A little while back my boyfriend and I visited a friend, B. in Berlin. We spent five days in the German capital and we really enjoyed being there. The whole atmosphere of the city was amazing and relaxed. Of course we did some touristic stuff, like visiting the Brandenburger Tor, but most of the time we explored shops, areas and bars that weren’t very touristic, well at least not according to us.
I’ve made a little list of our five favorite hotspots. And when you’re going to Berlin (and you should go) you should definitely check out these hotspots!
Number one: Michelberger Hotel
Our hotel was incredible: the reception, the bar, the room, the courtyard,.. Everything about this place screams ‘hipster’, and I like that 😉 Our room was so cosy and extraordinary (check out the pics)! The breakfast buffet was also very elaborate: fresh fruit, different kinds of spread, fresh bread,.. The bar was pretty awesome too with a cosy lounge area covered with chillax sofas where you could read while sipping a G&T.
Above: breakfast buffet
Number two: Oliv Café
Breakfast wasn’t included in the hotel so we had breakfast at Café Oliv in the second day. I really liked the interior of the café: very minimalistic and a great Scandinavian vibe. Our waitress was very friendly and we had our fresh breakfast (muesli with fresh fruit, honey en yoghurt with a smoothie) very quickly.
Number three: Lomography store
My boyfriend is crazy about photography so he had to check out the Lomography store in Berlin. Me, not so much into photography, was also pleasantly surprised with all the cool stuff they’ve got at Lomography. Of course, my boyfriend bought a new camera.
Number four: the flea market on the Boxhagener Platz
I absolutely loved this flea market; we bought a whole lot of crystal at this flea market. Actually the whole neighborhood around the flea market is pretty awesome. It’s the very centre of the Friedrichshain district, a very chill, alternative and very cool district. You can find lots of relaxed bars, places to eat en shops in this area. (check out: Cupcake Berlin, the RAW Gelände (event space) and all the vintage shops in Friedrichshain, you won’t be disappointed).
Above: new Nikes I bought Above: colorful wall in Friedrichshain Above: cupcakes at Cupcake Berlin Above: RAW event center (wearing: Zara scarf – Mango vest – Zara jeans – March 23 sneaker wedges) Above RAW event center
Above: in front of the Berlin Wall (wearing: H&M beanie – Marc by Marc Jacobs bag – Kenzo sweater)
Number five: Helmut Newton Exhibition
If you’re into fashion or nudity (everyone I suppose) you should definitely go to the Helmut Newton exposition. Newton’s photographies are amazingly styled and have so many underlying massages, the whole exposition is incredible. You really need to take out an afternoon to see everything.