Berlin is an absolute MUST when it comes to European cities. The city exudes culture and history, which makes it an intriguing and engaging place to visit. Great foodie scene, plenty of markets, roof top bars and hipster suburbs with great coffee and local street art.
We were lucky enough to stay at a friends apartment in the hipster area called Neukoelln. It was close to the Metro and found it a really nice part of the city, giving us an authentic ‘local’ experience in Berlin. If you are only going for 2-3 days it might be better to stay central in the Mitte.
Wombat Hostel; This was where Rob stayed when he visited Berlin twice. It is nice and central, above a great Aussie cafe and laundromat, full of travellers and good vibes.
Katz Orange; we couldn’t get a table but I have heard some seriously amazing things. It is fancy, it is expensive but the building, ambience and food is incredible. Book ahead.
Schnitzelei Mitte ; Amazing authentic schnitzel restaurant which is always busy. Book ahead. They also offer gluten free schnitzels and it was really yum.
Shisho Burger; japanese burger place and honestly one of the best burgers I HAVE EVER HAD. Explosive flavours plus the edamame beans and sweet potato fries were divine.
CAFES and COFFEE
The BARN cafe; Aussie coffee and brunch
Father Carpenter; Great cafe with great coffee.
TINMAN Berlin; Another Aussie cafe, smashed avo, acai bowls and great coffee.
Dots Cafe; Great coffee. Aussie barista who yells out your order ‘almond flatty, longy with oat milk’
Here is the list of places to eat and drink and dance until all hours that my friend gave to us. Split into the suburbs Neukolln, Kreuzberg and the Mitte area.
Roamers- fun little cafe, can be busy on weekends though!
Holy Flat! – yummy healthy lunch
Cafe Mugrabi – my favorite brunch, best hummus
Dragon Bowl – healthy poke bowls & lunch spot
Bonanza coffee- no food but trendy coffee spot
Sahara- a few all over, cult following! Amazing cheap falafel
Con Tho- Asian infusion
Zola- popular pizza place
La Lucha- fab mexican next door to Zola
Cocolo Ramen- also right by Zola
Berg Dudu – delicious Japanese a bit more pricy
Shiso Burger – honestly just the most delicious sensory delight
Toca Rouge – Asian infusion
Thermoc – French, menu changes daily
Cobbs – vegan fine dining
Klunkerkranich – great rooftop bar for sundowners.
All down Weserstraße!
Yuzu Bar – try the New York Sour, my favourite
Kaduka- Owned by the most lovely people and will take good care of you!
Nathanja & Henrich – local hipster vibes, nice and relaxed
Cafe Luiza – super vibey love it
Mano Cafe – always a great time and great cocktails
Berg Mein Haus am See (my house on the lake)
Neue Odessa Bar
Heideglühen (only every two weeks)
Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstraße, Berlin
Hitler’s Bunker, In den Ministergärten, Berlin
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Cora-Berliner-Straße, Berlin
Reichstag Building, Platz der Republik, Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Berlin
Berliner Dom, Am Lustgarten, Berlin
East Side Gallery – largest part of the Berlin Wall left standing. Amazing artwork painted along the wall
Map them all out and walk from one to the next. Great free walking tour. You can also meet at Brandenburg Gate for plenty of free walking tours that will give you information along the way if that is your thing.
Here is a link to a map our friend sent us with lots of pinned locations and that walking tour above mapped out
Tattoo shops; we both got our first tattoo whilst in Berlin at a place called UniKat Black. Highly recommend. They were great artists. Our artist was called Salut Manu. An awesome French guy who actually learnt how to tattoo whilst living in Freo, Perth.
MONEY: Germany uses the Euro so it is very easy to exchange or withdraw especially when travelling to other countries in the Euro.
Water: you can definitely drink from the tap in Berlin so grab your water bottle and fill it up before you head out on your tourist adventures.
The airport is also really close to the city of Berlin, so taxis and ubers are very handy. We got the international train into Berlin from Amsterdam and got an uber from the train station. CityMapper also works in Berlin and is a great app to use to get around on the transport. The underground metro is super easy and convenient to use.
Enjoy! We loved Berlin and would definitely go back!