Friday, January 13, 2017

GUIDE | berlin

Berlin is my favorite place in the world. There is a certain quality about that city that keeps bringing me back.

I left out a lot of places that are already featured in lots of other trendy Berlin guidebooks and instead just featured all the places I ended up going to a lot during my summer in the city.

Just a disclaimer, theres going to be a lot of cafes in this list because thats where I ended up spending most of my time, haha


DINING

Restaurant Bastard 
----
Reichenberger Str. 122


Best brunch spot in Berlin. I love order their mixed breakfast plates so you
get a little bit of everything

Tante Emma
----
Köpenicker Str. 1


Again, another great spot for brunch.

Wohnzimmer Cafe
----
Lettestraße 6

As the name suggests, Wohnzimmer (which means living room in German) is
decorated to look like your gran's cozy living room. 

Aunt Benny
---- 
Oderstraße 7


They have a very popular Italian cheese & charcuterie option. I only saw
people ordering this when I was there with my friend. This was also the place
where I introduced her to a bagel. She had never eaten on before Aunt Benny.
Crazy!


Cafe Suicide Sue
----
Dunckerstraße 2

Healthy brunch options!



Nothaft & Seidel
----
Schönhauser Allee 43A

My go-to for a quick breakfast. Their banana bread is amazing and so good
when paired with a flat white.


Preussen (Thai) Park
----
Brandenburgische Str.


Probably one of the best things to do on a weekend in Berlin is to travel (with
a picnic blanket at hand) to Prussen Park to dine at the technically-illegal Thai
market. This place is run by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Thai families who decided
to set up shop in the city on the weekends to serve food to the hungry masses as a
communal activity that serves as a reminder of home. Everything here is freshly
prepared and authentic to boot. Pictured here is a sweet lady making my spicy papya
salad from scracth. I would recommend coming with a small group of friends so you
can mix and match your meals. 


Strategy: Split up, buy as much food as you can carry and then congregate
somewhere on the grassy field. Last time we were here I think we spend about
4 hours lounging about. Probably the best Saturday of my life.



Markthalle Neun
----
Eisenbahnstraße 42-43


I watched a lot of videos about this place before I went to berlin. Story is that
a few years ago, Berlin's culinary scene was dead and uninspiring. But recently
young, innovative, international cooks and chefs banded together and created a
space to share new and exciting cuisine.

Markthalle Neun is now best known for "Street Food Thursdays", where one can
go and sample famous street food from different countries. I saw people making
takoyaki and chinese/korean fusion baos (but since I already live in Asia and am
constantly surrounded by amazing asian food I naturally gravitated towards the pizza).
And even if your'e not ordering anything to eat (and I don't see why you wouldn't),
the market is also a great place to walk around and soak in the good vibes.


Bejte Ethiopia
---- 
Zietenstraße 8

It's not very often you come across a restaurant that serves Ethiopian food. I
was introduced to this cuisine by my sister, who insisted I try the flat bread (Injera).
At Bejte Ethiopia, I recommend the mixed veggie and meat platter. Not entirely
sure what goes into the dishes, but it's so so good.


CAFE & COFFEESHOPS

Oslo Kaffebar
----
Eichendorffstraße 13

Basically my workspace/office for the summer whenever I wanted to get out
of the apartment to work. Their staff is so nice and the coffee is really good.
They're not also serving all their drinks in cups made from recycled coffee grounds.
This gets a thumbs up from me!

Bonanza Coffee Heroes
----
Oderberger Str. 35 & Adalbertstraße 70


I love coming here before or after a visit to Mauer Park. Their interior is really
nice and they always play good music.


Five Elephant
----
Reichenberger Str. 101

Order an espresso and pair it with their famous cheesecake. Mouth is watering
just thinking about it.

Passenger Espresso
----
Oppelner Str. 45

Simply good coffee.

Concierge Coffee
----
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40


This place is fun. It's this little random shop in the archway into a building.
Customers sit on benches opposite to the window where you pick up your coffee.
Or you can take it to go, walk a few steps and sip your coffee by the canal.

ORA
----
Oranienpl. 14


An old apotheke repurposed into a cafe/restaurant. You can still see all the
old glass bottles on the shelves. Hipster--you're doing it right.

DoubleEye
----
Akazienstraße 22

If I remember correctly, this is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, coffeehouse
in Berlin. Or maybe it's the oldest third wave, maybe? Anyways, its a tiny shop,
so theres no seating inside. But the atmosphere is cozy and you can really tell
that the staff is passionate about coffee. I saw them talking to warmly to regular
customers and I wished I was one of them too.

Zeit für Brot
----
Alte Schönhauser Str. 4

They offer your standard coffee selection but it's all about the cinnamon rolls
at Zeit für Brot. They're massive, artery clogging works of art. Check that
{ baby } out

Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers
----
Münzstraße 21

I like this cafe because of its super convenient location in Mitte. It's also situated
inside a pretty little courtyard so it doesn't really feel like you're in the city anymore.

The Barn
----
Auguststraße 58



Another good coffee spot. It makes the list because it's also where I met
Roman--so it's special haha.

Distrikt Coffee
----
Bergstr. 68

Cozy cafe located in Mitte. It's a stones throw away from the busier part
of the city center so it's a nice place for a shopping/sightseeing break.

Populus Coffee
----
Maybachufer 20

A new favourite! This coffeeshop is located right next to the canals.
It's nice to sit outside and people watch. I also highly recommend their
vegan coconut cookies--so yummy!

BRLO Brwhouse
----
Schöneberger Str. 16

According to a friend, BRLO is an old nickname for Berlin. Roman and I
actually accidentally stumbled upon this place and now it's one of my favorite
spots in Berlin. Their outdoor area is a great place grab a couple beers and
enjoy a chill Friday evening with some friends. Their food is also pretty tasty
but don't come here thinking you'll get a full meal--the dishes are small and are
meant to be enjoyed as a snack. PS. Come around sunset!


SHOPPING



Kauf Dich Glücklich
----
Kastanienallee 54

I'd buy everything in this shop if I could.

Weekday
----
Neue Schönhauser Str. 17-18

The edgier sister to H&M (it's own by the company). I buy a lot of my
basics here. Quality is also pretty good for fast fashion. I wear my Weekday
shirts and tanks quite often and they still hold up very well.

Do You Read Me?
----
Auguststraße 28

Indie magazine and books galore. One of the more famous bookstores in Berlin.

Pro qm
----
Almstadtstraße 48


I mean, just look at it!

Motto
----
Skalitzer Str. 68

A great hole-in-the-wall place to check out if you're into zines and indie
publications. Their selection is even more obscure than the other indie bookstores.

Soda. 
----
Weinbergsweg 1

Best selection of design books/magazines. I stop by almost once a week.

R.S.V.P Papier in Mitte
----
Mulackstraße 14

Fancy stationary and DIY equipment. Before you scoff, they actually have
a really nice selection of high quality papers, prints, pens and other tools.
I like to buy gifts here.

Neuzwei
----
Weserstra. 53


Looks like a boutique but is actually a vintage store. Neuzwei has it's own
aesthetics and the garments are very well selected and in excellent condition. 



ACTIVITES


Templehofer Feld
----
Muliple entries. But I to enter from the gate closest to Herrfurthplatz (U Boddinstraße)


Old airport turned into a public park. One day I want to rent a bike and ride
around the runways, it always looks like a lot of fun. A lot of people also like
to take their dogs here to play. In addition Tempelhof also holds a lot of historical
significance, read about it { here }

Bauhaus Archive 
----
Klingelhöferstraße 14

I am a big fan of the Bauhaus philosophy and style--in fact, Gropius and
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy are personal design heroes of mine. It's nice to see that
their work and ideologies are preserved in such a beautiful space. Be sure to
stop by the cafe afterwards too, their pastas are pretty good!


Holocaust Memorial 
----
Cora-Berliner-Straße 1



I couldn't leave this memorial out. It's hauntingly beautiful, and the exhibition
downstairs is equally well-designed/organized. Best time to come is around sunset
so it's less crowded.


Berlinische Galerie
----
Alte Jakobstraße 124-128

Modern museum for fine art, photography, and architecture. Last time I was here
I caught a beautiful exhibition on post-WWII Berlin architecture.

Kiez99 Village Market
----
Revaler Str. 99

A hipster weekend market in Kreuzberg. I like the vibes here, it's a nice place
to hangout with friends on a sunday evening. Also they have a funny sign on
the way to the bathroom -- don't miss it


Modulor
----
Prinzenstraße 85

You don't have to be an art student to appreciate all the painting supplies, textiles,
craft tools, and general knick-knacks they sell at Modulor. They literally sell everything...
makes DIY-ing a breeze. All cities should have an art store like this.

Tiergarten
----
Str. des 17. Juni 31


Beautiful park in the middle of the city. Takes a while to walk around and see
the whole thing. I prefer the path that runs along the Spree


Schlachtensee
----
S1 Schlactensee


Huge lake between Berlin and Potsdam. Here you can rent paddle boats or
canoes, but personally I like swimming. It's really nice to just walk the perimeter
of it too. 


Krumme Lanke
----
U3 Krumme Lanke


Smaller lake next to Schlachtensee. Only about a 35-40 minute U-Bahn ride
from city center.



Teufelsberg
----
S5, S7, S75 Gruewald


Roman took me here. Teufelsberg is a man-made hill in Berlin in the Grunewald
locality of former West Berlin. The listening station (seen here) was built during
the Cold War by the US NSA. Now it's abandoned and serves as a playground of
sorts to street/graffiti artists. It was one of the coolest places I've ever visited.

Fluxbau
----
Pfuelstra. 5


Live music from international bands every Wednesday evening in the summer months.
Then after the concerts, grab a drink and a table in their outdoor seating area and
relax right next to the Spree.

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