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24 Hours In Berlin

24 Hours In Berlin

We spent a few days exploring Berlin in sub-zero temperatures last week.  Pretzel, currywurst and Alexanderplatz-free, this is our 24 hour guide to the unfinished city.

Morgenland

A mixed German breakfast, replete with boiled egg, sliced fruit, quark, cold meats, cheeses, a bread basket and black coffee is a marvel indeed. Morgenland in Kreuzberg is famous for theirs, and feels exactly like a bar that shouldn’t be open yet.

Morgenland
Skalitzer Strasse 35
10999 Berlin

Voo Store

Just around the corner and with a tight selection of books, high tops, coffee, art, records and fashion, Voo Store is the best place to digest your frühstück.  A former locksmithery semi-hidden down a driveway off noisy Oranienstrasse, this lifestyle store is the work of two Turkish brothers who are equally famous for their hospitality offering nearby: Bar Luzia.

Voo Store
Oranienstraße 24,
10999 Berlin

St Agnes

If Berlin is an encyclopaedia of brutalist and post-war architecture, St Agnes is the covergirl.  This former church in Kreuzberg was recently restored by local gallerist and art dealer Johann König and renovated to become a tiny modern art gallery, nestled amongst a magazine headquarters, architecture firm, and New York University’s Berlin office.

König Galerie, St Agnes
Alexandrinenstrasse 118–121
Berlin 

The Store

Lifestyle store heaven on the ground floor of SoHo House’s Berlin outpost.  Overseen by creative director Alex Eagle, this has been designed as a space where people can hang out all day. Combining a café and communal workspace with thousands of square metrage of new season Vetements, Acne, Common Projects and Y-3 with an excellent array of grooming accouterments, books, ceramics and furniture, this is an excellent space for some down time.

The Store
Torstraße 1,
10119 Berlin

Five Elephant

The coffee scene in Berlin is beginning to build momentum, and this micro-roastery in Mitte is leading the way. It’s also the perfect cheesecake pit stop. If If there’s one thing Germans do well, it’s cake. 

Five Elephant
Reichenberger Str. 101
10999 Berlin 

Nathanja & Heinrich

Time for a change of scene. Whether Neukölln is on the edgy side of sketchy is constantly being debated in Berlin. All exposed brick, bric-a-brac furniture and candlesticks, Nathanja & Heinrich is a case for the affirmative.

Nathanja & Heinrich
Weichselstraße 44,
12045 Berlin

Beuster Bar

When you’re ready to turn it up, Beuster is just down the road. The cocktails here are as delicious and fresh as the clientele and the bartenders keep half the seats available for walk-ins.

Beuster Bar
Weserstraße 32
12045 Berlin 

Michelberger Restaurant

Pigs head fritters aside, the menu here is the kind that lists ingredients rather than dishes.  The mysterious, delicious platters come out in quick succession and are the perfect follow-up to an experimental session with Beuster’s cocktail menu. This is one of the coolest boutique hotels in the city, but the restaurant is so good that most of the patrons are locals.

Michelberger Restaurant
40 Warschauer Str. 39
10243 Berlin

Bellman

Heavy on crumbling plaster, wood and old school drinks, a digestif at working class bar Bellman is a perfect precursor to your final destination.

Bellman
Reichenberger Straße 103
Berlin 10999

Paloma

There are seemingly millions of bars and clubs tucked into the enormous concrete monolith that dominates Kotti, but this nightclub is proper hidden - and not in a quaint, see-what-we-did-here kind of way.  It doesn’t open until 9pm, and there’s no point finding and pushing open the heavy steel security gates between the Kaiser supermarket and kebab store until 10pm.  Then it’s up the stairs to the first landing, turn right, and you’ll find a tiny, electro-filled haven.

Paloma
Skalitzer Strasse 135,
10999 Berlin

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