Guide: Summer 2012

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:


Garments offers a high class vintage selection. See more in our article here. (Linienstraße 204-205, Mitte)

To save your favorite summer-memories forever, go to Sofortbildshop to get yourself a proper instant camera and film. Long live analogue! (Brunnenstraße 195, Mitte)

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)

Motto and Pro qm are two beautiful book and magazine stores, one in Kreuzberg the other in Mitte – check both! (Skalitzer Str. 68 (backyard), Kreuzberg; Almstadtstraße 48-50, Mitte)

RSVP is offering lovely papers and pencils to write down all your summery experiences. (Mulackstrasse 14, Mitte)

Winterfeldt Markt – one of the best markets in Berlin, with the freshest and biggest product variety for your next picnic in nearby Tiergarten. (Winterfeldtplatz, Schönenberg)


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)

Berlinische Galerie focuses on collecting art works made in Berlin since the 1870s. (Alte Jakobstraße 124, Kreuzberg)

Johnen gallery – there are gazillions of galleries in Berlin, we recommend this one in Mitte, representing some of our favorite artists such as Roman Ondák and Tino Sehgal. (Marienstraße 10, 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)


Little Otik offers organic, home-style kitchen in the middle of Kreuzberg – get to know the owners in our interview! (Graefestraße 71, Kreuzberg)

Da Baffi is a very recommendable Italian restaurant located in Wedding, and you always wanted to check out Wedding anyways…didn’t you? (Nazarethkirchstraße 41, Wedding)

Sauvage is a new concept restaurant specializing in organic paleolithic food. Now go and find out what that means. (Pflügerstraße 25, Neukölln)

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)

The Barn is the master of coffee in Mitte, for more Third Wave coffee places check our guide. Auguststraße 58, Mitte)

Lebensmittel in Mitte is the place to eat your hangover-Weisswurst (or any of their other excellent south-german dishes). (Rochstraße 2, Mitte)

Vanille + Marille offers dainty ice-cream so expect long lines! For more delicious ice cream see our guide! (Hagelberger Straße 1, Kreuzberg)

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)

Diener is the place to go to experience some Charlottenburg atmosphere and get some great Königsberger Klopse with your beer. (Grolmanstraße 47, Charlottenburg)

Paris Bar is not a bar, but a restaurant with art works by Spoerri and Kippenberger lining the walls – some call it Café de Flore of Berlin. (Kantstraße 152, Charlottenburg)


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)

Burg am See lies just next to the Landwehrkanal and is a very classic German Biergarten. (Ratiborstraße 14c, Kreuzberg)

Zenner is opposite of Insel der Jugend in Treptower Park, attracting dozens of couples dancing to classic Berlin music and Schlager on weekends. (Alt-Treptow 14, Treptow)

Café am neuen See in Berlin’s central park Tiergarten is usually very crowded on weekends but offers a nice hide-away during the week, especially during the morning. (Lichtensteinallee 2, Tiergarten)

Clärchen’s Ballhaus on Auguststraße has the best Berliner Buletten – ’nuff said. (Auguststraße 24, Mitte)


It’s summer, stay outside!


Go to the market at Maybachufer (every Tuesday and Friday) to buy a lot of fruit, olives, feta and pita bread and make a picnic at the Landwehrkanal. (Maybachufer, Kreuzberg)

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.

Get out to Grunewald to walk up to Teufelsberg, climb up the former, now deserted NSA Listening Station, breathe in history and enjoy the gorgeous view of Berlin.

Harvest some urban grown vegetables at Prinzessinengärten and reward yourself with a drink in their beautiful garden. (Prinzenstrasse 35-38, Kreuzberg)

Thaipark is a Berlin specialty: every weekend dozens of Thai families gather in Preussenpark to prepare and sell very delicious Thai food – bring a blanket and eat yourself through the day!

Freiluftkino Mitte is hosted by one of the finest cinemas in Berlin, Central and their picks are always the best bet for an outdoor summer movie night. (Rosenthaler Straße 39, Mitte)

Visit bearpit karaoke at Mauerpark for some light Sunday fun and applauding amateur and profi singers enchanting the greatest hits.

Have a beautiful summer!


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  1. Kim West on


    This is very helpful especially that we are planning to go there this September. How is the weather during that time by the way?

    1. Mary on

      Dear Kim, the weather in September can be like any month rather unpredictable. Sometimes we get gorgeous Septembers with high temperature (which would mean between 25 and 30) and sunny days etc, though the evenings and nights can already be quite chilly. But you should also prepare yourself for rather dull autumn weather with a lot of rain and chilly temperatures…

  2. silvia on


    hi there,
    just stumbled upon your site while browsing for info about Berlin during summer. Love your site! Lots of info! I made a link on my (very small and informal) site about our upcoming Berlin trip! Thanks for all the info!

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