I come today with one of my favourite posts to write, and that is a little travel diary/guide to what is now one of my all time favourite cities, Berlin!I headed there just over a week ago with online retailer Bon Prix for an exciting collaboration preview with Marcel Von Berlin, but do check out the below Vlog if you fancy hearing more about that, along with a little video diary of mine and George’s time exploring the wonderful city of Berlin.
So, this rather large post is a video/photo diary and guide to Berlin post combined, so go ahead, grab a cuppa and get cosy, it’s a long one, starting with accommodation.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Catalonia So we were kindly put up in Hotel Catalonia
situated in Mitte which was honestly one of the coolest hotels I’ve ever stayed
in. A very industrial, somewhat edgy vibe to the entire place with bare brick,
copper pipes, reclaimed wood and of course Edison light bulbs throughout.
It was a really inspiring place to stay, providing a great space to work and of
course to sleep.
The rooms were bright and airy, with a minimal theme throughout and we woke
every day to the most gorgeous natural light streaming through the window.
I’d highly recommend this hotel, as it’s in an awesome location. Mitte, which I
will go into more detail about later, is a seriously cool part of Berlin and
pretty much every destination we had planned to visit was around a 10-15 minute
taxi ride away, ideal or what!
Address; Köpenicker Str. 80-82, 10179 Berlin, Germany
Where To Eat
When it comes to travelling, the most
important thing on my agenda is FOOD! I spend days beforehand scouring the
internet for the best foodie recommendations and I believe I truly
found the perfect restaurants and cafes this way, however we did discover some
gems of our own, that’s for sure.
Berlin is ABSOLUTELY-FLIPPING-GIGANTIC and as someone who doesn’t do too well with European metro/tram/bus services, I opted to go by foot or by taxi. Berlin has Uber which was a little godsend to say the least.
On our first day we hopped in an Uber and
headed to Distrikt, a seriously cute and cosy coffee house, serving delicious
pastries, acai bowls and hot breakfasts.
We sat, super cozily in the warm coffee shop, watching the rain tumble onto the streets around us, rather content with our breakfast. I opted for the famous acai bowls and it was truly delicious and probably the most beautiful and most healthy breakfast I had ever had. George went for a rather interesting breakfast of poached eggs and chicken broth, really strange but really tasty indeed. This place was the perfect way to start a morning in Berlin and I’d definitely return again, especially as the staff were truly wonderful, providing us with a detailed list of places to visit in the area.
Monkey Bar & Neni
From the get-go I knew
I wanted to head to Monkey Bar, mainly because of the rooftop setting which
provided a gorgeous view of the city and secondly as I’d seen photos of the
cocktails on offer and was definitely keen to get in on the action.
Monkey Bar had a really cool and contemporary vibe to it, It was
super busy and was operating on a one-in-one-out entry system, however, after just
five minutes of queuing we were in the lift and on our way up to the bar, so the waiting time was no time at all.
We both chose a cocktail from the extensive menu, mine a French Cup, a gin based cocktail with blackberry liqueur and ginger, with George opting for a Whiskey Sour both of
which were delicious and really rather pretty.
The vibe inside was so great, tonnes of young professionals grabbing a drink with friends after work, I could have stayed all night just people
watching, but with tummy’s rumbling it was time to take the short walk to Neni…
Just kidding Neni is actually attached to Monkey Bar so no walking necessary…
Okay so Neni is probably the most stunning
restaurant I’ve ever eaten in. On the top floor, similarly to Monkey Bar it has
the most beautiful of views, but this time the whole
restaurant had a botanical gardens vibe to it; Fresh flowers covered the tables
with plants including ivy, littering the walls and ceilings, it was absolutely stunning, the perfect setting for a romantic meal for two.
The menu, at first glance was a bit disappointing to me, and I panicked that we’d
made the wrong choice, however, letting George do the ordering, he came up
trumps and the food was utterly sensational.
The menu is designed for sharing so we ordered quite the hefty selection. I’ll start with what is probably the best steak I have ever had, Entrecote I believe, and oh so tender and juicy. We then ordered, or should I say Gee ordered a meze selection of houmous, tapenade and cous cous, served with warm pitta bread, a wonderful side dish to accompany the steak. In addition to that we opted for scallops on a bed of lentils… And I kid you not I am still salivating over this dish now, the lentils were like nothing else I have ever tasted! And of course a bowl of sweet potato fries with homemade chilli sauce was also thrown into the mix.
I'd really recommend both of these haunts whilst visiting Berlin as it's the perfect place to spend an entire evening, totally great for groups of friends and couples alike.
Address: Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin, Germany
On day two of our trip to Berlin we visited
Roamers, a seriously gorgeous café with the bloggiest of interiors. This came up a number of
times on my Instagram, so huge thanks to you if you commented, we really
enjoyed our breakfast here.
The breakfast was served on a metal “prison tray”, not my ideal choice of server, but hey, I’m old school like that, but what was on the tray was simply divine! A huge dish of fried eggs, houmous, bacon, tomatoes, toast, avocado and salad, with each mouthful completely delicious.
However, despite the delicious food, we found the staff to be a little impatient and somewhat rude with us waiting for over an hour for our breakfast to arrive … Not good when you’re starving, hungover and are itching to get out and explore, so just bare that in mind when visiting. But, the food is delicious, the coffee spot on and the ambience is truly sensational with awesome décor, the best music and a great young and trendy vibe to it.
Address : Pannierstraße 64, 12043 Berlin, Germany
This place, was the most recommended place on
any blog guide, any Instagram post and Facebook status out there, so we just
knew we had to try it out.
Most people talked about the little Burgermeister stand, which we did drive passed, but we
actually visited the sit down restaurant as we just so happened to
stumble upon it en route to Voo Store.
It’s a really low key affair, with an extremely simple menu of burgers and chips, but that most definitely adds to the charm of the place.
We found it to be very reminiscent of Five Guys, Dirty Burger and other trendy
burger joints we have in the UK, however, I must say I wasn’t overly impressed. It wasn’t
as great as other burgers I’ve had and I felt rather disappointed after all the
hype I’d heard around it… However, it was saved by the cheese fries… like seriously GET IN
Address: Oberbaumstraße 8, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Where To Shop
During our short time in Berlin, we didn't even scratch the surface on the awesome shopping destinations throughout the city. However, we did manage to fit in some shopping time whilst in the district of Mitte, which was my favourite part of Berlin so far. Street after street of our favourite shops, designer stores and independent boutiques, it's a must visit if shopping is high on your agenda whilst exploring a new city.
Schee Schee was one of those stores that you simply couldn't walk past; It's colourful decor, gorgeous homeware and gifts work to entice you into the shop for a good old nosey. Simply beautiful crockery, nic-nacs, prints & art with the loveliest selection of gifts and novelty pieces, it was a complete treasure trove for interior lovers.
Address: Rosenthaler Str. 15, Berlin, Germany
Kauf Dich Gluckich
Just a few doors down from Schee, Kauf Dich Gluckich was another store who's interiors made it impossible to walk past, an extremely industrial and minimal feel to the store, with hanging rails, ripped out flooring and metal and wood by the dozen, it was the perfect setting for what lay inside.
Stocking brand such as Selected Femme, Cheap Monday and Ganni it was a Scandi's dream with an awesome selection of branded footwear and skincare in tow.
Address: Rosenthaler Straße 17, 10119 Berlin
Every single recommendation from friends and fellow bloggers suggested I visited Voo Store, and I can completely understand why.
The most beautiful of concept stores with incredible brands such as Acne, Comme Des Garcons, Marni and Maison Margiela, I spent a heck of a long time eye-balling the dreamiest of pieces and wishing I could take them away with me. Voo Store also has a gorgeous coffee shop within it, which is definitely worth a visit.
Address: Oranienstraße 24, 10999 Berlin, Germany
So there we have a little guide to 48 hours in Berlin, these are just a few of the thousands of awesome places to visit in Berlin. It's a GIANT city and I'm itching to get back there to do some more exploring, but until then, I've put together a little vlog of our time in Berlin that I'd love for you to watch, I really hope you enjoy it.