Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Part 2 of our Alternative Berlin checklist
14. Watch the largest outdoor Karaoke you’ll likely ever see. Bearpit Karaoke is on every Sunday in Mauerpark. Here random punters can sing their hearts out in-front of hundreds of people. If you like karaoke there is a few great karaoke bars in Berlin including Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke.
Our tip - bring beers and drinks along to the bear pit karaoke
Amphitheatre at MauerPark
Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke
Warschauer Str. 34
15. Pick up some great bargains at the Hallenflohmarkt in the Arena. The covered flea market is one of our favourites and shelves are packed high with all sorts of bric-a-brac.
Saturday and Sundays
Hallenflohmarkt an der Arena
16. Stroll through the Maybachufer Turkish market in Kreuzberg. It is on every Tuesday and Friday. Pick up some bread, dip and olives all for 3 euros.
17. Eat some authentic Thai food in Preussen Park. Thai families sit under colourful sun umbrellas selling all kinds of delicious Thai food. It is every day in the summer, but the atmosphere is best at weekends with many park goers picnicking with their papaya salads and pork buns.
18. Party in an U-banh station. Why pay a hefty club entrance when you can dance in an U-banh station for free - Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn station is well known for spontaneous parties. It’s a wonderful thing walking off the U-banh and into a crowd of party people dancing in front of a make shift DJ booth.
19. Sample Berlin’s fantastic street food at Markthalle Neun. The market is on every Thursday evening and you can sample great street food market from some of Berlin’s best known street food vendors. In Berlin we are all about the street food, on weekends Kiez99 street food market at the end of Raw Temple has a DJ playing chill music, with a wide range of cuisines. Another good alternative is Biteclub in Kreuzberg, held in the summer.
Revaler Str. 99
20. Be transported back to the 70’s at a roller disco - Club SO36 in Kreuzberg holds a roller disco every Monday in the summer along with a roller dance class.
21. Frequent Berlin’s many quirky bars. The Weinerei is a unique wine bar where you pour your own wine and pay what you like. It has a great living-room feel to it and the staff are very friendly. Or maybe try Madame Claude, the upside down bar where furniture is attached to the ceiling.
Lübbener Str. 19
22. Swim in a pool floating on a river – Badeschiff is beach bar and pool on the Spree river which holds regular beach parties. Alternatively, attend a pool party at the Haubentaucher, a club with an outdoor pool and beer garden.
Revaler Str. 99
23. Get into Berghain – The infamous Berghain is notoriously hard to get into with a strict and seemingly random door policy. You can read blog upon blog on tips and tricks on getting into Berghain and still get pied. Go on a Sunday afternoon for a higher chance of entry.
Am Wriezener Bahnhof
24. Groove away at Lido’s Soul explosion. Lido is popular with expats and looks like a big school hall, with a huge disco ball. Lido’s relaxed door policy means it’s easier to get into in larger groups. They also have great live music nights.
25. Watch a film at an open-air cinema – Berlin loves outdoor cinema with a dozen open-air cinemas to choose from. The Freiluftkino Kreuzberg often plays films in English. They often hold special screenings for special events such as Eurovision and football tournaments.
26. Visit the world’s first Sticker Museum - Hatch Kingdom is a cheap museum with entry only €2.50. They also have a large range of stickers for sale.