+ 7 Kreuzbergers +
all across X-Berg
Kreuzberg´s glory days were in the 80ies when the eastern districts were still in another world. Populated by immigrants from Turkey and draft dodgers from West Germany, it was truly a biotope of its own kind. Although much of the scene has moved east in the 90ies, Kreuzberg is still well worth an evening or two.
Berlin´s version of the Greenwich Village, fortunately not yet too hip for its own good. This Kiez (= neighbour-hood) is located around U1 Station Schlesisches Tor.
Good for brekkie is retro-style Salon Schmück . For chic girls there is a second-hand shop in the back rooms of this establishment.
Café Mir is another good spot to have some afternoon brekkie; delicious seasonal menus, too.
Amar is a very good Indian Restaurant; food not very cheap by Berlin´s standards but cheap cocktails, nice ambience, many tables outside and friendly service.
Chez Gino serves Swabian and Alsatian food, the chef knows what he is doing.
Burgermeister is located in a former public toilet right under the elevated railway at the station Schlesisches Tor – the burgers are the size of Ufos and delicious.
The best ice cream in the Kiez is from Aldemir.
Sofia is a wicked drinking hole with amazingly ugly interior – it is in a former Turkish snack bar. Serves Augustiner and Erdinger – connoisseurs know that´s the best beer from Bavaria.
Marabu is a good old-school Kreuzberg rock bar. A major student hang-out. Sometimes parties in the basement.
Freischwimmer is on a boat, or at least looks like that, at the end of Schlesische Strasse. The location is picturesque, kitchen pan-Asian.
Further down the road from Freischwimmer is Arena , located in a former bus depot – a large hall for concerts and clubbings. Indoor pool open until midnight (Fri+Sat until 3am) during winter. Crazy clubbing freaky people – Berlin Electro and picky bouncers. Weird events, check www.arena-berlin.de. This is a really remarkable place.
Watergate Wed, Fri, Sat from 24. Terrace from 20 (summer) – a perfect place to chill on the bank of river Spree. The “Koi Klub Kitchen” doles out Japanese snacks. Club with sometimes picky doors, Drum´n´Bass, Minimal Techno, Electro, House. International DJs. Pricey. Don´t forget your sunglasses, nobody ever leaves before sunrise.
Lido is your place if you prefer electric guitars over Electro without guitar.
Oranienstrasse & Wienerstrasse
Cheap and good is Spätzle Express if you like… Spätzle.
Aki Tatsu Sushi deserves a mention, too.
For some “exotic” cuisine in the middle of Little Turkey try Max und Moritz – typical German meals in a listed historic guest room.
Yellow Sunshine serves organic & vegetarian --- fast food! Eek!
Um, almost too many places here. To get a taste how Kreuzberg was in the good old Punkrock days go to Milchbar.
Franken Bar is similar but even louder.
Bateau Ivre, the drunken ship , is a good spot for people-watching.
Roses is a bizarre mix of plush and kitsch, locals and Lonely Planet travellers, gay and straight. Open daily from 21, though it doesn´t really fill up before midnight.