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Kreuzkölln is the district of Berlin between Kreuzberg and Neukölln, and is the new, up-and-coming neighborhood in Berlin right now. Kreuzkölln is seen as the new Mitte; start ups and artists choose Kreuzkölln for their offices and galleries because of its hip vibes. But Kreuzkölln is not only attractive for business – here’s a guide to Kreuzkölln’s best places, which will make you see its charm pretty soon.
Located a bit further down the Maybachufer, the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt takes place every other Sunday from spring to late autumn. Obviously, the flea market is a bit influenced by the Turkish market in some of its food and stands, but generally this flea market has a lot more diversity. Besides the classic flea market stands with second hand goods, visitors can find handmade jewelry, leather goods, soaps and lotions and a lot more. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here walking through the stands, grabbing a bite to eat and having a beer or a German Glühwein. Moreover, anyone can sell their own stuff at the flea market. Just visit their website and register.
Loftus Hall opened in 2010 and is a club focused on house and electro towards the end of Maybachufer. A walk to the club from Schönleinstraße takes a while but is worth the effort. Loftus Hall is still relatively undiscovered; the line is not as long as in Watergate or Berghain, the inside is not full of tourists and you can experience a night with great music and an easy and open crowd. If that’s not enough people can go to Bertrams, a club in the basement of the building. Different style of electronic music and the typical Berlin basement charm are waiting for the crowd.
The long-established Ankerklause right at the corner of Kottbusser Damm and Maybachufer is a must-visit. People can sit right at the canal or in front of the restaurant and observe the hustle of the markets at Maybachufer. From breakfast over lunch and cocktails, Anklerklause serves anything you could want. Even Quentin Tarantino has celebrated here during the filming of Inglorious Basterds.
There is a lot more to the Maybachufer than its several markets. Its natural beauty alone makes it worth a visit. It’s lovely to wander close to the water, and especially in summer, people sit by the canal and enjoy the sun with a blanket, a beer, snacks and maybe some music. There are even people with pedal boats, kayaks or inflatable boats on the canal itself. If the weather isn’t that great, you can still take a stroll by the water and stop in one of the many restaurants and cafés at both sides of the canal.
Maybachufer, Berlin, Germany
By Pia Zimmermeyer