin. There are over 60 Christmas markets spread around the city! We selected the best ones for this guide.
So if you’re looking for an alternative Christmas experience this year, we’ve prepared a list of thematic Christmas markets, where you can find special gifts and try food not easily found at the stands of the traditional Christmas markets.
In the first three weekends of advent, you can check out cool, useful, creative but above all beautiful gift ideas for yourself and your loved ones.
The five floors and over 3500-square-meter area inside the imposing brick building will be transformed into an urban winter wonderland for this indoor Christmas market, with more than 200 different exhibitors from the fields of design, fashion, street food, jewelry…
The second edition of the Naughty Xmas Market is an entirely new Christmas shopping experience where you can treat yourself and your loved ones to a broad range of adult gifts in a safe and friendly market environment.
Hosted by the multifaceted arts collective XLane, the Naughty Xmas Market fuses traditional aspects of Christmas markets with hands-on activities. The main hall has over 50 sex positive vendors, food stands and themed drink stations, as well as a number of pro sex and sexual educational activities and screenings.
Coinciding with the Alt-Rixdorfer Weihnachtsmarkt this year and held just down the road from Sameheads at Richardplatz, Sameheads and a selection of designers and stylists will be offering secondhand garments for Christmas shoppers.
They’ll also have Glühwein and the Sameheads classic hot apple whiskey & cinnamon.
St. George Church will host the British Christmas Market with Glühwein, homemade preserves and goodies, mince pies, Christmas pudding, carolers, market stands, food, entertainment, children’s activities, a Christmas carol sing-a-long, a grand raffle and more – all with a British flavor!
At the “Mercado Navideño”, you can experience a real Latin American Christmas with a colorful lineup of DJs, live music, children’s entertainment and individual stands from food trucks and art exhibitors.
Carefully selected food trucks present a wide array of cuisine. Art exhibitors show off their best ceramic and wood pieces, as well as jewelry, fabrics and much more. The children’s corner features exciting appearances by Santa Claus and the famous Latin American piñata.
The Berlin Designer Market is a curated shopping event that features live music, delicious drinks and the very best independent designers that Berlin has to offer.
Held at Festsaal Kreuzberg, the selection of vendors is carefully curated to create the perfect mix of fashion, jewelry, home-ware and accessories. Featuring both known names and undiscovered talent, it has items to suit every budget and options for every gift on your list.
This celebration is a unique opportunity to celebrate Portuguese culture and bring Berlin’s Portuguese community together with friends and enthusiasts of all nationalities. It has food and drink and an entertaining events lineup including music, children’s games and a raffle with appealing prizes.
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Tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg – Prinzenstrasse 85 F
The Kreuzboerg Christmas Market invites its visitors to a heaven of magical booths. Over 70 designers and creative people offer their most beautiful Christmas gift ideas in the Prinzessinnengärten at Moritzplatz. And there’s even more: delicious mulled wine, waffles and international Christmas specialties.
From the last weekend in November until right after Christmas the city is “inundated” with some of the most magical and enchanting Christmas markets. In fact, there are more than 60 of those throughout the city. Locals gather together to celebrate and get cozy while drinking mulled wine, beer and eating some of the most yummy German street food. Another favorite activity at Christmas Markets is, of course, shopping for hand made Christmas decorations and trinkets. Several vocal and musical groups provide for a fun entertainment program.
Not all Christmas markets are alike, so it is totally worth exploring a few during the season. Some of them are more exclusive and posh. Others are very popular and feel almost like Carnival fairs. Some are located in stunning landmarks like Charlottenburg Palace, Gendarmentmarkt Square or in little old neighborhood/village centers. Others take place on city’s open spaces, old factories and squares. The past couple of years has seen a surge of “specialty” Christmas markets and they range from Greek, Japanese, Vegan, you name it. These, even if fun, tend to feel less “Christmassy” as the traditional ones, so we decided this year to focus on the ones that will give you a true satisfying Christmas experience.
Of course it is impossible to visit all of them in one season, so we hope our Best Christmas Market list will help you decide where to focus on. Most markets start on November 26th and go up to Christmas. For more details visit the markets’ pages below. Enjoy!
Perhaps Berlin’s most beautiful Christmas market. It is also one of the “poshest” and most visited. The food, drinks, arts & crafts are all catered to a more upscale audience. There’s a small entrance fee (1 euro). Totally worth it even it it feels a bit commercial at times. Daily.
Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market – from http://www.gendarmenmarktberlin.de/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Motiv2013a.jpg
A must visit. Located in an old brewery complex, this market is super picturesque. It is super family friendly and unique. The Christmas market is named after the Lucia festival, celebrated in the Scandinavian countries. Therefore the market focuses on Nordic traditions. Daily.
The small farm in the southwestern Dahlem neighborhood turns into a very atmospheric Christmas markets on all four Advent weekends. It’s a family-with-children favorite – and also of ours! The quality of the products is exceptional and so is the food: most of the specialties are not only delicious but also organic. The kids can join carriage and pony rides, while their parents can enjoy a quince punch listening to the lovely Christmas brass band music!
The baroque Charlottenburg Palace is an amazing backdrop for this Christmas market. The lighting installations/effects here are possibly the prettiest in town. Atmosphere, food, the wooden huts and decorations are top notch. Daily.
Photo from the Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market’s website.
So traditional. So authentic. The small streets and squares of old town Spandau transform every December into a large, unique Christmas market. The long pedestrian zone is taken by 250 market stalls (Mondays to Fridays) and up to 400 on weekends.
Weihnachtsmarkt in der Spandauer Altstadt 2016 (Foto: Ralf Salecker). Photo from Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt’s Website.
This traditional Christmas market on Richardplatz in Neukölln-Rixdorf is perhaps one of the most atmospheric. It only happens during the second weekend of Advent and has a definite “crafty small town” feel. The charming gas lamps give it a distinct romantic air.
You may also want to visit the following locations with great Christmas markets: Nikolai Viertel, Potsdam old town, Köpenick old town, Kudamm (Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedachtniskirche), Zehlendorf, Grunewald, Kollwitzplatz, Sophienstrasse, Potsdamer Platz, St. Michaels Heim.
Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedachtniskirche
This article was written by Tulio Edreira and edited by Domingos Lepores
It’s no secret that Germans have a passion for beer. It is, after all, the country’s number one beverage. To give you an example, there’s even a specific German word to describe that well-deserved beer after a day’s work: Feierabendbier! So if you’re walking around or taking public transportation in Berlin after quitting time, you’re sure to see people sipping on bottles of beer on their way home!
While people enjoy happy hours outside in the summer, drinking at one of Berlin’s many Biergärten, they tend to enjoy their brews indoors when the weather turns cold, preferably accompanied by some comfort food. But how about taking the beer appreciation one step further– not only drinking it, but also cooking with it? That’s why we were so excited when our partner Leffe suggested we collaborate this autumn, providing you with some ideas on the best German recipes made with beer. So check out our top 3 German dishes prepared with beer!
Dark beer onion soup (Zwiebelsuppe mit dunklem Bier):
This is our favorite starter on a cold day. Regular onion soup is already delicious, but the malty flavor of the dark beer raises this simple yet delicious dish to another level of yumminess. Throw some cheese on top, let it melt and your tastebuds will take you to paradise!
Hungarian in origin, goulash is a very popular meal in Germany. This meat stew, usually made with potatoes, paprika and other spices, turns especially mouth-watering when cooked with blonde beer.
Beer butt chicken (Hähnchen auf der Bierflasche):
This grilled chicken recipe really embodies the concept of “cooking with beer.” The chicken is seated upright atop a beer bottle or can and, as the temperature of the grill rises, the beer starts boiling, infusing the meat with its concoction of hops and barley and making it taste divine!
Berlin has been renowned for the variety and avant-garde character of its food scene. Just think of the third wave coffee and vegan options that can be found in the German capital. And it keeps growing every year.
So what better place to begin our discovery of the latest food trends than a culinary arts fair with masterclasses led by starred chefs from all over the world?
That’s why we were thrilled to get an invitation from our partner METRO to attend the CHEFDAYS in early October. METRO is a German wholesale company, specializing in food distribution, supplying bars, cafés, hotels and restaurants – as well as retail customers – in 25 countries.
And since our goal is to keep you updated on the best of what’s going on in our beloved city, we selected 5 food trends that you’ll certainly see überalles very soon. We hope so!
Know the path traveled by your food, from its production to your table:
With the label PRO TRACE, METRO is engaged in providing transparency for its costumers. This service enables you to get important information on meat and seafood, informing you of the products’ origins, as well as how they were processed.
You can simply download an app and scan the barcode of the product to learn more about the traceability, following the path of the chosen goods. First point for METRO!
Unique in wholesale in Germany, this initiative not only saves space with its vertical cultivation shelves, but it also reduces the carbon footprint, eliminating the need to transport goods from the production local to stores.
And more: thanks to hydroponics – growing in water rich in nutrients -, the veggies are produced without pesticides and are always fresh, with more intense flavor!
No artificial food coloring:
Game over for synthetic colors and their endless scary names! The pâtisserie and chocolaterie Blunck is introducing a fourth category of chocolate, in addition to traditional dark, milk and white chocolates. Ruby chocolate is made from the already existing varieties of cocoa beans and it’s created through a special selection process.
The natural red-pinkish treat has an intense fruity flavor with sour notes and trust me: they’re delicious and melt in your mouth!
Improving the startup food scene:
METRO is also helping start-ups improve their market! Entrepreneurs know how difficult it is to succeed these days, even when you have a brilliant idea. So this extraordinary initiative is more than welcome!
The “Next Generation Food” – NX FOOD program gives innovative food entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their products for three months at the special start-up rack at selected METRO stores. The start-ups get trade experience and test their products. And if the three-month test phase is positive, their products can be listed and distributed in other stores.
Because recycling is not enough, we all know that the very least we can do to preserve our environment is to reduce the amount of waste we create.
And what a great sustainable initiative is reusable glass drinking straws! In addition to being eco-friendly, Halm glass drinking straws improve the taste of your drinks and allow you to enjoy them with style.
We’re looking forward to seeing Berlin’s bars, cafés and restaurants serving homemade lemonade with glass drinking straws as the standard, and not the exception, very soon!
*This post has been graciously sponsored by METRO.
Dahlem has always been one of Berlin’s most exclusive districts. Berliners like to say that Dahlem’s population doubles during the day thanks to the flow of students to the main campus of the Frei Universität, the Free University of Berlin.
A house in Dahlem
Located in the somehow underrated southwestern section of Berlin, this former Middle-Age village is one of Berlin’s most upscale areas: Dahlem has one of the most expensive square meters in the city. As such, Dahlem is also known for being home to several embassies and stunning villas, framed by treelined streets paved with cobblestones and surrounded by squares, parks and two of Berlin’s “green symbols”: the Botanical Garden and the Grunewald Forest.
Englerallee in early spring
Dahlem’s idyllic atmosphere makes it a perfect destination for a bike tour. But that’s not all. Walking enthusiasts can also enjoy this paradise in the city. The district is cut by the U3, line 3 of the Berlin metro and its stations are among some of the most beautiful in the city, with Dahlem-Dorf topping the list.
We suggest you start your tour at the Breitenbachplatz U-Bahn station. For a more stylish departure, you can go biking from Bundesplatz station, riding along the Südwestkorso, a pleasant boulevard in the district of Friedenau, surrounded by elegant squares with old-style cafés and lovely front-yard gardens.
At Breitenbachplatz, turn left onto Englerallee. At the corner of Schorlemerallee, you’ll see one of Berlin’s architectural gems: the terraced estate designed by brothers Hans and Wassili Luckhardt. It was built in the 1920s in Bauhaus style, employing new construction methods like steel and reinforced concrete.
Continue biking on Englerallee. On your right, you’ll find the first of Dahlem’s many green areas. The Erlenbusch is a slightly small park with a meadow flanked by ancient trees. On the left side of Englerallee, Gustav-Mahler-Platz has a little pond and a lawn, making it perfect for a short break.
At the end of Engleralle, at the corner of Königin-Luise-Strasse, the Botanical Garden is one of Dahlem’s highlights. Officially located in the Lichterfeld district and part of the Free University, the complex contains the largest collection of plants in Germany, with over 22,000 species, as well as the Botanical Museum. The greenhouses are simply stunning. A stroll among the “succulent landscape,” maintained at 30-degree temperatures inside a greenhouse, is the perfect winter escapade to help you forget the cold weather outside!
The succulent’s greenhouse
Continuing on in your green expedition, next to the Botanical Garden, on Altensteinstrasse, you will find a haven for “green thumbs”: a plant shop and gardening school called Königliche Gartenakademie – KGA. The space also has a gardening-oriented branch of the German general store Manufactum, with everything you need to garden in style, and a greenhouse-café, which serves a copious brunch on Sundays (not to mention its mouthwatering cakes!). Just be aware of their strict business hours and be sure to make reservations for brunch.
A greenhouse at the KGA
The café at the KGA
Back on Königin-Luise-Strasse, keep biking until you reach the Dahlem-Dorf U-Bahn station with its charming thatched roof. Right in front of it, the Domäne Dahlem will no doubt make you forget you’re still in Berlin! The Domäne houses a Bioland certified organic farm, an outdoor agriculture museum, a café-restaurant and Biergarten and a shop where you can buy fruits and vegetables produced there. As one might expect, the farm is mostly visited by children who get their first taste of the rural way of life there. The farm is open every day all year round. And during the Christmas season, the Domäne hosts one of the most magical Christmas markets in Berlin!
Leaving the Domäne Dahlem, but still on Königin-Luise-Strasse, you’ll come upon some quaint restaurants and Biergärten, like Luise Dahlem and Alter Krug Dahlem.
From the Dahlem-Dorf U-Bahn, make your way to Fabeckstrasse and explore the buildings of the Free University‘s main campus. The campus was built just after the end of World War II, as a counterpart to the “communist” Humboldt University on Unter den Linden and based on the campus model of American universities.
The first new building to be completed was the Henry Ford Bau, a true gem of mid-century architecture, funded by the Ford Foundation. Shaped like a human brain, the Philological Library is the most impressive building on campus and known as “the Berlin Brain.” Designed by British architect Norman Foster, who was also responsible for the Reichstag’s dome, it opened in 2005, housing the FU’s humanities libraries.
After the architectural sightseeing, from the lovely Frei Universität-Thielplatz U-Bahn station you can access Thielpark, one of Berlin’s most beautiful parks with its grounds surrounded by hilltop villas. It is also a favorite hangout for FU students, who flock there to relax between summertime classes.
South of Thielpark, on Garystrasse, you’ll find one of the entrances to Dreipfuhlpark, with its enchanting thatched roof bungalow.
Outside the park, don’t miss the Dreipfuhlsiedlung. Conceived as homes for US Army officers, this housing estate is another stunning example of mid-century architecture. The bungalow-style houses with their front-yard gardens will make you feel like you’ve traveled back to the 1950s!
Around the corner, on Clayallee, the Wiener Conditorei is a perfect place to enjoy the traditional German cake time, accompanied by the flawlessly stylish ladies of Dahlem!
On the other side of Clayallee, the Samurai Art Museum showcases extraordinary examples of samurai art spanning from the 8th and 19th centuries. Its collection of treasures includes armor, helmets, masks, swords and many other pieces of Japanese art from that period.
Also on Clayallee, the Allied Museum, housed in the former Outpost movie theater, is dedicated to preserving the history of the Western Allies (the United Kingdom, France and the United States) in Berlin. The museum contains the original last guard house from the famous Checkpoint Charlie (the one that stands there today is a replica) and admission is free.
The Allied Museum
At the edge of Grunewald Forest, Dahlem holds three other cultural institutions. The first is the Kunsthaus Dahlem, a venue that exhibits postwar German modernism and also home to an amazing sculpture garden with works by Bernhard Heiliger.
The next cultural venue is the Brücke Museum. This institution contains the world’s largest collection of works by Die Brücke (“The Bridge”), the early Expressionist movement from the 20th century.
And finally, Jagdschloss Grunewald is a hunting lodge built by the Grunewaldsee in the 16th century. This Renaissance-style palace, Berlin’s oldest, survived the two World Wars and houses artifacts relating to hunting and paintings, including a collection of works by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
And I’m sure you’d like to grab some typical Berlin cuisine to go with that beer, right? In fact, we were super happy when our partner Beck’s invited us to collaborate this summer by giving you some ideas on how to battle that food craving. For this reason, we have selected three of Berlin’s most distinctive snacks to be found on almost every corner of this fair city. Check them out!
Berlin’s iconic street food classic consists of a fried sausage (“Wurst”) sliced up and covered in a mixture of tomato sauce and a mild curry powder. It is served with French fries (“Pommes”) and/or a white bread roll (“Brötchen”, or if you really want to sound local: “Schrippe”).
Ask for your Curry Wurst with or without skin (“mit Darm” or “ohne Darm”) and impress the vendor with your German language skills!
Photo from Konnopke’s Facebook Page
Just like the Curry Wurst, the Döner Kebab is also said to have been invented in the German capital. A late-night staple and post-party “hunger killer”, Berlin’s famous Döner is prepared with sliced meat and salad, stuffed inside a delicious pocket of Turkish white bread and often wrapped in foil… Ready to take away!
Photo from our friends at Berlin Food Stories
Even though pretzels are not typically from Berlin (they traditionally hail from the South of Germany), this doughy delight shaped into a twisted knot and baked in the oven is the quintessential German nibble. We dare say that this is the ultimate beer snack!
As the “little brother” to your big beer, you can enjoy the unique taste of a German pretzel (which is apparently thanks to the baking effect on the lye treatment, which gives the pretzel its traditional skin) at your local “Imbiss” (typical German fast-food stand or trailer), or in one of Berlin’s countless beer gardens.
Pretzels at the Habermannsee lake
Of course there are many other traditional snacks and dishes you should try while in Berlin. If you want to enhance your Berlin food experience and eat like a real Berliner, check out this article we wrote.
*This article has been graciously sponsored by Beck’s.
This current summer has made even the biggest sandal hater start wearing open-toe footwear! It has been exceptionally hot and, besides that sweat trickling down our spine (icks!), all we want is to make the most of it!
However, when the temperatures skyrocket in Berlin, the heat becomes unbearable, and, unfortunately, just a few places are equipped with air conditioning. To help you beat the heat, we prepared a list of what to do in Berlin when the thermometer shows more than 30 degrees.
Take a dip in the lake:
The most obvious thing to do is to prepare a backpack and head to a lake. Berlin and the surrounding Brandenburg state has many beautiful lakes. They are perfect to refresh our boiling bodies and can also provide a bit of that stay-cay vibe! Wannsee and Müggelsee, on the western and eastern outskirts of the city, are two of our favorite ones. For more options, check our lakes list here. And if you prefer a park experience, check out our guide to the best parks in Berlin.
French fries & swimming pool:
Having a little bowl of “Pommes frites” by the pool is a German institution! The fried potato sticks, with mayo sauce or ketchup (or both!) are one of the dearest summer snacks in between dips, besides the berliner classic Curry Wurst.
There are kiosks in every public swimming pool and Tropez (that is also an art gallery) at the Sommerbad Humboldthain has that local vibe that more known pools cannot have enough in more crowded days.
Humboldthain public swimming pool
Glow and cold in a sauna:
For unbelievable as it seems to be, getting into a 90 degrees Finnish sauna for 10 to 15 minutes helps you resist to the hot outdoor temperatures. Rinsing off the sweat under a cold shower brings down the core body temperature, making you feel cool and… clean! Vabali, Liquidrom and the spa at the Hotel de Rome have some of the best saunas in Berlin.
Liquidrom. Photo from Tempodrom’s website
Catch a breeze on a bridge and enjoy an epic sunset:
Crossing a bridge not only gives you a cool breeze, but it is also one of our favorite places to watch the Sun going down. We especially love to admire it along the Landwehrkanal, at Thielenbrücke, the bridge that connects Glogauer Strasse to Pannierstrasse, and at Admiralbrücke. For more ideas on where to watch an unforgettable dusk in Berlin and make your jaws drop, click here.
Get some fresh air and observe Berlin from above:
Nothing better than climbing up some of the city’s landmarks to get a mild wind on a hot summer day. Plus, you can watch the life, the skyline and the architecture of Berlin from above. Check out our best spots to enjoy Berlin from above here.
Klunkerkranich. Photo by Tulio Edreira
Having a rosé or a cocktail in a rooftop or in a beach bar:
Even though they say alcohol should be avoided in high temperatures, a glass of cool sparkling wine seems to be the perfect company for summer evenings. Whether you like it fancy, hipstery, cheesy or cool, we have an option for you here!
And the holiday vibes get stronger if you decide to relax in one of the beach bars along the Spree river. Strandbar Mitte and Capital Beach are two of our favorites.
Capital Beach. Photo by Tulio Edreira
Grab a cup of iced coffee and a scoop of ice cream:
The torrid weather obliges us to switch from a hot cup of coffee to a glass of iced. A cold brew is also one the most efficient ways to keep us cool. The Barn, Silo Coffee and Populus Coffee serves one of the best in town.
And a summer is not a summer without one (or more!) scoop of ice cream. The frozen dessert is the perfect snack to please our taste buds. Whether you like it vegan, lactose-free or simply ordinary, but invariably mouthwatering, there is always a teasing choice awaiting for you. In our opinion, Hokey Pokey, Jones Ice Cream and Paul Möhring offer the most delicious flavors!
Photo from Jones Ice Cream’s Instagram feed
Watching a movie at an open-air cinema and staring at the stars:
During the summer, we want to spend as much time as possible outside and watching a movie at an open-air cinema (Freiluftkino) is always a good pick for warm evenings. From May until September, you will find a diverse film program in many open-air cinemas spread around the city.
Photo from Freiluftkino Hasenheide’s website
Seeking refuge in the air-conditioned rooms of a museum:
Berlin is said to have more museums than rainy days and cooling off with the museum’s air conditioning seems to be an alternative when all the outdoor options have failed. Paying a visit to one or two of the art centers at the Museum’s Island will keep you entertained and away from the hell temperatures outside. The museums are located next to each other and it will spare you the walk under the fiery Sun!
Museum Island and Bode Museum
And last, but not least: keep still water at hand to stay hydrated!