Prenzlauer Berg is to the north side of the Spree what Charlottenburg is to the south. Known for its parks, and generally gentrified lifestyle it is filled with wealthy expats, young bohemians who are now raising families and new and established academic types.
Like Mitte and central Friedrichshain, café life is big here and neighbourhoods are buzzing. Where there are cafes there are boutiques and where there are expats there are English language bookstores. In Prenzlauer Berg, there are also children and dogs and bicycles with carts attached that tow the whole family around as well as the shopping.
Berliners make pilgrimages to Volksparks Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg and the area's most famous attraction – Mauerpark. Named for its main feature the Berlin Wall (mauer), the park attracts locals and tourists in equal number to browse its giant Sunday flea market, or just to drink beers in the sun as they amble from one street performer to the next with the obligatory stop at the Bearpit Karaoke.
Prenzlauer Berg oozes charm as you stroll through its historic quarters. Kollwitzkiez is known for its idyllic weekend food markets, while the Kulturbrauerei has become an arts and cultural hub. Berlin’s most beloved beer garden the Prater Garten is a great central meeting point and the shopping in Kastanienallee is some of Berlin’s best.
Prenzlauer Berg is the hot spot for the city’s chicest bars and grand elegant architecture. Filagree balconies cast shadows across pastel coloured apartment buildings covered with ivy. Leafy neighborhoods are filled with organic supermarkets as well as shops for children and pets, from toys to clothing, ice cream to pet washing salons and so much more.
You will certainly get a taste of inner city life here, but the way the modern day Berliners live it.