Berlin is a place where yesterday meets now in a very real, sometimes unnerving, and always hip way. Berliners know great food and they know how to party, but sometimes the list of places to do those things in Berlin can be exhausting. Stylish city guide Hg2 | A Hedonist’s Guide To… gives their picks for the best of Berlin.
Sleep: Cheap and Cheerful
Propeller Island City Lodge
A unique hotel created by artist Lars Stroschen, when he started by renting out four rooms for extra cash. High demand made this warped, phantasmical spot into a full-on 30-room boutique hotel, replete with oddities: suspended beds, sleeping in coffins, furniture glued to the ceiling, plastic gnomes.
Address: 189 Paulsborner Strasse 10
Phone: +49 30 891 9016
Sleep: Super Hip
Art’otel Berlin Mitte
Living up to its name, this Mitte boutique is filled with the contemporary art of George Baselitz and original Rococo ceilings. Overlooking the Spree, the hotel has modern rooms in red, green, blue or aubergine, as well as 10 art suites with balconies, and a quirky bar/restaurant downstairs that is covered in pop art.
Address: Wallstrasse 7073
Phone: +49 30 240 620
Eat: Cheap and Cheerful
This fast-food Vietnamese joint has a small menu and a few specials, but remains eternally popular. There are no reservations and lines can form, but the hip crowd usually eats quickly before heading to gigs at the many venues in the area. Standout dishes include the spicy glass noodle salad and the homemade Won Ton soup.
Address: Alte Schönhauser Straße 46
Phone: +49 30 308 726 43
Eat: Super Hip
A slick fusion space by chef Michel Wendel, the unique idea here is ‘French world cuisine’ that is healthy and made with organic ingredients (and plenty of imagination). Think quail breast with bitter chocolate foam or scallops dressed with pumpkin and passion fruit sauce, all complemented by the 200-strong wine list.
Address: Große Hamburger Straße 32
Phone: +49 30 200 541 02
Party: Cheap and Cheerful
It takes a bit of finding to reach this cheerful spot on a permanently moored barge, but make it down the garden path and you get to an eclectic, youthful crowd lounging in a chilled-out, shabby-chic living room bar. In the summer the best seats are the deck loungers overlooking the river, while in the winter the area around the cabin log fire is the place to be.
Address: Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2
Phone: +49 030 610 743 09
Party: Super Hip
Berghain / Panorama
One of the most legendary clubs in Berlin, Berghain/Panorama Bar attracts a lively that comes to party-hard through the night. The club arguably doesn’t get going properly until 7am, but that’s no trouble for hedonistic Berliners. Housed in an old power station, the club has an industrial vibe and an eclectic crowd that makes everyone feel welcome.
Address: Am Wriezener Bahnhof