Berlin was everything we had wanted and then some. Basically take the coolest neighbourhood in your city and times that by a bazillion and Berlin is born. Then, fill it with people who are haphazardly dressed in a way that makes you feel like you're the nerdy kid in class pushing your glasses up by the taped spot in between your eyes - mind you, people probably rock glasses like that in Berlin in a way that would make you wish you were them.
The city is beautiful, art runs rampant, the transit is incredible (getting everywhere is so super simple), and there are so many unique areas to visit. The shopping and restaurants are top notch. On top of that, there is so much history to learn about while you're wandering.
We will most definitely return to Berlin in the future.
The only shots I have of me in Berlin.
Little fun, quirky design details that made all the difference.
These mini waffles (above) were so amazing - super light and thinner than your average American style waffle - meaning a better sauce to waffle ratio, can't complain about that.
More photos of the lobby and bar area.
One of the first places we went to when we got in was the Turkish Street market. A friend had recommended it to us, and it didn't disappoint. So much great food, textiles, sweets and clothing to check out.
Who can resist a trip to Hay, one of my favourite Scandinavian design stores. This was in the Mitte district I mentioned earlier. Too bad everything I wanted to buy was too big for my suitcase.
Aesop in the Mitte district as well - the staff here was so incredibly sweet and helpful, the kindest people we met on our trip! Their Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm is my indulgent jam - I would kill for a perfume in this sandalwood, vanilla, tangerine scent.
While we were in Berlin our good friends 'We Are The City' were playing a show. They were actually filming a documentary about their entire European tour that you can check out on their site. We went and watched them play and then grabbed breakfast with them at a super sweet, Pepto-pink cafe the next morning. Meeting up with friends in other countries is by far one of my favourite travel experiences and luckily we got to do it quite a bit this trip.
Berlin has a really amazing sense of community and family oriented living. The neighbourhood in the area around Napoljonska was filled with sweet shops, families coming and going from school with their kids and amazing homes. We spent a good afternoon walking off that breakfast in this part of Berlin
Next up is Spain!