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Top 11 new openings in January

The new year will be simply delicious

City-West am Abend
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

This January we have high expectations for the coming year. Although some of the dates for the next new openings are not quite fixed yet, we already know that some new things will open their doors in Berlin in spring 2022. We also have four exciting new restaurant openings for you, from burgers to classy vegans. And after dinner, a concert? You can find tips for that in the current episode of our also still quite new podcast Berlin Unboxed.

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Tip 1: Oukan - In harmony with the elements

Restaurant Oukan
Restaurant Oukan © Nils Hasenau / Oukan

Especially when it comes to food, it's always a real treat that our capital is so multicultural. At Oukan you can enjoy vegan dishes inspired by the centuries-old Shōjin Ryōri tradition, Japanese Buddhist temple food. This is accompanied by selected wines and cocktails, as well as very special Japanese and Asian teas. The minimalist, dark interior underlines the well-considered elegance. 

When: Tuesday to Saturday 6 - 11 p.m.
Where: Ackerstraße 144, Mitte

More vegetarian and vegan restaurants

Tip 2: Samurai Art Museum

SAMURAI Museum Berlin
Samurai Museum Berlin © Ruben Meier

One of the world's largest collections of weapons and blacksmithing of the Samurai culture is expected to be presented in the new Samurai Museum in Mitte from March. In addition to the collection pieces and original historical objects, you can discover the world of the samurai immersively using virtual reality. You will also see works by contemporary Japanese artists.

When: Expected from March 2022 
Where: Auguststraße 68, Mitte

Samurai Art Museum

Tip 3: LOVIS - Behind enchanted walls

Janet Knaack Store und Restaurant Lubitsch
Savignyplatz © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Kantstraße is known for the numerous international restaurants that you can find here. With the LOVIS now comes a new, exciting addition. Chef Sophia Rudolph is known for a young German cuisine, regional, sustainable and close to home on the one hand, but at the same time cosmopolitan. The location on the busy Kantstraße seems a bit like an enchanted place. The lights glitter promisingly behind the windows of the old brick building and invite you to spend an enjoyable evening.

When: from 14 January
Where: Kantstraße 79, Charlottenburg

Restaurants in der Kantstraße

Tip 4: Merold - share and linger

Restaurant Merold
Restaurant Merold © Bildermanufaktur Ralph Keller

If you like healthy and delicious food and also like to let others try it, Merold is the place for you. Here, dishes are served to share, from the vegetable patch directly onto the plate. The kitchen team works closely with regional farmers and urban gardeners. The menu is small but extremely fine and changes according to season and harvest.

By the way, the Himmelbeet community garden finally has a permanent address. Since the beginning of 2022, they have been planting and gardening near the Humboldthain S-Bahn on the corner of Gartenstraße and Grenzstaße.

When: Tuesday to Saturday 6 - 11 p.m.
Where: Pannierstraße 24, Neukölln

Urban Gardening in Berlin

Tip 5: Himalayan worlds in the zoo

Elch - Tierpark Berlin
Elch im Tierpark Berlin © Tierpark Berlin

Snow leopards, red pandas, elks, Tibetan wild asses: around 20 different animal species will cavort in a specially created mountain and forest region from spring. The Himalayan Worlds cover an area of around 60,000 square metres and are designed above all to make the animals feel comfortable and at home. The Himalayan Worlds are part of a larger redesign of the Tierpark Berlin, in which the animals, for one thing, will be housed even more appropriately for their species and thematically according to their habitats.

When: Spring 2022
Where: Am Tierpark 125, Friedrichsfelde

Tierpark Berlin

Tip 6: Empire of the hunters opens at the zoo

Berlin attraction Zoological Garden
Zoological Garden Berlin © Zoo Berlin

At the beginning of spring, the lions at Berlin Zoo will also be able to let off steam in the new hunters' kingdom. On an area of around 1,400 square metres, the modernised predator house alone offers plenty of space to play, but also heated rock caves for cosy hours of rest. And the extensive outdoor area is also ready for occupancy just in time for the warmer spring temperatures. 

When: Spring 2022
Where: Hardenbergplatz 8, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Zoo Berlin

Tip 7: Mampferei Burger

Eating burgers at the Mampferei
Eating burgers at the Mampferei © Clemens Bauerfeind

A burger joint has opened right on Kudamm. And to make sure it tastes really good, the Mampferei team relies on high-quality and sustainably produced ingredients. Burger buns without preservatives and meat fresh from the farmer. But that's not all. Vegan and vegetarian burger fans also get their money's worth at the Mampferei, whereby the meatless burgers are not imitations but surprise with their own flavours.

When: Tuesday to Saturday 12 - 8 p.m.
Where: Kurfürstendamm 24, Charlottenburg
 

Burger restaurants in Berlin

Tip 8: DeFacto instead of Deichmann

Parents and child strolling happily by the shop window in winter and smiling
Mother, father and daughter shopping holding hands © GettyImages, Foto: praetorianphoto

Fashion for the whole family: that's what the new DeFacto flagship store, which will move into the former Deichmann branch on Tauentzienstrasse in early 2022, has to offer. DeFacto is the second largest fashion chain in Turkey, specialising in clothing and accessories at low prices. There is no exact opening date yet.

When: Early 2022
Where: Tauentzienstraße 7, Charlottenburg

More shopping in City West

Tip 9: Agnona - pure luxury

Geschäfte am Kurfürstendamm
Kurfuerstendamm © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The model for the first Agnonga menswear store, which opened on Kurfürstendamm in December, is a classic modern flat in Milan. No expense was spared on the interior. Highlights are the Carlo Scarpa table from 1972 and Gianfranco Frattini chairs from 1955. The assortment is equally exclusive. This includes Cashmear knitwear and outerwear for men and kids as well as beautiful items for a cosy home made of cashmere, alpaca and lambskin.

Where: Kurfürstendamm 188/189, Charlottenburg
When: Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Thursday until 8 p.m.), Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Shopping on Kurfürstendamm

Tip 10: Mission: Play! by Mattel

Potsdamer Platz Skyline
Potsdamer Platz Skyline © Getty Images, Foto: spreephoto

Mattel's play and adventure centre is set to become the new family magnet in Berlin this spring. On 4000 square metres, Barbie, Hot Wheels and Mega Bloks fans can immerse themselves in real and virtual play worlds. In addition to the individual play areas, the new family entertainment centre will also offer workshops, entertainment events and gastronomy. Incidentally, Mattel is opening another Mission: Play! In Dubai.

When: Spring 2022
Where: Potsdamer Platz Arkaden

Potsdamer Platz Arcades

Tip 11: Berlin Unboxed – Classical Music in Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker
Berliner Philharmoniker © rbb, Foto: StephanRabold

There's also news from our podcast. In the third episode of Berlin Unboxed we introduce you to Klassikstadt Berlin - and take you backstage to the Philharmonie. There we meet the violinist Maja Avramovic in the tuning room. And Frederik Hanssen, who has been reviewing classical concerts for the Tagesspiegel for decades, has some very special insider tips for you.

Listen to it now!

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

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.