The area around Kottbusser Tor Station is still a little rough around the edges. But if you manage to look past that stormy exterior you will discover an urban flavor that is quintessential to Berlin life.
If you head north onto Adalbertstrasse you will see the small fresh veggie market on your left. My favorite spot here is a few steps away, a small triangle of great choices. Try Taka Fischgrill if you are in the mood for delectable fish. But if you just fancy a drink, Kremanski is right across. And Möbel Ölfe, a popular and vibrant gay bar is also there, usually with great music and that very vibe that keeps attracting people to this city.
Just about a block away you have Oranienstrasse, with its variety of hipster fashion shops and jewels like the original Modern Graphics shop, where you can get lost in a world of comic books and alternative magazines.
It is lively day and night here. And if you are in the mood for a Döner Kebab after a night out, your choices will be wide and good. But the architecture and graffiti around here holds a lot of history as well. It is very representative of an old West Berlin, a space embellished with cultures from around the world.