Berlin – where old meets new and a fresh look forward

I love Berlin. You see that on shirts and mugs all over the city but I really do love it here; it’s vibrant, it’s old meets new, and the people really are some of the nicest people I’ve met in my travels. Or perhaps I should say “I love Berliners”.

Nites

I’m still on the look out for the perfect place to stay in Berlin. A while ago I found the hotel Ku’ Damm 101 (http://www.kudamm101.com/en/) which is a funky hotel in the Charlottenberg area of Berlin and I must admit that it is well located and the staff really are quite friendly. But reader beware: rooms on the lower level facing the Ku’ Damm can be quite loud so don’t accept the first room that you receive and if you aren’t happy, let them know because, speaking from experience, the traffic noise can be loud. But other than that, I like this hotel

Bites

I have found some really wonderful restaurants in Berlin and must say that the culinary scene is on the rise. But before I tell you about some of the nouveau approaches, let’s just acknowledge the tradition. Not far from the Ku’ Damm 101 hotel is this lovely husband and wife restaurant: “d31” (http://www.d31-das-restaurant.de/). It is small, and quaint, and just like eating at your parents’ house. When I went, all that I wanted was the spetzle and that’s just what Eduard made for me and it was perfection. But don’t forget Claudia: a lovely, lovely women who’s charm and excitement for the restaurant made me smile the entire night long. If you only have one night, and you are at the Ku’ Damm, please go here! Quickly!

Another recommendation that I can’t confirm, but I trust my friend so I include it here, is Weiner Beisl (http://www.wiener-beisl.de/), a charming, traditional German restaurant that if I only had one more day in Berlin, I would be trying myself.

Now, if you want what I can only describe as nouvaeu German cuisine, I would highly recommend that you go to Katz Orange (http://www.katzorange.com/en). It’s in the Mitte part of the city but you can easily get there via the U-bahn and the S-bahn, or just take a taxi. The décor is phenomenal, the staff truly helpful and informed, and the food divine. The traditional flavours of German cooking, in a more modern presentation and style. And oh so tasty!

And then there is Martha’s in the Schoenberg neighbourhood (http://marthas.berlin/english/) which was amazing and quirky and although they didn’t have much in the way of vegetarian options on the night I went, they went above and beyond to make some wonderful dishes that I thoroughly enjoyed.

On my return, I hope to go to eins44 (http://www.eins44.com/). I am literally obsessed by this restaurant based on the website and the menu alone. More when I return!

If you are looking for a break from what can sometimes be heavy food, I can heartily recommend Satyam (no website but the address is Grohlmanstrasse 22, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; tel: 030 312 30 29) which isn’t too far from the Ku’Damm hotel and, even if it were, it is worth checking out.

Sites

I love Berlin and I love walking everywhere, and to as many things and sites as I can. Beyond what every run of the mill guidebook tells you to see, I can’t add to that other to say that this is a phenomenal people-watching city and you must take advantage of it.

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