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Nathan Ma

Nathan Ma

Contributing journalist, Germany

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LGBTQ+ Berlin – the city’s best gay bars, clubs and saunas

LGBTQ+ Berlin – the city’s best gay bars, clubs and saunas

The German capital has a reputation as one of the great gay cities of the world, and that reputation is very much warranted. Berlin is home to a thriving LGBTQI+ community with no shortage of bars, club nights and saunas to show, with new venues making their mark all the time. Berlin is a city that is always moving forward, and things move quickly here, but there is always time to smile and enjoy life. It is the Berlin way, after all. Check out our selection of the best gay bars, club nights and saunas in beautiful Berlin.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best clubs in Berlin

The 9 absolute best markets in Berlin

The 9 absolute best markets in Berlin

Food markets, flea markets, art markets, you name it, we love a market. Is there any better way to spend a summer morning than ambling the aisles of a sprawling market? It all comes down to personal preference, obviously, but we’re all in on the things. The best markets in Berlin are right up our street. Or, in this case, right up our dusty aisles. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir to bring home from the German capital, make a beeline for the markets, pronto. Sure, the city has immersive shopping that caters to all needs, but these markets provide stories to go with the souvenirs. Berlin is the perfect destination, a famous city of elite museums and innovative restaurants, not to mention the best night out on the continent. Berlin’s markets are another string to this marvellous bow.

The 8 absolute best nightlife spots in Berlin

The 8 absolute best nightlife spots in Berlin

The best night out in Europe? Heck, try the world, buddy. Berlin’s party scene is legendary. The German capital has club nights that go on for (literally) days, excess as far as the eye can see, sex-positive policies and special nights tailored to pretty much every community. It has it all, in short. If you are a fan of dancing the night away, you are going to have an incredible time in Berlin.The best nightlife spots in Berlin tick all of the boxes. All of them. That is just the sort of place that Berlin is, a city filled with iconic attractions, elite restaurants, legendary markets and much more. The nightlife might just sit at the top of the table. RECOMMENDED: The best clubs in Berlin

The 17 best clubs in Berlin

The 17 best clubs in Berlin

Berlin has a reputation for insanity when it comes to nightlife, and that reputation is well and truly earned. Clubbing in the German capital is not for the nervous, and neither should it be. When people say they partied all weekend in Berlin, the chances are they literally did 72 hours of straight madness before heading back to work on Monday morning. A couple of beers and an early night, this is not. With that in mind, the best clubs in Berlin are among the best clubs on the planet. You can find the stereotypical techno warehouses here, but Berlin’s reputation for innovation and creativity is very much alive when it comes to nightlife too. Sleek modern clubs, squat raves, bunker parties, if you can conceive of it, it is probably happening in Berlin. Drink plenty of water, folks.

The 10 absolute best museums in Berlin

The 10 absolute best museums in Berlin

Berlin has museums for days, as the saying goes, and the old cliche of ‘something for everyone’ isn’t just alive here; it is positively on fire. From preserved segments of the Berlin Wall to a collection of creepy marionettes, the German capital covers every possibility for the desires of culture vultures. In typically Berlin style, this means very serious museums right next to very silly ones. Yes, it might be a little jarring, but that is the point. The best museums in Berlin do a great job of capturing the intangible essence of the German capital. This place has a history as rich and complicated as it is occasionally harrowing, and all of that can be explored and investigated in the city’s museums. The buildings these exhibits reside in are museums in their own right, displaying the many different architectural styles that have dominated Berlin over the years. If you’re committed to spending a day exploring the museums of Berlin, you are in for a treat. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Berlin

The 10 best places to get brunch in Berlin

The 10 best places to get brunch in Berlin

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Whoever decided to combine the best parts of breakfast and lunch is a genius who needs a statue. In fact, we’d like to buy them a brunch, preferably from one of the best brunch spots in Berlin. If there is a better combination than this modern culinary innovation and Europe’s coolest capital city, we’re yet to find it. It is no great shock to find out that trend-obsessed Berlin is right at the forefront of the brunch revolution, although it wasn’t an easy sell. Breakfast and lunch are big deals here, after all, but the magic of the middle is starting to catch on. You can thank the city’s expats for that. Whether you’re feeling a little hungover from a big night out in Berlin or just fancy pigging out a little later in the morning, you’re in luck. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Berlin

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

New normal. You’ve probably heard that phrase a lot over the past 18 months. When the pandemic hit last year, humankind entered a new era. And the day-to-day lives of city-dwellers – so used to the social aspect of urban living – changed with it. But now, many of us have gone some way to throwing off those shackles. Border restrictions are loosening. Bars, restaurants, even clubs are reopening. And while the pandemic still rages on, we’re all tentatively reaching out to something that kind of resembles a better normal. So, what’s that, exactly? To find out, you’ve got to look at what’s going on around you, out on the street, down the park, in your backyard. Throughout 2020 and 2021, our cities have thrived. Against impossible odds, communities banded together, hung out, made stuff. They displayed all the same energy and resilience and grassroots ingenuity that allowed them to spring up in the first place. They survived. And now we come to our annual ranking of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods. This year, we couldn’t help but switch up our priorities. Food, drink, nightlife, culture – important. Community spirit, resilience, sustainability – just as important, especially if we are to come out of this pandemic with things we can be proud of and tell the rest of the world about. Just like we’ve done for the past three years, we took the results of our annual Time Out Index survey (which this year polled 27,000 city-dwellers) to our local editors and contributors. They then vet

Los barrios más cool del mundo de 2021

Los barrios más cool del mundo de 2021

Nueva normalidad. Probablemente hayas escuchado mucho esa frase durante los últimos 18 meses. Cuando la pandemia golpeó el año pasado, la humanidad entró en una nueva era. Y la vida cotidiana de los habitantes de la ciudad, tan acostumbrados al aspecto social de la vida urbana, cambió con ella. Pero ahora, muchos de nosotros hemos logrado deshacernos de esos grilletes. Las restricciones fronterizas se están aflojando. Se reabren bares, restaurantes e incluso clubes. Y mientras la pandemia aún continúa, todos estamos tratando de llegar tentativamente a algo que se asemeja a una mejor normalidad. Entonces, ¿qué es eso exactamente? Para averiguarlo, debes mirar lo que sucede a tu alrededor, en la calle, en el parque, en tu patio trasero. A lo largo de 2020 y 2021, nuestras ciudades han prosperado. Contra todo pronóstico, las comunidades se unieron, pasaron el rato, hicieron cosas. Mostraron la misma energía, resistencia e ingenio de base que les permitió surgir en primer lugar. Ellos sobrevivieron. Y ahora llegamos a nuestra clasificación anual de los vecindarios más geniales del mundo. Este año, no pudimos evitar cambiar nuestras prioridades. Comida, bebida, vida nocturna, cultura: importante. Espíritu de comunidad, resiliencia, sostenibilidad; igual de importante, especialmente si vamos a salir de esta pandemia con cosas de las que podemos estar orgullosos y contarle al resto del mundo. Al igual que lo hemos hecho durante los últimos tres años, llevamos los resultados de nue

What to do in Wedding, Berlin’s coolest neighbourhood

What to do in Wedding, Berlin’s coolest neighbourhood

What’s the deal with Wedding? Berlin is a city that’s expanding quickly and forever changing: recent influxes of venture funding and start-up money have given the once-grubby capital a cosmopolitan facelift, complete with cookie-cutter housing complexes and urban excess. In Wedding, however, old habits die hard – stroll up Müllerstrasse and down Seestrasse and you can see the city’s history spelled out in cheap rent, cheaper eats, and local hotspots all too often overlooked in favour of the bright lights and tourist traps of Kreuzberg or Neukölln. This neighbourhood in north-west Berlin feels warm and inviting, with street markets and sprawling public parks frequented by young families and long-time residents alike. Striking Weimar-era architecture contrasts with the harsh lines of former factories – a hangover from Wedding’s history as a working-class district in West Berlin. The area remains largely residential, far removed from the fast-paced developments of Silicon Allee, and therein lies its charm: real and rustic, Wedding is a reminder of why so many have flocked to Berlin since the fall of the Wall. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world If you only do one thing... Photograph: Doris Antony Head to the Berlin Modernism Housing Estates for a first-hand look at Bauhaus buildings designed by some of the movement’s top architects. Built between 1919 and 1934, these social housing complexes survived the Second World War and were listed as a Un

The 7 best Berlin club nights

The 7 best Berlin club nights

While the techno scene for which Berlin’s known is still going strong, a new generation of DJs and club kids have proven a disruptive force in recent years – and the city’s nightlife’s gone all the wilder for it. Some follow in the paths of Berghain, a local legend with a sex-friendly ethos and all-weekend lineup; others bring the heat with tropical flavours and poppy selectors. All the same, as our selection of the best Berlin club nights shows, there’s never been a better time to enjoy nightlife in Berlin: LGBT-friendliness is a given, as are vibes so good you’ll never want to leave. Parties start around midnight and spill into the next day, but maintain a relatively relaxed attitude when it comes to dress codes – so feel free to pop on a pair of trainers that will last you from sunset to sunrise. Whether it’s hip hop, pop, R&B or, yes, techno, the Berlin scene’s never been better for a night on the town. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best clubs in Berlin

The 13 best things to do in Cologne

The 13 best things to do in Cologne

Centred around a towering Gothic cathedral, this is a cultural oasis in the sleepy German state of North Rhine-Westphalia: tackle the best things to do in Cologne to dissect all there is to it. The town is a cultural meeting point where Germany's old traditions meet new modern influences. It’s at its best during the city’s world-famous Carnival celebrations—a city-wide fancy dress party fueled by beer and good spirits, starting on Shrove Thursday and running right through the Easter weekend—but there’s something to do in Cologne all year round. Get a taste of the tightly-protected Kölsch brews, visit the Chocolate Museum, dance the night away to techno and eat your bodyweight in sausage before you leave. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.