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District Gui­de: Neu­kölln, Berlin

seen by Jeisson Martin, photographer

The young pho­to­gra­pher Jeis­son Mar­tin has cho­sen a uni­que neigh­bor­hood in Ber­lin to be his new home: Neu­kölln. It’s an area full of sur­pri­ses whe­re tou­rists, inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents, and new­co­mers ming­le with ori­gi­nal Ber­li­ners. The area’s best-known streets Son­nen­al­lee and Karl-Marx­Stra­ße in par­ti­cu­lar repre­sent Neukölln’s vibe, with all the tas­ty smells waf­ting from fala­fel shops, Ara­bic super­mar­kets and local shi­sha cafés. This neigh­bor­hood is the per­fect place for an upco­m­ing crea­ti­ve like Jeis­son to find limit­less inspi­ra­ti­on. And may­be that’s the rea­son why he always comes back to Ber­lin, after various trips to Thai­land, Toron­to and Paris. Neu­kölln might not always be pret­ty, but it never fails to deli­ver an inte­res­ting sto­ry, and an ide­al back­drop for street shots to boot.

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Why does your job per­fect­ly match your city? Neu­kölln is a very vibrant, mul­ti­cul­tu­ral part of Ber­lin. You inter­act with the real” peop­le here, so if you are loo­king to hear about cra­zy sto­ries, be open and some Ber­li­ners might tell you some beau­ti­ful, sho­cking, or just cra­zy les­sons they’ve lear­ned from life. As a crea­ti­ve this gives me a lot of ener­gy that I can put back into my work.

How do you spend a Satur­day in your district? I like to spend my Satur­days at Kör­ner­park. To me, it’s the most beau­ti­ful park in Neu­kölln – may­be even Ber­lin. The Kör­ner­park is right in my Kiez (Ber­lin slang for neigh­bor­hood) and you wouldn’t expect it to be here at all, it’s just way too pret­ty. The second place would be the old part of Neu­kölln cal­led Böh­misch-Rix­dorf. Situa­ted bet­ween Son­nen­al­lee and Karl-Marx-Stra­ße, you’ll be sur­pri­sed to find a cozy litt­le vil­la­ge here. One of the nicest Christ­mas mar­kets in town is in the heart of the Böh­misch-Rix­dorf area, at Richard­platz, every year. Even if it’s always super crow­ded, it’s defi­ni­te­ly worth it. 

1. Kör­ner­park | Schier­ker Str. 8, 12051 Berlin

2. Christ­mas Mar­ket | Richard­platz Richard­platz 1, 12055 Berlin

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When you want to impress your date, take them to the lovely piz­za (and ice-cream) place right next to Kör­ner­park. Nini e Pet­ti­ros­so real­ly has one of the best Piz­za in Ber­lin and some gre­at wine!

3. Nini e Pet­ti­ros­so | Sel­ke­stra­ße 27, 12051 Berlin

Be awa­re of pick­po­ckets. And of cour­se the local mar­ket Die Dicke Lin­da” at Kra­nold­platz which takes place every Satur­day. If you like fan­tastic cheese, wine, local slow­food or even Japa­ne­se snacks, you should defi­ni­te­ly go there!

4. Local mar­ket: Die Dicke Lin­da“ | Kra­nold­platz, 12051 Ber­lin, @diedickelinda

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When you have to work on your lap­top, it‘s best to go to Roas­ters. They have the tas­tiest cof­fee the­re, and you only pay 1,80 € for a cappuccino.

5. Roas­ters | Her­mann­stra­ße 176, 12051 Berlin

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When the sun sets, go to the roof­top bar Klun­ker­kra­nich. Not so much of an insi­de tipp any­mo­re, but still a gre­at place to watch the sun set over the city of Berlin!

6. Klun­ker­kra­nich | Karl-Marx-Stra­ße 66, 12043 Ber­lin, @klunkerkranich

You‘ll meet the long-estab­lis­hed locals at one of the nume­rous pubs you can find in Neu­kölln. In all of the ones I’ve been to, the locals were very open-min­ded and friend­ly. In Ger­ma­ny we call them Spe­lun­ken” — you can reco­gni­ze them from the big sign adver­ti­sing the beer brand Schult­heiss“ on the outside!

The best place to peop­le watch must be Her­mann­platz for sure. Sit out­side a Spä­ti” (short form for Spät­kauf, a typi­cal Ber­lin cor­ner shop) on a Fri­day or Satur­day evening and just absorb what is hap­pe­ning here. The­re will be a lot going on…

7. Her­mann­platz | Her­mann­platz, 10967 Berlin

Whe­re do you find inspi­ra­ti­on? For my free­lan­ce work, I real­ly love to com­mu­ni­ca­te with the peop­le from my neigh­bor­hood. But as I now have a full-time job in the crea­ti­ve field, I do get my inspi­ra­ti­on from what is hap­pe­ning in the world, espe­cial­ly in muse­ums and gal­le­ries. If I want to see some fine selec­ted art in my district, I go to the old Kindl Bre­we­ry – a collec­tor cou­p­le exhi­bits a wide ran­ge of inte­res­ting artists in this uni­que building.

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8. Kindl-Cen­ter for con­tem­pora­ry art | Am Sud­haus 3, 12053 Ber­lin, @kindlberlin

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You can find the nicest vin­ta­ge clothes in one of the count­less Vin­ta­ge stores in Neu­kölln. If you are loo­king for some spe­cial gems you should check out Iro­nic Gal­le­ry!

9. Iro­nic Gal­le­ry | Flughafenstr.24, 12053 Ber­lin, @ironicgallery_

14 Juli 2019 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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