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Bars around the world are usually home to friends catching up, dates and work colleges on Friday afternoons, they're important and as the weather starts to get better normally many of us flock to them. At the moment, however, in these uncertain and turbulent times, many bars and hotspots have had to temporarily close their doors. To keep morale high and to avoid losing any bar community, Brew Dog have come up with a fantastic idea to take their bars online and to create virtual bars all over the world. In total BrewDog has virtually opened 102 bars, with beer tastings, live music and pub quizzes taking place in most of them. Here, everyone is welcome and able to have fun like they normally would at a weekend in a bar the only difference being that for the foreseeable future BrewDog will do this online. So what are you waiting for?! Have a look at my top 5 virtual bars of the world to get involved and head to a bar with your friends tonight!
During times like this, we can't control the outside world and situation but we can control how we react to it! Whilst we all start to stay home more and adjust to a temporary new way of life it is imperative that we continue to both stay active and do the things that bring us joy. We know there's nothing that makes us feel better than doing our favourite workout classes and that's why I've searched Berlin for the top studios with live-streaming workout classes! These recommendations are bound to get you jumping on the bike or yoga mat, to put a smile on your face and to break up your day working at home. Therefore, here are my top 5 studios with live-streaming workout classes!
Apart from a select group of exceptions such as buying food, to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus, we must stay at home more than usual. From last week onwards I have been working from home, avoiding public transportation and looking at public places through google maps! ;) While it’s hard to beat the experience of seeing a piece of art with your own eyes, virtual museums are such a wonderful opportunity to (virtually) escape your home these days. So let's visit some from the comfort of our couch to learn about something new and to have some fun. Here are my Top 5 virtual museums worldwide!
By the way - I "meet" friends at the moment in virtual museums via skype or zoom - each one prepares themselves to say something about one piece of art in each of any virtual museums worldwide. A fun activity which maybe you could try out too whilst "visiting" one of the fantastic worldwide virtual museums below.
People I meet in Berlin are curious about Jewish heritage and are often not aware of Jewish sites beyond the Neue Synagogue, the Holocaust Memorial and the Stolpersteine. Lately, I've been receiving requests for more tips about Jewish heritage sites as well as recommendations for good Israeli food. With trendy Israeli restaurants popping up all over town, it's hard to choose where to go. I met up with Shlomit Lasky, an Israeli Tour guide who specializes in Jewish heritage walks in Berlin. She has shared some of her favourite sites and told us which restaurant she goes to when she's homesick. We hit it off so well, we decided to write a Jewish map together. Meanwhile, enjoy and 'Beteavon!' (Bon appétit in Hebrew). Read more to discover Jewish Berlin beyond the Neue Synagogue and explore areas of the city which you might not have previously.
Unless it is an emergency, to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus, we have to stay home. Since last week I have been working from home, avoiding public transport and searching for public places through google maps to share! ;) While the experience of seeing a piece of art with your own eyes is hard to beat, virtual museums are such a wonderful opportunity to (virtually) escape your home these days. So let's visit some from the comfort of our couches. Here are my Top 5 virtual museums in Berlin.
By the way - I "meet" friends at the moment in virtual museums via skype or zoom - each one prepares themselves to say something about one piece of art in each of the virtual museums. A great way to virtually experience Berlin museums together!
Owning a dog in Berlin is no walk in the park (even when it’s exactly that)! Berlin is a big city and therefore can sometimes appear daunting for dog owners at first glance. The key to a happy dog and happy owner is knowing where you can go together for the best dog-friendly locations in Berlin. Briana, Quigley and I have good news: Berlin is an incredibly dog-friendly city! With an estimated 100,000+ pet dogs living in the German capital, there are plenty of things to do with your dog in Berlin (including many that won’t cost you a dime). Here are our Top 5 dog-friendly places in Berlin. If you'd like to discover more dog-friendly places in Berlin, no problem: Briana, Quigley and I are publishing a Dog-friendly Berlin-Guide soon. Here is a link to preorder the guide:
Welcome to Berlin's coffee wonderland: As I have recently published a CoffeeBerlin guide to Berlin’s best craft coffee spots, I have scoured the streets of Berlin to bring you the very best cafés to go to for great coffee.
The CoffeeBerlin is the best guide to Berlin’s best craft coffee bars. I hope the CoffeeBerlin map will inspire you to visit exciting coffee bars around the German capital. The map is a must-have for all true Berlin coffee enthusiasts!
Featuring experimental conceptual coffee laboratories like Happy Barista, artistic cafés like Oslo Kaffebar and minimalist modern coffee shops, I hope my list of recommendations will satisfy all your coffee needs and inspire you to visit new cafés in Berlin. Here you have already my "Top 5 coffee spots in Berlin".
With spring just around the corner and March the 12th being National Plant a Flower Day, this post is dedicated to sharing my top 5 flower shops in Berlin! Each year this day is dedicated to planting flowers as well as looking forward to the season of Spring. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and with National Plant a Flower Day tomorrow, here's a post with all of the spots where you can buy the most stunning flowers to gift a friend or to bring spring into your home.
Eating healthy in Berlin does definitely not solely mean green salads for lunch! This week I've been thinking about my top healthy, yet exiting and vibrant, food locations in Berlin are to share them all. From warm, comforting bowls, to freshly pressed juices and gourmet vegan restaurants, I think I've found some of Berlin's finest cafés and restaurants. If you're looking for delicious healthy cafés or just to discover your new favourite spot to meet up with friends then keep reading! And, if you'd like even more tips and recommendations then you're sure to find plenty in my VeganBerlin maps.
So, you’ve decided to forego the elaborate wedding and head straight to the courthouse. Seems simple enough, right? Ally thought so, too. But when she decided to call off her big wedding and opt for city hall nuptials, she was surprised by how little information was out there about how to plan a wedding in Berlin. That's why we have put together a "Wedding Berlin map" of things you should know before and while ;) getting married. But today I would like to give you some wedding tips in Berlin that you might not have yet on your list.
Berlin, as many of us already know, is a city with a vibrant and exciting culinary scene. From Asian restaurant delights to Mexican street-food spots, there are so many hidden-foodie-gems in Berlin to please anyone but there's also a sometimes overlooked hub of traditional German restaurants. Whether you're a tourist who wants to experience Germany's finest dishes right in the heart of Berlin, or a local who's looking for a new spot for this week's date night. You're sure to be blown away by my Top 5 German restaurants in Berlin!
A night at the movies is a common past time for many, so if you're wondering which cinema to visit this week then I've found just the places for you! Support small, local cinemas with stunning interiors, exciting film programmes and relaxed atmospheres. Berlin is home to many incredible hidden cinemas and I've listed 5 of my favourites to share with you and inspire you to discover the best cinema spots in the city. Keep reading for my top 5 cinemas in Berlin!
Moving to a new country as an expat can be daunting and stressful but it doesn't have to be! Berlin has a large and vibrant expat community for people from all over the world, and there's a good reason- there are a variety of great expat services in the city to make expat relocation to Berlin easy and comfortable. In this post, I'll take you through my recommendations for the top 5 expat spots in Berlin. From apartment searching to language learning and coworking spaces: It's all here for you!
Valentines Day is the perfect opportunity for grand romantic gestures or even simply a loving reminder of how special someone is to you. That can mean celebrating Valentines Day by going on a date with a partner, practising some self-love or having an evening celebrating friendships. This year, I’ve been asked by many friends for ideas of romantic surprises and activities to do on Valentines Day in Berlin. So, I've made a list of 5 places to help you find the perfect date spot and to ensure an unforgettable Valentines day this year in Berlin. From candlelight dinners, fun activities or the best place to take a romantic stroll, keep reading!
Berlin, a city which is both home to a vibrant Jewish community and rich in Jewish history. This blog post details just some of the many, many, locations in Berlin where Jewish culture has been wonderfully preserved for years gone by or which are new and have been opened by the current Jewish community in Berlin. From traditional bakeries, to museums, memorials, restaurants and more; this post is dedicated to a very important and prevalent community within the capital.
I am constantly scouting for new awesome locations in Berlin all of the time as I usually have a lot of coffee dates. I'm not complaining, I love it! But sometimes, I like to try out something new. Berlin offers many do-it-yourself workshops which I find really refreshing. From painting and taking photos to plant and flower workshops: I've tried them all! I would definitely highly recommend workshops even for a unique birthday party or as a gift. To put it in a nutshell, here are my Top 5 workshops in Berlin!
To mark the Chinese New Year celebrations yesterday, today I thought that I'd take you through my recommendations of the top 5 Chinese restaurants in Berlin. Whether you’re looking for a quick spot for something to grab on the go, somewhere really extraordinary to enjoy a special meal or even for a new date-night restaurant to explore this week then I’ve got just the thing! Come along as I take you through the most authentic, beautiful and delicious Chinese restaurants in Berlin.
As Ally and I are publishing our WeddingBerlin Guide this month, we want to give you some more wedding tips. Because whether you're throwing a big party or not it's still your wedding day — and you shouldn't have to worry about anything. Find over 50 tips for wedding dress and suit shops, flower shops, wedding locations more in Berlin on our WeddingBerlin Guide. This month I'd like to show you inspiration of where to shoot your wedding photos in Berlin so here are my personal "Top 5 wedding photo locations in Berlin.
In this post, I’ll be taking you through my recommendations of the top 5 restaurants in Charlottenburg. Whether you’re looking for a quick spot for something to grab on the go, somewhere really extraordinary to enjoy a special meal or even for a new Charlottenburg date-night restaurant to explore this week then I’ve got just the thing for you! Come along as I take you through the most authentic, beautiful and delicious spots in Charlottenburg.
Happy New Year! Have you thought about your goals and aims for the fresh, new decade yet? January is a great time for reflection about the past year, and to decide what you'd most like to achieve going forward. Whilst many people name sport or the gym as one of the things that's top on their list to do more of, sometimes it can get forgotten or left behind quite quickly! That's why I've searched Berlin for the top boutique gyms and workouts! These recommendations are bound to get you jumping on the bike or yoga mat, to meet great people and to kickstart your passion for sports this new year!
In this post, I’ll be taking you through my recommendations of the top five Korean restaurants in Berlin. Whether you’re looking for a quick spot for something to grab on the go, somewhere really extraordinary to enjoy a special meal or even for a new date-night restaurant to explore this week then I’ve got just the thing for you! Come along as I take you through the most authentic, beautiful and delicious Korean spots in Berlin.
New Year's Eve in Berlin: for some, a good time to wear your dancing shoes, for others another reason to flee the city, crowded clubs and subways. If you belong to the first group, there are some places on the day after New Year’s Eve you might want to avoid in Berlin: parks, which are covered in trash from the fireworks. Also, supermarkets, as well as many other stores, are closed on the 1st of January, so you better get everything beforehand. If you want to know where you should go and what's on after New Year’s Eve in Berlin then the following places to recover from New Year's Eve might be of interest.
Over the past few months, I have not made many changes to my office. But after three years "of silence", I now want to introduce you to my awesome new office shelf: The fully customized shelf from MYCS and how I finally made the transformation happen.
For three years I have been sitting in my own furnished office with books, folders and my BertaBerlin guides stacked up all over. Since that I have published fourteen new Berlin guides this year, I really, really needed a new storage room and made it my mission to get a shelf for my office. My salvation was literally my designer friend Juliette, who gave me a lifesaving tip for my office: "Try MYCS – In their showroom and their website you will find a minimalist design with maximum choice".
Travelling Russia in Berlin is fairly easy – Berlin’s relationship with Russia is unique and after the Second World War, Russia had a big impact on the German capital. There are now an estimated 300,000 Russians living in Berlin. Many of them made their home in the borough of Charlottenburg, which soon earned the nickname ‘Charlottengrad’. At the Russian supermarket, next to Charlottenburg station, you can still buy Russian dumplings, vodka and classic Alyonka chocolate. But within this article, you will discover also Russian memorials, tea houses, parks and even cinemas.
Welcome to Berlin's coffee wonderland: As I recently published a CoffeeBerlin guide to Berlin’s best craft coffee bars. I have scoured the streets of Berlin to bring you the very best cafés to go for great coffee.
The CoffeeBerlin guide to Berlin’s best craft coffee bars. I hope the CoffeeBerlin map will inspire you to visit exciting coffee bars around the German capital. The map is a must-have for all true coffee enthusiasts!
Featuring experimental, conceptual coffee laboratories like Happy Barista, artistic cafés like Oslo Kaffebar and minimalist modern coffee shops, I hope my list will satisfy all your coffee needs and inspire you to visit new cafés in Berlin. Here you have already my "Top 5 coffee spots in Berlin".
Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in Berlin whether you are looking for a special way to spend an afternoon or have a bigger celebration in mind.
Berlin is often seen as a vanguard of trends of things to come. For a city that is remarkably dominated by sometimes excellent coffee (see my CoffeeBerlin map) and by an unwavering need for speed, tea shouldn't be thriving surely? But new generation of tea gems keep emerging, indicating that there is a demand for tea spots where people can slow down and focus on the meditative act of making and drinking tea.
Berlin's tea spots can be the perfect place, in which to relax at any time of the day, any day of the week. From your typical English afternoon tea to traditional Chinese tea, here are my top 5 tea spots in Berlin which offer you the chance to unwind with a delicious cup of tea.
Not only on Happy Earth Day should we think about how we can make our world a little better. For those who did not know it yet, Happy Earth Day is the 22nd of April! I try to show readers cafés where you will want to stay but also how you can use reusable coffee cups with my CoffeeBerlin map. Or where you can find vegan spots in Berlin with my VeganBerlin map, today I would like to make our world also more 'beautiful' for you and show you vegan beauty spots in Berlin! If you want to know more about beauty spots in general, you can also check out my BeautyBerlin map. An honourable mention is CAP Beauty, the reincarnation of Castor & Pollux as an all-natural beauty store, opening up later this spring. But until then, there's plenty of vegan beauty places to hit up in Berlin—check them out!
Because I am scouting for new awesome locations in Berlin all the time, I have many coffee dates. I am not complaining, I love it, but sometimes I want to do something else. Berlin offers a lot of do-it-yourself workshops, which I found really refreshing: From painting, taking photos to planting, I've tried it all. I would also highly recommend the workshops for your unique birthday party or as a gift. To put it in a nutshell, here are my Top 5 workshops in Berlin.
This post lists the top 5 Christmas markets in Berlin, including tips on how to reach them, what you can do and buy. If you’re visiting Berlin during December, you may like to have information on where to get the nostalgic charm of the peaceful Christmas in Berlin. Be sure to read our full article on Christmas in Berlin!
Finding the perfect Christmas gift ideas for dad is always a challenge! What does he like... doesn’t he like...what if he has it all already?! So in my case, I always search for an activity for my dad and I to do together! Hopefully, I can also help you find Christmas gift ideas for your dad. Here are my „Top 5 Christmas gift ideas for dad“.