Berlin

Everything you need for a kicking day or two in Berlin...

09:00

1. Breakfast: Cafe Einstein

That‘s Frühstück to you. Take yours hale & hearty over Der Spiegel at the classic Cafe Einstein. This lovely old-worlde cafe is the ideal spot to sample the German’s extensive take on the breakfast genre – in our view, they are the Breakfast-ers of Champions …

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A. Café Einstein Stammhaus
Kurfürstenstraße 58
10785 Berlin

10:00

2. Memorial

The memorial dedicated to the Murdered Jews of Europe designed by Peter Eisenman is sobering, graphic and disorientating, but less harrowing than the Jewish Museum designed by by Daniel Libeskind.

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B. Cora-Berliner-Straße, 10117 Berlin, Germany

11:30

3. Ich Liebe Green

Berlin‘s many green spaces sprout wild and soothing throughout the city. Lustgarten, in the middle of tourist mayhem in Mitte, is perfectly positioned for a pause…but we also recommend biking through the lovely Tiergarten.

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C. Am Lustgarten
Karl-Liebknecht-Str.
10178 Berlin

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4. Lunch: Mitte

The cosy Mogg & Melzer is a buzzy little address in a lovely old building that formerly housed a Jewish Girls School.  Run by two DJs turned deli-meat lovers, the menu is simple but good. The house speciality is the humble pastrami sandwich on rye with carefully calculated lashings of …

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D. Mogg & Melzer
Auguststrasse 11-13
Mitte, Berlin

13:30

5. Mitte Art Crawl

Looking into the window of a Mitte art gallery a middle-aged American guy enthuses, “This is my kind of art” at a knitted sculpture of Superman crashed into a wall… …

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E. Sammlung Boros
Bunker, Reinhardtstr. 20
10117 Mitte
Berlin

14:00

6. East Side Gallery

A crush of elderly tourists obstruct a mural of Reagan and Gorbachev in a passionate embrace… The longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall is one of those ‘must-do’s. Hire a bike – it‘s more fun that way.

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F. Mühlenstraße, 10243
Berlin, Germany

15:30

7. Stasi Museum

Eerie, sad, kitsch and surreal; re-live the Lives of Others at the slightly-down-at-heel Stasi Museum where unfortunate East German citizens previously found themselves “detained for the clarification of facts”. (An ominous charge if we ever heard one.) …

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G. Stasi-Museum Berlin
Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1
10365 Berlin

17:30

8. Coffee Break Detour

Coffee worth crossing town for! At Bonanza Coffee Heroes a near religious calm prevails as two hipsters work their magic over the Synesso Cyncra coffee machine; like priests in a pulpit or DJs at the deck. Note, seating is limited to outdoor benches and perching on bags of coffee beans …

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H. Bonanza Coffee Heroes
Oderberger Straße 35 10435 Berlin, Germany

20:30

9. Dinner @ Baffi

We can’t decide what’s nicer, Da Baffi, a cheap, cute-as-a-button Italian restaurant in Wedding or slightly more up-market old school elegance at Renger Patzch in Schoenberg …

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I. Da Baffi
Nazarethkirchstraße 41 13347 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 175 6926545

22:00

10. Drink-up: Das Hotel Bar

Low-Fi buzz meets gemütlichkeit.  This innocuous watering hole in Kreuzberg hides a cheerful interior that can border on the frenzied. Hipster crowd, cheap drinks, great music, candle-light. For more tips on where to tipple during your stay check iHeartBerlin.

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J. Das Hotel Bar
Mariannenstraße 26a 10999 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 84118433

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11. Recovery

If you’re planning an all-nighter you might want a recovery plan. For which we suggest the Liquid Room, a cool spa experience with chilled sound track at a reasonable price which is open until midnight or 1am on weekends. If the weather’s good you might prefer the outdoor baths on …

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K. Liquid Room
Möckernstraße 10
10963 Berlin

Open: Sun-Thur 10.00am–12.00am; Fri-Sat
10.00am–1.00am

03:00

12. We’re Nightclubbing

In a rare instance of global concensus, the pundits are agreed that Berghain/Panorama Bar is the consistently the most insane dance club in Berlin, if not the world. Situated in a former power station the club is famed for its industrial surrounds, intense yet tolerant atmosphere, long-endurance gigs, long queues  …

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L. Berghain
Am Wriezener Bahnhof
10243 Friedrichshain
Berlin