Exploring Berlin’s Neighbourhoods: Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg, Shakespeare and Sons
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Once a run-down, working-class district, Prenzlauer Berg has transformed rapidly to become one of Berlin’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The effects of gentrification are perhaps most apparent in Prenzlauer Berg than in any other district with many stroller-pushing, young families now inhabiting the neighbourhood. It’s here that you’ll find a hip mix of designer boutiques, organic cafes and beautiful architecture. Read on for the WOW pick of the best things to eat, see and do in Prenzlauer Berg.

Berlin Neighbourhood Guide: Prenzlauer Berg

Where: North Berlin

Popular U-Bahn station: Eberswalder Straße (U2)

Prenzlauer Berg, Eberswalder Strasse



Anna Blume: A long brunch at delightful Anna Blume under the leafy trees is a favourite on the weekend. This place is popular, so be prepared to wait for a table. Their multi-tiered breakfast filled with cheeses, cold meats, fruits and jams is their speciality.

Location: Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435

Price: three-tiered breakfast for two: €22.50

Shakespeare and SonsIs there a more perfect way to enjoy a fresh, filled bagel than paired with leisurely book browsing? Shakespeare and Sons is a delightful little bookshop that also serves great coffee and delicious, fresh bagels. The ‘everything’ bagel with cream cheese and red onion chutney is my favourite!

Location: Raumerstraße 36, 10437 (there is also a second Shakespeare and Sons in Friedrichshain)

Price: cream cheese bagel: €2.80

Prenzlauer Berg, Shakespeare and Sons

Shakespeare and Sons

For a full list of the best places to go for brunch in Berlin, read the WOW Berlin Brunch Guide.


Bonanza Coffee RoastersYou can’t visit Berlin without a stop at the city’s best café can you? Bonanza Coffee Roasters, located just near Mauerpark, is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. It’s here that you’ll find the best flat white in the city, hands down.

Location: Oderberger Straße 35, 10435

GodshotThis cafe is quiet, cosy and relaxed and you’re guaranteed to linger over the great coffee and comfy couches.

Location: Immanuelkirchstraße 32, 10405

Hermann EickeThe beautiful interior of Hermann Eicke is almost reason enough to visit this darling little cafe and combined with quality coffee, smiling staff and yummy little treats, you’re guaranteed to fall in love when you step through the door!

Location: Brunnenstraße 45, 10115

Prenzlauer Berg, Bonanza Coffee Roasters

Bonanza Coffee Roasters

For a full list of where to find Berlin’s best coffee, read the WOW Berlin Coffee Guide.

Lunch / Dinner

W-Der ImbissThis funky little place is all about healthy, delicious home-cooked Indian food. Most items on the menu are vegetarian, but they also serve the most delicious tandoori salmon in the city! The heart of their fare is their authentic Naan bread, made in their tandoor. Be sure to order the warm salad with salmon or the fish tacos.

Location: Kastainienallee 49, 10119

Price: Warm salad with tandoori salmon: €13

Bao BurgerEven though this is a new restaurant, Bao Burgers have been famous in Berlin for a while. Operating out of a street food truck at a number of street food markets across the city, these delicious Asian-style burgers quickly gained a cult following. Now you can get them every day of the week at their new, permanent restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg. The Original Bao Burger in a steamed bun with pork belly, carrot, coriander, nuts and a sticky sweet sauce is my favourite. The sweet potato fries are pretty amazing here too!

Location: Kollwitzstraße 84, 10435

Price: The Original Bao Burger: €6.70 

The Wok ShowLocated in the very north of Prenzlauer Berg on the border with Pankow, a meal at The Wok Show is every bit worth the trip. Not many tourists make it this far, but if you do, you’ll be dreaming of dumplings for the rest of your trip! This authentic Chinese eatery specialises in dumplings and they come in two sizes only: plates of 20 or 40. Various fillings are possible and you can order them steamed or fried.

Location: Greifenhagener Straße 31, 10437

Price: 20 fried dumplings with pork and cabbage: €7.50

OmoniOmoni has acquired quite the reputation of being labelled as one of the best sushi restaurants in Berlin. Tucked away in northern Prenzlauer Berg, this tiny place has a loyal, local following, with a spare table difficult to claim without a reservation. Order a sushi plate to sample some of the freshest fish in Berlin.

Location: Kopenhagener Straße 14, 10437

Price: sushi plate for two: €22.90

The BirdThis New-York style burger joint in an institution in Berlin. This place is packed to the rafters every night of the week and for good reason: their burgers are the most famous in the city.

Location: Am Falkplatz 5, 10437

Price: ‘The Jack’ burger with blue cheese sauce: €11.50

ChutnifyIf you feel like Indian food, head to Chutnify, one of the city’s very few good Indian restaurants. The speciality here is southern Indian cuisine and, in particular, dosas. The food is spicy and authentic and there are lots of vegan options on the menu too.

Location: Sredzkistraße 43, 10435

Price: Goan Pork Dosa: €8.50

The StandardIf you’re looking for authentic, woodfired pizza in Berlin, look no further than The Standard. All the pizzas here are excellent but one of my favourites is the Taste of Brandenburg (Bianca) pizza with potato slices, fior di latte and fresh wild boar sausage.

Location: Templiner Straße 7, 10119

Price: Taste of Brandenburg (Bianca) pizza: €11.50

Salt n BoneOnly recently opened, this new restaurant has already gained great publicity for serving hearty pub classics with an international twist. There’s also an excellent selection of craft beer to complement the food.

Location: Schliemannstraße 31, 10437

Price: half rack of spare ribs: €10

Prenzlauer Berg, W-Der Imbiss

W-Der Imbiss


PraterNo visit to Berlin would be complete without a cold glass of beer from Berlin’s oldest and most famous beer garden. This place is an institution. There’s not much better than a beer and bratwurst in the leafy Biergarten in the summertime!

Location: Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435

Weinerei: This institution actually encompasses three different wine bars in Berlin, all of which operate on an honour system. For the price of 2 Euros, you rent yourself a glass and are free to sample as many wines as you like. At the end of the night, you pay as much as you think your wines were worth. I just love the trusting nature of this place. There aren’t too many places like this around anymore.

Locations: ‘Fra-Rosa’, Zionskirchstraße 40, ‘Perlin’ Griebenowstrasse 5, ‘Forum’, Fehrbelliner Straße 57, 10119

La Käsereithere is so much to love about La Käserie, a tiny French cheese and wine bar. Order the cheese board for two with matching wines and you’ll be transported away to France instantly.

Location: Lychener Straße 6, 10437

The JuiceryFor organic, superfood smoothies and juices in this neighbourhood, stop in at The Juicery, located right near Mauerpark. My pick is always the blueberry and kale superfood smoothie with chia seeds, madagascar vanilla, almond milk, dates and avocado. Heavenly!

Location: Eberswalder Straße 2, 10437

Prenzlauer Berg, Prater



MauerparkNo visit to Berlin is complete without spending a Sunday afternoon at Mauerpark. Forged out of the ‘death strip’ that divided East and West Berlin during the Cold War, it becomes a hive of activity on Sundays. This is a great place to hang out and watch the open-air karaoke or search for treasures in the flea market.

Location: Gleimstraße 55, 10437 

Jüdischer Friedhof (Jewish cemetery)established in 1827, the Jüdischer Friedhof is a pretty and peaceful place that serves as the final resting place for many well-known Jewish people including the artist Max Liebermann. Men must cover their heads upon entry.

Location: Schoönhauser Allee 22, 10435

Synagogue RykestraßeOpened in 1904, this important Synagogue originally provided education for Jewish children and youth. After suffering damage during the infamous Nazi Kristallnacht, it has been rebuilt to reflect its former beauty.

Location: Rykestraße 53, 10405

KulturbrauereiThis converted, 19th century red-brick brewery complex has been transformed into a cultural hub filled with restaurants, bars, a cinema and galleries.

Location: Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435

Berlin Wall MemorialTo get a sense of the history of this region, visit the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße. The original fortifications that historically split east and west Berlin have been preserved along 1.4 kilometres of the former border strip and is now an open-air exhibition.

Location: Bernauer Straße 111, 13355

HusemannstraßeThis little street near Danzinger Straße was built during the Socialist era with the intention of it becoming a museum to Old Berlin. The historic architecture and original street signs remain from the last century.

Location: Husemannstraße, 10435

KastanienalleeLined with hip fashion stores, record shops and restaurants, there’s a reason that Kastanienallee has the reputation for being one of Berlin’s hippest streets. It has even earned the nickname of ‘Casting Allee’, a place to see and be seen!

Location: Kastanienallee, 10435

ZionskirchplatzIt would be a shame to miss this gorgeous church during a wander through Prenzlauer Berg. Constructed during the 1860s, its striking architecture makes it a must-see in this neighbourhood. Climb the tower for a clear view over the neighbourhood.

Location: Griebenowstraße 19, 10119

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial

What are your favourite place to eat, drink and see in Prenzlauer Berg? Share them in the comments below!

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    July 29, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Sitting here in our friends apartment in Prenzlauer Berg as we house sit for them whilst they’re on holiday, I’d have to agree that it’s one of the best areas in Berlin.

    One place that should certainly be on your list is Kontor Eismanufaktur, a great vegan ice cream place.

    Franca and I had a scoop of Black Sesame ice cream and it was DELICIOUS.

    The Common Wanderer
    July 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    This post is awesome! The perfect insight into a wonderful city! We can’t wait to get back here!!

    July 27, 2015 at 5:23 am

    great post 🙂

    July 24, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Prenzlauerberg is one of my favorite places in Berlin. Ali Baba has some of the best doeners in all of Berlin!

    A Life Passport
    July 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Can’t wait to get to Berlin! Thanks for the coffee recommendations – good coffee is imperative 🙂

    July 22, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    thank you for these, wrote down a few to go to when i get the chance of visiting berlin again!

    July 22, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Wish I had this guide the last time I was in Berlin! Though I visited Mauer’s rummage sale I would have loved to frequent some of these restaurants and cafes. Choosing culinary establishments is always the hardest for me aha! Sometimes there are way too many options!

    Eunice Musuamba
    July 22, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I visited Berlin for 2 weeks and I did not see what you mentionned. I have to go back now

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    July 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I love this Berlin series! I always look forward to your next post xx

    July 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I’m thinking of going to Berlin in September and now this post has inspired me! x

    July 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    All of your posts make me want to keep coming back to Berlin! I love your guides to different neighbourhoods that as a tourist you wouldn’t think to really go to xx

    July 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I absolutely love Berlin! It’s one of my favortie cities in Europe

    Rachel Mendoza
    July 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I was lucky enough to travel to Berlin in June and I miss it so much! I’ve been reading your posts to fulfill the hole in my heart Berlin left. I can’t wait to go back someday! Traveling there actually inspired me to start my own blog.

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    July 21, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I miss Berlin so much.That Shakespeare and Sons bookshop looks so wonderful! I’m going to visit Berlin for a week next year and I’ll make sure to try to see and eat at some of these places!!