Berlin is a city steeped in culture. It’s a city brimming with nightlife, art, cafes and places of historical importance. We’ve always managed to travel on a very affordable budget here, finding the best coffee, beers and ramen in town for a very affordable prices. Here is our Berlin city guide to give you some top tips on discovering the city.
Where to find the best beers…
One of our favourite spots in Berlin is the incredible Herman. Here you’ll find an authentic little slice of Belgian beer culture in Germany, they have an astounding bottle selection. The owner knows these beers inside out, and is more than happy to talk you through everything. This is one of the most unique drinking experiences we have had in any city we’ve visited. Hopfenreich is known as the first real craft beer bar in Berlin, and the selection is fantastic. This was set up by the organisers of Braufest, so that customers can enjoy great beer all year, not just at festivals. They have 22 taps for you to sample! And lastly, on our Berlin city guide for beer is Kaschk. These guys are renowned for serving fantastic coffee and the best craft beer. Oh, and they have shuffleboards too, so you can get a bit competitive!
Top locally brewed beer to look out for
Hops & Barley are a small brewery, and have been operating since 2008. They brew many traditional numbers, from pilsner to to wheat beers, as well as some one-off specials too. They also operate brewing courses, so you can learn from the best. Of course, you’d be mad to visit Berlin and not check out Stone Brewing. Stone checked out over 130 sites across Europe before finally settling on this spot, and they chose well! The building is an old gasworks, and is now home to Stone Brewing Bistro & Gardens, as well as a merch outlet and large kit for experimental brews. And lastly, you should pay a visit to BrewBaker. They focus on using bio-produced raw materials to create high quality, organic beer. Book in for a tasting or even check onto one of their brewing courses.
Our Berlin city guide to great eats…
It’s morning, you need coffee, maybe some sort of pastry… get yourself to The Barn. This is an exceptional coffee roasting house, and people queue quite happily to wait for their morning caffeine hit. Why? Because this is one of the best cups you will ever have! And the strudel is so good it brings a tear to the eye. Treat yourself to a bag of beans to take home, so you can relive the memories over and over again. For one of the greatest street food experiences of your life, head to Markthalle Neun on a Thursday night. Vendors from a vast array of cuisines gather together in the market to serve you a feast. Grab a picnic bench with your friends, and then spread the net wide, each bringing back a couple of dishes from your chosen vendor. This is like a scavenger hunt of flavour, stalls serve small dishes, we recommend getting as many as possible and sharing with your mates, so that you can try as much as possible! And for something lavish, get yourself to Pauly Saal. They boast over 600 wines to pair with their modern interpretations of traditional German fare. The setting is stunning, with huge chandeliers and an intimate enclosed terrace. A must-visit if you want to splash on something a little fancy.
The best sights in Berlin
There are a great deal of historical sights to visit in Berlin, and one of the grandest is The Brandenburg Gate. Previously a symbol of division during the Cold War, it is now a symbol of unity and peace. For a fantastic view of the city, head to Fernsehturm, a towering viewing platform. This is a television tower, but also boasts a revolving restaurant, and impressive views of the city below. And we recommend stopping by Berlin Cathedral too. This is on Museum Island, where you will find a whole wealth of attractions. The architecture is breathtaking, and we love escaping to buildings like this to enjoy artwork and take in a little bit of quietness in a bustling city.
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