Where to live in Berlin? Best Neighborhoods in Berlin
Being the very heart of Berlin, Mitte (german for center) displays a miniature of how life feels like in the German capital. Paying tribute to the recent history, while setting foot in the future, this urban and posh neighbourhood is the place to be if you’re craving some action. Home to most of Berlin’s unmissable landmarks, including the Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag Parliament Building, the Berlin TV Tower at Alexanderplatz and the Jewish Memorial site and in proximity to Berliner Dom on Museum Island, Mitte makes the ideal place for first time explorations.The district is also famous for having a great dining and nightlife scene.Trendy cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants, busy shopping streets, and art galleries are some of the things you should expect to find here. The streets around Hackescher Markt are known for their little upscale boutiques while most of Berlin’s fast growing start-up scene is located around Torstrasse. Tiergarten, the city’s largest park, is perfect for a lovely stroll while serving as a venue for cultural events. With Berlin Metropolitan School, Berlin Cosmopolitan School, and the Berlin Kids International School all located in the area, Mitte gives young professionals and international students a reason to house hunt in the city center.
Neukölln, set in south east Berlin, offers an eclectic mix of old and new, as it has undergone a major transformation in recent years, from an old worker’s district into becoming an artists and immigrants’ hub. Its increasing reputation resulted in the opening of many cafés, independent galleries and vintage stores. Home to a large Turkish community, the area has become known as “Little Istanbul”, with the typical shisha bars overflowing with tourists. During the day enjoy some chill time by the canal, in one of the street cafés all along Westerstrasse or at Maybachufer. As the sun goes down, let the increasingly young, alternative and international crowds guide you to the northern part of the neighborhood, where the best bars, funky clubs and trendy restaurants are located. Maintaining a multicultural atmosphere, Neukölln is also a top pick among expats, seeking a bohemian – hipster zone in Berlin, with very affordable rents and a budget friendly market.
Schöneberg, in the southwestern Berlin, is the perfect blend of peaceful and residential. Full of coworking spaces, well-connected to the city center, and a bit more upmarket than some other parts of the city, this district is ideal for young professionals who aren’t necessarily into party life. Although not super trendy, due to its proximity to some of the city’s trendier districts, Schöneberg grants you access to the alternative parts of Berlin whilst living in a lovely, quiet suburb. Surrounded by countryside, the area supports outdoor activities, especially around Tempelhof Airport which is now a public park with spots to chill, cycle, and skate. Cool small dive bars and speakeasies (good luck finding them!) are proof that nightlife exists in the neighborhood while local, cozy restaurants on Akazienstraße and in Winterfeldtplatz are ideal for romantic dates. Another highlight of Schöneberg is its open mindedness as it is known to have one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities. For gay bars and clubs in Berlin head to Nollendorfplatz and Victoria-Luise-Platz.