Places to visit in Berlin
It’s time to start our blog series on traveling. I visited Germany for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I want to recommend you some places I visited in Berlin. So here it is, a guide to Berlin!
Read the article in Finnish: Berliinin ravintolasuositukset.
The Bowl – a healthy organic plant-based restaurant
Warschauer Straße 33, Friedrichshain, Berlin
The Bowl is a 100 % organic, plant-based, gluten-free and refined sugar-free clean eating restaurant. They have many delicious bowls on the menu. I had a bowl with beetroot falafels (yummy!), mixed salad, hummus and sautéed carrots with a soy milk iced latte. The Bowl was such an inspiration! In the future, I’ll be making beet falafels and avocados rolled in sesame seeds with sprouts for sure.
Klunkerkranich – a rooftop restaurant in Neukölln
Karl-Marx-Strasse 66, Neukölln, Berlin
Klunkerkranich is a rooftop restaurant on top of a shopping mall in Neukölln. It might be hard to find: you’d have to take an elevator to the fifth floor of Arkaden shopping mall and then walk to the sixth floor through the parking lot to get to the top of the building. It’s a peaceful, beautiful, cool, unique and nicely decorated place where you can see the city and enjoy the view with a drink. This place is worth visiting!
Super Concept Store and Bikini Berlin
Budapester Strasse 50, Ku’damm, Berlin
A place to shop, eat and meet. Art, hotel, shops, design, pop-up boxes, food, drinks, work-space, what else…? Located at the Ku’damm area of Berlin, next to the zoo, this place is an urban concept space, restaurant and a concept store on top of Bikini Berlin. They also serve a business lunch and it’s a great place for a meeting. Visit Super Concept Store and Bikini Berlin if you’re interested in design products from all over the world.
Kiez99 – a marketplace in Friedrichshain
Revaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain, Berlin
An urban market place with street food, art, design and second-hand shopping. It’s a perfect place to have a glass of wine and hang out during weekends. The market is held every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 22.
Do you read me? – a cute bookshop in Berlin Mitte
Auguststrasse 28, Berlin-Mitte
Yes, I’m also a bookworm. Do you read me? is a cute book shop with a nice selection of international contemporary magazines, journals and books from all over the world. You can also order them online. I got myself two books: Start-up guide Berlin vol. 2 (an overview of the startup scene in Berlin; looks promising) and Why brands with a purpose do better and matter more (by David Hieatt).
Plus Hotel – an old school building loft hotel
Warschauer Platz 6, Friedrichshain, Berlin
We stayed few nights in Plus Hotel Berlin wich I can strongly recommend. It’s a historic school building and they have renovated it to spacious loft hotel rooms. The service was excellent and there’s a swimming pool inside the hotel.
Note, that the places in Berlin don’t usually open until around midday. So if you’re an eager tourist like me hitting the streets at 10 AM, the city is probably going to look pretty empty at that time. Most shops, second-hand and vintage shops, cafes and restaurants usually open at 12.
Of course, we visited the historical places like The Holocaust Memorial (The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe), Hitler’s bunker (Führerbunker), DDR Museum (an interactive museum with a Trabant simulator), Natural History Museum (with dinosaurs and Tyrannosaurus Rex), The Brandenburg Gate, TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm, located near Alexanderplatz, with a 360 degrees observation deck with the height of 203 meters where you can see the city), Dali exhibition, The East Side Gallery (1,3 km part of Berlin Wall with art; an international memorial for freedom) and Checkpoint Charlie.
It’s a good idea to get a Berlin Welcome Card which is a bus and metro ticket as well as it gives you discounts for the museums’ and tourist attractions’ entrance fees. You can buy the ticket in advance online here: Berlin Welcome Card.
// Love, Mirka