For some time, I've been itching to explore the city of Berlin. Its thriving streetwear culture, the art, the people. I wanted to witness it for myself - and I'm so glad I did. Walking through the city, it's almost reminiscent of New York, but with a calm aura. It's like the New York City we all miss; residential building walls and alleyways are filled with graffiti, a multitude of art stores and coffee shops are seen throughout the city, and basement parties still exist. Though my time was limited in the city, the sightings and experience left a good impression upon me, assuring my return. We compiled a list of places to visit to make the most out of your 24-hour Berlin trip. Check out the list below.
Breakfast: Cafe Krone | Oderberger Str. 38, 10435 Berlin
Located just a few minutes away from the Berlin Wall Memorial lies this gem. Enjoy a cup of hot apple cider at Cafe Krone, along with a side of fluffy, golden pancakes indoors or outdoors, if the weather permits it. It's a great way to start your day. Another must visit coffee shop is Cafe Ostfee.
After fueling up for the day, it's time to explore some of the historic parts of the city. Right off the Ostbahnhof train stop is the East Side Gallery, which is home to the famous Berlin Wall Memorial. A little further up in the Mitte borough lies the beautiful Berlin Cathedral, as well as the Reichstag and Holocaust Memorial.
Shopping: Kicks Torstraße, Torstraße 86, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Known for being one of the leading online retailers for all things streetwear, Kickz is a must when you're in town. The street fashion store carries all of your favorite brands, from Obey to adidas Originals. Along the same road, you'll come across Soto, a men's concept store filled with quality merchandise if you're ever interested in getting something for your significant other. Other stores I recommend are: Wood Wood, VOO Store, and Weekday.
Lunch: YamYam, Alte Schönhauser Str. 6, 10119 Berlin
It's lunch time! Berlin is rich in culture, and the food scene is one of the reasons why. YamYam is home to some of the best Korean you'll ever have. Serving traditional Korean dishes, you'll definitely get a lot of bang for your buck.
Art: Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Sitting right outside of the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, is this giant statue of the bad gal we all love and adore, Rihanna. Nearly two stories high, Colombian artist Juan Sebastián Peláez recreated one of Riri's most popular paparazzi beach shots. If you recall, Riri paid a visit to the statue earlier this year after a performance in the city & took a snap posing as the statue. It's a sight to see.
Dinner: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg
After spending the day gazing at art and shopping, stop by the Markthalle Neun, Berlin's prime farmer's market. The market, located in Kreuzberg, regularly holds street food events with food vendors from all over the world. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to try various types of foods, this is the place. Amazing beer, great food, and overall pleasant ambience. Also, try Cocolo Ramen.
Nightlife: St. Georg, Ritterstraße 26 10969 Berlin
Ready to see what Berlin's nightlife is like? You're in for a treat. Its diverse culture is seen in all realms, particularly in the city's nightlife. A nice little spot that requires you to walk down a few flight of stairs will ensure a good time. St. Georg hosts some of the city's most notable DJs who play the best sounds, including Soulection archives, 90s R&B/HiP-Hop jams, and more. I also recommend checking out Klunkerkranich, Prince Charles if you have time.
There's so much this city has to offer and it surely doesn't disappoint. And with a wonderful balance of culture and family life - what more could you ask for? Danke for reading this guide. Guten Tag!