Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need and Berlin is perfect for just that. Steeped in cool architecture and the history to match, its the perfect mix of fun and facts.
1 Perlin Griebenowstrasse 5, +49 30 657 06756 weinerei.com
Located across the city, The Berlin Weinerei are three honesty bar’s where the customer decides what they want to pay. Perlin is the most intimate of the three where good food and copious amounts of chilled Reisling can be enjoyed by candlelight.
2 Monsieur Vuong Alte Schonhauser Str. 46 +49 -30 - 9929 6924 monsieurvuong.de
Enjoy fresh, authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the hip surroundings of Monsieur Vuong. With a menu that changes every two days you will never tire of the elaborate, aromatic flavours. Don’t let the queue deter you; the staff are as praise-worthy as the food so you won’t be waiting long.
3 Schokoladenrestaurant Charlottenstrasse 60
Proper, old fashioned dining and top-notch service all wrapped up in chocolate. No, seriously, ever dish is chocolate-related, even the fish. From Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers this is quite literally every chocolate lovers dream.
4 Cookies Friedrichstrasse 158-164 cookies.ch
Who said no one parties on a Tuesday? All the cool kids are heading to hot spot Cookies on Tuesdays (Thursdays and Saturday too if you can handle it) to drink, be merry and enjoy a host of uber cool DJ’s. Avoid post-party hangover by lining your stomach at Cookies Cream, the restaurant above, before dancing the night away.
Image: Cookies Bar
5 Clarchens Ballhaus Auguststr. 24 ballhaus.de/
Transport yourself back to the roaring twenties at Clarchens Ballhaus where swing nights and tea dances are a plenty. If ever you needed an excuse to pull on your glad rags and enjoy live music, this is it!
'For a wacky, mind-bending stay Propeller Island is the place to be, complete with ‘Instructions for use’ in every room.'
1 The Michelberger Hotel Warschauer Straße 39/40 +49 302977859-0 michelbergerhotel.com
Situated at the foot of Oberbaum Bridge, the affordable Michelberger hotel is more boutique than budget. Designed by internationally renowned designer Werner Aisslinger the converted factory offers vibrant and spacious rooms complete with locally sourced nik-naks that personalise each room.
Image: The Michelberger Hotel
2 Arte Luise Kunsthotel Luisenstr. 19 +49 (0)30 28448-0 luise-berlin.com
At the Arte Luise you can quite literally eat, sleep and breathe art. Each of the 50 conceptual rooms at the hotel has been designed by a renowned artist. The hotel also features an art gallery and if visiting in summer, enjoy dinner open air on the terrace from in-house restaurant ‘Habel’.
3 Schlosshotel Brahmsstraße 10 schlosshotelberlin.com
For a luxury stay in historic and idyllic surroundings, Schlosshotel is number one. Located outside of central Berlin, the hotel designed by Karl Lagerfeld offers an alternate to the hustle of city life. Opt for a room overlooking the garden for a picturesque view.
4 Hotel de Rome Behrenstrasse 37
Bursting at the seams with super chic fashionistas during Berlin Fashion Week Hotel de Rome is perfectly located for museum perusal not to mention the impressive spa, which once housed the grand jewel vault.
5 Propeller Island City Lodge propeller-island.com
Quite literally off the wall! Floating beds, furniture on the ceiling and a bathroom in the wardrobe. For a wacky, mind-bending stay Propeller Island is the place to be, complete with ‘Instructions for use’ in every room.
1 Harry Lehmann Kantstaße parfum-individual.de
Awaken your senses with a personalised scent from the go-to family in Berlin for perfume. The Lehmann family have been concocting fragrances since the 20s. Visit their old-world perfumery and spritz yourself in Eau de Berlin cologne before exploring the city.
Image: Harry Lehman
2 Sameheads Richardstrasse 10 +493070121060
Where fashion meets music meets art. Owned by three British brothers, Sameheads showcases the best in urban designs as well as their own wares at reasonable prices. Whilst in there keep an ear to the ground for their next underground soiree.
3 Das Neue Schwarz Mulackstrasse 38 +4903027874467
For high-end vintage this place is absolute goals. Its name literally translates to ‘The New Black’ so don’t be surprised if you stumble across a never-worn piece from Raf Simons screaming to be restyled and taken out on the town. The interior is pretty dope too!
4 Voo Oranienstrasse 24 vooberlin.com
Loved by Berliners and hip visitors alike, Voo is a concept store like no other. Housed in an old locksmith shop it oozes “Berlin” with its enviable array of super cool sneakers, accessories and magazines and even has a coffee shop, Companion on site to sit, evaluate purchases and people watch.
5 Ekstase 51 Licht & Design Friedel Highway 51 ekstase51.com
From retro pop coloured plastic pieces to elegant woods this vintage furniture store in Neukolin is full to the brim with previously loved lamps, accessories and other great furniture. Though owner Sabrine restocks regularly, this hidden gem regularly gets cleared out so be quick!
1 Arena - Badeschiff
A peculiar sight. A swimming pool in the middle of the Spree River complete with golden sands, fully stocked bar, late night parties and not forgetting incredible views of the city. Badeschiff is open-air during the summer months and under cover in the winter.
Image: Arena - Badeschiff
2 Helmut Newton Museum Jebensstraße 2
Housed by the Helmut Newton Foundation is the museum dedicated to the man who established eroticism in fashion photography. Strong female forms line the walls and there is also a chance to view many of Newton’s personal belongings including his beloved cameras.
3 Liquidrom Möckernstrasse 10 liquidrom-berlin.de
The term ‘public bath’ doesn’t do this place justice; it’s more super cool urban spa! Float the stress away in the domed salt-water pool while enchanting light shows project under water and mellow tunes from live DJs encompass the air.
4 Kraftwerk Berlin Kopenicker Strasse 70 kraftwerkberlin.de
Not only home to legendary techno club, Tresor, this once abandoned power plant also houses art installations, special events and super cool gigs. And if the full programme of events wasn't enough, the super-sized industrial architecture is sure to blow you away.