In our series of city guides, we aim to bring you a snapshot of must-sees in our favourite global cities. In our guide for Berlin, we round up the best of what the German capital is known for: rooftops, edgy electro clubs, and seriously good vegan eateries. We also discovered an unexpectedly tropical outdoor pool club. Read on to discover our favourite spots in Berlin...
TAKE IN THE VIEWS
In the name of the art of chill, and with its handsome skyline, Berlin's rooftop culture is one of the city's charms. The Amano Hotel (above) in Mitte offers one of the best settings from which to spend the sunset, and has an ace Aperol Spritz. Amano Rooftop, Rosenthaler Str. 63-64, 10119
NENI Restaurant and adjacent Monkey Bar (below) have unforgettable views of Berlin's zoological garden, and is undoubtedly the best place to start the night.
Founded by Israeli brothers, NENI serves Jerusalem-style nouveau Middle Eastern cuisine (much like London-based Palomar). The hummus is a no-brainer, but don't miss the Vietnamese Fried Chicken Salad either. Budapester Straße 40, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, 10787
VISIT BOUTIQUE HOTELS
While there will always be a place for Soho House Berlin, especially among creatives, Das Stue in Charlottenburg is the hotel that most recently caught our eye.
Das Stue is housed in a really impressive building, its classically curved structure was constructed in 1938 by German architect Johann Emil Schaudt, and once housed the Danish Embassy. Drakestraße 1, 10787
Being a hipster haven means Berlin is also synonymous with trendy clean-eating spots.
Goodies and The Bowl (both in Friedrichshein) are worth a visit or two, but our favourite was Daluma in Mitte (above and below), which has some of the most innovative bowls we've seen.
Weinbergsweg 3, 10119
In a discovery that took us by surprise, Haubentaucher is large urban pool centre complete with sun chairs, gazebos, DJ and bar area.
Go early in the day to avoid queuing. Revaler Str. 99, 10245
FEEL THE BEAT
Whether you're into electronic music or not, you can't help but warm to it in Berlin. One of the best places to enjoy it from is at Club der Visionaere. Locals are really fond of day parties, and this riverside haunt is open from 2pm well into the next day. Am Flutgraben, 12435
Of course, you can't talk Berlin without talking Berghain - the club that's notorious for many things, including being quite difficult to enter. Much ink has been spilled about how to make it past Sven Marquardt, the club's official gatekeeper, but we'll just say that even if you don't get in (apparently it requires a very Berlin look, but also that you appear to be yourself) it's worth taking a look at the building (below), which used to be a power plant. Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243
What to carry? The Caballito Backpack's laidback appeal is perfect for Berlin, and will take you from West to East Berlin in style.