Good Evening all,
Last week Jack and I visited the glorious city of Berlin, the trip was my surprise present for Jack’s 21st (I’m the best gf ever I know). I had been to Berlin once before, in Y12 with my school and I had the best time so was desperate to go back! Obviously going on 9th January, it was bitterly cold, the ground was covered in snow and it felt incredibly festive. I love the cold *weirdo* so I was over the moon, I’d rather be Sassing about in my jumper and faux fur coat than in denim shorts and a bralet!
HOW WE GOT THERE
I bought the holiday through Wowcher, cos ya know student life, and I got quite a good deal. We flew with Easyjet from Manchester airport to Berlin Schoenefeld at 6:50 on Monday the 9th and Flew home 10:10am on the Wednesday, giving us 2 full days in the big city. Berlin Schoenefeld is quite far out from the centre but the train into the centre is very easy to use and fairly cheap.
We were staying a bit out of the way in the Days Inn Berlin West (V basic and old fashioned but staff were very friendly and it did the job for the price), close to the U-Bahn (similar to tram/underground) station of Kurt-Schumacher Platz, so we used the U-Bahn for the whole of our trip. We found it super easy to navigate, very regular and it also saved us a ton of money on taxis!
WHERE WE ATE
I did quite a bit of my research on where to eat before we went away, as Berlin is a pretty HUGE city, and I wanted an idea of what was good and where it was, so we could plan our days easier around what tourist attractions/places we wanted to visit and which restaurants/cafes were close by. Here are 2 of my favourite places to eat in Berlin, as you are about to find out, I am becoming a breakfast kind of gal.
I saw that in Megan Ellaby‘s Berlin Blog Post and Vlog she had recommended a cool breakfast joint called ‘Distrikt’. Since by the time we had landed, got through passport control and got the train into central Berlin, it was pushing 10:30, we decided to head straight there for breakfast.
I opted for the acai bowl, it was gorgeous and very healthy, but once I caught a glance at Jack’s stack of uber fluffy buttermilk pancakes, I can’t say I wasn’t jealous! The prices were pretty reasonable for a capital city and the portions are a good size and the staff are super friendly.
House of Small Wonder
This little beauty I found through my tireless research for the ‘best breakfast/brunch’ in Berlin. The aesthetic and décor was GORGEOUS. Hanging plants, a winding staircase and quirky antique furniture with a Japanese influence.
The service here was also very good and the breakfast lived up to expectation, I opted for the ‘two eggs with potato gratin’; Thick slices of potatoes with cream and Parmesan cheese with 2 organic sunny side up eggs with a spinach salad. The gratin was AMAZING. I ate a lot of potatoes in Berlin. Jack wasn’t feeling too hungry so he opted for a corn soup (probs cos it was cheap) and he consequently spent the whole time eyeing up my eggs.
WHERE WE VISTITED
We tried to make the most of our short time in Berlin by visiting a range of locations, from a very short (and rather forced on my behalf) visit to the Mall of Berlin, to the Jewish Museum and Museum of Natural History.
Below are a few snaps of the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust memorial and the Jewish Museum.
I’d highly recommend the Jewish Museum, it’s only €3 entry for students, and the holocaust tower is a must-see; a truly moving and uncomfortable experience.
WHAT I WORE
My outfit choices were limited to warm and practical, so donned my fave BDG Jeans (which I’ve now ripped right along the Arse cheek after some questionable dance moves in a twickenham nightclub- gutted), and my big snuggly faux fur coat.
Thanks so much for reading!