The German capital is one of Europe's most dynamic cities. Despite its ongoing metamorphosis, it always manages to retain its alternative side without loosing its edge. Mixing genres and cultures, Berlin is without hesitation a city to visit, it’ll always have something to offer until the wee hours of the night. This week we asked Laura, our Volcom Store Manager in Berlin, to share her favorite spots in the city.
Where to have a drink and/or eat something?
Klunkerkranich (special mention great view)
This open-air bar stands out quickly by its unexpected location. You will actually have to find your way through a shopping center in the heart of Neukölln, locate the stairs to the roof and climb up and up to get there! Access to the roof from the mall can be as difficult as searching for a sound in a forest in Brandenburg but the quest has its reward, the view of the Berlin skyline is beautiful. The music is eclectic.
Monkey Bar (special mention great view)
The top floor Monkey Bar is another spot that won’t let you down on the scenic front; with its panoramic view and perfect sundowner terrace it’s the hot spot after dusk. You’ll be served an international choice of drinks and fine wine as well as bar snacks from the NENI kitchen. With the regular DJ lines and live music events that take place, it’s one to remember.
Where gaps exist, something inevitably comes along that fills them. This classy corner cocktail club fills in the missing link in the gallery-glutted Torstraße (street) in stylish fashion. Stumble out of a Vernissage, land at the bar and grab yourself a meticulously made Moscow Mule or White Russian that’ll make you feel more powerful than one or another not-to-be-mentioned Russian. Neue Odessa operates on the standard late running Berlin time-schedule, which means it’s a great place to kick off the late hour party. But be warned, the mighty mule kicks hard so be careful you don’t end up finding yourself spending far longer than expected in the confines of the art-deco interior.
White Trash Fast Food
The white trash is a bar, a restaurant and a club at the same time. As its American-sounding name (not the Asian Deco), the food is the classic North American food. However, the atmosphere is far crazier than a western pub. There is a small stage on the floor with the restaurant and bar and a much bigger stage down stairs for bands or DJ’s. The best way to enjoy this spot…? Arrive early enough to eat a burger with a few beers and then get to the concert.
Street Food is one of the buzzwords of the moment and it’s obvious that the whole restaurant has been decorated to resemble a Saigon street market. It’s located in the former space of Chi Sing, which has been closed to be entirely restyled to resemble a Vietnamese street food parlor. Corrugated panels, a backlit wall made from beer bottles, lanterns, a light made from a plastic fuel container and the colored plastic stools are among the memorable features of the standout interior. The menu is exciting, to say the least. They offer the safe options like summer rolls, spring rolls and a number of Phở Bò variations with either half-done beef, well-done brisket, beef balls or a mysterious special (Ɖặc biệt) for a Euro more than the rest (9,50 Euros). But then the specials take over, with grilled chicken feet being one of the more common ones. The menu mainly features small dishes around 5 Euros.
A buzzing Korean restaurant with sizzling BBQ grills, Kimchi Princess is the perfect place to kick off a long Berlin night. Visit this place to catch young people cooking large quantities of meat on their table top grills and to have some great Korean food. One of the biggest restaurant trends in Berlin during the last two years has been the rise of Korean food, starting with just a handful of restaurants a couple of years ago I pretty much see a new Korean restaurant popping up every month. Korean food has become fashionable in Berlin and the crew behind Kimchi Princess has been a main contributor to this trend, showing Berliners just how tasty and hip the Korean cuisine can be in their Kreuzberg eateries. The venue is cool, replicating something we could call a chique, Asian warehouse look. The whole restaurant is situated in one large, open space venue where the kitchen is upstairs. The walls are from a red container and tables are massive specimens that can fit dozens of people. Summer time there are plenty of seats outside as well, turning the whole place into a massive BBQ factory.
Great sushi is hard to find, particularly in Berlin, but the serene setting of Dudu is among the best places in the city to dig into sashimi, maki rolls or a steaming bowl of delicious miso soup. In addition to sushi, the restaurant offers a variety of Japanese food: Pho Chay vegan soup with tofu and noodles is a customer favorite. Back on the sushi front, the unfortunately named Crunchy Dudu roll—a delirious combination of yellowfin tuna, avocado, cucumber and sesame covered with crispy tempura, all resting on a bed of guacamole and salsa — it’s a must try.
Where to experience something different?
Urban Spree Galerie is a Berlin based, 400sqm independent contemporary art gallery. Set up in a vast postindustrial compound, the gallery defends an artistic grassroots approach, directed towards cities, street & graffiti artists, photographers and contemporary artists.
The liquidrom is situated in the heart of Berlin. Why not leave the hectic pace of city behind you and enter a sensory waterworld? The springs’ quality materials and simple, minimalist architecture offer “demanding” city-dwellers the perfect surroundings for relaxing bathing, saunas and ultimate wellbeing. The centerpiece of the Liquidrom is the darkened dome with its warm saltwater pool. Moonlight shines through the circular window as its highest point. Colours and light intermingled underwater with classical music, electronic melodies or whale songs. The sauna area and the darkened dome pool are quiet relaxation areas.
19,50€ for 2 hours and 29,50€ for the day.
Massages form 25€ for 25 minutes to 100 for 75 minutes
Perfect place for you and your friend to go to for a little mini-escape!
Before hitting the streets of Berlin you might want to pop in at the Volcom Store and update your wardrobe with some of the season’s new arrivals.
Klunkerkranich Karl-Marx-Str 66, 12053 Berlin
Monkey Bar Budapester Straße 40, 10787 Berlin
Neue Odessa Torstraße 89, 10119 Berlin
White Trash Fast Food Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin
District Một Rosenthalers 62, 10119 Berlin
Kimchi Princess Skalitzer Str. 36, 10999 Berlin
Dudu Berlin Torstraße 134, 10119 Berlin
Urban Spree Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin
Liquidrom Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin
Volcom Store Meinekestraße 27, 10719 Berlin
Posted on September 30, 2014