Choosing your neighbourhood is a big decision in any city, so it goes without saying that it’s important you do your research before moving. Luckily for everyone moving to Berlin, there’s no shortage of great options. One of those great options is Bergmannkiez. If you’re an art enthusiast, a coffee-connoisseur or just love eating out, read on, Bergmannkiez could be the perfect place for you!
Food and drink
Chapter One (coffee shop)
This is more than your average trendy coffee shop – they really take their coffee seriously. Whether you’re already a connoisseur or more of a beginner, the two coffee experts who run Chapter One will use their years of experience to help find the best coffee for you.
They stock the best coffee from all over the world, so you’re sure to find one you’ll love. On top of the coffee experts and plentiful choices, as you’d expect from a hip coffee shop, it’s the perfect place to sit with a book or catch up with friends thanks to its cosy, stylish decor and classic coffee shop atmosphere.
This is a classic Italian restaurant, but with a twist. If you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta and wine, it’s the place to come. It also boasts a number of creative, more modern dishes, so you should also give it a try when you fancy something a bit different.
In addition to the classic Italian pizzas and creative, modern dishes, the staff really go out of their way to create a friendly, personable atmosphere and play great tunes on their vinyl. Definitely one to check out, you’ll come away full and happy!
Knofi (delicatessen shop & bistro)
Last up for the food and drink section is this truly unique delicatessen and bistro. Founded by the Celik family in 1986 as a typical Turkish grocery store, Knofi has reinvented itself on several occasions. In the mid-90s, Senay Celik took over the reins from her father and, as a vegetarian, banned all meat from the shop.
If you’re looking to impress visitors or just fancy treating yourself, it’s a great place to come to stock up your fridge with delicious pastes, cheese creams, Turkish salads and oriental snacks. You can also buy all types of gourmet ready-made meals to take away or, if you’re not in a hurry, eat in and soak up the buzzy atmosphere.
Rekorder (gallery and café)
Now onto the arty section. Half café, half gallery, the Rekorder was founded with the primary aim of representing and promoting the work of international contemporary artists. Their unique concept is simple – they only ever have one work of art on show per exhibition. The idea being to allow people to focus without distraction on that one piece. As an extra twist, different exhibitions are connected to one another and form a larger context. So, to fully appreciate the art on show, make sure you’re a regular visitor!
And if the contemporary art on its own isn’t enough for you, the lovely selection of French food and wine will make your return visits a genuine pleasure.
Our second arty recommendation takes us to the theatre. This one carries extra weight if you haven’t quite got round to learning German yet, as all the performances are in English! They put on shows all year round and some are series, so if you enjoy the experience it can quickly become a regular activity for you.
As a member of Berlin’s freie Szene, the independent performing arts community, each performance expertly brings the artists and the audience closer together by sparking conversations about Berlin and the wider world we live in. It’s a lively and active community to be a part of.
Our last section takes us to the shops. If you value a healthy lifestyle and like to know where your food really comes from, look no further than the Markthalle Neun. As an added bonus, the market is one of the few remaining historic market halls from the 19th century, making it well worth a visit for the building alone.
It’s a truly special place to have on your doorstep where you can do your weekly shop – you’ll find small independent traders selling their locally sourced fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, delicatessen, tea, coffee and much, much more. As well as being in a beautifully redesigned railway market, you’ll also find great street food and seating areas on offer. Doing the weekly shop in the Markthalle Neun really isn’t a chore at all!
Our next recommendation takes us to a very different kind of shop. This is a great little place to pay a visit when you’re on the hunt for a thoughtful gift for someone. It has a beautiful selection of wrapping paper, decorations, quirky little gifts, planners and much more. The shop is known for taking great care and testing everything they stock – and the result really shows! You’ll find products from everywhere – from big innovative companies to small indie designers.
If you’re looking for something special for a close friend or family member, or perhaps if you just fancy treating yourself to a nice gift, Schwesterherz is the place to go. Also, don’t forget to stop for a break in their in-house smoothie and coffee bar!
Last up on our list is for all the nostalgic souls out there. If you love listening to music the classic way – with vinyls – then this is very likely to be your favourite recommendation. This place is somewhat of a hidden paradise for vinyls. They have an enormous array of music on offer – that’s everything from latest releases to classics and limited editions.
Not surprisingly, the staff are also vinyl enthusiasts. They’ll be happily playing their favourite tunes for you in the background as you browse their extensive selection.
That brings our neighbourhood tour of Bergmannkiez to an end. If art, top-notch coffee, delicious food, a vibrant theatre scene, organic markets and more sound like your kind of scene, start searching for your perfect flatshare now on badi.com. If you’re not convinced and want to consider more neighbourhoods first, you can read our review of Tempelhof-Schöneberg or check out the Badi blog for more articles about living in Berlin.