From the design hotel to the hippest concept store to the new favorite restaurant – 10 highlights in Berlin that have absolutely convinced us.
Anyone who appreciates exceptional accommodation will be happy in the 25hours listed historic Bikini Haus. The design hotel, which Werner Aisslinger designed together with various designers and opened in early 2014, offers a great view over Berlin and the Berlin Zoo, which is directly adjacent to the hotel. Especially restaurant and bar in the attic with surrounding terrace we can recommend. But also the 149 creatively designed rooms, the hotel sauna, the in-house kiosk of the Gestalten publishing house and the café “Woodfire Bakery” make an overnight stay in the 25hours Bikini Berlin an experience. Our tip: book a room on the higher floors with a view over the zoo!
Anyone looking for smoothies, cold-pressed juices, healthy breakfast bowls, raw food, vegan desserts and superfoods must visit the Daluma in Berlin. The Health Food Restaurant, which opened in October 2014, is in no way inferior to Brooklyn’s trendy cafés – no wonder the store is well received in Berlin Mitte. We were able to enjoy Daluma’s delicacies at various press events in Berlin and were thrilled. But even those for whom Raw Food and Superfoods are new territory should give Daluma a chance and order a home-made coconut yoghurt or quinoa dish. Of course you can also just have a coffee here.
A converted bunker full of contemporary art – this experience should not be missed. The Boros Collection is the private collection of media entrepreneur Christian Boros, who, together with his wife Karen, had the former Reichsbahn bunker remodeled and turned into his private residence with exhibition rooms. The collection includes works by international contemporary artists such as Ai Weiwei, Awst & Walther, Dirk Bell and Wolfgang Tillmans and can be viewed after previous online registration. Great museum experience!
For all who are on a Thursday in Berlin, the “Street Food Thursday” in the market hall Nine is a must. Every Thursday from 5 to 10 pm, up-market restaurateurs and foodies will be offering treats in the market hall. From British pies to Thai tapioca dumplings or Mexican tacos to Allgäu Kässpatzen. Delicious!
Since the beginning of February 2015, Berlin has been enriched with a really interesting concept store. The shop with the simple name The Store is located on the ground floor of Berlin’s Soho House and is a wonderland for aesthetes: fashion, beauty, furniture, books, flowers, art, music, an organic restaurant (which also serves breakfast), art installations and a beauty and hair salon – “The Store” has so much to offer on more than 2800 square meters that you would prefer to move in. This is unfortunately not possible, but at least a few hours can spend there well and happy. And that is also desirable – the store should be like a private apartment where you can buy the furniture. We were in love immediately!
Jogging, kite flying, skating, walking – in good weather half of Berlin meets on the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport. The Tempelhofer Park with its mixture of green areas, former runways and cafes is an urban recreational area and an interesting example of how public areas can be used. Anyone who has the time – or wants to jog in peace – should pay a visit to Tempelhofer Feld. Incidentally, Berlin is currently discussing how the site should continue to be used in the future.
Outstanding food, an unusual location, a good bar and the creative interior make the restaurant Katz Orange one of our favorites in Berlin. The restaurant is located in a hidden backyard in a building that used to be a brewery (in summer you can sit outside in the courtyard). The menu features international cuisine using local organic ingredients. The decor gives the impression of being in the dwelling of a stylish globetrotter who brought home treasures from every corner of the world. Reservations!
A boat trip is only for tourists? Sponge over it, the Spree now flows through the middle of Berlin and is simply ideal to visit sights easily. Several times a day, Berlin’s main train station takes about one-hour boat trips, which take you past the Berliner Dom, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Reichstag building, the Pergamon Museum, the TV tower and other sights in the capital. The advantage: From the boat you have a panoramic view, relax and listen to birdsong instead of traffic noise. For example, at the shipping company Riedel bookable.
Although the “House of Little Wonders” is from Brooklyn, food comes from all over the world. Since the opening of the café in December 2014, this multi-cultural mix has already inspired many visitors and restaurant critics – and made us curious. With a menu that ranges from Matcha Latte to home-made French croissants and American sandwiches to Japanese specialties, the House of Small Wonder is the perfect place to enjoy moments of good fortune and surprises. In addition, the atmosphere – a lot of wood, lots of plants plus a view over Friedrichstrasse – is unique. And the friendly Japanese staff makes you feel very welcome. Be sure to try!
From spring to autumn countless flea markets take place on the weekends in Berlin. Among Berliners, the Sunday excursion to the flea market (including a stop in a café) is a popular ritual – but even as a visitor to Berlin you should mix with the flea market community. We can not answer the question as to which of the main city’s flea markets is the best – this is a matter of opinion and a regular subject of discussion. In any case, we can recommend the following flea markets to you: the flea market on the Maybachufer (every first and third Sunday of the month in the warmer months), the antique market at the Bodemuseum (Saturdays and Sundays), the Sunday, year-round flea market on the Mauerpark and the Sonntagsflohmarkt at Boxhagener Platz. More about the flea markets at www.berlin.de .