Way back in March I travelled to Berlin for a girls’ weekend. We were celebrating my flatmate’s birthday so the weekend was full of good food and great cocktails, and I’m only just writing about it now because the trip coincided with that two-month break I took from blogging. This post is a little more brief than my usual travel diaries because it’s been a good few months since we went, but I’ve listed a few of my favourite spots for anyone heading to the city soon!
Where we ate
As soon as we arrived at our super cute AirBnb in Kreuzberg, we dumped our bags and stumbled upon a hidden gem. Hallesches Haus is a general store and cafe in Krezuberg with covetable homewares and a delicious menu. Super light and airy with plants hanging from the roof and minimalist furniture, it was the perfect welcome to Berlin. I went for a meat platter and a craft beer to set the tone for a weekend of eating.
We spent our first night eating at a food market in a local car park. Markethalle Neun puts our London street food markets to shame because it was absolutely vast. The choice catered to every single craving, and I stuck to my favourite, dumplings. Lots of them. My friends chose a delicious curry which I exploited for photos because it looked so damn tasty.
My food highlight was most definitely dinner on our final night at the Long March Canteen. Dim sum for DAYS my friends. I indulged once again in plates and plates of dumplings, as well as sashimi, tofu, steak and a whole host of other amazing dishes. Their set menu is ideal for sharing with friends, and we got a brilliant selection.
What we saw
For me, I was most excited about exploring some of Berlin’s galleries. My favourite was the Hamburger Bahnhof, an abandoned railway station turned into a huge gallery full of modern art. I instantly fell for the highly-Instagrammable grey walls (yes, I’m that predictable), massive windows and beautiful arches. It was heaven. They’ve got a great selection of art and I loved exploring, particularly their tempting bookshop.
In spite of the rain we of course visited the Berlin Wall, where I not only found a spot with my surname, but also walked the length and saw some of the famous work decorating the wall.
Our final day was spent exploring some of the more historical spots, including the Reichstag and all of the surrounding monuments.