10.18.2017

MY ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO BERLIN | 5 THINGS TO SEE, DRINK & DO

It was just over a year ago that one of my friends decided to take the plunge and move from London to Berlin, without a word of German in his vocabulary. How and why, I hear you ask? For the simple reason of living. This friend of mine is a songwriter, and he fancied a change of scene that would allow him to create in a less pressured environment. Because let's be honest, anyone who has tried to pursue a creative dream in the big city of London, whilst simultaneously paying bills and attempting to live-your-best-life, will know it can be tricky at times. But you know, it's all in the name of art...right?

Anyway, this friend of mine found that he could have a similar lifestyle in Berlin, without the heartbreaking price tag London life comes with. This meant he could work, create and play in a cool place without having to spend a lot on living costs. Sounds like a dream right?! After hearing so much about his new home, I wanted to see what the Berlin hype was about in person. So Eliot and I booked our flights (which cost us £66 return for the both of us) so we could take a look at this city we had heard so much about. We spent four days sightseeing, cafe crawling, and hopping around places that were recommended to us by locals. Here are my must-do and must-see Berlin city spots!



HAVE BREAKFAST AT SILO


Now, we ate some flipping great food whilst we were here, but I need to share with you my fave. Silo Coffee is located in the area of Friedrichshain - think the Bricklane-esk kind of punky/hipster side of the city. When we arrived we had to wait 15 minutes or so for a table, as it was particularly popular that morning. Usually I would choose to head to the next place, but I was told it was totally worth the wait (and it REALLY was). Eliot and I opted for the baked pancakes, with an extra side of the best bacon I've ever had. If you're ever looking for an indulgent breakfast, this place is definitely a must. Aside from the food, the atmosphere is very cosy, and the staff are super friendly and attentive. It's a yes from me.




TAKE A STROLL AROUND THE BOTANICAL GARDENS


Whether you're a plant fan like myself or you simply don't care for the outdoors, either way, this place is a must-see. Not only will you get to see a host of plants that you will never see in your own climate, but this Botanical garden is HUGE. Seriously huge. So much so, that you won't find anything  similar in central Europe. If you're looking for a chilled day out with friends or family, I'd definitely put this place on your list.





VISIT THE INTERIOR STORES 


If you're a fan of design, you'll love the interiors shops located around Mitte. Take a stroll down any side street and you'll find a continuous stream of Scandi style, affordable, homeware stores filled with unique trinkets. Aside from plenty of independent boutiques, there are also many popular international interior stores around such as Hay and Sostrene Greene. The only thing that stopped me from filling my suitcase with these goodies was my luggage allowance...


TRY STREET FOOD AT THE BITE CLUB


Whilst we were visiting, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon the European Street Food Festival Awards, hosted by The Bite Club. The Bite Club brings together the very best street food to create one very tasty pop up event. Not only will the smell tempt you as soon as you arrive, but the low prices will also get you too. Decent sample sizes of most dishes start from around 3€, which means you can spend an hour or so trying a range of gorgeous cuisines. My favourite by far, were the chicken wings from Wingman's. If you ever, I repeat EVER happen to find a Wingman's pop up in your area, order the BBQ wings and thank me later!



DRINK ALL THE COFFEE 


Now I must admit, I'm in the 1% of under 30's that don't drink coffee (Yup, I totally made that statistic up, but it feels accurate). My husband on the other hand is a coffee man, and he assured me that the coffee he had in this city was an absolute dream. If you love coffee in general, you'll be in for treat, as you're bound to find a satisfying cup at most cafes you walk past. Apparently, the flat white at Kaffee Kirsche is a winner!




Have you been to Berlin or are you hoping to go in the future? Let me know in the comments!
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  1. Great post! I love how your friend just decided to move to Berlin "for the reason of living". I'm thinking of doing something similar, don't want to be caught in the 9 to 5 grind forever!

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    1. It's the dream right?! I have so much respect for anyone who takes the leap!

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