How to avoid Berlin's tourist traps

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013
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1. Hops & Barley Wühlischstr. 22, Berlin, 10245

With its tiled floors & walls, exposed pipes, and visible brewing gear, Hops & Barley has a distinct English brewpub vibe to it. And while Germany generally trumps England in just about everything (football, cars, delicious sausages), this Berlin spot does well taking cues from the Brits. The Hops & Barley crew regularly brews pilsners, dark pils, wheats, and cider, and, on occasion they even bring out special IPAs and brown lagers.

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2. Heidenpeters Eisenbahnstr.42-43, Berlin, 10997

Johannes Heidenpeter is operating his newish brewing project out of Kreuzberg's Markthalle Neun, offering market customers a range of IPAs, pale ales, saisons, and, come winter, stouts and porters.

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3. Vagabund Brauerei Antwerpener Strasse 3, Berlin, 13353

This microbrewery is the project of three American ex-pats who were home brewers back in the states. Although the shop is currently only open on weekends, Vagabund is hard at work on small batch IPAs, Szechuan saisons, and coffee stouts.

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4. Voo Store Oranienstr. 24, Berlin, 10999

This clothing and apparel store in Kreuzberg has a diverse collection of items and brands from athletic gear to outerwear.

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5. Search and Destroy Oranienstraße 198, Berlin, 10999

Search and Destroy certainly isn't the most inviting name, but that doesn't seem to stop plenty of folks from checking out this sweet skate shop.

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6. Hard Wax Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, Berlin, 10999

Located in Kreuzberg, Hard Wax carries a massive collection of old school records, ranging from just about any genre you can think of.

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7. Berlin Bier Shop Kirchstr. 23, Berlin, 10557

With a knowledgable owner and a massive selection of beers, you can't go wrong with the Berlin Bier shop if you're craving some refreshing suds.