Top 5 Berlin Local Hangouts
Spotter Robby has written quite a mysterious review about Peristal Singum. He makes the place sound amazing, but you're probably still not sure what you will encounter once you walk through the doors. On a dark side street in Friedrichshain by the railway viaduct, right next to the river before the land slips away into the Stralauer peninsula, you will find the Salon – Zur wilden Renate.
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]"Enter the bar and to the left of the door you will find the gatekeeper who explains to you in only rough ideas what you are about to experience. You may enter only alone! Do not take anything you don’t want to lose! No smoking! No drinks!" [/quote]
Berlin is full of reminders of the terrible wars fought in Europe in the 20th century. This is one of the least-known ones.
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]"This is not a place to visit after or before a party outing in Berlin or as part of a tour, but one you should dedicate some time to despite the small size of the memorial and the attached exhibition. The visit there sobered me for quite a while…"[/quote]
Moving on from mysterious and chilling spots that locals love to visit in Berlin, we come to delicious breakfasts at the California Breakfast Slam - available only on weekends!
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]"Coming to Berlin but starving for an original American breakfast? Then you have to check out “The California Breakfast Slam” in Neukölln. It’s the only place where you can find “Fluffy Pancakes”, “Texas Style Turkey Sausages” or “Organic Poached Eggs on Cured Ham Slice”. "[/quote]
Garage is a second hand store like any other. But then again it's not. It has an extremely unique concept - selling second hand clothes per kilogram! This spacious shop has a men's and women's - section where you can buy clothes at individual prices or per kilogram.
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]"While some second hand shops in Berlin started to charge prices similar to shops selling new clothes, Garage managed to hold on to its second hand prices especially in the ‘kilogram section’."[/quote]
A museum dedicated to the brilliant works of one man who was famous for his photography for Vogue and one of the first to establish eroticism in fashion photography.
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]"Since 2004 the Helmut Newton Museum has been displaying Newton’s private collection, which contains many of his cameras, personal belongings, a rebuilt workroom, memorabilia, videos, but most of all: his photos. The most impressive ones can be seen in the entrance hall: large format photos of the first naked women Newton took pictures of."[/quote] Read Spotted by Locals' guide to Amsterdam for some more insightful local travel tips.