Berlin: Friedrichshain & The COOLEST Bar in Europe

Berlin: Friedrichshain & The COOLEST Bar in Europe

Friedrichshain, Berlin
Berlin in 5 words: offbeat, alternative, young, unique and inspiring.
I didn’t know what to expect on our recent visit, but I was shocked by what we found. Germany’s capital isn’t the idyllic cross-timbered display so common elsewhere in country, it’s the opposite. Reminding me funky European version of Brooklyn, full of creatives and culture, the city is bursting with energy. One neighborhood in particular, Friedrichshain, had a unique, vibrant, street art-filled charm all it’s own. I loved it.
Friedrichshain, Berlin
Friedrichshain, Berlin
Friedrichshain, Berlin
After our 6 hour drive across the country we arrived hungry, or in Dan’s eyes, dying of starvation. Our Airbnb host recommended a burger joint not far from our apartment called BURGER AMT so we quickly trotted over. Immediately tugging at my heartstrings, sidewalk seating is absolutely everywhere in Friedrichshain. If there’s one thing I love, it’s eating al fresco. Filling a slight nip of the summer air, we opted for a table at the eclectically decorated interior. As this point it was nearly 9PM at the Friday evening scene was buzzing.
Burger AMT, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Burger AMT, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Burger AMT, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Burger AMT, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Diving into to our juicy burgers and generous American sized portions of fries, Stuart looked on from below. Dogs are welcomed absolutely everywhere in Germany, which we (especially the Fluffy thing) really appreciate. Although it’s fun to bring Stuart with us, the spilled food (fries in this case) littering floor of the the restaurant is far too enticing to keep him minding his manners. While I drizzled ketchup on each fry, I’m annoying I know, Dan was left to tug Stuart back to his den below our table.
Burger AMT, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Friedrichshain, Berlin
The next morning we got an early start for a full day of touring (recaps to come) while Stuart, the fry eating monster, kept watch over the courtyard below our Airbnb apartment. Thanks for your service, Fluff.
That evening we made our way former industrial area, now hip bar and restaurant strip, not far from our apartment. Street art, not to be confused with graffiti, is absolutely everywhere. We enjoyed the long stroll, admiring all the work these artists had poured into their designs all at the risk of being completely covered up within hours of completion.
Street Art, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Street Art, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Street Art, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Street Art, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Street Art, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Following another recommendation by our Airbnb host (and supported by Yelp reviews) we were led to what I would say is undoubtedly the coolest bar I’ve ever been to. (No, really.)
Cassiopeia is a bar that formerly was an old railway station that’s now been re-purposed, distinguished by a small sign directing down an alley we reluctantly ducked. Once inside, though everything is open-air, we were greeted by a huge rock climbing wall, spacious beer garden, multiple bars, a food stand and a DJ playing cool, chill, tunes. Apparently there is an indoor skate park on the premises too but I was too distracted to notice.
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
After making excessive comments about how much I loved the place, we grabbed drinks (wine shorle for me!) and a table. We ended up posting up there for a few hours, later grabbing food from the exceptionally friendly cook at the food stand. Lauren and I had homemade lentil soup while Dan munched down sausages and fries. Perhaps this isn’t your typical bar fare but it was darn tasty.
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Cassiopeia, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Feeling exhausted from the day on our feet we reluctantly departed before the evening club scene kicked in. There is no question, before leaving this great continent, I will return to this bar.
So, where’s your all time favorite bar?! (And when can we meet for a drink?)
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  • That bar is awesome! Also, I think it is so cool that you can bring your dog with you when you travel! Is it hard to find Airbnb places that allow pets?

  • Booking pretty far in advance definitely helps. The only catch is that typically if Airbnb places allow pets they also allow smoking, since we don’t smoke we don’t want to end up somewhere with a strong smoke odor. I’m heading to Paris in a few weeks with my Mom and Sister and was a little dismayed by the lack of options, which is kind of understandable because it’s last minute, so I ended up emailing a bunch of owners for places that didn’t indicate they allowed pets and asked them if they’d make an exception. I was really delighted to find that a few got back to me and said that it’d be alright. 🙂

  • The picture w/ Stuart under the table is so funny. Does he speak German yet? Did he celebrate when GER beat us in the World Cup?

  • Margo, I fell head over heels with Berlin when I visited years ago and keep making internal schemes about how to get there again. Your photos make me want to go back so badly! What an amazing city and gorgeous photos!

  • You really had a great time in Berlin! Looks great! <3 All the best from Munich,

    Vanessa
    http://www.pureGLAM.tv

  • this looks amazing, Margo! I would love to visit. I love places with cute outdoor patios, etc.

  • Like his parents, Stuart does not know a ‘lick’ of German yet (get it?) and most certainly did not cheer against the US last night. Actually, he was at home guarding out American Flags/capes.

    🙂

  • Thats sweetie! I’m pretty happy that it’s within driving distance (though for some reason Paris and Prague are much closer).

  • Hi Vanessa! It was a great time indeed! So tricky question, do you have a recommendation on one restaurant in the Munich city centre? Maybe somewhere with a beer garden? My friends and I are visiting in a few weeks and only have an afternoon en route home from Salzburg. I was thinking the Hofbrauhaus but I’m sure that’s considered touristy.

  • That’s Berlin for ya – despite the painful winter weather they know exactly what to do in the summertime. It’s awesome indeed! 🙂

  • That is great to know! Thanks!

  • Oh how cool! I stayed in Friedrichshain when I studied abroad in Berlin years ago, it was a neighbourhood with so much character! I loved it! It was in the winter though, so it’s pretty fantastic to see it in pictures in the summer! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I still haven’t made it to Berlin yet. I don’t know what I’m waiting for.

  • It’s not just you. I haven’t made it to Barcelona, I don’t know what I’m thinking either.

  • I bet that was so fun! It seems like it’s kind of a transitional area, I read a lot about squatters being relatively common there. Did you observe anything like that? Either way, I’m certainly envious that you got to call Berlin home for a period of time. 🙂

  • Fuuuun! I loved our sketchy-as-all-hell dive bar in my college town. There was just something about it!

  • ha. Yep, completely understand. My favorite bar in college amazingly maintained a sticky floor year round. It was awesome.

  • AMAZING I lived in Berlin and I miss it everyday. Loved your photos and story.
    Thanks,
    Katie
    http://www.worldwidevegetarian.com

  • Thanks so much Katie! I am definitely envious of your time in Berlin, it such a cool and eclectic place, I loved it! 🙂

  • The pictures really capture what I imagine Berlin to look like. Great job with ‘light room’!

  • I will have to remember this place! Berlin is my favourite city in the world and I’m going to be spending New Year’s there… thanks for the tip!

  • I love the look of this bar! I’ll have to seek it out when I’m in Berlin in a month! I haven’t even heard of this neighborhood, but it definitely looks worth visiting!

  • ooh thank you for this!! I’m off to Berlin in a few weeks for a wedding, and I have one free day there to spend with my best friend so we might be able to try this place 🙂 Berlin really is a fascinating place – so much life and colour and art. x

  • Well thank you, Mom! Welcome to the wonderful world of commenting on posts!

  • Yay! What a great place to celebrate NYE. More importantly, kudos to you already having your NYE plans in order! 🙂

  • Yes, I definitely think you should pay this place a visit! 🙂 We stayed in this neighborhood and absolutely loved it. If you’d like, I can pass along our Airbnb rental information, it was very reasonable and in an ideal location!

  • Oh fun! Yes, I think you’d probably love this area – especially if you like the funky vibe of Camden Town. More Berlin posts are on there way soon! 🙂

  • Cool bar, cool photos in a place I really wanna see! My fave bar is anywhere there is a Vodak on ice 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us to #SundayTraveler.

  • I am (slightly) obsessed with street art! Looks like some great times in Berlin 🙂

  • I’d heard that Berlin was pretty hip but this looks awesome. Have you ever seen Run Lola Run? It’s an awesome German movie done in Berlin… that bar does look awesome – I miss places like this!

  • helllooooo pretty new blog look! the reviews about Berlin just keep getting better! sheesh, that place. we never made (bummer), but maybe its too cool for us, by the likes of these photos. also, cutest couple award. here ya go.

  • That bar looks awesome! I love anywhere that has great outdoor space. I love all the pictures of the street art too…that is one of my favorite things to take pictures of.

  • Looks like an amazingly fun fun place! I would love to photograph all that great street art! The outdoor seating everywhere is my favorite. Your photos share the great feel of the area! Thanks for sharing! #SundayTraveler

  • I’m really digging this redesign you have going. When I was Berlin I didn’t go out to any bars (super lame I know), but I so wish I did. Looks like a fantastic place to grab a drink.

  • This bar is sweet!! Marking it down for if we ever make it to Berlin!

  • While I generally consider Berlin to be TOO cool for me, this bar does look right up my alley!

  • I love these photos – and all of the street art! I have yet to get to Berlin, and I always go back and forth…but this makes me teeter back to “It’s a must!” Thank you for the #SundayTraveler. -Heather, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife

  • No not that much actually! But I was there in the winter so people didn’t tend to stay outside much!

  • Thanks for linking me here, Margo! I actually live in F’Shain and am walking distance from Burger Amt (so good!) Will definitely have to check out Cassiopeia 🙂

  • Monkeysmiles

    This is awesome! I’ll be reading more of your Berlin tips before heading there myself in a few weeks. I’ve lived in Germany almost 3 years and haven’t been, can you believe it?

  • NHbecks

    All time favorite bar is in Dallas, Texas! It’s called the Truck Yard. Open air, recycled junk abound, a tree house, vintage trailers converted into bars, and a rotating array of food trucks. It’s one of a kind!