Dec 12, 2021
4 min read
A City Guide to Berlin
Berlin is one of the coolest cities in Europe. It’s long been a pioneer of trends in music, design, fashion, art, and architecture. The nightlife has a reputation for good reason. There’s an abundance of historical sites, parks, and galleries. And if you know where to go, there are some great local food spots. Yes, it’s very grey – think Brutalist mood – but, the rainbow graffiti and street art add color on every corner. Here are a few of our favorite spots.
Where to stay in Berlin
Fun fact: this was the Danish Embassy prior to being a boutique hotel, which is why it’s called Das Stue, meaning “living room” in Danish. The perfect mix of sophisticated, new-age interiors and old-school historic bones, it’s a contrast that works well and attracts a fashionable crowd.
A more hipster option, typical of Berlin style, the vibe here is youthful and relaxed. It also happens to have one of the best restaurants in the area; and plays brilliant music, too.
In the central area of Mitte, book a room facing the Tiergarten Park’s Zoo, and you’ll likely spot some real monkeys from your bed. Definitely spend an evening on the rooftop in the Monkey bar (yes, there’s a theme).
You know what you’re getting with Soho House, but this place hits differently. In a Grade-II listed building, demonstrating Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) architecture, it’s a time capsule of history from pre-WWII, through to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The building was passed between political parties and then left dormant for 10 years, before Soho House scooped it up. We’re surprised that Wes Anderson hasn’t made a film here yet: there’s lots of delicious symmetry, one of the slickest rooftops in the city, a DJ decks in some of the rooms.
Where to eat & drink in Berlin
is the one place that’s mandatory when you’re in this city. Located in West Berlin, it’s not about one aspect alone, but the combination of art, food, and people-watching that creates the magic here.
Other than that,Katz Orange
is a safe bet for a great dinner.Borchardt
is especially worth a visit on a Friday night when they host after-dinner parties upstairs.
Best bar in Berlin
Go to one of the many speakeasy-style around the city –Buck & Breck
is our top pick.
Best coffee in Berlin
is ideal for coffee and something sweet – the bread pudding is legendary. WhileThe Barn
in the Mitte area is one for serious coffee heads – they roast their own beans on-site and host free coffee-tasting sessions every Saturday.
Where to shop in Berlin
is an expansive store that manages to feel very exclusive, as if every piece has been handpicked for you.The Store
also has a good selection of fashion and homeware – part of Soho House, when you’re done shopping, settle in for a coffee on the sofas.
Where to get a hit of culture
Berlin is a place that lives and breathes art. Download theStreet Art Cities app
and take yourself on a tour of the best graffiti with your headphones on. And, if you are here during theGallery Weekend
orBerlin Art Week
, you’re in luck.
The modern art contrasts with the historical sights and monuments that are intrinsic to Berlin, such as theHolocaust Memorial
,Berlin Wall Memorial
, andCheckpoint Charlie
. All important to see.
For photography, go to theHelmut Newton Foundation,
which hosts exhibitions of some of the most influential photographers of our time. The gift shop has the best postcards ever.
Where to work out in Berlin
Go swimming in this outdoor swimming pool in the river. The water is chlorinated, but it still feels like you’re out in the wild. Opening times are seasonal, so check ahead.
With two locations in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, this is one for the hot yoga lovers – the heat is cranked up high.
This studio is the best for spin, and the 50-minute classes will get you pumped and ready for a night of clubbing.
Where to work
The lobby here is a great place to sit with your computer, but it’s pricey to stay. Make sure to order the world’s best cheesecake while you work.
Where to party in Berlin
is Berlin’s most infamous club. There is this small issue of actually getting in (pro tip: never wear nice shoes, no dress shoes, no stilettos, just sneakers). But, it’s worth it once you’re in. Otherwise,CDV
is great, especially in the summer when you party outside. WhileBirgit und Bier
has several dance floors and is good for those who aren’t hardcore techno lovers.
What else to do in Berlin
Enjoy the outdoors with drinks! Bring a blanket, go toWeinerei
and buy a good bottle of wine and sit inWeinbergspark
. Or sit atModersohnbrücke
in Friedrichshain and watch the sunset on the skyline.
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