“According to a Local” is a series of guides for different cities around the world. For each guide, we ask a local for all the best things to do, see, eat, and more! This time, we asked a random Couchsurfing member questions about the city she calls home, Berlin! Julia has graciously provided us with some great advice to make your trip to Berlin perfect. We aim to keep it simple so you can get all the info without taking all your time. Here is an INTERACTIVE MAP of all her suggestions.
1. Favorite Bar:
“Gabana restaurant for dinner and drinks! They have happy hour for cocktails during the week from 7:00pm until 8:00pm.” Breisgauer Str. 12, 14129 Berlin, Germany
2. Favorite Restaurant:
“It’s harder to ge to, but Akiko sushi has really good sushi. Make sure to call ahead or get there early!” Ahornstraße 32, 12163 Berlin, Germany
3. Favorite coffee shop/ breakfast spot:
“Cafe Anneliese has a huge and awesome breakfast. They have coffee, tea, homemade cake, and homemade ice cream!” Teltower Damm 41, 14167 Berlin, Germany
4. Favorite thing to do outside:
“I like going to the Schlachtensee (a lake south west of Berlin)” Schlachtensee 1 14129 Berlin Zehlendorf
“There’s also Gleisdreieck Park!” Yorckstraße, Berlin, Germany
5. Best spot for a view:
“Teufelsberg (a man-made hill)” Teufelsseechaussee 10 14193 Berlin Wilmersdorf
6. Some of your favorite local drinks/food:
“Berlin is way too multi-cultural to have a “local” dish!”
7. What you wish tourists knew coming to your home:
“Officially, Germany isn’t divided any more, but people still are. So do not built walls, be open minded and respect the individual lifestyles. You are welcome the way you are.”
8. Does your home have any good sweets (ice cream, chocolate, candy, etc.)? If so, where is a good place to get these sweets?
“You will find different treats all around town; Turkish, Arabic… All bakeries have awesome cakes or sweet rolls or other treats that don’t have an English name. Check out the markets, for example Markt am Maybachufer”
9. Fun local activity for tourists to try (disc golf, surfing, hiking, cliff diving, etc.)?
“You should participate in a Späti-tour. Berlin has tiny shops that are all over town and sell alcohol, cigarettes, newspapers and they’re open all night long. True Berlin people go from one to the next, have a few beers, and then continue onto the next.”
You should check out this article to learn more about the Späti-tour. The author provides a first-hand account of what it’s really like!
10.When is the best time of year to visit?
11. Do you have any recipes you would be willing to share for some local dishes?
“Try hühnerfrikasee and Senfeier (a German comfort food)!”