Our 2019 Guide to Berlin — Germany
A light-filled (and coffee/cake-filled) summary of our 3 day trip to Berlin earlier this year. We have been to the city before so some of the places weren’t new to us but we tried to see some of the things that we missed on our previous trips. Going through the images to put this post together we realised that we seek out similar things in most cities we visit; design/architecture, coffee and collections.
We stayed at the Michelberger hotel for our entire trip and enjoyed the extra space of a Loft Room - we appreciate having somewhere to stay that can act as a mobile office as much of our work is done ‘on the road’. We spent each night in the hotel lobby (newly refurbished with an interior designed by Sigurd Larsen) and particularly enjoyed their cocktails - the ‘Auld Festooned’ is a winner for us because well, we just love whisky.
We kicked off what was essentially a 3 day coffee shop tour at % Arabica Kreuzberg.
Before our trip we booked places on the English speaking tour of Tempelhof Airport - we took loads of photos in here that we’ll put together a separate blog post on that… It’s a place with some real history and regardless of what views people might have on it we documented the architecture and design elements that really stood out to us - plus it’s a rarity to be able to go wild with our cameras in such a huge empty place.
The 2 hour tour is recommended but comes with a warning - it’s very fast-paced and you have to be very quick to get the photos you want without getting lost/left behind!
A Berlin pilgrimage for us: the cinnamon buns at Zeit für Brot are the best we’ve ever had and trust us, we try to find better all the time and we don’t believe it can be done.
Bonanza Coffee Roasters was on our list because every coffee person we know told us to go there. The coffee was great but what we didn’t prepare for was the lamination of the pastries - SO GOOD. Something we’ve noticed recently on our trips is that coffee shop interiors are moving away from the super raw industrial thing and starting to incorporate a more ‘finished’ feeling (some rugged elements still remain) and we quite like the refinement.
The Museum of Things (Museum der Dinge) was great and we really appreciate the idea of keeping an archive of everyday ‘stuff’ because it acts as a record of culture. Recording how we live is important - many of our photography clients hire us to document what they’re doing for that reason and we feel great when we feel that our work is helping to keep hold of cultural history.
The Barn - we sat in a sunny spot in the window watching the world go by and almost fell asleep.
House of Small Wonder; this place has become well-known for its spiral staircase but it’s somewhere we go for homemade mint lemonade and their potato rosti/salad combo.
Museum für Naturkunde; we visit natural history museums in a lot of the cities we go to… they’re universal even if you don’t understand the language.
Five Elephant — CHEESECAKE. We 100% recommend the cheesecake here. Top tip: visit the Kreuzberg coffee shop as there’s much more seating and you get more for your money (ie the cheesecake slices are bigger). The Mitte shop has the terrazzo countertops that you might have seen on Instagram but we much preferred the atmosphere of the Kreuzberg version. Each to their own though…
The places we visited and recommend (but not all photographed above) in summary:
Bonanza Coffee Roasters
Zeit für Brot
House of Small Wonder
Tommis Burger Truck
Tempelhof Airport Tour
Museum der Dinge
Do You Read Me?
Museum für Naturkunde