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Friedrichshain

Friedrichshain

An integral part of the former East Berlin, this has become the city’s answer to New York’s Lower East Side and London’s Shoreditch. Abandoned warehouses are being snapped up by developers and converted into night clubs and luxury loft apartments – even the cookie cutter Plattenbauten (literally ‘slab houses’, as they’re made of prefabricated concrete slabs) apartment blocks on Karl-Marx-Allee have become sought-after dwellings. Home to much of the local media industry, MTV and Universal headquartered by the riverside, this is where you’ll find the city’s media moguls having lunch, design interns carrying their coffees, and clubbers making their way home at midday from places like Berghain. However, head further inland, to the other side of the Karl-Marx-Allee where punks and anarchists still dominate the concrete jungle, and you’ll get a feel for what the area used to be like.