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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.

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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