Exploring Berlin: West Berlin

Hey friends!

Let’s talk about Exploring Berlin: West Berlin! As mentioned on the previous post – Exploring Berlin: East Berlin, we stayed mostly in East Berlin so we don’t have as many places to share about West Berlin.

However, we did stroll around famous Unter der Linden, checked Biniki Berlin and visited the main monuments around Potsdamer Platz.

Places to Eat and Drink Coffee in West Berlin

No news here: since we love coffee we are going to share the places that we like the most – not that many, but they are reeeeeeally nice!

There are 3 places on this list. The first one is Pastel – as the name suggests, you can eat a pastel de nata (portuguese custard tart). The owners are Portuguese and the pasteis de nata are sooooo good <3. The second place is Hallesches Haus, a beautiful cafĂ© and shop and the third one is our favourite – Benedict! Benedict Berlin is a place where you can eat breakfast food for brunch, lunch and dinner. Whenever you want it – 24/7!!!

Pastel
Hallesches Haus
Benedict Berlin

Places to Visit and Things to Do in West Berlin

In central Berlin – which is in fact still part of Mitte you can visit mos of the monuments related with the Second World War and Berlin Wall. Places worth visiting are the super touristic areas of Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz but it’s also possible to visit Holocaust Memorial, Hitler’s bunker, Reichstag, Topographie des Terrors.

Even better is to stroll around Tiergarten, check Brandenburg Gate at sunset and end the day at Unter der Linden!

We also visited the cool Bikini Berlin – the building is beautiful, full of nice shops and the view from the terrace of Berlin Zoo is priceless! After that we went to see the exhibition at Bauhaus Archive (before moving to it’s new locations so was free!).

Did we enjoy Berlin: Yeah!! It’s so cool and the 4 days spent there were so nice and relaxed but at the same time is always good to be back in quirky Brighton ❀

Ta-ta!

 

 

 

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Exploring Berlin: East Berlin

Hey friends,

Berlin was amazeballs and the four days we spent there were pretty good to explore the city, soak up the culture and enjoy the few days off. In this post Exploring Berlin: East Berlin we will explore Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Mitte neighbourhoods and will share some nice places to eat, drink coffee, shop and visit while in Berlin.

 

We stayed mostly in East Berlin during our trip since our hostel was located in the heart of Mitte – Generator Hostel Berlin Mitte. It’s pretty cool, quite big and definitely a central location where everything is just around the corner! The reason why we decided to stay in a hostel? Cause we haven’t stayed in one in ages and this one seemed pretty nice!

 

Coffee Shops in East Berlin

We looooooove coffee (is that even newsworthy?) and love stopping in a nice coffee shop, seat down and enjoy the free WiFi free time so here are some our favourite coffee shops in East Berlin.

The Barn Coffee Roasters

 

RöststÀtte Berlin

 

Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers

 

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Shops and Bookshops in East Berlin

We didn’t spend much time shopping as there are far better things to do when visting a new city however we are suckers for books, magazines, everything stationery and pretty shops that have all of the above (plus coffee). We popped for some coffee at the The Store at Soho House – such a beautiful concept store with pretty decor, awesome-but-can’t-afford nice clothes and plenty of books and magazines.

 

Other nice places where – Soda Books, as the name suggests, to buy books and magazines with a selection to die for and Granit a homestore full of nice things and since we love buying kitchen goods we had to control ourselves (we couldn’t fit all in our luggage even if we wanted!).

Soda Books

 

Granit

 

Places to Eat in East Berlin

We never make big plans about on where to eat since we like to explore a city and discover new places along the way. So, we stumbled across a few nice places that caught our attention. The first one was BĂ€ckerei und Konditorei W Balzer – a pretty and very much like the old Portuguese bakeries so we decided to go and try some one of their baked goods. That ‘palmier’ was pretty delicious (yeah!, we came for more the very next day!).

 

The second time was Bun Bao – a nice Vietnamese restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg where we sat outdoors on a sunny Sunday and had an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G vegetarian bao <3. After that we went all for vegan ice cream at Tribeca Ice Cream and our choice of flavours were hazelnut (always hazelnut, always!) and blue coconut. We don’t even know why it’s called blue coconut but was one of the best ice creams ever.

Bun Bao

 

Tribeca Ice Cream

 

We didn’t go on a night out so can’t talk much about it but we did go for a few drinks twice. The first time to Strandbar – which is by the river with such a beautiful view and the perfect place to end a Sunday. The second time was to a cafĂ©-bar in a corner near where we were staying just because it was open until late – Keyser Soze.

 

Places to Visit and Things to Do in East Berlin

There are millions things we could have done but we combined things we love to do with things to visit such as a Sunday in the park and playing a visit to the most remarkable monuments, otherwise it’s just simply boring.

Things do Do in East Berlin:

Watch the sunset by the river at James-Simon Park (facing Berliner Dom)

Exploring the (Flohmarkt ) Flea Market at Arkonaplatz

Relax in Mauerpark on a Sunday

 

 

Places to Visit in East Berlin:

Berlin Wall at GedenkstÀtte Berliner Mauer (our favourite and less touristy) and East Side Gallery;

Explore Alexanderplatz and Berliner Fernsehturm

Visit the Berliner Dom and Museum Island

 

We hope you are enjoying this Exploring Berlin: East Berlin and next week we will bring you part two – Exploring Berlin: West Berlin. If you want more tips and nice places to check while in Berlin visit We Blog You (only in portuguese, sorry #notsorry :D), Stil in Berlin and Monocle Guides.

See you guys next week,

Ta-ta!