- Emily D'Silva
Let’s begin with the infamous Kreuzberg. Here you will find the vintage clothes-wearing hipster walking around the shabby streets, eating from food stalls and drinking coffee while filling up the unfurnished, minimalistic bars. If you love a good, wild and unpredictable night out, Kreuzberg is the place for you. Additionally, if you’re a young creative you will also fit in, as many unconfined artists and creatives congregate here in order to express their creativity together. With a large Turkish community, Kreuzberg also welcomes a wonderfully diverse society.
Right next to Kreuzberg is Neukölln, its wannabe younger brother. Cool kids and party people can still experience a crazy night out here among an attractive crowd of trendy, creative and international people. Both of these areas are not for the faint-hearted, however, as they can be a bit rough and dangerous in parts.
Young, edgy and alternative folk can find themselves at home in Friedrichshain. Many students hang out in this area due to the lively bars and nightlife. Europe’s favorite club, Berghain, resides here, although you might as well not bother trying to get in there unless you have the ‘Berghain look‘. Coffee enthusiasts will be content with a number of unique and artistic cafés in this area.
If the loud, party lifestyle is not for you, then perhaps a quieter, more residential district like Prenzlauer Berg would suit you well. Families and generally calmer people live in this area, attracting a local charm. Indie boutique stores litter the streets, and you will struggle to find any chain stores. Those with a little extra cash will find things to their taste here, as will nature lovers, with the area being very green.
Charlottenberg – Wilmersdorf
On the other side of the city is another calm and cleaner area, the heart of old West Berlin. As this area is quite large, not only a quieter crowd, but shopaholics and food addicts will also enjoy it here in Charlottenberg. With Berlin’s equivalent of Oxford Street in the shape of the famous Ku’damm, shopaholics will be in heaven on this busy street. Foodies will equally be spoiled for choice in the surrounding streets with a multitude of restaurants, and plenty of al fresco dining.
An area that was once home to the likes of David Bowie, Christopher Isherwood and Marlene Dietrich, Schöneberg is historically known for being the trendy center of Berlin. To this day it remains the most liberal part of an already famously liberal city and a thriving center of modern art. In addition, this picturesque area also happens to have recently welcomed many refugees.
Tourists flock in masses to Mitte, eagerly snapping at Berlin’s famous attractions like Brandenburger Tor, the Berliner Dom and Checkpoint Charlie. If you are a culture vulture, this area is perfect for you, with several state museums situated here.