Ever since I live in Berlin, the Kastanienallee in Prenzlauerberg is one of my favorite walk-around-and-hangout areas (although has been suffering from gentrification). There you will find lots of shops selling cute nonsense, sweet little cafes, bars from worn to chic and all kinds of restaurants. I especially recommend a visit in autumn, when the setting sun paints golden flitter upon the pavements.
We start our walk at U Eberswalder Straße and drop (nearly) directly into Kastanienallee, passing by the beautiful cafe-bar “An einem Sonntag im August” on the left: Vintage style with shabby sofas, breakfast buffet and an assortment of hot wine punches in winter (and not only in winter). On the right side of the street, you will find the so to say famous Prater-Beergarden – a fantastic place to spend a warm summer night, and with a wonderful “end of summer” feeling on rainy days of fall (you should absolutely listen to “Beirut” – “A Sunday smile” with it).
Walking on, we will pass the Café Schwarzsauer, the “Godot” bar (look at the ceiling while waiting for the never-coming fellow), Café Morgenrot, the great Lichtblick Kino – or just the crazy ever-changing whatever on walls, in windows, on the street itself, like:
Second hand stuff
The Venus in glitter
Whatever stores (this is the Records store… I think. Or at least it might be… not sure because of these light-reflections coming from whereever…)
The unexpected gate to heaven
Prenzlauerbergs most important drink ;)
Having been an area for artists and illegal housing in the DDR, Kastanienallee is recently suffering from gentrification: Expensive in-style boutiques have moved in, rental fees are raising, and many original inhabitants were forced to leave the place. Fortunately there are some alternative spots left – like the Lichtblick Kino (in the truest sense of the word). Also, cinematographic history took place at Kastanienallee – for the Skladanowsky brothers, two German pioneers at the roots of cinematography, worked there.