Here’s a few things Amy learnt after a sunny week in Berlin:
We stayed in an Airbnb in Kreuzberg with an amazing balcony. Real estate is ridiculous in Berlin and apartments are super spacious and stylish. Our apartment featured decor that is a mix of vintage and solid well-made furniture. Kreuzberg is green, quiet and close to loads of great eateries, bars and party spots. Some of Berlin's iconic landmarks like Jewish memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and Neukölln canal are a pleasant 45-minute jaunt.
We danced the night (and day) away to disco and house at Griessmuehle in Neukölln. The whole vibe at Griessmuehle is like an abandoned shack with a party tunnel, a treehouse and canalside raving that you can get stuck into for 72 hours. The great thing about Berlin is that a lot of parties run all weekend and DJs usually keep playing until the last person has left the dance floor.
Enjoy amazing juices with perfectly cooked eggs at Roamers. All food is uncomplicated and deliciously fresh and with names like ‘lonesome sailor breakfast' and ‘cowboy breakfast’. You’d be silly not to check out this stripped back boutique cafe.
Londoner Mama Shabz set up her Pakistani street food pop-up in Berlin well over a year ago and her supper clubs sell out every time. Check Shabz's Facebook for her next dinner service and, if you get in, be sure to try one of her delicious pakoras or a special brunches.
It feels like Berlin is the city of the shawarma. You can’t move for kebabs, on every street corner there’s delicious legs of meat rotating and tempting you in for a lovingly wrapped shawarma.
On the whole the vintage clothing standards weren’t as good as London. But Sing Blackbird was our saving grace; the shop was beautifully curated, reasonably priced with friendly and chatty staff.
Go during the summer to make the most of Berlin's green spaces. If you're feeling active rent a bike and head out to the lake Liepnitzsee for a natural swim and sunbathe.