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Things To Do & Places To Visit In Berlin

You’re coming to Berlin for CSSconf EU (or any of the JSFest events), and want to take the chance to explore Germany’s lovely capital? We highly recommend planning in some extra days! Here’s some information on things to explore, places to visit and food to eat during your stay.
You’ll find all of them collected in one list for making it easier for you to find them and get there. We’re glad to welcome you in Berlin and wish you a pleasant stay!

 We also put together a list of locations close to our conference venue (Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin) to make it easier for you if you want to go somewhere right before or after the conference, maybe one of them fits your needs and interests.


Food & Coffee near the venue

Cafés

  • sit by the water at Café am Engelbecken, Engelbecken (Michaelkirchplatz), 10179 Berlin

  • Kiezeklein, Mariannenstr. 7, 10997 Berlin

  • Café offering great coffee, cakes and vegan cookies: Katies Blue Cat, Friedelstr. 31, 12047 Berlin

Restaurants

  • French Restaurant: Chez Gustave, Inselstr. 13, 10179 Berlin

  • Chinese Restaurant: Ming Dynastie, Brückenstr. 6, 10179 Berlin

  • Restaurant & beach: Sage Restaurant, Köpenicker Str. 18-20, 10997 Berlin

  • Café & Italian Restaurant: Salumeria Lamuri, Köpenicker Str. 183, 10997 Berlin

  • BBQ Place: Big Stuff Smoked BBQ, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, 10997 Berlin

  • German Restaurant and Bar: Die Henne, Leuschnerdamm 25, 10999 Berlin

  • Mundvoll, Adalbertstr. 23, 10997 Berlin

  • Shawarma, Falafels and more: Maroush, Adalbertstr. 93, 10999 Berlin

Vegetarian and Vegan Food

Berlin offers a wide range of meals, coffee specialities and cakes for vegetarians and vegans, even most “normal” cafés serve coffee with soy milk. Places for more than coffee:

  • Café offering vegan and gluten-free food: Ohlala, Mainzer Str. 18, 10247 Berlin

  • Vegan Burgers are available at “vegan feels good”, located in Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, 10997 Berlin

  • Coffee Shop and vegetarian / vegan Restaurant: goodies*, Warschauer Str. 69, 10243 Berlin

  • Bagels, vegan cakes and coffee specialities (vegan-only): Café Vux, Wipperstr. 14, 10255 Berlin

  • Good selection of vegetarian and vegan food: Nest, Görlitzer Str. 52, 10997 Berlin

  • Vegan burgers: Yellow Sunshine, Wiener Str. 19, 10999 Berlin

  • Mexican food: Santa Maria, Oranienstr. 170, 10999 Berlin

  • Vegetarian and vegan Restaurant: Viasko, Erkelenzdamm 49, 10999 Berlin (we recommend reserving a table)

  • Vegetarian and vegan Döner: Vöner, Boxhagener Str. 56, 10245 Berlin

  • FunkYou Natural Food, Gärtnerstr. 21, 10245 Berlin

  • Burrito, Baby!, Pflügerstr. 11, 12047 Berlin

Other Places for Food

  • Indoor market with various food booths, and a special streetfood event on thursday evenings: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstr. 42/43, 10997 Berlin

Find more great spots in this Foursquare List.


More Recommendations for Berlin

Sightseeing Time!

There’s lots of things to see in Berlin. The most famous (and tourist-attracting) ones may be Brandenburg Gate with Reichstag close to it, Alexanderplatz and Fernsehturm, Berlin’s Dome and EastSide Gallery. These and many more can also be found on this list curated by Lonely Planet.

For getting your own impression of the town, we recommend just walking around a little, e.g. around Linienstraße in Berlin-Mitte, Bergmannstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg, or you walk (or grab something to drink and sit) by the canal at Paul-Lincke-Ufer in Neukölln.

 Berlin’s famous for being one of the greenest capitals in the world. If you feel in need for some wide space, why not take a walk in one of the nice parks (some large ones are listed here) or just take some (new) friends with you and visit Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin’s former airport that is now a beautiful park.

Museums and Architecture

Berlin has many great museums, way too many to see on just one visit. We picked just a few of our favorites:

  • Bauhaus-Archiv: It is what the name states – A museum about the Bauhaus school of design. Get lost in the countless beautiful exhibition pieces of modernist design history. Bauhaus-Archiv, Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin

  • Neue Nationalgalerie: If you’re short on time, don’t bother checking out the exhibitions inside. The main attraction here is the building, Mies van der Rohe’s 1968 glass pavillion. Best consumed by walking around it. Don’t forget to check out the sculpture garden, which features works by pretty much every major sculpture artist of the last century, and the surrounding architecture. Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Straße 50, 10785 Berlin

  • Hamburger Bahnhof: The huge collection plus various exhibitions of contemporary art will keep you busy for hours. Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Rebecca Horn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Isa Genzken, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter… if this is your jam, this place will make you very happy. Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin

Shopping

We won’t lie, Berlin is GREAT for shopping. Ready to get your wallets out?

  • Mitte District: Just take public transport and be right in the middle of the most hip and young shopping district Berlin has to offer. In the area around Weinmeisterstraße, you’ll find local boutiques or tiny scandinavian fashion labels next to international flag stores. From our venue, you can even walk over in about 25 minutes.

  • Are you into graphic novels, or need some cute Adventure Time merch to bring back home as a gift? Check out Modern Graphics, Oranienstraße 22, 10999 Berlin

  • For pens, paper, and all your DIY and creative needs: Aufbauhaus and Modulor are always worth a visit (they’re right next to each too). Moritzplatz, 10969 Berlin

  • A hidden gem in a Kreuzberg backyard is Voo Store. Find cutting edge fashion in their store, and take a break in the (excellent!) little café. Voo, Oranienstraße 24, 10999 Berlin

  • Ku’damm: Feeling like a rather touristy shopping tour? Ku’damm is Berlin’s main shopping boulevard, busy with hotels, restaurants, luxurious shops of famous fashions designers, or the newly re-opened Bikini-Haus, which has a café worth the view alone. Besides the busy shopping crowd, there’s lots of history to spot in the area, such as the Memorial Church.

Coffee, Tea, Cakes and Sandwiches

  • Home-roasted coffee, scones and cakes: The Barn, Schönhauser Allee 8, 10119 Berlin and Auguststr. 58, 10119 Berlin

  • Home-roasted coffee and cheesecake to die for: Five Elephant, Reichenbergstr. 101, 10999 Berlin

  • Awesome sandwiches, salads and cakes for the sweet tooth: Luigi Zuckermann, Rosenthaler Str. 67, 10119 Berlin

  • Pastrami, Matseball Soup, fabulous Barbecued Brisket: Mogg & Melzer, Auguststr. 11-13, 10117 Berlin

  • Swedish bakery: Café Valentin, Sanderstr. 13, 12047 Berlin

Dinner

For some “proper” dinner after a long day in town, try one of these locations:

  • You like to eat Paleo? At Sauvage, your grain- and gluten-free dreams will come true. Sauvage, Winsstrasse 30, 10405 Berlin

  • Simple, tasty food and nice salads: EINS, Eichendorffstr. 1, 10115 Berlin

  • Great food, lovely place: noto, Torstr. 173, 10115 Berlin

  • Delicious meals, fair prices, friendly service: Altes Europa, Gipsstr. 11, 10119 Berlin

  • For typical German kitchen and Schnitzel go to: Schwarzwaldstuben, Tucholskystr. 48, 10117 Berlin

Burgers!

If you love a good burger, visit one of these which we, after intensive review, state as our favourites:

  • All-organic food, including meat and homemade fries and delicious sauces: Fräulein Burger, Koppenplatz 1, 10115 Berlin

  • Juicy burgers (if you’re in the mood: try the one with lamb and mint!): Tartane, Torstr. 225, 10115 Berlin

  • Really hot chili cheese burgers, and if you love cheese, try “3-Käse-Hoch” with 3 kinds of cheese: Berlin Burger International, Pannierstr. 5, 12047 Berlin

Bars

Want to have some drinks and relax in the evening? Try one of these bars close to our venue:

  • Cocktails is not the appropriate term: At The Antlered Bunny, they serve little liquid pieces of art. At the tiny cozy place, you’ll likely run into someone of the local CSS & JS community – it’s become everybody’s favorite. Oderstr. 7, 10247 Berlin

  • Quirky cocktail bar with nice terrace: Volksbar, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 39, 10178 Berlin

  • Decent cocktails, great atmosphere: Cocktailbar Reingold, Novalisstraße 11, 10115 Berlin

  • Good music, great spot to hang out with people: Pony Bar, Alte Schönhauser Straße 44, 10119 Berlin

  • Oldschool local bar serving their own beer: Gaststätte W. Prassnik, Torstr. 65, 10119 Berlin

  • Sixties retro-look-bar: Muschi Obermaier, Torstr. 151, 10115 Berlin

  • Hip and cool but really nice place: Neue Odessa Bar, Torstr. 89, 10119 Berlin

  • Amazing selection of Belgian beers: Herman, Schönhauser Allee 173, 10119 Berlin

  • Whisky and black and white movies on the wall: 8mm Bar, Schönhauser Allee 177b, 10437 Berlin

Have a great stay in Berlin! 

PS: You’re a local and we missed one of your favorite spots? Let us know, we’ll add it!


by Lena Reinhard

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