Meet the Neighbors: Schoneberg

The heart of rollicking, transgressive nightlife during the 1920s is not quite as swinging as it was a century ago. But this pleasant, leafy district is still home to Berlin’s most established LGBT community, with plenty of inviting streets for browsing.

HILDA HOY shares a few of the places that make Schöneberg, one of Berlin’s many neighborhoods, a great place for World of Coffee attendees to explore this June.

Winterfeldtplatz Market

Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, this nondescript square comes alive with one of the liveliest, most bountiful markets in the city. There’s plenty of locally grown produce, though it’s worth coming simply to eat. Save room for organic sausages hot off the grill, freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, and delectable chargrilled trout.

Winterfeldtplatz grilled fish under license CC BY 2.0 via Flickr user Alper Cugun.jpg

 Photo: Alper Cugun.

Sardinen Bar | Grunewaldstr. 79 

Can canned food be a culinary delicacy? Bien sûr! This cozy wine bar stocks a vast variety of delicious, premium sardines (and other seafood) from France, Portugal, and beyond, serving them with the perfect accompaniment of baguette, cheese, and fine wines.

 A stack of tins( trotz98 (flickr)) and an open can of sardines (Andrew Malone).

Mimi | Goltzstr. 5

So much more than a mere vintage clothing store, Mimi is practically a museum, housing a treasure trove of original fashions dating from 1850-1950. Should you need a flapper frock or a dashing vintage tux for a special night out, Mimi offers rentals too.


JONES Ice Cream | Goltzstr. 3
Berliners take their ice cream very seriously, and this French-run shop is easily one of the very best. Buttery, homemade cones fresh off the waffle iron are a special touch. Must-tries amongst the rotating cast of luscious flavors – made right on site – are salted caramel and peanut butter and jam.

 Photos courtesy of JONES Ice Cream.

Renger-Patzsch | Wartburgstr. 54 

A down-to-earth neighborhood local with a touch of cool elegance, Renger-Patzsch is a great spot to try home-style German cuisine as well as domestic wines. The menu is always seasonal and always solid.


Isherwood’s Neighborhood Tour

The swinging 1920s heyday of Nollendorfplatz comes to life during this walking tour, led by amateur historian and Weimar Era fanatic Brendan Nash. See where Christopher Isherwood and his contemporaries drank, danced, and got up to mischief, and discover some fascinating details about queer life during that momentous era. Tours every Saturday morning and by special arrangement.    

Isherwood House. Photo by las photographs (flickr).

Isherwood House. Photo by las photographs (flickr).

Mitte is approximately 15-35 minutes away from Messe Berlin by car or public transport, respectively.

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