Berlin. A city I can finally cross off my list of places to see. We went, we saw, we enjoyed it thoroughly.
Here’s a mini-guide of all our fave to-do’s:
We stayed at the lovely Cosmo Hotel, Berlin Mitte and I can’t recommend it enough, we had a spacious room with a view over the city. The highlight – continental breakfasts each morning; of which I took full advantage, from avocado toasts to bircher muesli and fresh ginger and mint teas! It’s probably one of the main reasons I was wide awake at 6am each morning. Oh I do love an AirBnB but this was just bliss!
A neighbourhood after my own heart, rebellious – a mix of cultures, clashes, fusion food and all the political street art for your viewing pleasure. We, for some reason or other ended up here every day of the trip. If you want a neighbourhood to stay in from day-to-night – this is the place for you. Random decaying buildings which double up as secret bars or live music playing until 3am, whatever it is – it was great fun and we were big fans. Luzia and Das Hotel were a couple of our favourites.
Just another bohemia, relaxed neighbourhood. This was actually my fave to come to for off-the-charts tasty vegan food. I was happy eating vegan only food for the first 3 days after discovering a number of delis and street-food hubs in the area. Hazza and The Bowl were my top picks. Great flavours, good portions and great value! If only Manchester’s vegan scene was just as affordable!
We got recommended this area by another local (as in Manchester local) whilst in a coffee shop. What are the odds? The people in Berlin are SO friendly. The Spree river is within the Friedrichshain district but also spans out further. We stocked up on a picnic lunch from my new vegan deli of choice and walked down the river until we came to the bit where it splits off into two. The perfect place to kick back and take in some of leafy suburbs surrounding the river. The sun made an appearance as well which just made our al-fresco lunch all the more appealing!
Spindler & Klat – Kreuzberg
Situated on the Spree river, this place is a restaurant, club and event space all in one. Offering more of a luxurious vibe but we only popped here for an early dinner (as we were sat in ripped jeans and trainers) – it’s definitely more of a dressy joint as the sun goes down. Food wise – the restaurant serves pan-asian style food with a little European influence. Go. It’s a good’un.
If you’re into house music and soaking up the rays – this could be the place for you. We swung by in the afternoon and it was a laid back hangout where you could drink anything to your hearts content. It borders the Spree and you get views of the water and passers by that look in.
This was probably my favourite bar of all. A huge roof-top situated on a shopping center/mall. The only way to get to it is by getting entering through the mall and using the lifts to get to the top. Even when you walk out, you’re a little confused as it’s a car-park. Fear not, walk around the corner and you’ll soon see life of this place. It’s got the best 360 views of Berlin (in my, and many others opinion), an in-house DJ and serves food and drinks pretty much all day. It’s an eclectic set-up with random objects everywhere but somehow it brings it all together. If only England had proper summers – this place would be lapped right up. On an evening it can get pretty busy – but it’s a good atmosphere and the entertainment changes daily from the DJ to live music. Also, from 6pm it’s about €3 entry – totes worth it though.
My fave bit – a giant cat sculpture sitting on the roof. Well, because why not.
This place is great if you want to spend a few hours enjoying an African art market come beach bar. Another complex that’s huge – Berlin is so lucky it has space to house all the FUN. On arrival you’re surrounded by the wall art, a pop-up shop selling art and craft bits – then comes an graffiti filled walk way before entering the main attraction. Beach bar with area’s to play football, volleyball and table tennis! Music of course is all African inspired – the vibe is so chill. We loved it so much we came here on two different days!
Distance from Berlin Mitte/Central – 30 mins train, then about a 20 min walk.
We jumped on the train for a while to get out here, but it was worth it (closest station -Heerstraße). Berlin is just so HUGE. But it’s all good, if you’re walking up to this from the station – make sure you’re wearing trainers because I had to get up and down a pretty steep hill for this bad boy. This was once an American listening station during the Cold War, now it’s a locals hangout, over-run with political graffiti spanning over 4 stories. You have to pay about €10 to get in but it’s money well spent. From the outskirts it doesn’t look much, but there is a lot of art to look at and the tower itself which you can go up getting some surreal views of Germany’s capital.
If you want to take a look at my other European travels, then check those out here.