If people only have a few days to spend in Berlin, chances are they don’t make it to Wedding. But if you’ve lived in the city for any amount of time and haven’t explored that far north of the Ringbahn, you’re seriously missing out. Here’s a local’s take on spending a perfect day in Berlin Wedding.
Coffee first. Cafe Pförtner is packed on weekends for good reason – it’s got an extensive, hangover-slaying menu and a cool gutted-schoolbus dining section. But nearby Cafe DuJardin, with a better view for people watching on the Panke Ufer, gets lots of locals, especially on a lazy Sunday morning. Post up here for a latte (or beer) to get up on the right side of bed. If you are into street art, check out this fun street art walk around the neighborhood.
Leopoldplatz is the place for farmer’s markets and antique sellers in Wedding, and the traffic here only increases during the summer. Try snacks from local food truck Mimi’s African Fast Food, which serves up some of Wedding’s best beans and dodo (fried plantain). Or get a steal on some speakers or antique furniture that hasn’t been totally picked over (looking at you, Mauerpark).
If it’s a sunny day, chances are Plötzensee is the place to be. Skip the crowd at the Strandbad and stick to the east side of the lake – you’ll find prime sunbathing and people-watching spots at the Steingarten am Plötzensee. Not to mention, it’s a perfect place to go for a swim (pro tip: just stay away from the lake’s notoriously aggressive swans – they don’t mess around!)
Hungry? Head back towards Seestraße for a million and one places to grab a good döner, or dip into the nearby Sprengelkiez neighborhood. It may look sleepy and a bit residential, but there are some surprising hidden gems. Tegeler Straße has a longboard shop, Bioladen, and cute cafes (Göttlich Essen und Trinken is a perfect place to take a book or a laptop and get some work done). Around the corner, bei Ernst bar is always packed for the free jazz night on Friday evenings.
I’ll tell you a secret about the food scene in Wedding that locals don’t like to share around too often. The Korean food selection is pretty amazing. Check out Shikgoo on Tegeler Straße for a cozy, authentic setting that’s a hit with locals. If you’re a vegetarian, drop everything you’re doing right now and go order the teriyaki tofu from Korea Haus on Nazarethkirchstraße. (it’s fine, we’ll wait).
Finish off the evening with drinks just around the corner on Liebenwalder Straße. Mastul, with it’s cool tilework and cozy armchairs, is the perfect place to grab a cold beer and chat with friends. The regular jazz and standup comedy nights means there’s always something going on. Practically across the street is WG Bar, which really heats up later in the evening. The interior looks like your average university flat (complete with Mario Kart in the corner and bunk beds), making it the place to meet up before heading out to a party.
For more ideas on things to do in Berlin Wedding, check out our Wedding Neighorhood Posts.
*”A perfect day in Berlin Wedding” was written by Olea Morris. Olea is a professional anthropologist and writer originally from the US who travelled to 20 countries before finding a second home in Berlin. You can often find her working from a cafe in Wedding or biking through the city.
**Edited by Tulio Edreira.