Top 10 Things To See And Do In The Bergmannkiez

Harriet Blackmore

This Kreuzberg Kiez (aka neighborhood) is one of the most beautiful in the city, with the Parisian-like roads, café-lined streets, and a historic market square. Many an hour can be spent wandering the cobbled streets of this charming area, and with so many places to explore, we give a helping hand as to where to start in this unique corner of the city.

Marheineke Markthalle

With an extensive collection of fresh products, from the classic fish, cheese, flower and butcher stalls to more specific deli stands with both local organic and international speciality offerings, this 2,500-square-meter market hall is very much engrained in the history of the Kiez. As well as the stalls, there are cafés, restaurants, and wine traders in the market, with many locals sat outside with a coffee on summer mornings. Not stopping at fresh foods, there is a bookshop in the historic market hall as well as frequent art exhibitions. For a glimpse into the character of the Kiez, this is definitely a place to stop by.

Marheinekeplatz 15, Berlin, Germany

1. Another Country

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Ahother country bookshop in Berlin
© Nathan Wright
Another Country is one of the famed English bookshops of Berlin, but more than that, it is a truly extraordinary hideaway for any book lover. With piles of pages stacked on every wall, there is the feeling of having stumbled into a book fanatic’s own home, with a love of the written word radiating from the jumbled rooms. With an extensive lending library, and cosy corners in which to sit and escape in a book, the owner Sophie Raphaeline has established a place for discussion, learning, and appreciation for the art of writing. She hosts dinners and readings and is to be found sitting at the desk overseeing this quiet and wonderful little world of books.

2. Limonadier

3. Marheinekeplatz Flea Market

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Like many of the squares in Berlin, Sundays mean that flea market stalls emerge out of nowhere, bringing gifts of obscurities and curiosities to light. The market square in the Bergmannkiez is no different, with a small and wonderful collection of stalls. What’s more, and perhaps a selling point in flea market ventures, it is both manageable and enjoyable, which is no small feat. With a varied collection of stands, from antique prints to records, the Marheinekeplatz flea market is one worth visiting, not just for the fact that it is possible to float through the market without hefty crowds, but for the selection at the stands themselves, not to mention the beautiful buildings of the Kiez making it ever worthwhile.

4. Viktoriapark

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5. English Theatre in Berlin

English Theatre in Berlin

© Mirko Fichtner/Flickr

6. t Berlin

t Berlin

t Berlin is a perfect cosy corner for any one in search of a pause in the neighborhood, and a place of pilgrimage for any tea aficionados in the area. They serve handpicked, whole leaf, mountain-grown (and award-winning, no less) teas, and if that enriched description was not enticing enough, they also serve tea-based cocktails. t Berlin host a number of events from book launches, art exhibitions, comedy nights, and naturally, regular tea tastings. A recommended place, both for those with a tendency toward tea fanaticism and those without.

Fidicinstraße 38, Berlin, Germany

7. Space Hall

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Get lost in musical space
© Space Hall/ Facebook
Four floors of sonic treasures, this record store has extensive collections of both current and back stock records. Primarily electronic music, with representations of everything from neotrance to minimal techno, this is a haven for music fanatics. Whether in search of a rarity or looking to educate yourself, Space Hall has stacks upon stacks of offerings as one of the best record collections in the city, and with listening tables around the shop, it is very easy to lose track of time amid these surreally extensive shelves.

8. Café Strauss

Café Strauss

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9. Südstern

Church, Park

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