A Mini Guide to Berlin
I’m back with my second post on Berlin. If you caught my first, a mini visual diary, then you’ll know that the city made a pretty good impression on me. That basically means that I wanted to stay about a week longer and really explore all the corners of the city. But in my few days there I racked up a pretty good list of things to see and do, places to eat, a few cool shops and coffee recommendations. Berlin is a city that has something to offer everyone so I how you like my little mini guide. And if you’re heading there any time soon – let me hide in your suitcase, yeah? Yes!
Things to see and do:
The Reichstag – The government building in Berlin is an amazing building. For a long time the parliament wasn’t even held in Berlin, but after it was voted in and moved there, they revamped the building and years later a beautiful glass dome was added. You have to pre-book to visit, but it’s completely free as is the audio guide that’s full of information as you make your way round the impressive dome and it’s mirrored installation in the middle.
The Brandenburg Gate – Another important landmark of Berlin. It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but again it’s completely free and you can’t really visit the city without a quick stop by.
The Jewish Museum – This is situated in the Kreuzburg neighbourhood, and is housed in a very futuristic building. It is one of the most interesting museums I’ve been to in a long time and not just because of my love of history. The building was designed for it’s impact and again is well worth a visit.
Museum Island – We didn’t actually get to do much at Museum Island, but we did manage a walk around on the one sunny morning we had. There’s so much to see here, including the Germany History museum amongst others.
Places to shop:
Weekday, Monki and & Other Stories – While all these shops are actually available in he UK (online) we don’t have actual stores for Weekday and Monki, so if you’re looking for some cool European style then pop in and have a look. The only & Other Stories I know of is in London which I don’t get to visit as much as I would like, so if I were you I would be sure to stop by and have a look at all the beautiful things.
Do You Read Me? – This is a super cool magazine shop, much like Papersmiths in Bristol. It’s found in the Mitte area of Berlin and has every kind of magazine you could want including Cereal, The Gentlewoman and I-D.
Hackescher Markt – This whole area, found on the edge of Mitte is kind of like the German version of Shoreditch. It’s full of little independent shops where you’ll find all kinds of cool treasures.
Places to eat:
Kreuzberg – If you’ll looking for really good, cheap food then I can’t not tell you how much you need to get yo self down to Kreuzberg. You will find every kind of cuisine and all for such good prices that it’s practically a steal! Places we visited were a tiny little Vietnamese place called Sen Viet and a market hall called Marheineke Markthalle which is great for a quick lunch stop.
Shiso Burger – We stumbled across this place by sheer luck on our last day. It’s a Vietnamese burger place, really tiny, but by the amount of people waiting for a table it’s clearly very popular. It’s on the edge of Mitte and if a burger is what you need then make sure to pop in.
Coffee Coffee Coffee:
Chapter One – Again in the Kreuzberg area, this is a really tiny coffee shop. I sampled their Flat White, and while it was a bit stronger than I’m used to, I would definitely be visiting again, you know, if I lived in the area.
Kaffemitte – Another place we came across by chance while trying to find somewhere to shelter from the rain. We intended on staying just for coffee, but from our perch right by the kitchen we were suddenly convinced to stay for lunch too. Eggs are definitely their speciality.
The Barn – I read about this coffee place on our little map + guide and was determined to visit. We ended up in their roastary store (they have a solo coffee shop too) just on the edge of Prenzauler Berg. It’s a really great place to sit and watch the world go by, just as a word of warning though – don’t be convinced into trying something that you’re sure you won’t like! I was persuaded to try one of their speciality black coffees, even though I don’t like black coffee.
Has anyone else got any recommendations for Berlin? Let me know as I’m already planning when I can go back. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, I’m going to be filling it with photos from my trip for the next few weeks!