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An Independent Guide to Berlin

Germany’s capital is known for its art scene, rich culture of course, its iconic open-all-hours nightlife. Whether you manage to get into Berghain or not, do Berlin like a local with our round up of independent hotspots that will have you mingling with the city’s residents, from brunch to cocktail hour.

Where to Shop in Berlin

Berlin prides itself on its creativity, which infuses each neighbourhood with its own unique look and feel. For the best shopping in Berlin, explore the wide variety of independent shops, offering everything from avant-garde design brands to sustainable fashion.

Founded by architects Stephen and Gunnar, Fundamental offers the most exciting interior design objects inspired by the mathematics of nature.
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Located on Chausseestraße, one of Berlin’s many shopping streets, YNT offers a fun mix of up-and-coming brands and cult labels such as Bitossi, Lex Pott and DOIY Design.
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Førmprojekt carefully curates a unique collection of treasures, from interior design and crafts to lifestyle accessories. Our favourite brands include Baggu, Anna von Lipa and OYOY.
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Located in Berlin’s popular concept shopping centre Bikini Berlin, Market Lifestore calls itself a ‘box of surprises’ where you’ll find everything from Jonathan Adler's signature designs to the latest trending fashion brands.
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One of our favourite clothing stores in Berlin. This store’s name translates to ‘truffle pig’, which represents the owner’s aim of finding and sourcing the best menswear pieces from their favourite niche and independent brands.
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Where to Stay in Berlin

Looking for cool places to stay in Berlin? Say no more. We’ve collated your ultimate guide to Berlin’s best hotels, including boutique stays and unique travel experiences.

This boutique hotel is more than just a place to sleep - With a restaurant, live music space and bar to be enjoyed during your stay, you won’t want to leave.

For a more family-friendly stay, 25 Hours Hotel makes for a relaxed and low-key base for all your adventures in the city.

Want to feel like you just stepped on set in a 1920s movie? This unique hotel merges burlesque elements with European luxury.

Where to Eat in Berlin

These are our favourite spots for a great meal in the foodie capital, from restaurants with a view to delicious and traditional German favourites.

This restaurant serves up seasonally changing, aesthetically pleasing and no-fuss dishes in the setting of a former Schnapps factory. Expect fine-dining in a fun, more relaxed environment.

Looking for the best vegan restaurant in Berlin? This iconic spot serves up traditional German dishes like Schnitzel - but makes them plant-based, so anyone can experience the local cuisine without restrictions.

Paolo Pinkel is a real dining experience and one of the coolest restaurants in Berlin, with three kitchens housed under one roof. Choose from authentic Korean dishes, a traditional Gypriot menu inspired by grandma’s cooking and Sicilian cuisine merged with Berlin elements…or just try them all!

Where to Drink in Berlin

Whether you’re up for a cosy cocktail spot with a seasonally-changing menu or the rooftop bar everyone’s talking about, pull up a pew and choose your tipple.

Neon signs, dimmed lighting and, of course, seriously delicious drinks, it’s no surprise this spot has just been listed as one of the best bars in the whole of Germany.

You’ve heard of seasonal dining, but have you ever been to a bar that created their drinks based on what the local season provides? Velvet Berlin creates a truly special plant-focussed menu that changes on a weekly basis. You won’t find these drinks anywhere else in the world.

After exploring the concept stores located in the Bikini Berlin shopping centre, head up to the shopping destinations' tenth floor to discover this local-favourite bar. Enjoy a cocktail with great views of the city, and order a delicious bite to eat to round off your day.

What to See in Berlin

Once you’ve done sightseeing spots like the Berlin Wall and Brandenburger Tor, discover these local hangouts to do the city a different way.

Berlin is known for its thriving contemporary art scene, and König Galerie should be top of your list. Representing over 40 international young emerging and established artists, consider a visit an education in a who’s who of the modern art world.

If you’re in the city on a summer Sunday, you absolutely can’t miss the flea market at Mauerpark. Each week, Berlin’s creative scene gathers for a morning of vintage shopping, music and all around good vibes. This is definitely the best place to people-watch and get a real taste of the Berlin lifestyle.

The late iconic photographer Helmut Newton set up this foundation with the idea of it being a “living institution” rather than a “dead museum”. Curating always-changing exhibitions, the museum presents some of Newton’s famously provocative images alongside the works of other great artists such as David Lachapelle, David Lynch and Larry Clark.

Where to Shop in Berlin

FOLKDAYS is a sustainable boutique that is a must for those looking for climate-concious brands in Berlin. Expect design-led pieces crafted by artisans that are made to last, so you can wear and love them for years to come.
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Enjoy a cup of locally-ground coffee at Berlin's first female-owned, plant-based concept store, specialising in own-brand candles and dried flowers.
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Soda Store is a firm favourite with Berlin’s creatives, offering design-led homewares, fashion and lifestyle pieces, from the bestselling Pur Schoen scarves to gardening staples from Garden Glory.
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Located in the buzzy neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, LAMARI BERLIN offers stylish accessories which include owner Marijana’s own brand of leather handbags.
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Schwesterherz und Kuechenliebe is made up of two shops, merged into one ultimate destination. Schwesterherz brings you design-led homewares, accessories and stationery, whereas Kuechenliebe is focussed on all things kitchen and dining.
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Das Goodshaus merges Scandinavian with Parisian influences, resulting in a unique selection of lifestyle pieces to make the everyday a lot more fun.
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