When travelling abroad, there are those cities that are just beautiful. Paris, Vienna, Prague, Rome. You pack your weekend cabin bag and fly over to “break the city”, check a number of tourist attractions, eat traditional dishes, and walk around the sides of the capital’s river.
Berlin is not that kind of city. I’ve never heard someone talking about Berlin as the city with impressive cathedrals, beautiful parks, amazing museums, or inspiring architecture.
About 4 years ago, I was lucky enough to get an internship offer from a company in Berlin. A journey that started as the crappiest weeks of my student life soon became the experience of a lifetime. During the 5 months I lived there, I realized that Berlin never takes things too seriously. It just widely opens its arms and welcomes you with a blend of diverse people, iconic sights, and vibrant history. All furnishing a unique set of “zenifying” vibes.
I left the city with a mental picture of “the urban Vama Veche” and had planned to go back to see its development.
Three years later, I went back.
A different me, a more grown up Berlin. I quickly realized it was hard to keep up. Because even if I had constantly checked out the new Hot Spots online, the city speed over passed those of my megabytes.
I also realized that my traveling notes after a full weekend NOW shape to a “healthy itinerary”, guided by places with honest and delicious food, nutritious smoothies, and fair prices. I’ll leave this itinerary here, and I hope that when you’ll visit Berlin, you’ll find this useful.
Saturday | Smoothies, Avocado Bowls, Asian delights
Breakfast: THE BOWL
Just when you go out at Warchauer Str., look right and cross the street. They have a generous smoothie selection and, as the name clearly states, great bowls of healthiness. We ordered Buddhist & Californian Bowls.
Lunch: Monsieur Vuong
We asked around for one of the most authentic Vietnamese restaurant there was. And since traditional German food is not something we really craved for, we went for Monsieur Vuong. We ordered “our classic”: fresh shrimp rolls, pho, and mango salad.
Dinner: Shiso Burger
I researched the best burger places in Berlin (initiative generated via a masculin influence) and we ended up choosing (again!) the Asian interpretation. At Shiso they have amaaaaazing edamame & a handful amount of vegetarian / fish burgers. The 15km walked around the city definitely helped in finishing our meals 🙂
Sunday | Wake up laughing. Brunch & dine as a Berliner
Easy as that. Went to Rewe, bought two smoothies & one jar of natural organic yogurt. Eating the homemade granola I had brought with me out of a hotel glass – with no spoon! – only filled our morning with laughter.
To be honest, we were not impressed by the food (although it was good), but the street atmosphere was so nice that we just blended into the city. Aso, the Görlitzer Park is right nearby and you can have a nice hipsterish walk. I find this one more authentic than Mauer Park, which is too crowded due to its mentioning across tourist guides.
The place was recommended by a trustful friend who lives there. We found it chic, yet minimalist. Starting with spicy edamame (I am a bit obsessed, I admit) followed by a Fusion Sushi Lovers Plate. Hearts hearts hearts, we loved it!
And even if I mentioned quite a few places, what this city has to offer is SO much more! But when and if you’ll go to Berlin, just remember one thing:
It’s not about how it looks, it’s about how it feels.