The longtime heart of Berlin’s Turkish community and counterculture scene has long since been “discovered” - for better or worse - but that doesn’t mean it’s lost its uniquely cool edge. There’s always something to see and do in Kreuzberg.
HILDA HOY shares a few of the places that make Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s neighborhoods, a great place for World of Coffee attendees to explore this June.
Fes | Hasenheide 58
A modern Turkish ocakbasi (grill restaurant) with a fun twist: Gas grills at every table let you sear and sizzle your own dinner, DIY-style. Accompanying the meaty main act is a colorful array of meze dips, side dishes, salads, and plenty of Turkish raki liquor, of course.
Markthalle Neun | Eisenbahnstr. 42/43
The historic market hall at the center of Kreuzberg’s recent foodie revival, Markthalle Neun has something to sate every stomach. Stuff yourself on everything from ceviche to okonomiyaki at the weekly Street Food Thursday event, or come any other day of the week to browse the market’s permanent and semi-permanent market vendors, bakers, delis, and cheesemongers.
Museum der Dinge | Oranienstr. 25
This Museum of Things has many, many things in its delightfully quirky collection. A treasure trove of thousands of objects both retro and contemporary, from shaving brushes to soap dishes to sex toys, the museum explores what the objects we use say about who we are.
Voo | Oranienstr. 24
Secreted away in a back courtyard, this spacious shop stocks an impeccably curated mix of low-key-cool brands for both ladies and gents, ranging from bigger brands like A.P.C. and Acne to niche, cult labels. Just the thing to blend in among the hippest kids in town!
Lode & Stijn | Lausitzer Str. 25
Casual fine dining at its very best, starring pared-down yet refined cuisine made from only the freshest produce of the moment. Lode & Stijn keeps things simple, offering just one prix-fixe menu a night. Vegetarians, make sure to request a meat-free meal in advance.
Lode & Stijn. Photos: Sam Harris.
Fahimi | Upstairs, Skalitzer Str. 133
Suitably dark and moody in atmosphere, Fahimi puts you smack dab at the center of Kreuzberg’s nightlife. Keep an eye on the all-night-long comings and goings of Kottbusser Tor, Kreuzberg’s most manic hub, from the wide windows of this cocktail bar, at eye level with the elevated U1 trains.
St. Agnes | Alexandrinenstr. 118–121
A starkly Brutalist church transformed into a high-caliber art gallery, with soaring architecture that only serves to highlight the works on display. Two new shows open on the evening of June 7, featuring American artist Kathryn Andrews and the Berlin-based Anselm Reyle.
Kadó | Graefestr. 20
Those who hate black licorice truly detest it, but those who love it, do so with undying passion. For them, there’s Kado, a quaint, old-fashioned shop where a cornucopia of the dark stuff – from salty to sweet and Icelandic to Italian – is sold by weight in paper cones.
Kreuzberg is approximately 25-45 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively.
World of Coffee Berlin will take place June 6-8, 2019.