Berlin is a cool city. Among the techno clubs and lively parks are well-stocked bookshops and exhibition spaces.
She said is a bookshop in Kottbusser that stocks books written by female and queer authors. It stocks a range of books in German and English and also has a coffee shop nestled inside it. They regularly have live readings and events which can be streamed live on their Instagram page.
Motto books in Kruezberg is hidden through a walkway and could easily be missed. They stock books, magazines and vinyls. A perfect place to spend hours flicking through obscure independent magazines and rare books.
Half bookshop, half bagel shop, Shakespeare and Son’s is in Friedrichshain and often has a queue going out the door. They stock English books and have spaces for readers to eat and eaters to read. They also have live events which they promote on their Instagram page.
A small art press and printing studio in Soldiner Kiez. Besides printing books, zines, pamphlets, posters and more, they also host workshops in various disciplines, for instance riso-printing.
Aperture Film Lab in West Berlin is more than just a film developing lab, they create a space for a budding community of local photographers and showcase small exhibitions of their work.
Not an artsy recommendation but an important one nonetheless. Shitshow is a mental health consultancy and think tank that promotes creating healthy and inclusive environments at work.