tips for the neighbourhood

On this page I want to give you suggestions for your city break in Berlin. I try to find up-to-date information about new restaurants, interesting places or events that are unlikely to be listed in the popular travel guides. Of course, I can’t guarantee anything or accept any liability - it’s intended as an inspiration I’d like to share with all. So you won’t find anything here about the Reichstag or the Brandenburg Gate. Ok, here we go...

some gastronomy in the area

pizza club - the little italian

highly frequented, it started out as an Imbiss (fast food stand) to become this neighbourhood gem on the corner of Katzler / Großgörschen Strasse. The pizzas are delicious and it’s lively. You meet most of your neighbours on the way home form work, picking up also a pizza to go. link

the Italian Restaurant (big brother of the pizzaclub :-) . Right in the next side street Aroma has great pizza and on Sundays an Italian brunch buffet that’s definitely worth a plug, especially if you’re hungry. I’ve known this restaurant for 20 years - it’s usually full and definitely Italian. link 

Tomasa - Villa Kreuzberg

5 minutes walk from here and you’re at Viktoriapar. At the foot of this hill is an old villa, now home to an excellent restaurant. A long delicious menu make for a difficult choice. A beautiful terrace in the inner courtyard and 2 floors, decide to go for breakfast also. link

cocktails & bars

solar skybar - refined and chic

Berlin can also boast some impressive rooftop city locations. Solar is one S-Bahn stop away and beside having really classy food, a refined atmosphere and lounge with live music, it’s got a fantastic view over the city. Take the glass elevator up to the top and experience it for yourself. link

Victoria bar - One of the best

popular cocktail bar for decades, thanks to its “school of inebriation”.  All cocktails are mixed/shaked to the highest standard and the cherry on the twizzle stick is the total mix of “regulars”. It’s tucked so unassumingly in the street, but everyone knows it, link

Bar Lebensstern

On the first floor of the villa, the Lebensstern awaits with its oak-paneled interior, subtly lit drink cabinets and comfy chairs. During the warmer season, the lounge terrace is open, over- looking the famous garden of the Einstein. "One of the 50 best bars of the world". link

open air ... beergarden etc.

beergarden on the airfield

As an airport Tempelhof’s had its day. Now the beer garden where you can enjoy beer and bbq right beside what used to be the runway for the “raisin bombers”, as the Berliners dubbed the airlift planes. Enter from the street of Columbiadamm and go for a walk or take a bike to go there, link

café am neuen See - take a boat

Beer garden in Tiergarten park. It’s not just the Bavarians who boast of beer gardens. The Cafe am neuen See has become one of the coolest open air cafes in the western half of the city. You can hire a little boat in the summer, go for a paddle. Good for young lovers, young families, etc. link

old cemetery in our street

you may as well plan a visit to the cemetery on this street. The Brothers Grimm lie interred here (all 4, incl father) as well as many other famous personalities from history. People also come here to find some peace and quiet. There is even a cafe in the cemetery. It’s really worth a visit, link

helpful addresses

last minute ticket desk

If you have no plans for the evening, you can buy highly discounted tickets from 2pm onwards at Heckticket or just find out what events are on in town while you’re there. All via the internet of course, but there is also a ticket collection point close, link

Bergmannstreet, the "Kiez" here

About ten minutes walk from the apartments is Bergmannstr. Local life pulsates into the night here, shops and restaurants after another - special “typical” shops make the difference. At the end of the street is Marheinike Platz with its refurbished market hall - a nice option to go. link

useful websites for Berlin

When Berliners plan an evening out using the web, they tend to use the following sites:


Sorry, mostly in german !