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Berlin by Night 2012: The Wall

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Best Coffee in Berlin?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Alana asked about best coffee in Berlin. I don’t know. I do know there are diamonds in the rough:

Chapter One (get the Bonmak Hikaria Siphon)

Double Eye

God Shot

Five Elephant

Bonanza Coffee Heroes

Toytown speaks…or better yet, check out the CafeKulturBerlin blog


Favorite Berlin Restaurants

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Here are some of our favorites. Please comment below and share yours.


Maria Peligro: Mexican, sister of Maria Bonita

Bar Raval: solid tapas and a goodwine list

Txokoa: Basque food.

Ron Telesky’s Canadian Pizza

Bejte Ethiopia

Le Cocotte (excellent, affordable French food)

Tulus Lotrek might be the best food in Berlin

Ousies (tasty Greek fare, lively–if not loud–environment)

Thalassa (Greek. 8 tables. Reserve)

Munch’s Hus (Norwegian. Menu 90% fish, 10% Elk)

Wie Goulash (Goulash good; Trappist Beers, including Rochefort 10, better. Intimate and friendly)

Weinstein (solid German food, good wine list)


Asian Restaurants: 

3 MOMS (Vietnamese)

Ixthy’s (Korean Imbiss in overwhelmingly religious environment)

Sida (Thai in Steglitz)

Madang (Tasty Korean without all the Jesus propaganda)

Long March Canteen (best Chinese in Berlin?)

Lo Men’s Noodles

Shainu’s House of Noodles


Italian Restaurants:

Bar Centrale

Knofi (also has a cute market across the street)

Osteria No. 1 (pretty garden in rear that backs up to Viktoria Park)

Trattoria del Corso


Vanille & Marille (best gelato in Berlin, closed in winter)


Some Berlin Music I Like

Monday, February 1st, 2010

This is far from an exhaustive list, but after a couple of years here, I figure that I should at least begin to compile a list.

If you’ve found a Berlin-based artist that you recommend, please post a comment below.

17 Hippies (mostly acoustic French-American-German neo-folk something or other)

Pescadores de Ventanas (all over the place)

Eb Davis Band (blues and soul. Bobby Bland style)

Terrence Bowery Band (soul)

Reggie Moore (jazz piano)

Mike Russell (hollow-body, G. Benson guitar jazz-soul)

Tom Blacksmith & The Soulminers (poppy, playful blues)

DJ Mark Hype (spins old soul records)

Ron Spielman (jazz rock guitar, sings uncannily like Sting)

General Info on Berlin

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

New Berlin Magazine

A guide to Berlin’s Districts

Time Out Guide Online




The Berlin Paper

Find out what’s happening at Zitty

What’s to do in a weekend in Berlin? This blog offers options

Sign and Sight


NPR Berlin

German News…In English

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Here is a list of German periodicals, some of which are available in English

Speigel International in English

Official news from Die Bundesregierung

Selected stories concerning Germany from MyExpatica

Deutschland Online

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies from The Johns Hopkins University

Get Hep

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The jazz scene in Berlin is rumored to be hot. Here are a few club listings.

Take the A-Trane


Be-Bop Bar


JazzKeller 69

A list of 20 Jazz Clubs (please tell me which ones I should visit)

Berlin Jazz Fest 2007!!!

Again, PLEASE leave a post if you recommend a particular club or artist.

The Great Escape

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

If you need a simple escape (which you might use as an excuse to foster your German language acquisition) lose yourself in original version films:

A list of original version theatres

Show times are listed here

Enjoy open air cinema while it lasts

Do You Have Big Plans on Sunday Morning?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Neither do I. Here are some Flea Markets to peruse. Get some kitsch

Here are six markets from berlininfo.com

Five more markets here (with concise descriptions)

Since I am coming to Berlin following a few years in Barcelona I have high hopes for this Mediterranean Market (if for no other reason than because I will miss my beloved Spanish wines)

Take a Dip

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The pool of the Olympic Stadium is open to the public (U- and S-train station, U2, S75).

In Volkspark Jungfernheide park at Tegel airport you find an open air swimming pool (U-train stations Jakob-Kaiser-Platz, Halemweg, Siemensdamm, U7).

Near Volkspark Rehberge park in Wedding there is a swimming pool at Ploetzensee Lake (Seestrasse 80, tram M13, M50, bus 327 from U-train station Osloer Strasse, U8, U9).

Swim in the lake of Volkspark Wuhlhide (S-train station Wuhlheide, S3).

In Grunewald you swim in Krumme Lanke lake (U-train station, U1) and in Schlaktensee lake (S-train station, S1).