One day: start at Brandenburg Gate, then walk up to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – be prepard for a rather heavy exhibit. Then walk up Friedrichstraße to Checkpoint Charlie, then onto The Jewish Museum which has pretty good exhibitions.  Once you’ve looked around the museum, either go for a coffee at Companion Coffee or lunch at the delicious Café Ora, which is an old apothecary.

Another day: For a really healthy breakfast start your date at Daluma then walk the long walk to the East Side Gallery which is the Berlin wall rather than an actual building! Once you’ve walked along the East Side Gallery, pop into the Michelberger Hotel for lunch or a coffee or something stronger. Then walk across the Oberbaum Bridge and head to Markthalle Neun food market. Once you’ve sampled the tipples and tastes of the market, walk across to Bonanza Coffee, the hidden gems of coffee shops in Berlin.

Sun(ny) day: If you’re in Berlin for a weekend and it’s sunny on a Sunday, the best place to go is Mauerpark. There’s a flea market and well as number of food stalls. Some times there are capoeira dancers and a performance going in on the naturally made amphitheatre.

Sights: Brandenburg GateMemorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropeThe Jewish MuseumPotsdamer PlatzEast Side GalleryHamburger Bahnhof An art museum in old railway station; Berlin Wall MemorialBauhaus Museum Design museum; Checkpoint CharlieReichstag German parliament; Pergamon Museum and all the other museums on Museum IslandKurfürstendamm Quite far out of the centre of town; Schloss Charlottenburg Stunning palace, the largest in Berlin. Again, quite far out

Parks: Mauerpark. There’s a flea market and well as number of food stalls. Some times there are capoeira dancers and a performance going in on the naturally made amphitheatre. Volkspark Friedrichshain. A beautiful, peaceful park. Very different to Mauerpark above!


Das Lokal Typically Berlin, aka, cool. Small, dark, all-white setting. Only open for dinner.

Katz Orange Really beautiful building down a mews. Nice to sit outside if it’s warm.

Oh Panama Great living-room style restaurant for dinner with quirky menu.

Café Ora An old apothecary, great for lunch

Daluma Seriously healthy breakfasts and lunches

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Mogg and Melzer An old Jewish girls’ school. Order the pastrami sandwich and Matza Ball soup. Go for lunch.

Yumcha Heroes for dumplings

Dudu Asian fusion

Cantina The restaurant of Tausend Bar

Roamers for brunch or lunch

The Fleischerei

Cookies Cream


Burgermeister Cheap, delicious, dirty burgers and chilli fries


Michelberger Hotel Go for a drink here after you visit the East Side Gallery

The Barn Cwaffee

Bonanza Coffee The hidden gems of coffee shops in Berlin

Bonanza Coffee Heroes The new bonanza which opened in Penzlauer Berg

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

Fahimi Bar

TiER Bar

Dean Bar

Tausend Bar The same as Cantina restaurant


Monkey Bar

Solar Lounge bar and restaurant – good views.

John Muir Old school cocktails

Distrikt Coffee Also good for breakfast


Chapter One Coffee

Companion Coffee




Club de Visionnaire Great during the summer to sit and drink outside on the water. 

Berghain The world famous club in Berlin. Open Friday night until midday on Monday. Be prepared to queue for hours and there are no guarantees getting in. They don’t like tourists, so make sure you look like a local and keep quiet! 

Watergate Super cool techno club with big windows looking out onto the water. 

Tresor Underground techno club in the vaults of the former department store.

Neither tried nor tested, but researched & recommended…

House of Weekend Low ceilings and roof tops with great views. 




The one and only, Soho House, or should I say, haus.

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