For several years now, an unassuming building on Weserstraße in Neukölln has been undergoing an incredible transformation. In previous lives it was a bakery, tobacconists, and brothel; and at the start of this month it officially began its new life as Berlin’s newest independent cinema — Wolf Kino.
It’s that time of year again in Berlin. The sky has taken on a uniform shade of grey, the mercury has plummeted to single-digit figures, and it’s raining so much that you could be forgiven for thinking you were in England. But it’s not all bad. Autumn is the perfect time to cosy up in your favourite gemütlichkeit café, walk among the colourful leaves, and remind yourself that although it feels cold, it’s nothing compared to what’s to come — Berlin’s winter, which will freeze your späti beer to your hand and turn the walk to your nearest U-Bahn into a kind of death-defying version of Dancing on Ice. Until that happens, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in autumn in Berlin.
Berlin, as we know, is a multi-kulti city. Each district, or even Kiez, showcases a plethora of international cultures, whether it’s restaurants selling Thai, Spanish or Mexican food or independent shops specialising in French books, African antiques or Czech toys.
Amidst this cosmopolitan Smörgåsbord can be found a subtle but consistent spread of Scandi-themed outlets, ranging from cafés selling tasty fika (Swedish for when you drink something, usually coffee, and eat something sweet), galleries exhibiting works from Scandinavian artists, and homeware boutiques offering the best in Scandinavian interior design.