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Top 11 new openings in Berlin this summer

New clubs, cafés and creative concepts

Couple walking across the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin
Summer day at the Oberbaumbrücke © Getty Images, Foto: Maskot

Despite COVID-19, Lockdown and a temporary ban on dancing, two new clubs have established themselves in Berlin during the summer months, beach and holiday feeling guaranteed. Sustainability also plays a big role in many of the new openings. You can also look forward to culinary surprise trips and new restaurant concepts. Berlin's top 11 new openings of summer 2021.

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Tip 1: Dark Matter

Dark Matter is the permanent home for the interactive multimedia works of the Berlin light artist and designer Chris Bauder. If you have seen Deep Web or Skalar in Berlin's Kraftwerk in recent years, then you know what these cross-room light art installations are all about, immersing you in them as if in a universe of pulsating rhythm, light and sound. You can visit a total of seven rooms in the permanent exhibition in an old factory building in Lichtenberg, which are equipped with the latest technology and offer an interactive experience of these pulsating light structures.

Where: Köpenicker Chaussee 46, Köpenick

When: Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm - 10pm, Friday from 12pm - 11pm, Saturday from 11am - 11pm, Sunday from 11am - 10pm.

Dark Matter

Tip 2: ÆDEN

Visitors celebrate at an open air festival
Open Air Festival © Getty Images, Foto: svetikd

Since 12 June, the open-air club ÆDEN has been a new cultural oasis in Berlin's nightlife hotspot around Birigt & Bier, Festsaal Kreuzberg and the Club der Visionäre on Luiseninsel. In addition to electro sounds at the weekend, there will be live concerts (mainly on Thursday and Friday) as well as workshops, performance and also a Gællery Garden with open-air art exhibitions. Please note the current hygiene regulations!

When: Open since 12 June from Wednesday to Sunday in the afternoon and evening.

Where: Schleusenufer 3, Kreuzberg


Nightlife Districts in Berlin

Tip 3: Plötze

Wiese am Camping-Platz Plötzensee
Wiese am Camping-Platz Plötzensee © Tamai Jebsen

A club evening at Berlin's new event location, the Strandbad Plötze, really gets you in vacation mood. You dance in the open air, your feet in the soft sand and in between you can cool off in the lake. The first weekend in July saw the opening of the summer project, which allows at least a little legal dancing fun for a limited time. The party ends strictly at 10 pm. Event formats such as Likeminded by the Lake are planned. The musical programme is very diverse and ranges from world music to tropical sounds and Latin to hip-hop, house, garage and the sounds of soul.

When: Since 10 July, various dates

Where: Hans-Schomburg-Promenade, Wedding

Berlins clubs start under the open sky

Tipp 4: Hedwig Terrace

Hedwig Terrace im Hotel de Rome
Hedwig Terrace im Hotel de Rome © Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

Perfect for a balmy Berlin summer evening: the new "Rooftop Terrace" of the Hotel de Rome welcomes you in an exclusive lounge atmosphere between fragrant lavender beds. Enjoy cool drinks and sushi and sashimi specialities. The best thing, however, is the magnificent view of Hedwig's Cathedral, the Berlin Cathedral and the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall), because the Hedwig Terrace is even one floor above the hotel's other roof terrace.

Where: Behrenstraße 37, Mitte

When: from May to September, depending on the weather

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Tip 5: Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef at the Grand Hyatt
Le Petit Chef at the Grand Hyatt © Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef cooks directly on your plate. Watch the little chef as he lights the grill and garnishes your favourite dish. The cinematic effects on the restaurant table is made possible by a 3D mapping technology that conjures up Le Petit Chef and his cooking skills as a creative aperitif on your plate. Of course, you don't have to do without culinary delicacies either. The menu, including salad, two entrees and a choice of BBQ or vegetarian options, starts at 99 euros. The menu for children up to 12 years costs 49 euros.

Where: Grand Hyatt, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, Tiergarten

When: from August 2021

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Tip 6: SPRK.global 

Deli by SPRK
Deli by SPRK © Martin Meier

SPRK's goal is to minimise food surpluses. After all, one kilogram of wasted food also contributes to an environmental impact of the equivalent of 2.5 kilograms of CO2. So far, the Berlin start-up has processed surplus goods into delicious dishes that you could enjoy in the Esswirtschaft restaurants and in the Factory Kitchen. With the first deli - more are to come - SPRK now has its own shop. Soups, wraps, bowls, pastries, drinks and fresh fruit are served. The core of the concept, by the way, is highly technical and based on an AI-driven distribution platform that identifies and redistributes food surpluses in the supply chain.

Where: Akazienstr. 3A, Schöneberg

When: since the beginning of June from Monday to Friday from 10 am - 5 pm 

SPRK

Tip 7:  New KPM Store

KPM - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
KPM - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur © Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin

It doesn't get more exclusive than this: since June, you can find the finest porcelain in the former salon of star hairdresser Udo Walz directly on Kurfürstendamm. In addition to the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM), two other luxury brands are also represented, namely, appropriately enough, Berlin chocolates from Sawade and EinsteExclusively, it doesn't get much more exclusive than this: since June, you can find the finest porcelain in the former salon of star hairdresser Udo Walz directly on Kurfürstendamm. In addition to the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM), two other luxury brands are also represented, namely, appropriately enough, Berlin chocolates by Sawade and Einstein Kaffee.

Where: Kurfürstendamm 27, Charlottenburg

When: since 1 June

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Tip 8: 12seasons

Dessert at the Berlin Food Week
Dessert at the Berlin Food Week © Berlin Food Week

After the test run as a delicatessen marketplace "Markt12", 12seasons now also invites you to the table. The concept is still to go with the seasons and serve corresponding dishes and wines. The menu is based on the colours and gifts of nature in terms of decoration, dishes and spices on a monthly basis. 

Where: Giesebrechtstraße 3, Charlottenburg

When: since June, Tuesday to Saturday from 6 pm, bar until 1 am.

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Tip 9: Tante Fichte

Gourmet restaurants in Berlin
Gourmet restaurants © istock.com/andresr

Fans of multi-course menus get their money's worth at Tante Fichte. Here, 5 - 7 courses are created for you and the local products are combined with the corresponding wines. In addition to "Tante Fichte", "der Onkel" also cooks traditional dishes that you simply have to heat up at home. Enjoy your meal!

Where: Fichtestraße 31, Kreuzberg

When: since March, lunch on Saturday from 12 - 3 pm, dinner from Wednesday to Saturday from 6 pm onwards

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Tip 10: Opening soon - FREA BAKERY 

FREA - vegan zero waste restaurant
FREA © © FREA

With their restaurant FREA (see picture), David and Jasmin Suchy have already proven that it is possible to run a restaurant so sustainably that no waste is produced despite full enjoyment. Therefore, only food directly from the producer, unpackaged and plastic-free, ends up in the kitchen. Food scraps and bowls are processed by a composting machine into a soil substitute, which is then returned to the supplier farms. Soon, the couple also wants to open a bakery based on the same principle. The exact date has not yet been set. You can find the latest news on Instagram under @freabakery.

When: soon

Where: Gartenstraße corner Schröderstraße, Mitte


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Tip 11: Frank Café

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Berlin: Frisches Obst vor Café © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The menu reads like a little trip around the world - and at the juice counter you order your favourite drink by its first name. The Flotten Lotte mixes beetroot, apple, lemon, green tea and maniac, while the Lässig Rainer surprises with coconut water, camomile, turmeric, orange, carrot and black pepper. Everything is also mixed for you with a shot as an after-work drink, which you can enjoy in the pretty garden. And of course, a lot of emphasis is placed on seasonal and regional ingredients.

Where: Schönhauser Allee 176, Prenzlauer Berg

When: Monday to Sunday from 8.30 am - 6 pm 

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