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After my exams I went to Berlin, to enjoy my down time. We stayed at the Amano Hotel, which is located in Berlin Mitte – literally the best location ever! Almost everything was accessible withing walking distance and the subway station was really close too. The staff there was super friendly and I was really impressed by how cheap the rooms were.
All of the breakfast places and restaurants I looked up prior to our trip – yes I am that kind of person haha, no shame – were literally around the corner of our hotel.
I. Super Foods & Organic Liquids
On our first morning we went to a café called Super Foods & Organic Liquids (@superfoodsberlin). It is quite a small café but has a really instagrammable, clean decor and an amazing offer of smoothies, smoothie bowls and superfood salads.
I had an acai bowl and the coconut mango smoothie (mango, coconut milk, spinach and agave, topped with coconut flakes and chia seeds). Everything was so fresh and really delicious! Unfortunately we did not get a chance to try their vegan waffles (banana, soy flour, glutenfree oats and soymilk for the batter and topped with fresh berries and maple syrup) but I’ll definitely need to go back to make up for this.
Daluma (@daluma.official) is a health food restaurant located in the same street as Superfoods & Organic Liquids. We went there for breakfast on our second day in Berlin. The interior was fully decorated in sand colors and it had a very beachy vibe to it. The warm colours made it really cozy and enjoyable to chill there. My friend ordered an acai bowl and loved that one even more than the one he had at the café we went the morning before. It was topped with banana, kiwi, cashew nuts, cacao nibs and coconut flakes. He also had a black REHAB juice that contained activated charcoal. I went for a savory breakfast option – avocado toast topped with dried tomato paste, walnuts and arugula. It was literally the best avocado toast that I’ve ever had thanks to the tomato paste. I really need to try that combination at home one time!
III. Distrikt Coffee
After our night out at Kater Blau we went to have brunch at Distrikt Coffee (@distrikt coffee). It is a really popular coffee shop and we were lucky that we only had to wait 5 minutes for a table. I’d recommend you to reserve a spot if you want to eat there on a weekend.
We both had the avocado toast. In order to make it vegan, just ask for one without the poached egg. I also had a red juice that was made out of beet and fresh berries. They topped the avo toast with baby tomatoes, sesame and sunflower seeds, which was such a delicious combination and really filling.
Since we don’t drink coffee, we were not ordering one there. However, if you like coffee, distrikt coffee apparently serves the best coffee in Berlin. If you are a coffee snob – be sure to check this place out.
VI. Funk You - Natural Food
Unfortunately January is not the best time to go to Berlin because of the cold and piercing wind. After we were at the East Side Gallery we sought shelter in Funk You – Natural Food (@funkyounaturalfood) and had a warm beverage to defrost our fingers.
After watching an episode of Peaky Blinders we started to feel hungry, so I ordered a bowl of soba noodles topped with spiraled zucchini and carrots, nori leaves and almonds. It was so yummy and exactely what I needed to fuel up after a morning of freezing my but off during sightseeing.
Since I fancied vegan pizza, I looked up potential restaurants online and stumbled upon Rawtastic (@rawtasticberlin). Apparently they serve the best raw vegan pizza in Berlin so I was hyper excited to go there. Unfortunately they were out of the pizza base and I was quite bummed about it. However, their menu offers a wide variety of raw vegan dishes and we ordered power rolls (raw veggies in rice paper) with a peanut dip as a starter, then the energy wrap with seitan, avocado and cashew cheese and a vegan burger to share. Everything was so fresh and delicious – I was really overwhelmed by all the flavors and different consistencies which were perfectly in tune. We were feeling fancy, so we also ordered dessert to share. We had a black bean brownie and a „snickers“ cake, which were so heavenly!
VII. Brammibal’s Donuts
Brammibal’s Donuts (@brammibalsdonuts) was another place that I found online prior to our trip. Their IG literally leaves you with an urgent need to buy every donut they sell and eat them all at the same time. Be prepared – the shop is really popular, thus extremely crowded. I was waiting 15 Minutes in line before I was able to order the donuts but they were totally worth the wait! These were literally the best donuts that I have ever had and probably also that I will ever have. There are no words to describe how good they were, so I am not even going to try it. You just need to go there and try one yourself and you will know exactely what I mean. We also ordered a vegan brownie but it was not really tasty.
VIII. Other Restaurants
Other restaurants that I can recommend are Shiso Burger (@shisoburger) and Flying Monkey.
At Shiso Burger I had the veggie burger (ask for no cheese and no mayo) with sweet potato fries – it was so good! The restaurant serves their burgers with an asian twist to them, so you really get the best of both worlds!
At Flying Monkey we ordered a wide spread of asian tapas – i.a. summer rolls, papaya salad, edamame, sweet potato fries, steamed eggplant and crispy tofu. Everything was really good and fresh and we ended up only paying 25 euros per person even tough we also had drinks and so much food – it was incredible!
As I have already mentioned, Berlin in January is really cold and the freezing wind makes it really hard to be outside for a long period of time. However, Berlin is a city full of culture and history, so there is no way around some sightseeing, if you are in town.
I. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is located in Berlin Mitte, so it was within walking distance from our hotel. It used to be a crossing point of the Berlin Wall that separated East Berlin an West Berl
Since my boyfriend and I wanted to explore Berlin, we just started walking in direction of Kreuzberg, which is an artsy area of Berlin. We ended up walking 17’000 steps on that day and our hands were almost falling off but it was definitely worth it. On our way we encountered many amazing mural paintings, creative street art and cool grafittis. One of them even was painted by a swiss artist called Schwarzmaler.
III. East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is located in Friedrichshain and is an international memorial for freedom and tolerance. It consits of over hundred mural paintings of artists from all over the world that document a time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better future for all people on our planet.
IV. Holocaust Memorial
The Holocaust Memorial is a memorial in Berlin for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, which was a Genocid during World War II. It was designed by the architect Peter Eisenmann and consists of a 19,000 m2 site covered with almost 3000 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The monument is located within walking distance of the Reichstag building and the Brandenburger Tor.
V. Brandenburger Tor
The Brandenburger Tor is Berlin’s best-known landmark. It was built on the site of a former city gate, which marked the beginnung of a road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. The gate is the monumental entry to a street called Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which led the way to the royal City Palace of the Prussian monarchs.
C. Bars and Nightlife
Berlin has a unique night life scene and is hosting some of Europe’s best, infamous techno clubs like Berghain and Sisyphos. My boyfriend, his friend and I went to Kater Blau, which is a techno club located in Friedrichshain. All the clubs in Berlin have a very strict door policy and they usually oblige you to put stickers on your phone cameras before entering. The club was decorated with a lot of love for detail and had lounging areas with comfy couches and areas where you could chill in between raving.
Bars that I can recommend are Das Haus am See, Zu Mir oder zu Dir and Botanical Affairs – a real insider’s tip! It is a Gin & Tonic Bar that serves over 100 gins from all around the world. It is a really small and cozy bar in a very intimate setting. You can tell the bar tender what kind of flavours that you are into and he will mix you an awesome personalized drink.
Berlin is great for shopping! If you like big malls, you need to go to the Mall of Berlin where you find stores like Zara and Bershka. Further there are many shops around the Alexanderplatz and close to the Hackescher Markt.
There was an opening of a John Reeds Fitness Club for Women right in front of our hotel on the weekend we were in Berlin – I mean, what are the odds?! The entry was free on Saturday and Sunday, since there was Open House Weekends. The gym was decorated in feminine colors and equipped with everything you could wish for.
From the top floor of the gym you had an amazing view on the Fernsehturm while doing cardio. The machines were all brand new and modern. As a welcome gift you recieved two beverages of your choice, a protein bar and a piece of fruit for free. As you can imagine, I was so delighted!