When I roamed the streets of Berlin earlier this year, I kept returning to Prenzlauer Berg, a neighborhood in the Pankow district in northeast Berlin—I was drawn to the cute boutiques of local designers, the vintage and secondhand markets, the bars and cafés, and the street art and graffiti. It’s leafy. Quiet. But edgy and urban. A sweet balance.
I love the colors everywhere, and how the walls are basically canvases—it’s refreshing to see that kind of freedom on the streets, and also watch so many artists creating and playing during the day.
Graffiti artists work on a section of the remaining inner wall (Hinterlandmauer) at the top of the mound at the Mauerpark, a park occupying an area formerly enclosed by the Berlin Wall. Local artists are permitted to create here as they please.
I’ve never actually come upon a shop called Paul’s Boutique. Score.
To reach Prenzlauer Berg, hop off the U-Bahn at Bernauer Straße or Eberswalder Straße stations. Then proceed to get lost—it’s a surprisingly pleasant way to find random murals and little shops, and you’ll eventually emerge from the inner blocks and find your way to the Mauerpark.
More on Prenzlauer Berg:
More on Berlin:
- Art in Ruins: Inside Berlin’s Kunsthaus Tacheles
- Kunsthaus Tacheles: The Ultimate Junkyard
- Street Art of Blu: Murals in Berlin and Lisbon
- Berlin’s East Side Gallery: Remnants of the Wall
- Angles & Shadows in Berlin: The Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Museum
- Notes on Travel & Childhood
- Tonight in the Alexanderplatz: Guten Abend from Berlin