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Top 11 new openings in Berlin in December

Tram an der Straßenkreuzung am Hackeschen Markt
© visitberlin, Foto: Chris Martin Scholl

Berlin's new openings in December bring you sweets and fairytales. The fairytale hut in Monbijoupark will once again be playing and telling stories. And bouncer legend Frank Künster won't leave you out in the cold either: His new bar Georgia is now open every Thursday to Saturday from 10 pm. From a culinary point of view, the new openings will sweeten the Christmas season in Berlin with vegan donuts, colourful pasta and artful Roman pastries.

Tip 1: The Fairytale Hut is back (Märchenhütte)

Märchenhütte im Monbijoupark Berlin © Fotograf: Jochen Zink

Once upon a time .... For a total of three years, the quaint log cabins in Monbijoupark lay derelict. Now the fairytale hut is back! Just in time for the cold, grey winter season, you can now once again immerse yourself in the magic of the fairytale world in the traditional Galician log cabins. Many, many performances are planned until the end of this year. From well-known classics like Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel or Mother Holle to fairy tales from distant worlds and adaptations just for adults.

When: the whole of December
Where: Monbijoustraße 3B, Mitte

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Tip 2: Bar Georgia on Georgenstraße

Auswahl von Cocktails
Cocktails © Getty Images, Foto: KatieSik

Georgia is the name of doorman Frank Künster's new bar, which has finally, finally opened its doors since 22 November. It has already been five years since its predecessor, the "King Size Bar", had to close for good. Künster first worked there as a bouncer and then reopened the bar a year after it closed as manager. By the way, he also appeared in films as a bouncer - and in the series Babylon he played Father Wilczek. You can find out more stories and what else Künster is up to on site.

When: Thursday to Saturday from 10 pm
Where: Georgenstraße 194, Mitte

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Tip 3: Cinnamood

Konditorei Fester
Konditorei Fenster © Ringfoto Fehse

A pastry shop just for cinnamon buns! The delicious rolls from Cinnamood have been available in Berlin since mid-November. Sweeten your winter time with cinnamon and sugar. For even more enjoyment, the cinnamon treats are also available with fluffy pistachio foam, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate or Oreo flavour. Let us surprise you!

When: Monday to Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 8.30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Oranienburgerstraße 8, Mitte

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Tip 4: KaDeWe

KaDeWe © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

With celebrities, club feeling and a 2.20-metre-high birthday cake, KaDeWe celebrated its 115th birthday on 16 November and at the same time the reopening of the remodelled sales areas - above all, of course, the food floor on the sixth floor. Weekly evening specials and monthly wine events continue the celebratory mood. More glamour, more luxury, more taste? The best thing to do is drop by yourself and float through the new Kaufhaus des Westens on the futuristic, spiral-shaped escalator made of walnut wood. 

When: Monday to Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm, 1pm-8pm.
Where: Tauentzienstraße 21-24, Schöneberg

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Tip 5: The Sanctuary

Rosenthaler Platz
Acker Stadt Palast © visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

La dolce vita! When you bite into one of the sweet Maritozzo rolls at "The Sanctuary", you taste the Italian way of life. And the baked goods from the glass bakery on Torstraße are one hundred percent vegan. The idea of Federica Fronterré, founder of the Italian Vegan Artisanal Workshop, is based on a sustainable lifestyle. And so the name "The Sanctuary" also says it all: good for the planet and the animals, and a heavenly treat at the same time!

When: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Torstraße 175, Mitte


Tip 6: Noumì Noodles

Ramen - Asian Soup
Ramen - Asian Soup © Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

If you still think pasta is only for children, Noumì is the place to be. Here you can enjoy noodles in all colours and flavours: Beetroot noodles, black squid noodles, green spinach noodles, noodles with turmeric, carrots or as a sticky, gluten-free rice version. All noodles are vegan and homemade. Served in soup or with side dishes of Asian cuisine to your taste, a meal at Noumì is an all-round colourful and varied experience. After the branch in Jägerstraße in Mitte, a new Noumì restaurant has now opened in Prenzlauer Berg. A Noumì Lounge is in the planning stage.

When: daily 12 - 23 h
Where: Prenzlauer Allee 52, Prenzlauer Berg

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Tip 7: Brammibals at Hauptbahnhof

Vegan donuts from Brammibal's Berlin
Vegan donuts from Brammibal's Berlin © Brammibal´s Donuts GmbH

From the beginning of December until the end of February, Brammibals welcomes all Berlin travellers with a pop-up store at the main station. Of course, you won't have to do without the delicious vegan donuts afterwards either. They are so popular in the capital that there are now six branches, from Neukölln to Prenzlauer Berg and of course in KaDeWe.

Where: Berlin Hauptbahnhof (South Entrance Hall, Washingtonplatz)
When: Pop-up store from 1 December to 28 February, Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Tip 8: Woodcutter

Arts and craft at the Berlin Christmas market
Arts and craft at the Christmas market © GettyImages, Bild: Flavia Morlachetti

You'll have to think of this as something like the rustic version of throwing darts. But to really hit the wood with the axe, you'll need to reach a little further. And throw a little harder. It's not that easy. That's why newcomers to Woodcutter are trained by so-called "axemasters", who of course keep a watchful eye on all axe throwers even after the training session. Perfect for a fun start to the evening with friends or as a teambuilding event. 

When: please book online in advance
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 9, Mitte

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Tip 9: Bao Gao Club

Visitors in the market hall Markthalle Neun in Berlin Kreuzberg
Inside the market hall Markthalle Neun © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

From Street Food Thursday to its own stand: since 11 November, the Bao Gao Club has had its own stand in Markthalle Neun - and it's hard to imagine life without it. Currently, you can enjoy vegan and non-vegan dumplings, dim sum and other authentic specialities of Chinese cuisine from Thursday to Saturday in Markthalle Neun. From January, five days a week are then planned!

When: Thursday 12 - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
Where: Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, Kreuzberg

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Tip 10: Just for a short time - Pop up stores and exhibitions

Pop up Exhibition - fashion from Berlin

Smart and different, the young Berlin design label Max Wood presents fashion from the capital in a pop-up exhibition. Unusual cuts transcend gender boundaries and focus on individuality. Sophisticated details and patterns complement the look - sometimes glittering elegance, sometimes cool club wear - always Berlin, always special.

When: 16 to 18 December, Friday 6 - 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.
Where: Droysenstraße 16, Charlottenburg

Wonderbar Pop up-Store

Wonderbar Soap
Wonderbar Soap © Wonderbar Soap

Wonderbar is the natural cosmetics brand of a young Berlin woman. Having grown up in New York, she founded her first start-up at the age of 24 and then invested the profits in Wonderbar. The result is natural handmade soaps and care products, plastic-free and beautifully packaged in recycled paper boxes. A lovely gift idea.

When: Pop up store from 3 to 10 December 12 to 7 p.m.
Where: Auguststraße 85, Mitte

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Tip 11: Wolf and Else - Christmas magic in the fairytale quarter

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Köpenick
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Köpenick © visitBerlin, Foto: Enrico Verworner

When fairytales come true... then the "Wolf and Else" initiative certainly had a hand in it. Its vision is to support artists and cultural workers in Köpenick's fairytale district and to promote coexistence. The event kicks off on 10 December with a small Christmas market full of local arts and crafts, drama, entertainment, mulled wine and other delicacies. 

When: 10 December 12 -19 h
Where: Essenplatz in the Märchenviertel district of Köpenick

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins


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