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Wir sind Berliners! It’s a big city with a wonderful, relaxed vibe and a million things to do. Where to find the city’s best hidden gems? Sit back, relax and let us do the scouting.

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HOLIDAY

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MERRY MARKTHALLE

Our favorite weekly market at Markthalle Neun becomes the Christmas market for foodies every Friday and Saturday, all Advent long! Go for panettone, cheese fondue, natural wines and handmade sausages in addition to handcrafted products from all over the world. You’ll get some inspiration about sustainable eating, arranging, furnishing and decorating.

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WEIHNACHTSRODEO

On five floors and over 3500 square metres, the indoor design market with over 200 exhibitors from the fields of design, fashion, streetfood, jewellery and art present their creative and high-quality products at Kühlhaus. It’s the perfect spot for those who want to escape the bustle of shopping in large malls and are looking for unique gifts. There will also be a wide range of creative DIY workshops offered by The Makery, a Christmas chill-out oasis, music and much more.

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ONE WARM WINTER WITH KIEZMARKE

The organization One Warm Winter wants to raise awareness for a conscious approach to the homeless. In the course of this, the so-called Kiezmarke was introduced. With this token, which you can buy in one of the participating shops and then pass onto a person in need, one can buy food, a haircut or clothes. The association also accepts donations in cash. And if you see someone on the street who looks like he could use help, talk to him or her and call the cold bus if necessary: +49 (0) 178 523 583 8

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ARTS & CULTURE

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PERGAMONMUSEUM

This majestic archeology museum is one of the most visited in Berlin and for a good reason. This huge building houses some awe-inspiring, impressive collections. You can even sit on the stairs of an ancient Roman structure inside the museum.

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CO / GALLERY

CO / Gallery is an exhibition center for photography and visual media. You will find the perfect mix of works by internationally renowned artists and emerging talent.

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MARTIN GROPIUS BAU

The Gropius Bau is one of Europe’s most-important exhibition venues. With its acclaimed contemporary and archaeological exhibitions, it has consistently opened up new realms of experience and reconfirmed its international reputation. We recommend that you stay up-to-date with the changing exhibitions.

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HELMUT NEWTON FOUNDATION

Named after the prolific Berlin-born photographer, this photography gallery hosts work by the world’s greatest photographers, both past and present. The foundation was established by Newton himself for the promotion, preservation and presentation of his and his wife’s work. It’s close Max Brown Ku’Damm, so it’s a nice post-breakfast spot.

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HAMBURGER BAHNHOF

If you’re a sucker for old buildings with a modern twist, Hamburger Bahnhof is a must-see. This former railway station, built in 1946 by Freudrich Neuhaus, now houses modern art from the ‘60s to present day.

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DDR MUSEUM

Finally, a museum that encourages you to touch everything! But it’s for an important history lesson. Step into history at this interactive museum and feel what life was like in former East Berlin under the Stasi’s hawk eyes. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the city’s not-so-distant past.

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BERLIN ON A DIME

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PAOLO PINKEL

Three kitchens, one bar and a 100% Berlin experience in the Neukolln area. Their three separate kitchens serve Northern Chinese, Cypriot and Peruvian food, and their drinks always hit the spot. (And if you’re wondering about the name, Paolo Pinkel was the pseudonym of a famous Jewish politician who got caught up in a scandal.)

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SON KITCHEN

A cute neighbourhood streetfood gem on Kantstraße, only a short walk away from the hotel. The small snack bar in the middle of Kantstraße sells a wide range of Korean cuisine to go, from Korean tacos and burgers to the traditional Bibimbab.

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KONAK IZMIR KÖFTECISI

One Köfte sandwich to rule them all. Konak in Berlin Kreuzberg is the place to eat grilled Köfte and to experience a piece of Turkish culture. In our humble opinion, it’s simply one of the best fast food joints in the city.

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LON-MEN’S NOODLE HOUSE

Looking for some no-nonsense, cheap and delicious food? Go to Lon-Men’s. This Taiwanese noodle house is a local favorite, and you can’t go wrong here. It’s also close to Max Brown Ku’Damm, so after you eat, you can just roll back to your room.

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PICNIC ON TEMPELHOFER FELD

This isn’t just any field. It used to be an airport! Now people gather here to relax and picnic. The great atmosphere will keep you there until the sun sets. Truly basic at its best.

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THAI PARK

We cannot fully express our love for this market. It originated over 20 years ago when Berlin’s Thai community would come together in the tiny Preußenpark on the weekends to enjoy Thai cuisine and celebrate their culture. Today it’s an extremely popular weekend food market where you can find a delicious, authentic Thai meal for cheap.

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BERLIN’S INDULGENCES

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BENEDICT

Ever feel like having breakfast for dinner? Us, too. At Benedict the door is always open for breakfast, and by always, we mean always. The restaurant serves pancakes, omelettes, french toast and everything else you can dream of 24/7. And even better, it’s attached to Max Brown.

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BRAMMIBAL’S DONUTS

For breakfast? Donuts that happen to be vegan. If you’re a sweet tooth and don’t mind the occasional sugar bomb in the morning, Brammibal’s will rock your world. They have two locations in Berlin, which doubles your chance on being close to one.

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LIQUIDROM

Imagine yourself floating peacefully in salty water with nothing on your mind except… the underwater techno-music playing. If you’re up for a sneak peek into the future of spas, this former WWII train station will take you there. Make sure to check the schedule to see which DJ is playing.

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CONSCIOUS BERLIN

Tribeca Vegan Ice Cream Bar

One of the new plant based hotspots of Berlin offers superfood-charged ice-cream, located in one of the most picturesque hoods of Berlin. How about a trip to Prenzlauer Berg for a scoop or three?

TEUFELSBERG

Get a unique, budget-friendly tour through history. This 80-meter-tall hill was made from the rubble of Berlin’s destroyed buildings during World War II. After the war, the US set up a spy-station there, and for a good reason—it has an incredible view of the city. The station has been abandoned for years, and for a small fee you can tour the creepy facilities.

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+84 VIETNAMESE VEGAN KITCHEN

This vegan restaurant took our love for Vietnamese cuisine to a new level. +84 has two locations right next to each other, and one is vegan and one is not. If you accidentally go to the non-vegan one, we won’t tell anyone.

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FANCY BERLIN

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PARIS BAR

Step into Paris Bar and travel back in time to Paris in the 1960s. Here you’ll have a non-pretentious, classic French dining experience. Everything from the escargots to ambiance—c’est manifique!

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RYOTEI 893

Hidden behind a graffitied storefront on Kanstraße, you’ll find the best Japanese food and some of the tastiest cocktails in town. The contrast between the incredible food and the graffitied windows makes dining here an unforgettable experience.

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NEWTON BAR

If you feel like being part of Helmet Newton’s entourage for one night, get a drink at Newton Bar. As you can tell by the name, the bar is a homage to the famous photographer, with life-size prints of Newton’s naked models, heavy and red leather seats and an ever so impressive crowd.

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