I have been in Berlin about 15 times and the most amazing thing about Berlin is that you get a different impression of the city each time you are there. Since I couldn’t live with the fact that Tim has never been to Berlin before, we decided to do a road trip to the city of awesomeness in the middle of October.
We booked an Airbnb in the Prenzlauer Berg area, which is my favorite area to stay in. It turned out that we booked the most amazing Airbnb with the most amazing host we could have imagined! If you have never been to Berlin or you want to experience it from a totally different point of view, Thomas is the host you are looking for! He really lives the Airbnb philosophy and knows more about the city and its hidden gems than anyone I have met before. Here is the Link to his apartment.
Since we just had 1,5 days we could actually spend in Berlin, the days have been packed with sight seeing, food and a little partying. Public transport in Berlin really works well, so we started our tour by tram. You can just download the BVG App and buy your ticket via your phone, buy it in advance online or buy it at the station. Be aware that you can only pay with coins or card at most of the stations! The Day ticket for 7,00 € is what you are looking for. If you are a group of three to five people and you plan to stay together, the small group day ticket for 19,90 € is cheaper.
We started our day with homemade bagels, cream cheese and hummus at Barcomi’s Deli, located at Sophienstraße 21. But not only their breakfast is great, their cakes are actually to die for! And the best thing: you can get a sample platter of four cakes of your choice for just 7,50 €. Barcomi’s Deli is super close to the Hackeschen Höfe, which is one of my happy places which is definitely worth hitting up!
We continued our tour by foot, past the Berlin Dome, a small art market, Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and the Sony Center. After that we went to the admission free museum “topography of terror”, which sadly turned out to be quite boring, even though the theme was super interesting.
From the museum we went to Bikini Berlin by train, which is another happy place of mine! It is a concept mall with all kinds of start ups, cute designer stores with designer clothes from the Berlin area and amazing food places like SUPER or Funk You
Back at our Airbnb Thomas and his boyfriend were already waiting for us to go out. So after a wine we went to an amazing bar called Heile Welt, a bar which you would never find as a tourist. It was a gay bar with amazing people, good drinks and great music and definitely worth hitting up, no matter if you are gay or straight.
I admit, getting up the next morning was quite tough, but the day before was definitely worth it! After we packed our stuff, Thomas showed us his favorite café close to his apartment called Café Eckstern, with homemade banana bread, sandwiches, fresh pressed OJ and great coffee, which was definitely made with love.
The last spot we wanted to hit up was Markthalle Neun, an indoor streetfood market with different themed markets everyday. Sadly it happened to be closed on Sundays ☹. So we went to the next café in our reach to stuff our face with rather unsatisfying food. Next time, Markthalle Neun is definitely on top of our list! Streetfood heaven, I am coming for you!