Ahhh Berlin Schöneberg. There’s probably no other city district in Berlin that holds so much (culinary) diversity that would make even important figures of the West proudly and not wrongly exclaim “I am a Berliner”.
If you’ve been running after the elusive feeling that the world could be your oyster, then you might just need to give yourself some time off from the hurry scurry of the over-populated touristy areas, take it easy and head over to this lovely and chilled corner of Berlin.
A long day of exploration starts with a good coffee and there’s no stress to find some of the best cafes along Akazienstraße and neighboring Gotzstraße. The coffee in Double Eye is premium quality and ideal to take away. Their wide assortment of coffee beans from far and wide is famed for bringing even Berliners from other neighborhoods to taste an award winning brew. The Visit Coffee Roastery, located in a beautiful backyard on Akazienstraße is yet another great coffee place, with some of the best espresso around and also a nice choice of snacks. The charming Gottlob Café is perfect to watch passersby whilst enjoying your drink under green ivy.
For sweet tooth emergencies or professional chocolate shopping in Berlin Schöneberg, there’s no better place than Winterfeldt Schokoladen aka “The Chocolate Pharmacy”, with 1000 different chocolate products, pralines, and amazingly rich (yet crazy affordable) hot chocolate. All in a vintage, landmarked pharmacy with gorgeous cabinets that doubles as a café indoors and outdoors. You can also find their shop online.
Jones Ice Cream is by far one of the best in town and they also offer vegan alternatives served with environmentally friendly tableware. Their Mint lime sorbet is to die for.
Irrelevant of weather conditions, the beauty and charm of the tastefully decorated street restaurants will be sure to draw you in and it’s not a flight of fancy to find a really good restaurant or any cuisine of the world amongst the dearth of choice.
If you would like to try some great Korean food, we recommend a sizzling and delicious Bibimbap at Ixthys, served in hot stone plates with cozy and super friendly atmosphere. For a true taste of Italy, pizzeria Malafemmena on Hauptstraße, ranks as another award winning place by being one of the only 2 pizzerias in Germany to have been accepted by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, thanks to its high quality ingredients.
Cafe M, opened 1979 is a true legend of Berlin punk and nightlife culture, and definitely a good place to start the evening. Afterwards, Salut Classic Bar is great for a nice cocktail and if you’re going for something special, Slumberland’s friendly barkeepers, special fruity beer serving and sandy floors might make for a unique experience.
Take a nice stroll or listen to some impromptu street music in the numerous parks and green spaces in Berlin Schöneberg. Rudolph-Wilde-Park (or by its older name “Stadtpark Schöneberg”), is a great area to chill and big enough to even practice sports, to be reached by U4 station ‘Rathaus Schöneberg’. Natur Park Schöneberg Südgelande, south of Schöneberg is another green oasis to wander through, with a diverse and somewhat wilder landscape that naturally took over the former Tempelhof railway yard.
As an aside, if you’re off hunting for bargains and not the type to indulge too much or splurge on entertainment, then the Flea market at Rathaus Schöneberg could prove a perfect weekend activity. Open every Saturday and Sunday between 8AM and 4PM. For international specialties, Farmer’s market at Winterfeldplatz is a gourmet’s paradise with endless choice of quality product.
And since we’ve been saluting the diversity of choice in this low-key and often understated district, this year’s 25th edition Lesbian and Gay Festival was another good reason to celebrate with street food, concerts and cheerful inclusivity. For more tips about Gay parties, bars and more, check out our “Gay Berlin” section.
*This article was written by Madalina Vintilescu.
**Edited by Tulio Edreira.