Meet the Neighbors: Prenzlauer Berg & Friedrichshain

As neighbors themselves, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain couldn’t be more different!

HILDA HOY shares a few of the places that make Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, two of Berlin’s many neighborhoods, a great place for World of Coffee attendees to explore this June.

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Once home to East Berlin’s punk scene, Prenzlauer Berg has completely transformed itself into a comfortably yuppie neighborhood of cafés and markets, boutiques and baby strollers.

Arkonaplatz Flea Market
While the massive flea market at nearby Mauerpark gets the most attention, this smaller, more selective, and generally higher-quality market is the better destination for collectors, antiques lovers, and serious bargain hunters. Held every Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM, with the best bargains to be found early in the morning.

Photo: aegranda (flickr).

Photo: aegranda (flickr).

KOKIO | Hagenauer Str. 9
Koreans take their fried chicken so seriously there’s even a Korean word – chimaek – for the essential pairing of golden-hot chicken with cold, refreshing beer. This fun and youthful spot does chimaek the proper way, with perfectly crisp chicken in radioactive chili glaze, Korean Hite beer, and shots of shoju to sweeten the evening.

Photo: Hilda Hoy.

Photo: Hilda Hoy.

VEB Orange | Oderbergerstr. 29
From polyester outfits to pleather chairs, crockery, collectibles, and fabulous lamps, this shop is so crammed with everyday objects from East German life, it feels like a time capsule of an era and country from the not-so-distant past.


Sasaya | Lychener Str. 50
A local classic that has long hung onto its reputation as one of Berlin’s very best Japanese restaurants. Great sushi and set meals, if you’re lucky enough to snag a table.  



A neighborhood with a bit of a split personality: Some blocks are a hotbed of anti-establishmentarianism and squat houses; others are lined with trendy eateries and EasyJetsetters.


Hako Ramen | Boxhagener Str. 26
The ramen craze has well and truly conquered Berlin, but this snug spot surpasses all the competition. The magic is all in the rich, deeply flavored broth, a number of which are even vegan-friendly. Get the tonkotsu!

Photo: Hilda Hoy.

Photo: Hilda Hoy.

 Hops & Barley | Wühlischstr. 22-23
A down-to-earth local that draws beer lovers from near and far. Both microbrewery and bar, Hops & Barley features its own brews on tap – including a hoppy house pilsner, a malty-sweet dark beer, and a fruity wheat beer – plus some rotating special brews. All are served unfiltered for that full-bodied microbrew taste experience. 


Holzmarkt | Holzmarktstr. 19-30

This ramshackle village on the banks of the Spree River is a complex of buildings and spaces all dedicated to the vision of a free-spirited and creative Berlin. There are the Kater Blau and Säälchen clubs, which throw parties every weekend and host events like concerts and film screenings; the Katerschmaus restaurant; and the Pampa beach bar, the perfect spot to catch the sunset on a balmy summer evening.

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Prenzlauer Berg is approximately 30-45 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively. Friedrichshain is a little further - about 35-55 minutes away.

World of Coffee Berlin will take place June 6-8, 2019.