Top 10 Things To Do And See In Neukölln, Berlin.

Brienne Pierce

Neukölln is an attractive neighbourhood for more reasons than can be counted. Its revival has occurred so rapidly even Google Maps can’t always keep up with its faster-than-the-speed-of-light progress. Endless vegan cafés and spritely hybrid stores dot the once uninhabited streets, sandwiched between kebab shops and laundromats. Keeping up with the traditions of the rest of Berlin, what was once abandoned has been recycled into something distinctive, imaginative and irresistible to explore. Here is a list of unmissable details in the Neukölln narrative.

2. Holz Kohlen Koks


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Tempelhof Feld

Tempelhof Airport was a paramount airport in the pre-World War II era in Berlin. It’s closing in 2008 caused quite a stir. Part of the closed airport neighbors the western border of this newly trendy borough. Since its closing, the genius city of Berlin reclaimed this massive space. The airport itself is used for various events like the Berlin music festival, but that’s on an irregular basis. This colossal 386 acre stretch of boundless area invites expats, natives and tourists alike to come barbecue, stretch out in the sun or for the more active, hike, run, or bike on one of the countless trails. The magnitude of this open space champions a kind of freedom that encourages park-goers to occupy this park as they wish.

Tempelhof Feld, Tempelhofer Damm 12099 Berlin

Britzer Garten 348

6. Klunkerkranich

Bar, Cafe, Pub Grub

Klunkerkranich is situated on the rooftop of a shopping centre
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There are some bars that begged to be instagrammed because of their sweeping views and their effortlessly cool arrangement of artisanal décor. There are some bars whose names stay on the tip of the tongue, not because they are particularly easy to say, but because they get pocketed as go-to destinations. Klunkerkranich is a watering-hole heaven. It’s nestled on the top of a half mall, half parking garage high-rise, think any quintessential New York summer rooftop party, only more spacious and more German. The bar is on the inside with a dance floor and carries some cheap drinks ranging from beers to the hard stuff. The outside is a hodgepodge of what looks like an abandoned bohemian garden party mixed with recycled hipster chic. This place is perfect for starting off the night or enjoying a relaxed drink with a view while taking in the sunset. Since it is an outdoor spot, warm weather pairs best with this spot, but those who dare to brave the cold won’t be utterly disappointed with the exquisite views. Klunkerkranich is an ideal inner-city getaway where it’s still possible to get drunk.

7. Gordon's Café & Records


9. Sing BlackBird

Shop, Store

For those who are often plagued with the decision whether to shop or eat, there’s a rescue remedy out there that doesn’t involve a laptop. This dual concept vintage store-café caters to the needs of the hungry and the fashion frenzied. The visionaries behind this store spent time behind some impressive desks and wanted to move to Berlin like the rest of the creative pioneers to pursue their passions, which just happened to be baked goods and fashion. Neukölln boasts an array of quality vintage clothing stores, but Sing Blackbird is a shop that takes the vintage shopping experience in a unique direction. The clothes are color coordinated and pleasantly spaced out, which is a departure from the normative way of vintage clothing shopping where everything is so on top of one another it feels like the line for the burgeramt. The pristine atmosphere, the niche clothing selection and the omnipresent promise of baked goods makes this place a can’t-miss when strolling through Neukölln.

Sing Blackbird, Anderstraße 11, 12047 Berlin

By Brienne Pierce

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