Friedrichshain is simply the place to stay while in Berlin.
Kreuzberg has long been popular and for good reason, but Friedrichshain was for me, the perfect balance. It had nightlife, an abundance of restaurants and cafes, and a number of independent shops. Yet, despite all of this life, it was a relatively quiet neighborhood, easily accessible with the subway.
I spent the week at a friend’s place and I must say, he really lucked out with the flat itself and the neighborhood. Both working as nomads that week, we did most of our work from Herman Schultz Cafe. Since the weather was beautiful, a lot of it was outside in the sun. I bought a lot of chai lattes that week. Best chai latte of my life. Soup ain’t bad, either. 😉
One spring evening, we went for a long run to Treptower Park and back, which was FILLED with picnic-goers and partyers, just groups of friends celebrating that the next day was a public holiday. The beautiful weather only intensified the sunny vibes reverberating through the park.
We ended that day at Punjabi Indian restaurant, since Burgeramt was so packed. Everyone was out, even though it was already easily 9pm. (I love “southern” European culture for this; the night owl in me craves to eat late whenever I’m abroad.)
Berlin is all about the weird, the funk, the unique. But Friedrichshain… it was also about the welcoming, the charming. I can’t wait to go back and work again from there some day.