Berlin seems to be the city break of choice for Londoners recently. After a weekend trip with friends, I can see why. Berlin is not short on history or culture and is also home an incredible section of coffee shops, farm-to-table restaurants, underground clubs, and a top notch ethnic food scene. Here is my advice (and city map below) on how to spend a weekend in Berlin.
Catalonia Berlin Mitte – a modern hotel with an industrial vibe – just 20 minutes from the airport
- Fattire Berlin Bike Tour – I wouldn’t typically pick a group bike tour, but it works well in Berlin. The city is quite sprawling, so perfect to explore via a bike. The tour enables visiting most of the highlights in one day. The tour will bring you to many points of interest including:
- Berlin Wall and Berlin Wall Museum
- Brandenburg Gate
- Museum Island
- Check Point Charlie
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- Hackesche Höfe – a nice area to walk around kind of an indoor/outdoor market
- CO Berlin – Photography museum – ever since visiting Fotografiska in Stockholm a few years ago, photography museums are on my must to list!
- Charlottenburg Palace – a palace built for the first Queen of Prussia! A decadent palace with lush gardens. Plus no visit to a European city is complete without a castle or palace tour!
- Markthalle Neun – an indoor/outdoor food and farmers market – open on Saturdays
- DDR museum – a playful trip behind the iron curtain – authentic art and artifacts. We didn’t have time to visit, but its on my list for next time!
Food and Drinks
- Fes Turkish BBQ – a fun, inventive take on Turkish cuisine! Grills are built into each table so you BBQ your own wonderully marinated meats! My top recommendation for Berlin!
- Lokal – modern German food in a bright, rustic space. A delightful experience!
- Rotisserie Weingrun – German/BBQ – this was a top choice for me, but was completely booked for our dates!
- Industry Standard – German and Mediterranean small plates
- District Mot – Vietnamese street food in Berlin
- Roamers – a pretty perfect coffee shop! White washed wood, foamy lattes, yummy pastries and flowers and succulents decorating the space!
- Distrikt Coffee – we stopped here for breakfast before heading to the airport on Monday morning. An ideal space for an indulgent breakfast before heading back to a busy work week!
- Yorak – a casual place for Köfte for lunch
- Max und Moritz – an old standby for a traditional German lunch
- SO36 is one of the oldest clubs in Berlin and is a legendary punk and alternative venue