Berlin City Guide
1. Sunset at James-Simon Park
Grab a few friends (or just yourself), some beers and a picnic blanket and head to this riverside park to watch the sun set over Museum Island. Truly a magical experience!! *And it's FREE*
2. Explore Mitte
Mitte means middle and it's the center of Berlin. There're tons of cute restaurants and cafes with a bunch of great boutiques and places to shop. Sure, it's a bit touristy, but if you're only in Berlin for a few days, it's definitely worth checking out.
3. Brandenburg gate
Sorry... Another touristy spot, BUT... If you're in Berlin and miss seeing/getting a picture of the Brandenburg gate, you definitely missed out. You don't need to stay long, just go and see it and then head to the Holocaust Memorial... Which brings me to the next spot...
4. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
There are 2,711 concrete slabs that are arranged in a pattern through a sloping field to honor the murdered Jew of Europe. It's heartbreaking walking through the memorial but definitely an experience you cannot miss. It's a beautiful, reflective, interesting, devastating and cultural experience you should 100% see.
5. Explore Friedrichshain
Friedrichshain is famous East Berlin neighborhood known for it's clubs (Berghain), hip restaurants, cafes, alternative shops and amazing graffiti walls. I stayed in this neighborhood and had so much fun just walking around. Walk down the Revaler Strasse at night for a super rowdy club scene or checkout the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall. If you like Williamsburg/Bushwick in NYC, you'll really love this neighborhood.
6. coffee profilers
Located in Friedrichshain, this was one of my favorite coffee shops that I went to more than once over my 5 day visit. The interior decor was spot on and the staff was incredibly friendly, not to mention the coffee was great too (although they didn't have cold brew :( )... There's great outdoor seating and fast wifi for getting a little bit of work done.
7. Nano Kaffee
This cafe was also a favorite! Located in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood, Nano is a Scandinavian cafe with incredible nitro coffee and cold brew (as well as your other espresso drinks). I was obsessed with their minimal interior design and their cute outdoor seating. 10 out of 10 would recommend!!
8. Katz Orange
Just look at it. GO! Do I need anymore of an explanation...? ;)
9. Qua Phe
A small Vietnamese restaurant in Mitte that serves Boa buns, rice cakes and some seriously good Vietnamese coffee. They have great outdoor seating and the food is incredible! I really loved the beef rice creps.
10. The Visit
This coffee shop/lunch spot is hidden in the back of an alleyway. Grab a quick coffee/bite to eat here and sit down outside for a relaxing break. The coffee isn't to die for, but the space is really cool so I would definitely recommend!
11. Ora Cafe
Ora caffe was one of the cutest little European Brasserie's I visited in Berlin. I went for a late lunch and had their pork Belly dish (14 Euros). The interior is incredibly charming and the restaurant is adjacent to a park which makes the ambience that much better. I hear their breakfast is incredible but unfortunately I didn't get to try it. I'm really looking forward to checking it out on my next trip to Berlin!
12. Kosmetiksalon Babette
I passed this bar/art gallery/all around interesting space as I was biking back to my apartment and stopped just because I thought it was incredibly cool. The Soviet-era building is a large glass box that used to be a cosmetic salon that turned into a bar/art space a few years back. The cocktail selection was quite vast and they had a ton of outdoor seating. I loved the retro-futuristic feel to the bar and would 100% recommend you guys to check it out! They have cool pop-up art exhibitions throughout the year as well so checkout their website.
Thanks to Neon Wood for sending me out (another post is coming about them ;) )!