This year’s summer is having a hard time showing its best sides yet, but it’s trying and still has some days to prove why we love it so much. To prepare you for when the weeks of sun and warmth and joy finally come, we assembled a new edition of our summer guide. Since some of the locations we recommended last year closed down (RIP Bixels…) and we of course discovered new summery places, here’s a new guide to oh-so-summery-to-dos in 2012:
Andreas Murkudis is one of the finest concept stores we have in Berlin, newly located in Schöneberg. Click here to see more in our article. If you already made your way to that area, check out the Reading Room, one of Mitte’s best stocked magazine store Do You Read Me?!, and the galleries Arndt, Krome, Klosterfelde, Tanya Leighton and Nolan Judin. (Potsdamer Straße 81, Schöneberg)
Alte Nationalgalerie is located centrally on Museumsinsel in a beautiful building from 1876 and houses the amazing piece “Balkonzimmer” by Adolf Menzel as well as a huge sculpture collection. (Bodestraße 1-3, Mitte)
Besides major galleries and museums, Berlin offers a lot of smaller projects. One of them is chert, located in the backyard of above mentioned Motto. For more independent and artist-run spaces check Skalitzerstraße 68, Kreuzberg)
Kunstvereine have a long history in Germany, once started as an emancipatory means to democratize the art world. NBK is a younger example founded in 1969, that is definitely worth a visit. (Chausseestraße 128, Mitte)
Musashi is very small but serves very fine Japanese Sushi. (Kottbusser Damm 102, Kreuzberg)
Les Valseuses is the newest venture of Themroc co-founders Julien and Olivier. Rather weirdly located on top of Kastanienallee, they serve very fine french bistro cuisine, complemented by a very respectable vegetarian choice to surprisingly affordable prices. (Eberswalderstrasse 28, Prenzlauer Berg)
Lebensmittel in Mitte is the place to eat your hangover-Weisswurst (or any of their other excellent south-german dishes). (Rochstraße 2, Mitte)
Salon Sucre prepares some delicious french sweets, pastries and cakes – read our interview with the owner to find out more! (Görlitzer Straße 32, Kreuzberg)
Bar3 lies just behind Volksbühne and is thus a favorite for theater people – other contributions would be it’s minimalistic interior, excellent music and cold Kölsch. (Weydingerstraße 20, Mitte)
Buck and Breck caters to those in need of excellent cocktails, mixed by bartenders with extensive knowledge of alcoholic beverages. Ring the bell, be as friendly as you can and hope for entry, if all seats are filled, they won’t let you in. (Brunnenstraße 177, Mitte)
Hackbarth’s is a low-key and autochthonous Mitte bar, offering everything you need for a good summer night: cold beer, decent drinks and space to sit outside. (Auguststraße 49a, Mitte)
Henne is located just off Oranienplatz, offering the eponymous chicken, beer and schnaps with a small but pretty garden to sit in. (Vor dem Leuschnerdamm 25, Kreuzberg)
It’s summer, stay outside!
Rent a bike and enjoy Berlin’s extensive bike lanes.
Make a trip to the Havel, the river west of Berlin, find a small clearing besides the river to leave your baggage and jump into the water. Or try one of those lakes: Swim in Berlin.
Have a beautiful summer!