A Guide to Berlin's Coolest English Language Blogs
Not sure where to start in Berlin? Here’s our comprehensive- yet by no means definitive- list of some of the city’s best English language blogs:
IHeartBerlin - a classic, and deservedly so. A great place to start if you’re wondering where to go, what to do and what’s coming up in the city. Available in English and German.
StilinBerlin - the slickest lifestyle blog on the block, StilinBerlin brings you a neatly categorised list of great places to eat, drink, shop and spend your day, and has a handy map to find the nearest spots to you. A must for newcomers and old-timers alike.
Collidoscopeberlin - Run by two Americans with backgrounds in social anthropology and international education, Collidoscopeberlin focuses on migration and the ‘collision’ of cultures and perspectives that forms the various communities in Berlin. A thoroughly original, refreshing, and intelligent approach that is well worth a read.
What Ali Wore - A bit like Humans of New York, but featuring just one guy (85-year-old Ali), and his wacky daily outfits. Brilliant.
Wholy Goodness - It’s probably time for a food blog… Wholy Goodness is so delightfully designed I fell in love with the food before I even knew what it was. Thankfully, the recipes also deliver. I can recommend the Sloppy Burgers. All the recipes are vegan, so bang on trend with Berlin’s growing penchant for all things health food.
The Needle - some interesting and thought-provoking opinions on the city, covering everything from politics and culture to ‘disco snacks’, by Canadian writer Joseph Pearson. At over 40,000 views per month, it is one of the most popular of Berlin’s many blogs. Published weekly.
Days of Deutsch - for those wanting to learn a bit of German, Londoner Polly brings you a word a day with accompanying image to spice up your vocab training. You’ll be fluent in no time.
Maedel’s With a Microphone - for something a bit different, head on over to Maedel’s With a Microphone for an informed selection of podcasts on the city, whether social commentary, historical and political contextualisation, or simply ‘sounds of the city’…
Digital in Berlin - for all you music lovers.
Kreuzberg’d - claiming to offer ‘everything you never knew you wanted to know about Berlin and Kreuzburg’, this is a really fascinating insight into the city’s history and some of its lesser-known stories. A must for those wanting to swot up on Berlin’s rich cultural heritage.
Berlin Food Stories - a comprehensive guide to Berlin’s vast array of restaurants, this blog includes ‘New Restaurants’ and a handy map of select spots to stuff your face.
Digital Cosmonaut - If you fancy yourself as an urban explorer, or you’re just bored of the tourist traps, head on over to Digital Cosmonaut, the well-established blog specialising in ‘off-the-beaten-track’ places perfect for arty photography.
Slow Travel Berlin - like an alternative Lonely Planet, this blog does what it says on the tin, offering articles, tips, tours and workshops on Berlin that encourage a deeper, more thoughtful exploration on the city and its culture. With accompanying book, 100 Favourite Places, now available to buy.
By Jane Walton