Life of a Berliner
March 26th, 2016
After my visit to Berlin over the Easter bank holiday, I can confidently say Berlin is now my second favourite city (after London of course).
Funnily enough, I didn’t eat any German sausages or schnitzels. Berlin was full of so many international cuisines in a similar way to how London is.
We had the best Korean burger in Shiso burger. I had the bulgogi burger (marinated beef with cheddar cheese in a chilli-mayo Korean chilli base and teriyaki sauce) and my friend ordered the salmon burger. I can’t explain how amazing the combination was between the soft sesame bun and the tender meat with melted cheese. We also had these twisted homemade fries served on a skewer. To top it all off, each burger only worked out to be a fiver!
Just down the road from where we stayed (Mitte) there was a cute independently owned Vietnamese restaurant, known to be one of George Clooney’s little secrets. Monsieur Vuong had the tastiest pho soups and smoothies. Definitely worth a visit!
As Berlin can get very touristy you need to pick the right places. My friend and I were fortunate to meet some friends out there who knew the best places to go. The first night we had gone to a party on the boat called the Hoppetosse. There were crazy vibes going on here, with the most amazing view of the river Spree…the event went on from 12-12 with most DJ’s playing long 2-3 hour sets. DJ’s at the event including Margaret Dygas and Rhadoo-both amazing if you’re into techno.
We also went to Sisyphos pronounced (sissy-fuss) for a day party. I don’t have any pictures to share as photos were forbidden inside, but this party was an unreal experience. I’m still not sure whether this was a bar, club, a beach (our German friend kept calling it a beach-but I can assure you if definitely wasn’t a beach) or a small festival. But as far as Berlin clubs go, this was by far one of the best!
There were several different rooms you could go into (some outside and some inside) for various types of electronic, dance and tech-house music. It was a relaxed vibe yet we also felt like we were partying.
On our last night we went to Chalet. Again, known for it’s speciality in electro music, this place did not disappoint. Line up included Stefan Mint and David Hasert b2b Francesco Mami. This place was quite grungy-think dark haunted castle, quite touristy although cool nonetheless.
After all the partying we decided we needed a well-deserved massage. So we headed to Soho House Berlin on 1 Torstrasse Street. The hotel is beautiful inside, with a cute little café and display shop in the reception area. We both had the deep tissue massage by CowShed Spa.
I would definitely recommend the walking tour and we also went to the Flea Market (near Fehrbellinerplatz) very similar to London Camden market but a lot more things to see; ranging from vintages clothes, German sausages to old washing machines…
Berlin you magical city, until next time. Auf Wiedersehen!