Neukölln is one of Berlin’s busiest neighbourhoods and it’s a must-see for the culture, vibe, food, bars, and some unexpectedly great things to see and do.
Enjoy our tips on how to spend the perfect day in Berlin Neukölln with a walk or slow bike ride around this happening area.
Start at U-Bhf Schönleinstraße and aim for Maybachufer along the Spree. On Tuesdays & Fridays this leafy stretch is alive with a Turkish market, offering cooked delicacies, fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes and fabric stalls and much more. If you’re there on an off day, it’ll be a quieter stroll and you can take the chance to check out The Bread Station for delicious warm loaves, and coffee.
Continue to The Berlin Book Nook for a bulging store of second-hand books (in English!) then keep going along Pannierstraße towards Sonnenallee. You’ll be heading past cafes, second-hand clothing stores (including the hip Repeater), community gardens, and Two&Two, a cafe of matcha delights along with funky Japanese stationery.
For lunch, you’re now on Sonnenallee for world of options. Al Andalos does legendary falafel and schawarmas, both cheap and delicious. If you’re really hungry, a giant plate for two goes for just 9 euros. Risa Chicken does some of the low-key best charcoal chicken in Berlin where even chefs admit it’s their guilty pleasure. For a sweet treat, Roamers, just off between the two lunch options, offers the most ridiculous carrot cake you’ll find.
From here we’re heading into Tempelhof Feld via Schillerkiez. Ride, walk, or jump on a bus up towards Boddinstraße, and Herrfurthplatz. Grab a drink from a nearby Späti to take with you into the entrance to Tempelhof.
The gentle slope into the old airfield is the best spot in the park to people-watch, lie in the sun, or grab a seat in the nearby community garden. Stop to admire the work of green-thumb Berliners. If you bike, skateboard, or rollerblade, take a chance to tour the old runways, and find the plane left for firefighters to practice on.
The perfect day in Berlin Neukölln continues…With the sun starting to set, your evening starts with a visit to Klunkerkranich on top of the Neukölln Arcaden. (It’s hard to find: Go to the elevators near the Deutsche Post office, then hit fifth floor.)
This is the spot to look out (with a drink in hand!) over Berlin’s rooftops. Even in winter it’s a great spot to visit as the bar area becomes super cosy with a hot drink.
Dinner options await you from here too. Nearby Tung Long has cheap and cheerful Vietnamese, while Nudelbude is always busy. If you fancy a drink, Das Gift is a quirky Scottish bar that offers a good selection of drinks, cocktails. You’ll find a seat easily. From there, you can find a traditional baklava or knafeh dessert at Konditorei Umkalthum. End the day at the small bars of Weserstraße!
*A perfect day in Neukölln was written by Tristan Rayner. Tristan is a freelance writer and editor from Australia. He considers Berlin the best kind of Hotel California. And he occasionally makes tasty apple cider. Twitter: @tristanrayner
**Edited by Tulio Edreira.