For my 21st birthday last year my awesome sister got me tickets to the Bieber concert in Berlin which finally happened last Wednesday (awesome show, great seats, but JB himself only singing about 5 sentences during the entire night? Yeah.). The concert was on our first night there and then we had two more days for exploring the city, so I thought I'd reminisce a bit and sum up my personal highlights of what do to do/see in this quick Berlin guide!
WHERE TO SHOP
We stayed away from the main shopping street which is Kurfürstendamm, since we wanted to be able to say "Oh, this top? It's from this cute little no-name boutique in Berlin" afterwards. So we headed for the Kastanienallee instead which indeed was packed with the cutest little stores. Some of my favorites were Broke + Schön, Hallo Herz and the Flagshipstore right off of Kastanienallee. That last store is where I basically emptied my entire wallet for this gorgeous dark green jacket thing-y, handmade from a Berlin-based fashion label called jeeij.
By far the coolest (and most hipster-esque) place we visited was Hallesches Haus. We totally didn't fit in there as we looked far too mainstream & tourist-y but oh well. It's a concept store consisting of both a general store as well as a café. I fell in love with quite a few of the home decor pieces, but with luggage allowance and all that, I ended up only getting this gorgeous edition of Fitzgerald's Tales Of The Jazz Age. As for the café part, I was still way too full from breakfast so I only stole a few bites from my sister's chocolate caprese cake, but just thinking about it makes me drool.
WHERE TO EAT
After our little shopping adventure we were both starving so we ordered some burgers and fries at this tiny place called Schiller Burger and let me tell you, it was beyond incredible! The next morning we had breakfast at mokkabar which was also delicious. The staff was some of the friendliest we encountered in the entire city and I really can't recommend the pancakes enough!
WHAT TO DO
As embarrassingly tourist-y and expensive as they are, I really do think that sightseeing buses are a great way to get a glance at all the main sights of a city, especially when you are only visiting for a couple of days and wouldn't get a chance to see them all otherwise, so we hopped onto one on our first afternoon. That being said, the tour seemed to last forever since we got stuck in rush-hour traffic and were moving extremely slowly, and I got really hangry towards the end, so I think we could've done without it this time around.
My absolute highlight of this entire trip was by far the visit to the Tempelhofer Feld. Tempelhof is a Berlin airport that was abandoned in 2008, and it has been open to the public for a few years now. It's basically a huge recreational area where people are biking, skating and street windsurfing on the apron. There was just something about walking down (and taking embarrassing photos on) a runway that felt so cool and surreal. Apparently there's also a really cute Urban Gardening area nearby, which we sadly didn't hear about until after our visit so we didn't get to see that.
Berlin was cool. In fact, it was probably a bit too cool and hipsteresque for me, and it definitely wasn't a city where I could picture myself living one day. I believe I didn't see a single person wearing makeup during these three days, and walking down the street with a bottle of beer in one's hand doesn't really appeal that much to me either. However, it was a really great experience, and it was nice to see something very different compared to overly pretentious and chic Munich, but, you know, there's no place like home after all :)
If you want some more impressions from my Berlin trip, head over to my Instagram!