The district of Friedrichshain is an old neighbourhood in the former East Berlin. Nowadays it is a slightly alternative neighbourhood and is the home to artists and intellectuals of the city. There are plenty of coffee shops which serve a brunch most of Sunday, at a small price. The young people get together with friends on a terrace, and they hang out from 11am to 4 pm, eating and chatting with friends. The neighbourhood is organised around the Boxhagener Platz, a quiet square with a park in the centre, which hosts a flea market at the weekend. The fashion street is Simon-Dach-Strasse and it has a lot of small restaurants and bars, most with nice terraces. You can see that the people here look quite different than in other districts like Mitte and Charlottenburg. They collect second hand things and give them a new and original look.
The real name of Scheunenviertel is the Spandau district, Spandauervorstadt. It is a neighbourhood in the former East Berlin, making a triangle between Oranienburger, Auguststrasse and Rosenthaler strasse. It is the neighbourhood whose nightlife is a bit alternative, that which we all seek when we go to Berlin, the bohemian neighbourhood with squatters houses converted into art galleries and nightclubs. The place is generally lively rather early, but it lasts until the early hours of the morning. The metro and S-Bahn services also run all night, so there is no problem in travelling about and then going back to your hostel at the end. In this neighbourhood the artists took the destroyed buildings, which were almost ruined, and set up their shops, showrooms and some bars. There is an amazing creativity in how they created their tables, chairs and bars! As the neighbourhood has become quite touristy the prices are not too low anymore but it definitely still worth a visit if you visit Berlin.