Last week I spent a few days in Berlin as a belated birthday present from my boyfriend. Don’t worry, you didn’t just miss my birthday, we just didn’t have time to go earlier 🙂 It was really cold these days, so we spent most of our time indoors. The perfect excuse to explore some cute shops & restaurants. And coffee places obvs, you know I love those.
Where to sleep
Cosmo Hotel Mitte, Spittelmarkt 13, www.cosmo-hotel.de
From the train station we headed directly to our hotel, where we were welcomed with some chocolates and a welcome drink. The hotel of our choice was Cosmo Hotel in Mitte, with a very central location and close to the Spittelmarkt U-bahn station. The room was very spacious and we especially enjoyed the view from our large windows, which I stupidly enough didn’t take any photos of. We took breakfast in the hotel every day, since there was a lot of choice. I recently picked up a healthy diet again after indulging during the holidays and could eat my heart out with fresh fruits and spelt flakes with soy milk. Definitely a hotel I can recommend and would love to stay at again!
Where to shop
Voo Store, Oranienstraße 24, www.vooberlin.com
I had read about this store on a few blogs when researching our trip and it didn’t disappoint at all. We went to Kreuzberg especially for Voo Store, I mean I heard the whole area was nice but since I didn’t research it too much and it was already dark we stayed in Voo Store quite long. They serve coffee as well, so we stayed for coffee too. Voo Store has a lot of cool clothes of brands like Marni, Acne and JW Anderson. They also have a lot of cool sneakers, books and must-haves for the home.
Bikini, Budapester Str. 38-50, www.bikiniberlin.de
Bikini is a really cool place to visit if you’re looking to bring an original gift. It’s a concept department store, where you will find a lot of shop-in-shops selling designer brands, luxury and independent. It’s not only fashion brands, but there are also really cool interior items. I especially loved those palm tree and flamingo neon lights.
KaDeWe, Tauentzienstraße 21-24, www.kadewe.de
Not the most exciting store to recommend as it is Berlin’s biggest department store, but definitely worth a visit if you are into designer fashion. When I was there they had sales going on and I can’t believe that I didn’t bring anything home! There was even discount on some Chanel shoes and I also thought of getting their flipflops as you may have seen on Instagram stories.
Since our hotel was located in Mitte we stayed there a lot. Mitte is the most central borough, so you’ll find a lot of different shops and restaurants there. A few of my fave streets were Rosenthaler Strasse, Schönhauser Strasse, Münzstrasse and Weinmeisterstrasse. Here you’ll find shops like Weekday, Cos, Acne Studios and Muji. It’s easy to find your way around Mitte as everything is close together.
We spent our last day around Friedrichshain, which felt like a quite alternative neighbourhood. This is a nice area to look for gifts and cute decorations for your home. There are a lot of shops selling independent, small brands as well. Since we were in a bit of a hurry to catch our train I don’t know all the streets, but I remember really liking Kopernikusstrasse and Wühlischstrasse.
Where to eat & drink
Soho House, Torstraße 1, www.sohohouseberlin.com
This store / coffee bar / hotel is one of the coolest places I visited in Berlin and very Instagrammable. You can find art books, but also clothes from brands like Balenciaga and Redone here. The coffee is really good and they have the cutest latte art as you can see. I loved that the store has different corners, giving you loads of interior inspiration. Next time I’m definitely going back to check out their roof terrace.
The Barn, Auguststraße 58, thebarn.de
We went to so many coffee places in Berlin, but loved this place so much that we got some of their beans for our coffee grinder at home.
Napoljonska, Kastanienallee 43, napoljonska.de
When walking through the Kastanienalle we stumbled upon this pink heaven and of course I had to go in! As sweet as the store may look, this place is actually really healthy. I had a flat white with almond milk and a vegan gluten free blueberry coconut pie, which was absolutely delicious. Scott tried out their delicious carrot cake. There are a lot of lunch options here too, we just happened to feel like eating cake.
Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, markthalleneun.de
A perfect way to end your day in Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg is Markthalle Neun. This food hall is a very fun, low key place to go for dinner. There are loads of different food stalls with food from all over the world. Being a vegetarian I always like to explore new veggie food when I get the chance. Since we had a big lunch I went for grilled tofu filled with seaweed. Scott felt like trying something typically German: currywurst! I always love it when we can both have whatever we feel like in the same place. We ended our day with some German beer, as you do 🙂
Hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you have any tips in Berlin I would love to hear them in the comments too, I’m sure I’ll be back soon.