part one of a brief tour of berlin that generally avoids main attractions, but instead focuses on easily overlooked gems and sentimental favorites.
"early bird gets the worm!" at this exquisite oasis made even more charming by a separate farmer's market. good cafés around the peaceful square as well.
Vegetarian / Vegan
the ultimate pop-up vegetarian restaurant, perhaps? banks, markets, warehouses have been past locales. after dinner, the space sometimes converts into a club.
another one of those summertime gems, an outdoor hang-out by weeping willows along the canal - used to attract artsy, designy types. hopefully, it still does.
on the banks of the landwehr canal, a community of artists, misfits & squatters. lively, feisty, like copenhagen's christiania, despite efforts to shut it down.
last time i was in berlin, treptow was on the verge of being an "it" neighborhood. i visited the nearby park, filled with soviet-era monuments. eerie artifacts.
you can ride your bike on the runways of berlin's retired airport. for those of us who have to "settle" for the high line in NYC, this one emerges victorious.