Settle in on your first day in Berlin

A curated guide of 16 places and things to do in Berlin, recommended by locals

Strange streets, endless options, brand new? Let us help you get started (and organized) with this first-day itinerary. Welcome to Berlin.

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    Hang out at 19grams Chaussee

    cafe • mitte • food

    The coolest cafe in Mitte. Nice interiors with awesome food. This spot is super international and the staff mainly speak English. Good music for a happy soul and freshly roasted beans to buy for your home!

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    Stretch it out at Spirit Yoga Studio

    yoga • studio • wellness

    This Yoga studio offers many classes every day and has mostly fantastic teachers. Join the Morning Class at 9am and start your day consciously. They have studios in Mitte, Charlottenburg and Zehlendorf

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    Buy Clothes at Wood Wood

    shopping • fashion • clothes

    Give your wardrobe a makeover. Wood Wood stocks extremely cool brands for both men and women. Chic!

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    Make Shakespeare & Sons your trusted bookshop

    bookstore • reading • coffee

    We recommend the centrally located Shakespeare & Sons where books and bagels come as a pair. The winning combo. They also have great coffee and if you buy a book, you get a cup for free.

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    Shop for luxurious stationary at Schoene Schreibwaren

    stationary • shopping • Art Supplies

    Schoene Schreibwaren bind their own journals and calendars and offer a very awesome range of handmade laptop cases. You can even get your case custom made by choosing your own material and size etc.

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    Canoe from Cafe am Neuen See

    canoe • park • food

    A beer garden nestled under the high trees of Tiergarten, directly by the water. The perfect spot to enjoy a beer and a pretzel, a crispy pizza or a breakfast with some friends. Feel like paddling? Rent a canoe.

  • Buy package-free goods at Original Unverpackt

    groceries • environmental • shop

    A package-free, zero waste organic food shop. It's ethical and they have the best stuff. Enjoy!

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    Get a wax at Wax in the City

    beauty • wax • salon

    Wax in the City is the best place to go to keep unwanted body hair at bay. Avoid Saturdays or weekday evenings - the crowds and wait times are immense.

  • Workout at Becycle

    fitness • workout • spin

    Take a range of great fitness and wellness classes in Berlin. This great cycling studio provided a really fun way to get into shape by working out to the latest beats. They also have the 'Refine' room with Barre, HIIT and yoga classes on offer. After your workout, you can hang-out in the lounge where a gorgeous range of plant-based snacks are available.

  • Be vegan at Board'eau

    vegan • cafe • food

    This café has an uplifting surfer vibe and offers a large vegan brunch on Sundays. A must for veggie-lovers.

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    Wander through the Schlosspark Gardens

    park • outdoors • garden

    This beautiful park in Charlottenberg comes complete with swathes of colorful flowers and a nice little lake. Take in the fairytale charm and wander around in the sunshine.

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    Brave real German grub at Berliner Republik

    food • German • restaurant

    Berliner Republik may be on the tourist trail, but the food is great (the pork knuckle is humongous, enough for two), and a wide selection of beers on tap. It's like a beer stock market, so prices fluctuate every 10 minutes or so. Wait for the crash.

  • Stock up on organics at Bio Company

    groceries • organic • food

    Berlin's largest chain of organic food has stores dotted around the city. To pack your fridge with everything you need for eating clean, go here!

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    Make Körnerpark your go-to park

    park • outdoors • recreation

    This hidden gem has a very french renaissance vibe. It's a well-preserved park with an orangery, which is used as an art gallery. In summer, there are often free jazz and swing concerts in the evening.

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    Eat and drink your way through Holzmarkt 25

    Food • Beer • Events

    Welcome to Berlin's urban oasis. An adult playground to explore for its various little food and drink treasures. Grab a beer and sit by the Spreeufer. Find it between Holzmarkt 25 and Holzmarktstraße 19-30.

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    End your day at Schloss Neuschweinsteiger

    bar • Neukölln • nightlife

    The best cocktail bar in town is hidden in Neukölln. Trust the bartender, every cocktail on the list is exquisite.

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