At the start of the month, two friends and I headed to Berlin for a wintery weekend of Christmas market wandering, eating, and glühwein drinking. Some pics (and gifs!) after the jump.
I had never been to Berlin before – it has such a different look and feel than any other European city I’ve visited. The stark, blocky buildings of east Berlin, with their grey, concrete walls brought to life by so much vibrant street art, were wonderful to photograph, especially against the white winter sky.
And don’t get me started on the design shops! We checked out the FvF Holiday Pop Up, which brought us right into a great little shopping area. It had everything from Aesop to & Other Stories, not to mention countless gorgeous interior design stores and a fun vintage-by-the kilo store.
But of course, our biggest reason for going to Berlin in the first week of December was – the Christmas markets! Cue lots of glühwein drinking and the eating of many mysterious pastries.
We started off with the Alexanderplatz market, which was busy and buzzy, but my hands down favourite was Gendarmenmarkt. Ridiculously picturesque, and framed by beautiful buildings, I no doubt would have burned through an entire memory card had it not been for the rain that started up.
A couple of (photo-free) recommendations:
For dinner: Katz Orange was delish.
For drinks: Buck and Breck around the corner was fun (it’s hidden behind a store front, so you have to ring a doorbell to get in, and it seats just 14 people). Hops & Barley was great for local beers (they did a super tasty cider).
For brunch: Buffet brunches are a big thing in Berlin, and Cafe Morgenland seems to be a local favourite and did a good one. We also had some very tasty grub and coffee in Silo.
I’ve got a ton of pics of the Berlin Wall, but will save those for another post.