In an ultra-futuristic space with art hanging from the ceiling, Bun Bao brings next-level taste to burgers of the carnivorous and veggie varieties. Spacious and colorful, it’s a good spot for groups. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are wise.
Where: Kollwitzstraße 84, 10435 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., noon-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., noon-11 p.m.
More info: +49 (0)30 23495641; bao-burger.de
Since 2003, Impala Coffee has been serving fine brews and welcoming passersby with its sleek interior, polite staff and breakfast snackage. A fantastic spot for smoothies and toasted bagels (get yours with salmon), Impala offers a divine way to start the day.
Where: Schönhauser Allee 173, 10119 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
More info: +49 (0)30 40505485; impala-coffee.com
Classy without veering into opulence, Nachtigall (Nightingale) holds onto the soul of old Prenzlauer Berg while maintaining a sentiment all its own. German, and even sometimes the Berlin dialect, still takes precedence over English. A warmly lit spot for a nightcap, a date or a rousing evening of storytelling among friends, Nachtigall sings a song all its own.
Where: Knaackstraße 43, 10435 Berlin
When: Mon.-Weds., 6 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m.-4 a.m.
More info: +49 (0)173 3210708; Facebook
Khushi has succulent, spicier-than-average (for Germany) Indian food and some of the nicest servers in all of Prenzlauer Berg. A splendid cocktail selection is another one of this place's many endearing qualities. But perhaps best of all: Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. — and doesn’t stop.
Where: Kollwitzstraße 37, 10405 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., noon-midnight; Fri. & Sat., noon-1 a.m.
More info: +49 (0)30 48493790; khushi-berlin.de
Pool & Cigars at Kulturbrauerei
Nestled within the extensive universe of the Kulturbrauerei, Pool & Cigars is an outpost of elegance in the center of a complex better known for its kitschy clubs. Puff on Cuba's finest export and revel in a grand game of billiards across from an old-school bar. Be sure to call and reserve a table.
Where: Schönhauser Alle 36, 10435 Berlin
When: Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-late; Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m.-late
More info: +49 (0)30 40500436; poolandcigars.de
The story of Prenzlauer Berg in the last decade and a half is largely one about gentrification, both good and bad. 8mm Bar is certainly a symbol of the former variety. While some see new money and new residents as a call to homogenize, 8mm stays creative and quirky, hosting surreal parties in its satisfyingly grungy setting.
Where: Schönhauser Allee 177b, 10119 Berlin
When: Mon.-Thurs., 7 p.m.-4 a.m.; Fri.-Sun., 7 p.m.-5 a.m.
More info: +49 (0)30 40500624; 8mmbar.de