A tranquil island in a
sea of tourists
westberlin mediabar and coffeeshop 14
Why locals love it
Amidst the hordes of tourists and the commercial exploitation of Berlin's grim history, Checkpoint Charlie is the last place you would expect to find such a hip place. The coffee, music (they often play Berlin artists), and food is good. It has comfortable seats for browsing a variety of art and alternative culture magazines and books.
Why you should visit it
Experience the self-consciously hipster side of life in Berlin, and pick up some niche magazines or books that might be hard to find elsewhere. There's also a long shared desk and fast wifi if you need to update your travel blog. It's a welcome respite from the tourist circus if you find yourself stuck in the centre.
Homesick Australians can find homemade Anzac Biscuits here; one of Australia's most loved recipes.