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Friedrichshain, Neukolin and Kreuzeberg, Berlin

East meets West Berlin

East meets West Berlin

Victoria Broadhead

Eastern Berlin, so long a place of misery and communist ‘culture’ has recently become the place to see and be seen in Germany’s capital. The areas of Friedrichshain, Neukolln and Kreuzeberg have emerged as the centre points of the burgeoning youth culture with cafes, bars, clubs and independent retailers taking over the once quite streets and filling up the former derelict and graffiti stained buildings.
Adelbarstrasse, where Friedrichshain and Kreuzeberg meet, is an example that demonstrates the mix at its best. Starting from the north end you immediately find yourself amongst boutique fashion shops selling custom made one offs and vintage clothing, sitting alongside tiny art galleries complete with their artist in residence at work.
Further down there is a line of Turkish shops and restaurants demonstrating the areas recent immigrant past and then 100m of non stop bars and cafes ranging from the bizarre, to the achingly hip. It can be said that these areas can now stand shoulder to shoulder with their equivalents of Hackney/Shoreditch in London and the East Village of New York.