Florakiez: Pankow's Best Kept Secret

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Discover Florakiez in Pankow

Pankow is well known for young families, small shops, and cosy pubs. Prenzlauer Berg is the district's most famous neighbourhood, but right next door is Pankow’s best kept secret: Florakiez. Tucked away from the crowds and overpriced cafes, Florakiez welcomes visitors and attracts residents with renovated Altbaus, colourful new buildings, and a charming array of shops and restaurants. Get to know what makes this quiet little neighbourhood so special.

Beyond Prenzlauer Berg

Named after the Florastrasse which encloses the neighbourhood, Florakiez is flanked by the S-Bahn stations Wollankstrasse and Berlin-Pankow. From the latter, you can reach the city centre in just a few minutes by S-Bahn or U2. Even more than the good connections, however, Florakiez residents appreciate the feeling of home: Newcomers and old-established residents come together, connected by the neighbouring student housing and senior citizens' residences, a deeply rooted pub culture meets trendy organic shops. Despite all it has to offer, this cosy corner of Berlin remains a local secret: few tourists get lost in the Pankow beyond Prenzlauer Berg. This means that the neighbourhood enjoys a life as diverse as it is relaxed in the north of the capital.

Florakiez is centrally located and well-connected in Berlin, with stations Wollankstrasse and Berlin-Pankow in the vicinity.

Beautiful as a bouquet of flowers

Not only is Florakiez culturally colourful, but it is also just as visually appealing as its more famous neighbours. Thanks to extensive renovations after Berlin’s reunification, newly built houses have closed the gaps between restored historical Altbaus. Former industrial sites such as the Heynhöfe and the Mälzerei Pankow add a modern flair to the area, while several green spaces bring the neighbourhood to life. The Bürgerpark Pankow, for example, provides residents with a large space to relax or enjoy recreational activities. The park, which was developed in the 19th century as part of a country residence, now features an animal enclosure, a park library, a lovely rose garden, and more than 12 hectares of grassy lawn. All of these wonderful features results in a neighbourhood with a colourful palette that satisfies all aesthetics- almost like a bouquet of flowers, according to the name.

You can find many natural food shops and organic supermarkets in this Pankow neighbourhood.

Everything the heart desires

Your weekly shopping just got a lot more exciting: Florakiez boasts many small shops offering almost everything from clothes to books to bicycles. As well as visiting the usual supermarket chains, you can, for example, become part of the shopping community at the Bioquell organic food shop or buy high-quality meat products at the Mischke butchery. If you don't have fresh food in the fridge, you can rely on the gastronomic variety the neighbourhood has to offer. Between fast food at Flora Burger, sushi at Nam Ý, and classic Italian cuisine at the Ristorante Firenze, every appetite will certainly be satisfied. For a nightcap or the start of an unforgettable night, pubs like Prague Spring or the Oak Civic Room open their doors.

Bürgerpark Pankow is one of Berlin's most beautiful parks, and even features a rose garden.

Never bored again

Once the shopping is done and your cravings have been satisfied, there are plenty of other ways for locals to pass the time in Florakiez. The nearby Bürgerpark Pankow, mentioned above, is one of the most beautiful parks in Berlin. The perfect place for a family outing, the expansive park includes an animal enclosure with mountain goats. A little more thrilling, but just as popular with young and old, are the artificial climbing rocks in the Berta Block boulder hall. For those who prefer a more cultural scene, Zimmer 16 offers a stage for readings, concerts, and plays as well as various exhibitions. Every day can bring something new in Florakiez.

Find your home in Florakiez

Florakiez in Pankow treats its residents to a wide range of cultural, culinary, and shopping opportunities. However, you won't find the hectic everyday life that usually accompanies other districts with similar amenities. Florakiez welcomes those who are perhaps not as fascinated with the hottest trends and latest must-haves. If you hear Florakiez calling your name, take a look at our available apartments around the neighbourhood.

What to do in Florakiez

Written by:

Philipp Müller

Philipp is at home in Berlin and loves to explore the city in all its facets. Here he shares his experiences, new discoveries, and helpful tips with the readers.

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