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Brunette Kreuzberg scissorhands

Having plied their trade for many a long year in the salon quartiers of Mitte and Ku’damm, Henry Lemke and André Staack decided to break out on their own in 2013. That meant totally ignoring the footfall factor and setting up shop in an utterly tranquil courtyard just off the canal in Kreuzberg 61, but conveniently right on the U1 line too. This is where the two scissor brothers consummately go about their business, which is namely, damn good hairdos.

Finding the right hairdresser isn’t easy; even more elusive than Mr. Right some would say. Especially one that gives solid advice but cares about your idiosyncrasies; one with mad skills but also a tender touch. This affable duo tick all these boxes and then some. So if you’ve had a couple botched jobs from your regular scissor-wielder recently, you could do worse than heading over to the laid-back surrounds of Brunette.

N.B. Leave your blonde/brunette jokes at the door, bitte.

Markt am Winterfeldtplatz Grade A groceries

Stretching past the shadow of the St. Matthias Kirche, this beloved Schöneberg mainstay is a magnet for food-fanatics and locals alike, as well as enamouring all chancers who happen upon the twice-weekly hustle and bustle. With a nigh on endless bounty of cheeses, jams, honeys, meats and an abundance of other colorful produce, the joy here is to be had in wondering—indulging in a little (though more likely a lot of) try before you buy.

Aside from a little high-grade grocery shopping, Markt am Winterfeldtplatz is a great spot to grab some lunchtime eats, with Thai soup stalls vying with Pelmeni, fresh smoked fish and gourmet sausage stands for the chance to make their mark on your taste buds. Proceed with caution though—there’s little to stop you going overboard at this Berlin smorgasbord.

Görlitzer Park Terminus Kreuzberg

Every Berliner’s favourite stop for a little greenery. If Görli were a person it’d be the scruffy hungover stoner who was struggling to roll his cigarette through half open, bloodshot eyes. He’d have bushy hair, style that was so wrong it was somehow right and be far friendlier than you’d think at first glance.

Once an old railway station and then home to British anarchist art communes, Görlitzer is now a full-time, run-down, graffiti-garnished park space and first port of call for Kreuzbergers of all kinds when the sun decides to shine—ensuring that there’s always a bit of a reckless buzz about the place. So don’t be surprised to see the occasional rave pop up out of nowhere—especially in amongst the Mayday chaos. And for those too lazy, or too yuppie, to get themselves to the Späti for some Sternburgs, the café-come-club Edelweiss is there to lubricate proceedings.

Hamam Ladies of leisure

Located in Berlin’s only women’s centre, Schokoladenfabrik, Hamam has been providing ladies with an all-round lap of Turkish luxury since 1988—and you know what they say about experienced women…

Divided into several spaces, each with a different focus, you can indulge in a few traditional Turkish eats (feta is better) before you make the trip downstairs to the actual Hamam where granite sinks are tucked away in tiled recesses for you to bathe yourself and, if you’re feeling intimate enough, your spa-going sisters as well. Elsewhere, Hamam also offers massages, full-body peelings and various other cosmetic services and also boasts both a sauna and infrared cabin to set temperatures on the rise. And if all this gets you a little too hot under the collar that you’re not wearing you can escape to landscaped yard for some fresh air.

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