One of the great things about living in Berlin is that there is always something great going on. But many of events and really special places you might never hear about because they are very “underground” and get their popularity because of word of mouth advertising. During our fourteen months in Berlin, not only did we find a bunch of restaurants we loved in Schöneberg, but we also had the opportunity to visit a lot of really cool places that are a bit more off the beaten path. And now I’m glad I get the chance to share then with all of you who might visit Berlin one day soon yourselves!
- The Fish Bowl comedy club – Organized by the funniest Scotsman in Berlin, Neil Numb, this weekly comedy club night is not to be missed. Some of Berlin’s funniest people grace the stage to entertain you for the evening — and I have rarely laughed harder than during the witty comedy of people like Stefan Danziger and Caroline Clifford. Held every week on Thursdays.
- Bite Club — I wasn’t able to personally make it to this event myself, but it is the new up-and-coming foodie get together in Berlin. Some of the best food trucks and food stands from around Berlin gather around in one of Berlin’s coolest locations so that you can sample their delicious specialties, hang out and party into the evening. “Marrying the party vibes of a Brooklyn food fair with all the excitement of an Asian night market – thus Bite Club was born!” Held every two weeks on Friday evenings.
- Festin Berlin — One of several supper clubs in Berlin, you may have heard me talking about Festin before. A friend of mine runs this supper club here in Berlin, which is a bit of an underground restaurant. Stefan and I had the pleasure of guest hosting it several months back which we thoroughly enjoyed. Supper clubs across the globe are a fantastic way to get to know some of the locals, enjoy some delicious food and enjoy a very special evening in the company of like-minded foodies.
- Berliner Unterwelten — If you are a fan of history in Berlin and want to do something a bit out of the ordinary, be sure to find your way to the U-bahn station “Gesundbrunnen” and head down below it with the Berliner Unterwelten tour guides. We recently took Tour 1 (offered in German and English) which gives you a great insight into the bunkers of Berlin, the life of Berliners during and after the bombings of the city and a few ways that the world has benefited from undergound development over the years. Things like subway systems and beer factories close off the tour to lighten the mood after you’ve spent the last hour or so in the bunker.
- Kim Chi Princess — Before moving to Berlin, I had never tried Korean BBQ. But once I had, I could never go back. This unique restaurant allows you to sample some delicious typical Korean food or you can have BBQ at your table (don’t worry, they’ll help you to make sure that you don’t undercook or overcook your food) with all the sides you can handle…and top it off with a wheat beer for the perfect complement. Especially if you’ve just finished running a marathon…
- Berlin Homemade Icecream — Not your typical ice cream shop, this somewhat strange place near Schöneberg’s Kleistpark is totally real and natural — and so very Berlin. You won’t find colored spoons, “Schlumpfeis” (blue Smurf ice cream that has bubble gum flavor) or any frills — but you will find some delicious and creative ice cream flavors that are well worth trying. When we visited, they had flavors like roasted almonds (like you find all over Germany at Christmas time) and chocolate brownie walnut, which were both delicious
- Erich Hamann Chocolates — Serving some of the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted, this small, independent chocolate shop in Wilmersdorf is a must visit. After receiving a box of this delicious bark from a friend, I have had a craving for their wonderful milk chocolate ever since.
- Cassonade — If you are craving fresh waffles or homemade crepes, or even just a great cup of coffee, look no further than Cassonade. It’s tiny and tucked away inn Kreuzberg, but if you find yourself in the neighborhood it is well worth a visit. The pizza place across the street is also fantastic!!
Do you have a favorite place that is off the beaten path in Berlin? Will you share it with us??