Berlin is not short of ways to enjoy the warmer months, in both Spring and Summer. Oldest beer garden and open air cinema. Museum and galleries, lakes and rooftops, bookshops and icecream.
In May and June 2021, the sun was shining in Berlin, but it’s been raining as well. Second Spring (and Summer) during a global pandemic. As a time capsule, I have tried to put in one place all the cafés/restaurants I liked, bookstores and lakes I saw, plus rooftop and events I am looking forward to attend in the summer.
Travel through food and books
French bistro Le Belfort near Kollwitzplatz, Danish bakeri Die Brodstätte or Swedish semla at Okay Café, Italian gelato and cannoli at Duo Siciliane, Australian brunch at Allan’s Breakfast Club, or Israeli food at Kanaan or NENI.
Bookstores remained open the entire year and my favorites are Saint George’s English Bookstore, in Prenzlauer Berg and Dussmann – das KulturKaffee, in Mitte. Second hand book store and in multiple languages at Curious Fox and Pequod Books (Selchower Str 33), both in Neukölln.
Back to nature at the lakes and sunsets
Lake trips to remember at Wannsee, Liebnitzsee, Schlachtensee for Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Krumme Lanke, Orankesee and Mügelsee. Enjoyed nature in Tiergarten, Volkspark Friedrichshain and Humboldthain park, and cherry blossom in Schwederstrasse & Kollwitzstrasse.
The oldest Biergarten in Berlin is Prater, in Prenzlauer Berg, and the most beautiful would be Cafe am Neun See in the middle of Tiergarden Park. Memorable sunsets at Hotel de Rome terrace and Klunkerkranich in Neukölln.
- Looking forward to the open air cinema of “Berlinale Summer special” or evenings at legendary Clärchens Ballhaus on Auguststraße
- Musée Berggruen and the temporary exhibition “Picasso et Les Femmes d’Alger”
- Open air cinema all summer and at HKW outdoor events
- Berlinische Galerie after work
- Openings of Humbold Forum and New Gallery
- The Welcome Week concerts at Berliner Philarmonie
- Day trips in Potsdam and Dresden, or Pfaueneninsel (Peacocks Island)