Berlin Where the Twenties Are Still Roaring in Berlin
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Berlin Where the Twenties Are Still Roaring in Berlin

Berlin’s decadent past is far from behind it. Relive the old Gatsby-era glamour at these spots.

The Weimar Republic was both one of the most fascinating and tumultuous times in German history. In the midst of the mounting social unrest and economic instability that would later lead to the catastrophic rise of the Nazi party, there was also a flourishing cultural scene in Berlin. Nightlife, cinema, arts, music and cabaret all thrived in the chaos. Here’s where to recapture some of the glitter of the Roaring Twenties.

Clärchens Ballhaus

Although the current owners saved this century-old ballroom from complete dereliction, they’ve left a few atmospheric signs of decay for effect. The grand Spiegelsaal, or mirrored ballroom, hosts galas and live music in what has to be one of the most striking settings in the country.

Babylon Kino Mitte

Opened in 1929, when all of Berlin was enchanted by Marlene Dietrich on the silver screen, this art deco cinema near Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz shows a well-curated mix of independent releases and cult classics.

Mimi Textile Antiquitäten

If you want to look like Louise Brooks in the classic silent film Die Büchse der Pandora, you’ll need to get all your fabulous flapper fashions at this Schöneberg vintage shop, which stocks garments and accessories from 1890 to 1950, all of which are in impeccable condition.

Bar Jeder Vernunft

Willkommen, bienvenue to a place that captures the decadent spirit of the kind of cabaret where Fraülein Sally Bowles might have sashayed across the stage. Although the space doesn’t date quite back to that era, the bawdy drag performances and vaudevillian acts channel it perfectly.

Bohème Sauvage

Prepare to be transported back in time at this monthly party, which has been running for years and has become something of an institution in Berlin. The dress code is strictly glam and very strictly enforced, meaning you’ll want to don your finest vintage duds in order to get past the door.

Europe’s second largest department store KaDeWe has been Berlin’s buzzing centre since 1907. It’s a city within the city to have a walk, discover new trends, do some shopping or enjoy lunch... and what a lunch!
The biggest food hall You don’t want to miss the treat on the sixth and seventh floors at KaDeWe: the Feinschmeckeretage. With over 1,000 places, it’s the biggest restaurant in the city and, better yet, you’ll find the best-stocked delicatessen in Europe and the second largest in the world.