Berlin is always on the top of gay travelers’ lists, but it’s not always easy to monitor the queer pulse on this bustling capital. Luckily for us gay travel writer Adam Groffman from TravelsofAdam.com (who we were lucky enough to interview in a recent feature) not only has completed a very effective and easy-to-use QueerBerlin map (together with Berta Luise Heide from walk-this-way.net but took the time to give us three diverse places that are frequent LGBT haunts to whet our Deutsch appetites.
Facciola Wine Bar
Facciola is an Italian wine bar with many authentic snacks and small bites. Located in the heart of Kreuzberg near Görlitzer Park, they host regular foodie events. The fun and friendly bar staff always make sure everyone has a great time, and it’s the type of place where you rarely leave lonely (or sober!).
It’s one of the world’s largest and most significant LGBT museums where you’ll find an impressive collection of queer history archives. The Schwules Museum also have a rotating roster of temporary exhibitions on everything from porn to one the current retrospective on Simone de Beauvoir. A small café and shop in the foyer is a regular meeting point for Berlin’s LGBT groups and events.
Self-described as a “feminist, queer-oriented, eco-friendly, vegan sex shop,” the Other Nature shop has a friendly and approachable method to selling sex toys. They have a variety of products and even a small library of LGBT publications in their back room (with free tea!).
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The travel guide (retail price: 5€) features recommended LGBT-friendly museums, shops, sights, restaurants, cafés, bars, and clubs. Take advantage, though, of the curated walking tours, too. “The QueerBerlin city walks are designed to guide LGBT tourists effortlessly through Berlin,” Heide said. “Berlin is such a diverse and sprawling city with so many things to see and do, it’s not always easy for tourists to find the best of the best.” Recommendations on the map, for example, include some of the most exceptional sights such as the Reichstag, beer gardens off the beaten path in Tiergarten, hidden shops, an art gallery inside a bunker, and, of course, many queer-specific hotspots and underground events.