Berlin is a city for new immigrants and old, a home for the hipsters of the world and Europe’s startup innovators. Whether you want to take your courses in German or English – Berlin has options for the yogini looking for classic vinyasa, Iyengar, or something even as crazy-sounding as Boxing Yoga.
It’s hard to pick just a few yoga studios by name – it seems practically impossible. On a personal bias note (as I work there), you can start your yoga days at BECYCLE, a newly minted yoga + spin + fantastic cafe studio in Mitte. You can take everything from a boxing yoga course to a fun and house-beat-themed spin class.
For something more traditional, two of my favourite studios are Jivamukti Berlin Studio and Spirit Yoga. Both have normal power yoga courses, more restorative classes and if you’re on the look out for those 90 minute courses – these are the places to be. Jivamukti also has an awesome vegan cafe on it’s first floor and I’ll admit to having spent many hours with a cozy book and some tea and cake on a lovely Saturday or two.
One of the cooler concepts that Berlin has to offer is at Yellow Yoga. Price isn’t the same for everyone; it’s based on your monthly income. Because it’s Berlin – it’s the honour system, and courses range from 7 to 11 euros. The last yoga studio I’ll talk about (even though there are most likely at least 50 more that I’m missing – please tell me about them in the comments!) is Chimosa. Not only can you take yoga classes, Chimosa offers kung fu and martial arts courses on the side. Yep. It’s awesome.
If you aren’t looking to take a normal “course,” there’s more than a few yoga teachers who go out to teach in the parks and you can find them by wandering, or by checking out local events on Facebook.
What do people think of when it comes to Berlin? Flea markets. All of the flea markets. Probably two of the best ones are Flohmarkt am Mauerpark and Flohmarkt am Boxhagener Platz. They have everything from old Soviet-era antiques, household products, clothes, hipster labels, coffee, food, edible things to take with you, How do you decide!? So much to spend your money and time on. As for me, I’ll recommend you get a snack, and spend some sunny afternoon wandering around a market.
Probably one of the lesser-known events in Berlin is The Thai Park. Can you picture a better afternoon than spending a Saturday eating locally-made thai food in a park in Berlin? I cannot. Because that’s what this offers. Events-wise, Berlin tends towards spontaneity. So spend your evenings and days walking around exploring: I guarantee you’ll come across something more niche and cooler than I can offer in this short piece.
Eat & Drink
This was the absolute hardest section to write. I love food. The first place I had to mention though was Markthalle Neun, which is a food market open on the weekends with special events (like Nosh Market, Breakfast Market, Persian Nights) and has a food market every Thursday. It’s my favourite place in all of Berlin, and you can’t come without a visit.
As for cafes – it’s hard to choose but I’ll point you in the direction of the House of Small Wonder, which serves cozy Japanese-themed cafe snacks (weird but yum). To satisfy your Mexican tooth, there’s Dolores or Santa Maria for your burrito needs. Craving Korean food? Yam-Yam has the most delicious and warming soups, hosted in one of the cutest little restaurants, where we all share table and eat with perfect strangers. Lastly, if you’re feeling namaste, Daluma is where you’ll find the most “yogic” meals and conveniently enough: it’s walking distance from BECYCLE and Jivamukti.
For something that lights up your night, Berlin is… well it’s the home of clubbing. Instead of giving you a short list of clubs, I’ll point you at Resident Advisor. Resident Advisor gives you all of the clubbing options throughout the city, shows you the clubs, the music and makes sure you have the best night out.
But let’s say you don’t want to go clubbing – Berlin will still stay up for you. There’s the Nachtflohmarkt (every second Wednesday starting at 8pm), which is one of Berlin’s biggest night flea market. You can find cool antiques, food stands and little knick-knacks to buy.
The more-artsy among us won’t be disappointed by Berlin on offer. There’s outdoor singing to be done at Bearpit Karaoke and open-air cinema through Freiluftkinos. Whether you want to go east or west, spend your nights out partying or exploring all of the freaky and fun parts of the city – you are well covered.
I love Berlin; it has practically everything you can think of. Much as I want to tell you about all of the possible activities, I’ll restrict myself. The more sporty are welcome to try out indoor rock climbing and bouldering at BergWerk Berlin. It’s a surprisingly popular sport in the city not near to any mountains, but it more than makes up for it. Granted, if you don’t think you’re fit for rock climbing, go ahead and take a picnic with and relax outside in one of the many parks in the city or my personal favourite: Volkspark Friedrichshain. Once it’s sunny out, you are more than likely to see me there.
Not so much a fan of the outdoors? That’s fine. Berlin does have it’s indoor perks. You’ve got the extremely popular and incredible bookstore: Shakespeare and Sons, to grab a new book a cozy up inside. Or if you’re thinking of doing something more interactive, Berlin has a TON of Escape Games to try, timed games where you and a group of friends must escape from a room by using your wits and cleverness. And options-wise, there are so many! Claustrophobia gives you the post-nuclear option, Hipster Party Escape imagines you waking up after a party and needing to get out of the house as soon as possible, and Cat in the Bag lets you picture being trapped in a prison bunker, or alpine hut.
On a final note: Berlin has a million fun things to do and an infinite amount of food to eat. You cannot possibly do it all. One of my favourite ways to give back to my city is by volunteering. Vostel has a number of different community service options. You can work at a refugee camp, an senior home for dogs or even helping to clean up and revamp the more run-down areas of the city. It pains me to reduce Berlin down to just over 1000 words. In my heart, it deserves many millions. Do me a favour and come visit – and you’ll never want to leave.
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