Mauerpark

Karaoke in an amphitheatre whilst rummaging through a flea market? Only in Berlin.

Part of the Berlin Wall still trails along the top of this green space, so it’s no wonder that Mauerpark translates literally into ‘wall park’. Guaranteed to be teaming with Berliners and tourists, you can find this gem in Berlin’s North East district of Prenzlauer Berg.

Whether you’re after vintage jewellery, records or cameras, you’re guaranteed to pick up a few pieces at the flea market. But if you’re not in the mood for shopping, the street food here is incredible, with Japanese subs, waffles and baos just some of the delicacies on offer. If you’re feeling brave, you can join the hundreds of people in the amphitheatre for some karaoke.

If all of that sounds a bit too adventurous for you, check out the artists spraying painting the old bits of the wall, sit up on the swings and enjoy the view or just enjoy the buzz of Berlin in this beautiful park.

With the market and karaoke open from 9am until 6pm every Sunday from Spring until Autumn, Mauerpark is a must if you fancy a slow paced afternoon and getting a feel for the city.

www.flohmarktimmauerpark.de

Bernauer Strasse 63-64, 10437, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

 

Bully's Bakery

Sugar fix sorted with homemade cakes and pastries.

With minimal décor, espresso good enough to please any coffee connoisseur and delicious home-baked cakes and pastries, Bully’s is a great place to chill out and soak up the atmosphere in South Berlin. 

You can choose from croissants, muffins and cakes and although the croissants are rumoured to be some of the best in Berlin, we’ve also heard good things about their cakes. We opted for one slice of their chocolate cake and one of the Apple New York Cheesecake. 

Their chocolate cake is super soft and delicately balanced by dollops of vanilla cream and a sprinkle of pistachio crunch. If you like your cheesecake, a wedge of the Apple New York is a no brainer. Bully’s slather spiced apple on top of a thick layer of vanilla cheese which sits on a caramelised, crunchy base. 

If you’re in Berlin and you’re craving something sugary, get yourself over to Bully’s asap! 

www.facebook.com/Bullys-Bakery

Friedelstrasse 7, 12047, Berlin

 

Tempelhof Airport

Abandoned airports make the best parks.

The biggest park in Berlin is Tempelhof, which until recently was a fully functioning airport terminal. The park is split in two by a long, concrete runway and a huge Nazi-built terminal looms at the end of it. With BBQ areas, ice cream and coffee stands and the dwarfed Berlin skyline in full view, Tempelhof Park is a unique green space that’s definitely worthy of a visit.

A lot of the original, yellow airport signs are still in place and there are chalk drawings on some areas of the runway. In a far corner of the park, there’s an old plane covered in weeds and used as a perch for various birds. Without flower beds or park benches, Tempelhof sits perfectly with the aesthetic of the rest of the city, in an eerie, sci-fi esque way.

Almost three times the size of London’s Hyde Park, we recommend renting bikes or taking a longboard so you can see as much as possible. There’s talk of landscaping the space ready to host the International Garden Show next year, so head there whilst you still can!

www.visitberlin.de

Flughafen Berlin Tempelhof, Bayernring, 12101, Berlin

 

Roamers

Backstreet brunch in Berlin? Roamers is the way to go.

If you fancy a leisurely start to your day, head over to Roamers. A rustic brunch spot boasting charm, character and huge breakfasts, Roamers is tucked away in the backstreets of Neukölln, in the South-East of the city.

There are loads of tasty options at Roamers, with a long menu of homemade cakes, freshly made juices, artisan coffee and brunch. All their coffee is made through an old electra machine and the apple, ginger and mint juice is thirst-quenching and refreshing.

Depending on whether you fancy something sweet or savoury, we can heartily recommend the French toast and the sunny side eggs. Three pieces of French toast are stacked and topped with caramelized pear, fresh berries and crème-fraiche. The sunny side eggs are served on a huge tray, with avocado, sourdough bread, mixed salad, delicious homemade hummus and roasted tomatoes.

This is a great place to recharge your batteries and watch the world go by, but hoards of hungry Berliners and tourists flock to this place, so be prepared to queue and to wait a while for your table!

www.facebook.com/RoamersBerlin

Pannierstrasse 64, 12043 Berlin