Formerly East Germany, Freidrichshain has been deemed the “cool” part of town for it’s many young shops, cafes, restaurants and graffiti. It also houses lots of the city’s nightclubs and bars, where one can go to get lost in the infamous “Berlin Party”. The start of your weekend could look something like this.
Hops & Barley – You’ve heard it before, Germans make great beer. Stop by for a locally brewed, Berliner Weisse or pick from many other German beers. They project football games nightly, so come early to grab a seat and partake in the loudness. Website – www.hopsandbarley-berlin.de
Spätzle & Knödel – Tight on space, but a very warm and friendly environment to try some classic German dishes. Choose between, Knödel, large round boiled potato dumplings or Spätzle, soft egg noodles. Both are prepared with an abundance of gravy and served with various meats, such as roast pork. This is also one of the only places in Berlin which carries Bavaria’s finest beers. Website – www.spaetzleknoedel.de
Dachkammer – After you’ve had your meal, walk down Simon-Dach-Strasse. It is elegantly lit at night and scattered with all kinds of things to do. I recommend walking into the Dachkammer for its pleasant ambience, cheap drinks and unexpected time portal. Walk upstairs and it transforms into a cocktail bar from the 1950’s. Website – www.dachkammer.com
What a Wurst – It should be getting around that time when Berliners start heading towards the club. Usually a stop for some street food on the way is a smart thing to do before drinking the night away. You will find a place on Oberbaumbrücke that sells Berlin’s original Curry Wurst. Usually I just get a pommes klein with mayo, a small fry with fritten sauce, a sweeter version of American mayonnaise, which is surprisingly very good with potatoes.
Watergate – It has been on the DJ Mag top ten list several times for best club in the world and known to have some of the best German and European resident DJ’s. It’s two rooms offer an eclectic array of sounds from downtempo to upbeat tech house. Set on the bridge, both upstairs and downstairs overlook the River Spree. In the main room the ceiling is covered in lights, which is awesome. If you happen to get lost in the club and loose track of time it stays open until morning, so don’t be surprised if you start to see the sun rise over the river. Website – www.water-gate.de
A San Diego native, Jay spent the last eight years cultivating his affinity for fine food and tech-haus music in San Francisco. After a brief stint writing for a creative audio storytelling agency in Portland, he jumped across the pond to delve deeper into the minimalistic music scene and gritty foodie culture of Berlin; he promises to avoid jokes about traditional German dishes (they’re the wurst). Follow him on twitter @JayHuffmanLIVE