Neukölln is what travel articles often euphemistically refer to as “gritty.” Kreuzberg’s even trendier neighbor to the south, this neighborhood is indeed a bit rough around the edges, but works it well. A young demographic, bars galore, and a diverse migrant community keep things lively around here.
HILDA HOY shares a few of the places that make Neukölln, one of Berlin’s many neighborhoods, a great place for World of Coffee attendees to explore this June.
La Pecora Nera | Herrfurthplatz 6
After an obligatory visit to Tempelhofer Feld – a former airport transformed into a massive park – head to this nearby Venetian restaurant for aperitivo hour. A couple of Aperol Spritzes is sure to lead to a long and delicious evening feasting on Northern Italian delights like cheesy grilled polenta and chewy, homemade bigoli noodles topped with duck ragù.
Photos courtesy of La Pecora Nera.
Coda | Friedelstr. 47
Challenge your taste buds with pâtissier René Frank’s bold foray into the new culinary territory of “dessert dining.” Each intricately crafted and beautifully plated dish is a harmony of sweet, salty, bitter, or umami components that dance on the tongue, and comes perfectly paired with a complementary cocktail. The resulting magic has not gone unrecognized: Coda was graced with a Michelin Star earlier this year.
Dishes at Coda. Photos: Chris Abatzis.
Körnerpark | Schierker Str. 8
Ringed on all sides by featureless apartment blocks, this beautiful, practically regal park is one of Neukölln’s best-kept secrets. What was once a gravel pit was transformed in 1912 into a sunken garden featuring manicured flowerbeds, trickling fountains, and a gallery in the former orangery that hosts exhibitions and weekly concerts through the summer.
Tier | Weserstr. 42
There are more bars along Weserstrasse than any reasonable person could visit in one go, but you’d do well to start at this one. Great cocktails, suitably moody vibes, and an imperviousness to trend chasing make Tier an old patriarch of sorts of the local scene.
Urban Industrial | Hasenheide 13
Hidden away in a former ballroom and cabaret theater just off Hermannplatz, Urban Industrial specializes in objects from design eras past, such as original Bauhaus chairs and post-industrial relics. Even if you’ve got no way to lug home an old factory clock or Art Deco chandelier, it’s worth a visit to gawk alone.
Café Botanico | Richardstr. 100
Farm-to-table cuisine, urban style. At Café Botanico, the entire courtyard of an apartment building has been transformed into a lush permaculture garden with a bounty of vegetables and rare herbs, harvested daily for the salads, pastas, risottos, and daily specials served inside. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
Wolf Kino | Weserstr. 59
The small, independent cinema scene is alive and flourishing in Berlin, and Wolf is one of the best. Café, bar, and neighborhood theater in one, it’s a welcoming spot to have a drink on the trendy Weserstrasse strip before catching something off the program of indie films from across Europe and around the world.
Neukölln is approximately 25-50 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively.
World of Coffee Berlin will take place June 6-8, 2019.