Friedrichshain is one of the most popular districts in Berlin due in part to the numerous classic bars, great restaurants for those on a budget, and epic nightlife it houses. As you walk the streets you’ll feel traces of the old east Berlin while hearing english speakers discuss their plans for the day. No matter what you’re in the mood for – vintage shops, record stores, views of the canal, or vegan ice cream – you’ll find it in Friedrichshain. Venture out like a local to some of these favorite spots.
Found amongst take-aways and spätis on Simon-Dach-Straße, Homemade’s name says it all. Inside you’ll feel as if you’ve been invited over to a friend’s house due to their cozy decor. The cafe doesn’t only master brunch items like scrambled eggs with your choice of toppings or a variety of paninis but they also have a large selection of delicious homemade cakes and pastries. You and your friends will never run out of things to eat.
Searching for a place to grab a drink with a new date? The dimly lit lower level of Dachkammer on Simon-Dach-Straße is the perfect place to go. Each table is candlelit and the menu is full of spirits and cocktails to choose from. If things are going well you can head up the stairwell, to DK Bar. While they’re in the same building, you’ll find a different selection of drinks and rooms to settle into. Get there early before all of the comfy couches are gone.
Girls Night Out
Grab your friends and head to the modern and stylish cafe-bar on the lower level of the Michelberger hotel directly across from the Warschauer Straße U-Bahn. The interior is a mix of vintage, with a wall made out of books, and posh, with a tile covered bar, that create the perfect backdrop for cocktails and conversation. When the weather is warm, venture outside to their enchanted terrace with hanging lights and wooden decor.
Be prepared for the longest queue of your life. This not-so-hidden gem may already be on your list of places to visit but getting inside is no easy feat. Berghain, the iconic nightclub housed in a former railway warehouse on the border of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, sprawls several levels and square meters with unlimited nooks for you to discover. Don’t be the typical tourist and go on Friday or Saturday night – the best time to go is during the day. Grab brunch and head over to get your stamp which allows you access all weekend long. Plan to stay for several hours as everything you need is inside: pulsating music, an abundance of alcohol, and a snack bar fully stocked with bananas.
If techno is not your jam, an alternatively good time is located inside of the sprawling RAW complex located next to the Warschauer Straße station. On Tuesday nights, Bade Haus hosts their Hip-Hop Open Mic night. After a few beers you may find yourself on stage attempting to freestyle next to Berlin’s finest rappers.
If it’s a Tuesday, you’ll find the Berlinerin’s and their friends enjoying cocktails in the heart of Friedrichshain. Escape the cloudy weather outside and transport yourself to Margaritaville at Santa Cantina. The chic and spacious restaurant has weekly Taco Tuesday food and drink specials as well as a daily margarita happy hour. The large wooden tables and exposed brick walls are a sleek backdrop for tacos and cocktails. Invite your friends to enjoy the tasty food and strong drinks, don’t worry, the tables can be moved in order to accommodate your growing group size.