Moabit

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Sur­roun­ded by water, with the Spree as its sou­thern bor­der, Moa­bit is one of Berlin's quiet and rela­xed sub­urbs. Tra­di­tio­nal­ly a working class neigh­bour­hood, Moa­bit offers all the amen­i­ties you need, such as nice cafés, tren­dy bars and vibrant restau­rants. Thanks to its cen­tral loca­ti­on, you can easi­ly reach the rest of Ber­lin by public trans­port, inclu­ding the main rail­way station. 
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Markets and shopping facilities

Turm­stra­ße has a wide ran­ge of shops, inclu­ding seve­ral second-hand clo­thes shops, inex­pen­si­ve 1 and 2 euro shops, super­mar­kets and fresh fruit and vege­ta­ble shops, with ven­dors quo­ting pri­ces on the foot­path. Tho­se loo­king for a wider sel­ec­tion of shops will find them in the "Schult­heiss Quar­tier", a new­ly ope­ned shop­ping cent­re inte­gra­ted into a his­to­ric bre­wery, with expo­sed brick­work and many fashion stores.

Nightlife

Alt­hough rela­tively quiet by Ber­lin stan­dards, Moa­bit still has a num­ber of tren­dy bars. Kal­l­asch on Olden­bur­ger Stra­ße is often the place to go for live con­certs at the weekend, tasty cock­tails and cheap shots. Ano­ther place to visit is the "Neue Nach­bar­schaft", a bar and cul­tu­ral space whe­re regu­lar jam ses­si­ons and con­certs take place. Look for­ward to cheap drinks and good con­ver­sa­ti­on. If you fan­cy foot­ball, then visit the many small bars in the neigh­bour­hood, whe­re you can meet the locals almost any­whe­re and cheer on your team tog­e­ther. You want to club but don't want to go to Fried­richs­hain, then Moa­bit has its own hot­spot for that, Hei­de­glü­hen, a coll­ec­tion of run-down buil­dings and out­door dance flo­ors par­al­lel to the canal, is well known. As well as the all-night raves, the­re are also all-day parties. 
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Cafés and restaurants

Moa­bit is known for its Ara­bic and Tur­ki­sh cui­sine, and many of the best places are loca­ted on Turm­stra­ße, the main tho­rough­fa­re. Out­side the many small restau­rants, you will meet many locals enjoy­ing dis­hes such as len­til soup, gril­led meat or fra­grant rice dis­hes. For a vege­ta­ri­an or vegan kebab, Hum­baba Fal­a­fel is recom­men­ded - its few woo­den tables out­side are almost always packed with peo­p­le enjoy­ing their pita with fal­a­fel, halo­u­mi or maka­li. Moabit's own mar­ket hall, the Armi­ni­us­hal­le, with its ele­gant, vaul­ted wrought-iron cei­ling and his­to­ric brick­work, offers a quir­ky mix of restau­rants, inclu­ding Peru­vi­an, Aus­tri­an, Bal­kan, Ita­li­an, Viet­na­me­se and even Cana­di­an pou­ti­ne. At luncht­i­me and in the evening, it's a popu­lar place to lin­ger over a meal with fri­ends. For a weekend break­fast, Café Tir­rée on Bir­ken­stras­se, whe­re you can place your order with a menu check­list, is the per­fect place (the café turns into a tren­dy bar in the evening). Crunch Kan­ti­ne, a small café that pro­du­ces a deli­cious buf­fet on Sie­mens­stra­ße, is also worth a visit. Val­l­a­da­res is loca­ted in a pic­tures­que Wil­hel­mi­ni­an-style buil­ding on Ste­phan­stra­ße and is known for its vegan cui­sine. The popu­lar Café Gar­cia is a gre­at place to start the day with a cof­fee and watch Moa­bit slow­ly come to life. On Fran­k­lin­stra­ße in a back cour­ty­ard is the roas­tery for Ein­stein Kaf­fee, and the lar­ge café has out­door sea­ting over­loo­king the river, an ide­al place to spend a sun­ny after­noon idly ¬or if you want to work in a café. 

Art and culture

The ZK/U (Cent­re for Art and Urba­ni­stics) is loca­ted in an old train sta­ti­on depot and is a gre­at place to visit an exhi­bi­ti­on or show. But it's also the per­fect place to chill out with fri­ends or sun­ba­the on sun­ny days. One of the station's mul­ti-pur­po­se rooms, part of the old brick buil­ding, is given over to free­lan­ce artists, while the pro­ject room and base­ment are used for art exhi­bi­ti­ons, events, con­certs and a month­ly flea mar­ket. Food cine­ma nights are also held here regu­lar­ly, with dis­hes ser­ved on long woo­den tables lin­ked to the the­me of the film. In the east of Moa­bit is the Kul­tur­fa­brik, which is housed in a crumbling for­mer fac­to­ry and warehouse buil­ding. The­re is a theat­re and a cine­ma here (Film­rausch­pa­last), as well as an exhi­bi­ti­on space, a bar and the Slaugh­ter­house, an under­ground club. In sum­mer, the cine­ma plays open-air films, which are shown for a dona­ti­on, with the grand­stand set up in front of the near­by rail­way tracks - enjoy a film, even if it is occa­sio­nal­ly dis­tur­bed by the rum­ble of a pas­sing train. 
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Parks and leisure

Moa­bit has many parks to relax in, play­grounds and sports grounds. The lar­gest park is the "Klei­ner Tier­gar­ten" along Turm­stra­ße - a much smal­ler ver­si­on of its big brot­her on the other side of the river. On the edge of the park the­re is a beer gar­den right next to the lar­ge St John's Church. Fritz-Schloss-Park has sports fields and a foot­ball sta­di­um, as well as a clim­bing cent­re. If that's not your thing, head to Vaba­li, a Bali-inspi­red spa whe­re you can unwind after a long weekend in its sau­nas and rela­xa­ti­on pool, sur­roun­ded by Bali­ne­se wood car­vings and Bud­dha sta­tu­es. The best wal­king rou­te in Moa­bit is along the River Spree, the gras­sy banks are also the per­fect spot for a pic­nic or after-work beer. The wide path offers an idyl­lic spot for jog­gers and cyclists - fol­lo­wing the river east­wards, you will reach Bel­le­vue Palace, the futu­ristic House of World Cul­tures, the Fede­ral Chan­cel­lery and the govern­ment dis­trict. If you fol­low the river west­wards, you will final­ly reach Char­lot­ten­burg Palace. 

Transport and location

Moa­bit is well con­nec­ted to the rest of Ber­lin. U-Bahn line 9 runs north and south, to Wed­ding and Char­lot­ten­burg, and con­nects with other U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines. The S-Bahn con­nects to the east and west, and from Ber­lin Cen­tral Sta­ti­on the­re are trains, trams and buses that gua­ran­tee con­nec­tions to various desti­na­ti­ons throug­hout the city. Berlin's newest under­ground line, the U55, is set to extend from Ber­lin Cen­tral Sta­ti­on to Muse­um Island and across Alex­an­der­platz to Fried­richs­hain. It is expec­ted to mer­ge with the U5 in 2020. The TXL bus takes just 10-15 minu­tes to reach Tegel Air­port from Moabit.

Did you already know?

Moa­bit was first sett­led in the 17th cen­tu­ry by the French Huguenots.

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