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Berlin – my personal favourites

August 31, 2013

Next week Trout and I are going on our belated summer holiday. It’s a combination of our two favourite things – going to Berlin to eat burritos, and hopping in a car for a roadtrip, so we’ll be driving from Berlin to Vienna and visiting a few other places along the way. I’ve always wanted to go to visit Vienna – after being involved in the punk scene and meeting so many people from Austria, I’ve always loved the sound of this city. We’re hoping to see a few friends while we’re there, but we’ll see how it works out.

I’m so excited to go back to Berlin. The last time we went was 2009, and I think I’ll look at it with completely different eyes this time. I was 23 when I last went, and now I’m 28 so, you know, I’m super mature now… Every time I read Sandra Juto‘s blog I get a tingle of inspiration, and just want to scribble down every cafe, shop and street that she photographs so that I can go and find them.

As I was getting excited about Berlin, I stopped by my old blog of mine to re-cap on the places that we went to last time. Excuse the quality of the photographs – this was way before the DSLR days! I didn’t include photographs of all of the things that we went to see. The Reichstag building was stunning – we didn’t go inside, but we sat out on steps by the water and it was such a lovely, strangely peaceful start to the holiday. Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie are both places that we went to visit – and they’re important to see – but there is something so amazing about the atmosphere in Berlin. It has an air of strength, of striving for what is important to you – of spreading graffiti that represents what you believe, of setting up vegan cafes, art galleries and squats.

The Fernsehturm – Berlin’s TV Tower. Nothing particularly interesting about it, but it looked quite awesome in the evening all lit up! The photograph below is part of the Berlin Wall (well, it was there at the time – I think it gets repainted quite frequently. While we were there people were working on artwork all of the time).


Berlin Cathedral. We fell asleep on the grass in front of this building – this is a terrible habit we have gotten ourselves into. We did the same thing when we went to Edinburgh for the weekend.


These were taken at Cupcake – an amazingly cute cupcake (duh) cafe, which had a couple of different vegan cupcakes, plus banana bread. We sat on the tables outside and this little guy came to join us for a crumb of our cake.

Amazing graffiti which we spotted on our drunken walk home. I think there was a supermarket right next door which we stumbled into and rode the travelator a few times. The cocktails in Berlin were lethal for our English thresholds, but on the plus side they were always 2-4-1!

A man carrying a lot of bread. I can’t promise that you’ll find him if you ever go to Berlin, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Burgers at Yellow Sunshine. Me and Trout are split on this one – he loves Yellow Sunshine, I love Yo-Yo. Both are pretty much identical, there was just something I really liked about Yo-Yo. Both are vegetarian – Yo-Yo is 100% vegan – and serve burgers, hotdogs etc. The plus side to Yellow Sunshine is that you get to see views like the building below – I love stuff like this. Amazing graffiti. It’s in a tired and run-down district in Berlin, I think there are a lot of shows happening there. I remember Trout saying that when he was tour managing, the band he was with played a show in an office building. So random.

This time around we have a couple of other places that we want to visit, but I think the itinerary is to hang out, walk around, drink coffee, and meet up with Laura – so excited!

Have you ever been before? Do you have anything to add to my list of things to-do in Berlin? 

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2013 9:07 am

    I love Berlin – I have only been once, with my aunt and 90-year-old granddad so I didn’t get to explore what I know I’d have loved most about the city, but funnily enough I took photos of the exact same two Berlin Wall murals! I even got a stranger to take a photo of me in front of that swirly colourful one. Dying to go back to explore the more alternative district and the vegan scene! Have an amazing time :)

    • September 1, 2013 9:27 pm

      The alternative districts are my favourite – such lovely streets to walk around!

  2. August 31, 2013 10:14 am

    Berlin (and those cupcakes…) look amazing! Stunning architecture as well. I’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t had the chance yet. Have a lovely trip.

  3. Aja permalink
    August 31, 2013 6:30 pm

    I am so jealous. You’re gonna have a great time. I wish the graffiti in America could look that awesome.

    • September 1, 2013 9:28 pm

      There aren’t that many places that would get away with that much graffiti – I think we’re really lucky to have so much in Brighton.

  4. August 31, 2013 6:32 pm

    I went to Berlin for the first time in April this year. I feel like I would have loved it if it hadn’t been so cold! We went in that snowy spell and it was just unpleasant walking around outside even wrapped in a million layers. Found some cool bars, great vegan food and lots of interesting art all the same.

    • September 1, 2013 9:28 pm

      I had friends who went in November and they didn’t like it either – must be the weather! I think because one of the best things is just walking around the streets, the weather makes such a difference.

  5. August 31, 2013 6:37 pm

    SO EXCITED!!!! Thanks for this, you have just made me even more chuffed that we chose to go to Berlin, can’t wait to see what we discover. It will be so great to see you there, looking forward to our pizza!

  6. September 1, 2013 8:46 pm

    If you want a slightly more upmarket restaurant, Lucky Leek was amazing:

  7. September 3, 2013 6:21 pm

    Two fantastic cities. If you get chance in Vienna visit the Hundertwasser House. I think you’ll love it. Have a great holiday. x

    • September 10, 2013 8:25 pm

      Thanks for the tip! We’re visiting Vienna at the end of the trip so will keep this in mind x

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