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« on: July 20, 2010 03:50:50 AM »

I and my sister are going to Berlin between the 29:th of July and the 1:st of August (from Sweden). I am a very dedicated craftster and so I thought you people here could probaly guide me to something that would suit my taste.  Smiley Looking for things like flea markets, interesting craft shops, independent art galleries... anything interesting (and preferably inexpensive).

I have looked through the previous threads here and found some interesting things, but most of those threads are years old, so I thought I'd ask again. What is your favourite place?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010 12:37:25 AM »

hi gavagai,
I think I might have an idea or two for you...
my absolute favourite is a little shop calles frau tulpe (http://www.frautulpe.de/?___store=engl_storeview&___from_store=default). it's got beautiful things and a really inspiring atmosphere.
I know of two flea markets, one is in the mauerpark (prenzlauer berg), huge thing, on sundays; the other is on the boxhagener platz (friedrichshain), smaller, more trees if I remember correctly. on both markets there are usually plenty of crafty people selling their things, so they're great places for shopping and - ahem - 'getting' ideas.
around the boxhagener platz there are plenty of restaurants who offer brunch on sundays for little money. I love to sit, eat, talk and watch people for hours...
what else...
if it is (almost) as hot as last week, you can have an urban swim at the badeschiff (http://www.arena-berlin.de/badeschiff.aspx?flagtext=Badeschiff). they charge you a few euros, but it is a lovely place to get strength in the late afternoon for the berlin night and have a first drink.
the best icecream you get near the the u-bahn station schlesisches tor, I think it's falckenstrasse, but not quite sure. anyway, you'll see the queue.
in mitte there's a lovely place to have breakfast or just coffee called strandbad mitte, and another place for a drink one with a lovely, somewhat wild garden called clärchen's ballhaus.
and if you're into strawberry daiquiri, go to a bar called erdbeer (http://erdbeerbar.de/)
that's it for now - if you have questions or are looking for something more specific just ask!
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010 11:52:22 AM »

hej hej,
yeah all swedish tourists go to the fleamarket at mauerpark Wink - it's fun, but it's also supercrowded.
if you are interested in fabrics - especially cheap fabrics then you shouldnt miss the "turkish market" http://www.tuerkenmarkt.de/ it takes place in neukölln (a map is to be found on the website) every tuesday and friday. and it's real fun not just because u can buy jersey fabrics for 2euro/m.
if you want to go 2nd hand shopping i'd recommend several places that are connected to "kleidermarkt" http://www.kleidermarkt.de/

and as for the ice cream i'd always go to a place called "Glücklich am Park" on kastanienallee in prenzlauer berg. they also have amazing waffles... hm.

and yeah, strandbad mitte is cool... didnt know it still existed (ah i'm getting a little nostalgic).
but for going out and not paying soo much (respectively, as much as you can), you could go to a place called "Weinerei". After 8pm they have a nice selection of wines to choose from and as you go, you pay as much as you consider appropriate. (On veteranenstraße, close to zionskirchplatz in prenzlauer berg).

well, you will see, there are a lot of opportunities to spend your money and time. Smiley

Ha det bra i Berlin!
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2010 10:23:43 AM »

Thank you both so much! I came back from Berlin a couple of days ago, and I followed a few of your tips.

We had huge icecreams at that place by Schlesisches Tor (I managed to eat about half of it!  Cheesy). Also we went to the Turkish market. I only bought a couple of metres of fabric though, and some serger thread. We spent a lot of time in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Found some nice clothes in shops on Oranienstrasse. I also bought a waffle iron at Mediamarkt.  Cheesy Generally we had a lovely time! I am definitely going back!
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