What To Do In Berlin?
I can promise you that you won't get bored in Berlin, unless you don't enjoy wandering around, eating or shopping, otherwise you're at the wrong place. Think of Berlin as a giant East London, as everyone was so much cooler than I will ever be and they serve really great coffee everywhere. In the short four days I was there, I feel as though I covered some distance and happened to find amazing places. Here is a short guide covering a few of my favourite places.
Mix Australian breakfasts with Berlin coffee and you've got yourself a great mix there. Silo is an Australian cafe serving local coffee and absolutely delicious food. I had the Silo breakfast which consists of poached eggs, avocado, sourdough bread, bacon and feta - delicious! Situated in Friedrichshain, it's the perfect place for a wander too.
I love doughnuts, but who doesn't? I'm also not a vegan so I was pleasantly surprised to find that these doughnuts were both vegan and absolutely delicious. I went for a traditional cinnamon sugar doughnut and my friend went for a mango & goji doughtnut - both demolished in seconds. They have a cafe open Tuesday-Sunday but can also find them in Markethalle on Thursdays. Be sure to check out their website too, one of the most asthetically pleasing cafe websites I've seen.
Roastery & cookies, perfect mid-morning pit stop! A tiny coffee shop near Schnohauser Allee station which roasts its own coffee & bakes its own cookies. Be sure to pick up some ground coffee to take home too as it's the good strong stuff, perfect for a weekend coffee at home.
Cafe Oliv is situated in Mitte is a great lunch stop. We headed over there at around 1pm and it was just before the lunchtime rush so we still managed to get a seat. With a selection of specials and an open kitchen, I loved being able to sit next to the chefs and watch them make my food. I went for a simple sandwich and juice, but the open sandwiches and the fresh quiche looked delicious too.
If you're in Berlin on a Thursday, you have to go to the street food market, Markethalle. I was so overwhelmed with the choice of food, just too many amazing things to eat and too little time. I will openly admit that I had around four courses that evening, as I simply wanted to eat everything. I started off with a delicious gorgonzola focaccia slice (to eat while deciding on everything else) and followed by a Bao bun the size of my head. I finished off the savoury dishes with a mini cheese board and had cookie & ice cream for dessert. I'm drooling thinking about the food again, so please visit on my behalf.
SHOPPING AT VOO STORE
For all the cool people, you will like this store. It's an extremely cool concept store full of amazing designers & handpicked items, with a coffee bar inside. I fell in love with a handful of Acne items inside and left empty handed or else my credit card would have taken a battering.
VISIT THE EAST SIDE GALLERY : BERLIN WALL
You can't go to Berlin and not visit the Berlin Wall, mainly as it runs through the middle of the city, but the art is simply breathtaking. At the time of my visit, it was actually barracked off for some unknown reason, so I wasn't able to see the art up close. If you visit in the summer, take the time to walk all along the wall as it's such a beautiful walk, just not in the chilly conditions when I was there.
VISIT THE BERLIN CATHEDRAL
I love visiting cathedrals, I find them so fascinating, but I think that's because I grew up in a town with a world heritage cathedral. So I happily dragged my friend up to the top of the Berlin cathedral, where we took in the amazing views and took a million selfies. It's a low price for entry, but worth it for the slow walk around to take everything in.
VISIT : HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
Two places I really wanted to visit was the Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Museum, which are both breathtaking and sad at the same time. I was there on a particular grey day, which made the whole experience even sadder, but you really feel something when there. In fact, I felt something about the city the whole time I was walking around. The Jewish Museum was my favourite and the whole museum has been designed to reflect all those people went through, it's a museum I will always remember & most likely return to in years to come.