Berlin finally has its own mountain range: it may only be 60 metres high, but the new Himalayan Worlds at Tierpark Berlin are still worth a visit. New shops, restaurants, and of course some exciting exhibition spaces are also opening just in time for Gallery Weekend. So there are plenty of new things to discover. We have compiled 11 top new openings for you here.
Tip 1: Nhat Long
With a new look, Nhat Long invites you on a culinary journey to Asia. While the furniture comes directly from Vietnam, the menu draws on various influences from Asian cuisine. PHO soup from the north of Vietnam, seafood, sushi and spicy dishes with partly Indian, partly Thai influences are served, refined with French accents. The drinks menu is just as international, featuring sake from Ueno Gourmet as well as champagne, trendy wines and creative cocktails.
When: Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: Torstraße 210, Mitte
Tip 2: New Zalando outlet opens at Tauentzien
You can now shop in two Zalando outlets in Berlin. The first is in Kreuzberg on the Spree, and the second is on Tauentzien near KaDeWe and Gedächtniskirche. The new outlet is bright and spacious. Green lounges, free Wi-Fi and many charging stations invite you to take a break from shopping. After all, there is a lot to discover on more than 1000 square metres and four floors. On offer are clothes from the previous season, goods with small defects, single sizes and also returns from online purchases. Of course, Zalando's main business is still on the internet.
Where: Tauentzienstraße 18, Schöneberg
When: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tip 3: Beautiful things for everyday life at the Wood Wood Life Concept Store
Wood Wood Life is a shop for everyday things that make life a little better and more beautiful. This is the idea for the Berlin branch of the Danish streetwear label. Of course, designers from the far north are to be given a platform, but local shops, fashion designers and artists will also find space and support here. The selection of art, ceramics, furniture, perfumes and seasonless fashion is curated by the two Berlin-based artists Filip Samuel Berg and Adrienne Kammerer.
Where: Rochstraße 4, Mitte
When: Monday to Saturday, 12 - 7 p.m.
Tip 4: New Sawade shop opens on Friedrichstraße
Berlin's oldest chocolate and truffle manufacturer opens another branch on Friedrichstraße. The interior of the shop with many Art Deco elements is reminiscent of Berlin's Golden Twenties. So you can enjoy the variety of chocolates that were once delivered to royalty in style. From the Königin Luise praline to the Zarenhappen, all the treats are free of chemical additives and artificial flavours. Palm oil and soya lecithin are also dispensed with.
Where: Friedrichstraße 166, Mitte
When: Monday to Saturday, 11am- 7pm
Tip 5: Pull & Bear flagship store brings trendy fashion to Alexa
There is also something new in the Berlin malls. A new branch of the Spanish fashion chain Pull&Bear has opened in the Alexa shopping centre at Alexanderplatz. And it stands for young, trendy fashion for all genders.
Where: 1st floor at Alexa Grunerstraße 20, Mitte
When: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tip 6: Find beautiful things for the balcony at Grigioverde
Just in time for the balcony season, balconista Ulrike Pott Grigioverde has opened her own shop not far from Charlottenburg Palace Park. The idea for this developed over the years, mainly from her own search for beautiful pots and classic planters. Ulrike Pott finally found them in Vietnam and Brandenburg, where she worked with a designer to develop special, small raised beds for the balcony. It goes without saying that she also shares the knowledge she has gained over the years in her shop. Each plant comes with its own planting concept, easy to care for, beautiful and suitable for location.
Where: Christstraße 32, Charlottenburg
When: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tip 7: Milchreisbar Moriz spoils you with fruity desserts
Rice pudding with healthy extras: strawberries, blueberries, plums or sesame tahini transform the bowls with the sweet, sticky rice into something very special. And with a wide selection of toppings, there's bound to be something for everyone. Mangoes, coconut milk and mint for a tropical holiday feeling, nuts, pistachios, cinnamon and sugar to feel good, matcha and chia seeds for that extra portion of health. Simply delicious!
Where: Invalidenstrasse 160, Mitte
When: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tip 8: Gallery Openings for Gallery Weekend
Alexander Levy & Levy Galerie move to Moabit
From street art to contemporary art: just in time for Gallery Weekend 2022, there is even more art to see in the Moabit district. After ten years in Kreuzberg, the alexander levy Galerie is moving into new premises in Alt-Moabit. At the same time, the LEVY Galerie will return to Berlin after more than 50 years in Hamburg and parallel locations in Paris and Madrid - and will also settle in Moabit.
So in future the galleries of father and son will be very close to each other. While the son, Alexander Levy, shows conceptual contemporary art, the programme at LEVY moves between Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme and Pop Art. For Gallery Weekend, you can see Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray and Daniel Spoerri at LEVY, while alexander levy is showing the Russian-Austrian artist Egor Kraft's exhibition Lies, Half-Truths & Propaganda [The Bad, the Worse, and the Worst], which explores the technological means of combating the spread of misinformation and propaganda.
When: Opening at Gallery Weekend Berlin on 29 April, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Alt-Moabit 110, Moabit
Mehdi Chouakri opens new art venue in Wilhelm Hallen
Galerie Mehdi Chouakri is opening a new art venue on the grounds of the Wilhelm Hallen, a listed industrial site, for Gallery Weekend. In the production hall of a former foundry, the Berlin gallery for contemporary art wants to create new, diverse access to the works of the artists it represents. Among other things, there will be a gallery archive that will also ensure permanent public access to the objects, sculptures and printed matter of the painter and sculptor Charlotte Posenenske (1930-1985). Posenke is considered an important German representative of minimalism.
The debut will also feature "Wurst mit Flammen" (Sausage with Flames), a large-scale mural by John M Armleder that quotes the famous "Bier's195" curry sausage stand on the Kudamm.
Where: Wilhelm Hallen, Kopenhagener Str. 60-72, Reinickendorf
When: Opening on 29 April 6 p.m.
Tip 9: Chinese boat in the Gardens of the World is rocking again
The Chinese Garden in the Gardens of the World awaits you with a new attraction. On the lake, the "Mirror of Heaven", a Chinese boat is now rocking again on the water and invites you on an imaginary journey. The 5.60-metre-long boat model is based on a traditional Chinese sailing ship and replaces the original model, which had to be taken out of service in 2012 due to its age.
Where: Gärten der Welt, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn
When: daily from 9 a.m. until nightfall
Tip 10: Climb the Himalayan mountain range at Tierpark Berlin
After all, you will overcome a height difference of 60 metres when you visit the new Himalayan Mountains in Tierpark Berlin. Red pandas, snow leopards, lagurs, bearded vultures and many other well-known and lesser-known animal species native to the Asian mountain landscape cavort here on 60,000 square metres. With over 3,000 tonnes of natural stone and more than 5,000 bamboo plants, the former rubble mountain in the north-eastern part of the zoo grounds has been transformed into an extensive habitat for the animal species, some of which are endangered. By the way: thanks to the support of Tierpark Berlin, NABU is now able to set up a second anti-poaching unit to protect the 800 snow leopards still living in Kyrgyzstan.
Tip: After the mountain tour, the café in Friedrichsfelde Palace will spoil you with delicious cakes and coffee. Since April, the café has been open again from Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Tip 11: Listen to news from the Gleisdreieck Park on the Storywalk
Once upon a time, a few lonely windmills turned their wings on the site of the now busy park at Gleisdreieck. Later, the railway used the predominantly agricultural piece of nature, which became more and more overgrown after the division of Berlin. You can learn more about the history of the park and how it developed with the initiative of many people in the new storywalk of Grünberlin's Campus Stadt-Natur. On the 2.5-kilometre-long audio walk, various experts, artists and residents give you insights into this green piece of Berlin at 27 stations.
Where: Download here, start at the round stone bench Café Tor 1 at the Möckernstraße entrance.