Berlin’s getting warmer each day and the park season is in full bloom. Urban parks are more than just stretches of green amidst buildings and traffic. Entering a good park can change your whole sense of place, leaving you feeling like you just went away without leaving the city. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite parks, which run the gamut in size and features. Sprawled across the city, these urban oases all have something unique to offer, whether you’re in the mood for a picnic, a bike ride, a party or simply an afternoon stroll. Click on to start planning your next urban escape.
Restaurant Neni, photo: 25hours Hotel
Berliners like new things. It’s part of the appeal of living in this city. It changes all the time, some things come, some things go. The city is in constant motion. This also applies to the restaurant scene in Berlin. We’ve seen a lot of places come and go here so every once in a while it’s good to give ourselves an update of the current state of cuisine. We have compiled a list of 12 new and new-ish restaurants in Berlin that we really like and that come with concepts and ideas that enrich this city. Enjoy our new restaurant guide. Guten Appetit!
Considering the average lunch or dinner of the modern Berliner is probably something between a Döner and a Kimchi soup it’s becoming more and more unlikely to come across a German-style meal these days! But why? I do realize German Cuisine is maybe not the most famous one in the world, but living here you should have at least tried! And to be honest, as much as I like Asian food, to have a really traditional German dish is just the best and now that I am writing about it my craving for it is becoming unbearable. I might have to go to one of our 8 best German restaurants that we have compiled for you after the jump. Enjoy!
A lot of the big cities of this world are known for their fast pace and stressfulness – not so Berlin. Here we like a more calm and relaxed lifestyle and we like to use every opportunity to come down and forget about our daily grind. Maybe it’s also because we have some amazing options in terms of wellness places that makes us so relaxed. In this spirit, we want to introduce some of our favourite destinations of beauty and wellness in Berlin. With these yoga studios, spas, gardens, salons and holistic retreats, you can easily escape the busy metropolis for a while, clear your mind and find tranquility. Click on to see our suggestions on where you can go to unwind and pamper yourself!
If there is one thing about the restaurant scene in Berlin that I love it’s the amazing variety of Asian cuisine in town. I think I have never visited a city with more good Asian restaurants (outside of Asia of course) than Berlin. One of the most popular choices of Asian cuisine for the Berliners must be Indian. In some districts you get the feeling that literally every block has its own Indian restaurant. To be honest the huge amount of Indian places has also caused a mixed reputation for Indian cuisine in Berlin because apparently there are a lot of mediocre and bad ones. But those should not overshadow those places that have truely amazing Indian food. And to give you a helping hand in the big world of Indian food in Berlin, we have compiled a guide with our favorites and some of the most popular and loved Indian restaurants in Berlin. And in case this guide wets your appetite so much that you can’t wait to indulge into this food as soon as possible (as it did for me while writing this article) how about ordering in?
One of the things that’s awesome about Berlin is the fact that it has something for every taste. This applies not just to the art galleries that range from big snobby ones to small playful ones, or the theater culture that has big name actors on huge stages on the one side and experimental pieces in improvised settings on the other. It is also something that you will notice in terms of nightlife. There is basically a party for every type of crowd and for every taste in music. The same goes for the bars and this is something I want to explore today.
What bar type are you? You like the classic ones with the best cocktails in the city? Or are you all about friendly and cosy atmosphere? Or do you like to have an awesome view over the city while sipping on your long drink? In our new comprehensive Bar Guide for Berlin we tried to split up the bar scene of Berlin by different types and give you some recommendation for every taste and occasion.
To save you from having to study the drinks menu for 10 minutes in every bar before you know what to order we consulted the cocktail archive of theBar.com and selected a few suitable drinks for each of our bar types. This website comes in handy when you are looking the right cocktail for you as you can search by occasion, spirit or ingredient and also have a look at the recipes that range from cocktail classics to new trendy drinks. Very practical! But now enjoy our bar and cocktail guide after the jump!
I’m a total breakfast person. Well, I’m a food person in general, but breakfast is the most important meal for me and even if I have a busy day ahead of me I will take my time and endulge in my daily breakfast routine.
I love eating out for breakfast with friends or for business meetings. It sets me in the perfect mood for just anything to be serviced with coffee, scrambled eggs, pancakes or cakes. But sadly the majority of cafes and restaurants don’t align with my nighthawk schedule and super late breakfast sessions. I never understood why restaurants decide to limit the time they serve certain dishes even though they still have the same cook and the same ingredients in the house. It seems to be one of those German beaurocratic rules that you just have to oblige.
But Berlin wouldn’t be Berlin if there wouldn’t be at least some places that operate outsite of these silly rules. I have selected 6 of my favorites places that I gratefully visit on a regular basis and put together a little all-day breakfast guide for Berlin.
If you are looking for more places to have an amazing breakfast (also at more common hours) I have curated a list of the 10 best breakfast places for the brand new and phantastic Friendly Berlin offline city guide iPhone app. You should definately download and check out this app if you want to get some inspiration on how to spend your days here as I have written many original themed routes about Berlin.
Good food is the right thing to do, in any circumstance and in any occasion and for any diet you are going through. Actually, there is no excuse for bad food even if you are vegan or gluten-intollerant. At least if you live in a city with so many options such as Berlin. One of my favourite vegan places in town is called Goodies and it has now several stores all over town. It started as a small cafe at Warschauer Straße just a few years ago. Shortly, Goodies stood out of the hundreds of random pretentious hip coffee places of the area by giving the customer something unique: wonderfully extravagant and special vegan food at a good price and in charming atmosphere. Sounds simple, it is simple and it’s as good as the name of the place. No wonder that more places had to open to have more people in Berlin indulge in their unique treats. More photos and all the adsresses after the jump.
If there is one thing you guys might be interested right now the most in this wonderful weather: it’s places where you can hand out in the sun and enjoy the slow life of Berlin. So I went into my unreleased photo archive of places and found one, that I haven’t even published yet: The café Suicide Sue at Duncker Str. in Prenzlauer Berg. My brunch buddy Katja and me sort of fell into this routine of always meeting at Fleury. While we wanted to find an alternative to mix it up a bit we stumbled upon this wonderful cafe near Helmholtzplatz. Suicide Sue, who is anything but suicidal, offers great breakfast options, beautifuly decorated, and amazing cakes and pies. My favorite (eggs with bacon) even comes in a cute little frying pan and they even have a side of baked beans, something you normally only get in hotels or these (often overrated) American hipster brunch places. But see for yourself with my little photo set after the jump.
Achteinhalb has been around now for quite a few years with numerous pop-up stores and events in Berlin and other German cities. In the fall of 2010 they opened their first long-term store at Kollwitzstraße in Prenzlauer Berg. For one year they sold the best of Berlin fashion including labels we love such as Esther Perbandt, JULIAANDBEN, Franzius, Blame, Reality Studio and many more.
Earlier this year the shop changed their concept back to their original time of 8 1/2 weeks with their new Living Concept. Instead of fashion they are now selling a well curated selection of furniture and home accessories. The 8 1/2 weeks are coming to an end this week, so it’s time to take your chance to pay the store that has been host to a series of iHeartBerlin and Designer Scouts events in the past year a final visit.
We will surely miss the cosy place at Prenzlauer Berg and are already anticipating future projects of the makers of Achteinhalb. More photos and details after the jump.