Skip to main content
Berlin's official travel website

Top 11 New Openings in Berlin in August

Shops, Restaurants & Tristan's Return

Freunde sitzen zusammen auf einem Dach
© GettyImages, Foto: Maskot

Rio Reiser gets a place named after him, Tristan returns and the Humboldt Forum celebrates the opening of all its premises. Discover new restaurants, shops and cultural offerings in Berlin. There's a lot happening in the capital. Here are the top 11 new openings for the month of August in Berlin.

Tip 1: The Playce 

Festival of Lights
Potsdamer Platz Skyline ©, Foto: Verworner

A place to play, discover and enjoy - that's what the Potsdamer Platz Arcades are set to become: Under the new name The Playce, the concept of experiential shopping will be implemented here. Mission Play! will be the name of the gigantic toy superstore that will take up residence here with Barbie, Hot Wheels and Mega Bloks, among others. From 15 September, the planned opening date, around 90 shops will present themselves here within six thematic areas. In addition to technology, sports, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment, there will also be a sustainable food court with the Manifesto Market. Also announced are Peek & Cloppenburg's first sustainability shop and the arcade game provider Gamestate. And of course many events - from Berlinale to wellness and lifestyle fairs.

When: from 15 September
Where: Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, Mitte

Potsdamer Platz Arkaden

Tip 2: Souq Dükkan

Souq Dükkan
Souq Dükkan © Yaprak Aras

From Istanbul to Berlin: with Souq Dükkan, the former editor for Vogue Turkey brings a little bazaar flair to the capital. With her curated mix of beautiful things, Yaprak Aras focuses on small international brands. Much of the range is handmade. You'll find ceramics, bags, jewellery, decorations and accessories, but also books, cosmetics, clothing and selected delicacies. The best thing is to drop by and let yourself be inspired.

Where: Kollwitzstraße 54, Prenzlauer Berg
When: Monday - Saturday 11am - 7pm

Shopping in Berlin

Tip 3: Hoa Rong

Dim Sum: Asian cuisine in Berlin
Dim Sum: Asian cuisine © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Hoa Rong opened in July with fire magic and dragon dancing. And it will continue to be just as magical. Based on the fairy tale "Cá Chép Hóa Rồng" in which a carp swims upstream with all its might to transform into a magical dragon that provides water and prosperity, the new restaurant invites you to forget your everyday worries and simply enjoy yourself. Enjoy the warm, hospitable atmosphere, the beautiful garden, the fine flavours - and also numerous vegetarian and vegan dishes.

When: Monday - Friday 11.30 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. - 11.30 p.m.
Where: Georgenstraße 25, Mitte

Translated with (free version)

Asian Cuisine

Tip 4: Undiscovered gardens at the Kulturforum

The arts and crafts museum at Berlin Kulturforum.
The arts and crafts museum at Berlin Kulturforum. © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

For the first time, the neighbours of the Kulturforum are inviting visitors to a day in the green. With music, readings, guided tours and various performances, the "undiscovered gardens" of the Kulturforum will be put in the spotlight. Few people know it, but there are a total of five gardens on the cultural site between the Landwehr Canal, Tiergarten and Potsdamer Platz: the Philharmonic Garden, the Reading Garden of the State Library, the Sculpture Garden of the New National Gallery, the interior gardens in the Museum of Decorative Arts and the roundel in front of St. Matthew's Church. 

When: 4 September
Where: Kulturforum, Mitte

Tip 5: House of Sweets

Die Bonbonmacherei
Bonbons © Bonbonmacherei

Sugar shock and taste explosions: Since 9 July, the House of Sweets has been a new address for all sweet tooths. Here you will find chocolate, sweets, biscuits, snacks and sugary drinks from all over the world. Sometimes subtle, sometimes brightly coloured, sometimes sweet and pure, sometimes combined with hot, sour or spicy flavours - sweet is the new variety. You can find even more sweet tips in our blog top 11 desserts in Berlin:

When: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Joachimsthaler Straße 5-6, Charlottenburg

Top 11 Desserts in Berlin

Tip 6: All open at Humboldt Forum: 24 hour party

Showcases, Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum
Showcases, Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Foto: Alexander Schippel

With the opening of the East Wing on 17 September, all the collection presentations of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art are complete. You can now discover a total of around 20,000 exhibits on 16,000 square metres. In addition, five new small special exhibition areas in the Humboldt Forum are finally fully open. The opening will be celebrated with a 24-hour programme, including readings, nightly guided tours and a club night.

When: 17 September from 12 noon
Where: Humboldt Forum, Schloßplatz 1, Mitte

Tip 7: Flaesh2

Healthy Bowl
Healthy Bowl © Getty Images, Foto: Stefanie Metzger

Flaesh2 gives you an ultra-healthy start to the day with freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, fruity bowls and protein-packed breakfast variations. Named after the most beautiful destinations for city trips, the dishes combine avocado, eggs or muesli with delicious extras to create a cosmopolitan taste experience. Start the evening with homemade sodas, wine or fruity cocktails. Served with nachos.

When: Monday - Thursday 9am - 2pm and 6pm - 11pm, Friday and Saturday 9am - 2pm and 6pm - midnight, Sunday 9am - 3pm.
Where: Pariser Straße 15, Wilmersdorf

Breakfast & Brunch in Berlin

Tip 8:  In honor of the singer & songwriter: New Rio-Reiser-Platz

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Künstlerhaus Bethanien © Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Foto: Georg Schroeder

The musician and songwriter sang about everything he would have done if he were king of Germany in his own song. Whether this would have included a square with his name is questionable. But fans will be happy. From 21 August, the former Heinrichplatz, named after a younger brother of Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III, will be renamed Rio-Reiser-Platz. The singer of Ton Steine Scherben became famous for his agitrock lyrics for the Kreuzberg squatter scene. "Macht kaputt, was euch kaputt macht" (Break what breaks you) or the "Rauchhaussong" in support of the squatters when the Bethanien (now Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien) got evicted. The Green Party politician Claudia Roth, manager of Rio Reiser's band in the 1980s, will be present at the inauguration. At the same time, the bus stop of the M29 bus line will be renamed from Heinrichplatz to Rio-Reiser-Platz.

When: 21 August
Where: Rio-Reiser-Platz, SO36, Kreuzbeg

Rio Reiser & the Rauchhaus

Tip 9: Spaghetteria

Family dinner: Table set from above
Family dinner: Table set from above © Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

In the new Spaghetteria in the Kollwitzkiez you definitely don't eat alone. Large tables for twelve invite you to make friends with your table mates. Add to this a large pot of original Italian pasta with delicious sauces, an aperitivo - and la dolce vita in Berlin is guaranteed. Every day there are six different dishes on the menu, two of which are always vegetarian. And for dessert, of course, there are classics like tiramisu or sgroppino. Incidentally, the concept originated in Amsterdam, and was brought to Berlin at the end of July by Thomas Rolink, a child of the Dutch capital, together with Giacomo Mattogno, who comes from Rome.

When: Monday - Thursday from 5 p.m., Friday-Sunday from 12 p.m.
Where: Kollwitzstraße 89, Prenzlauer Berg

Italian Cuisine

Tip 10: Audiowalk Lichterfelde

Villen Lichterfelde West
Villen Lichterfelde West © visitBerlin; Foto: Doreen Himsl

This audio walk invites you on an unusual journey through time in the villa colony of Lichterfelde-West. Together with the maid Martha Paschunke, who is whirled out of the year 1908 by a gust of wind into today's Lichterfelde, you will meet the architecture student Alex, who is still very new to Berlin. Join them on a tour of Lilienthal's castle houses, the Cadet Institute, the Rother-Stift and many other architectural and historical highlights.

When: any time
Where: Route starts at Lichterfelde West S-Bahn station, Download here

Top 11 Audiowalks in Berlin

Tip 11: Tristan is back!

Tristan at the Museum of Natural History Berlin
Tristan at the Museum of Natural History Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Tristan Otto is now 65 million years old - and not a bit tired. After a two-year tour of Europe, the twelve-metre-long and four-metre-high skeleton of the Upper Cretaceous predatory dinosaur is now coming back to Berlin. This means that the Museum für Naturkunde has its superstar back. Tristan Otto was the first original T. rex skeleton to be exhibited in Europe in December 2015. Since then, Tristan Otto, named after the sons of the two collectors who donated the skeleton to the Museum für Naturkunde, has thrilled around three million visitors. Tristan is one of the best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in the world because of its almost completely preserved skull.

When: from 23 August
Where: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, Mitte

Tickets for the Museum of Natural History

More tips for events in August can be found in our events calendar.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.