DE­LI­CIOUS PIT STOPS

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COM­MU­NITY GAR­DEN + OUT­DOOR BAR

PRINZESSINNENGÄRTEN (Prinzen­straße 35-38; prinzessin­nen­garten.net). An amaz­ing oa­sis of a veg­etable gar­den manned by mostly vol­un­teer work­ers (you can buy any­thing from toma­toes to herbs for a song), and bars made from ship­ping con­tain­ers in an en­chanted for­est strung with fairy lights. To­wards the back is a large tree­house that could dou­ble as a set for The Lost Boys, with swings and a stage, built by lo­cals.

COF­FEE

NANO KAF­FEE BER­LIN (Dres­dener Straße 14; nano-kaf­fee.de). For se­ri­ous, spe­cial­ity cof­fee and unique blends.

FIVE ELE­PHANT (Re­ichen­berger Straße 101; fiveele­phant.com). A mi­cro roaster and bak­ery. Try the es­presso soft serve sprin­kled with ground-up beans and served by a hip­ster barista.

SHOP

COOL KREUZBERG is worth the wan­der, par­tic­u­larly VooS­tore (Oranien­straße 24; voober­lin.com). Find min­i­mal­ist brands, chic jew­ellery, books and a hip cof­fee house in­side.

MITTE’S streets are packed full of in­ter­est­ing shops, good vin­tage stores, cafes and bars down laneways. Hack­escher Markt is an in­ter­est­ing mix of graf­fi­tied laneways that lead to bars, hid­den res­tau­rants and the Anne Frank Zen­trum memorial museum.

FOOD HALL

KADEWE (Tauentzien­straße 21-24; kadewe.de) is a depart­ment store fa­mous for its food hall the size of sev­eral foot­ball fields and tra­di­tional butcher, fish­mon­ger and baker.

RESTAU­RANT

EINS44 (Elbe­straße 28/29; eins44.com) Like all good things in Ber­lin, you’ll find this quirky restau­rant in a com­pletely ran­dom spot through a wire gate in the back of a car park. It’s pro­duce driven, sim­ple and uniquely Ber­lin, an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with great ser­vice and an ex­cel­lent Ger­man drinks list

CANAL PIC­NICK­ING

Start at the cor­ner of Rat­i­borstraße/ Paul-Lincke-Ufer in Kreuzberg and walk along the canal to Carl-Herz-Ufer. Or in good weather take a beer, some bread and cheese to peo­ple watch and en­joy life as the lo­cal bo­hemi­ans do.

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