| Be Different. Instead of the typical tourist favourites, make sure you visit these spots on your trip to Berlin!
A hipster mecca steeped in history, it's no wonder it's become one of Europe's top city breaks. And of course there's loads to see and do. From street art to the GDR museum, Berghain to the Berlin Wall – you're not going to be bored. However, I've got a few local favourites that you need to add to your Berlin Bucket List before you go.
Itch that Vegan Sweet Tooth at Brammibal
Blueberry pistachio, banana peanut butter fudge and spicy pumpkin. Mouth watering yet? Yeah, I thought so. Me too. Vegan donut house Brammibal is perfect when you're wanting a sugar hit. The small cafe next and to the canal and local market is popular with locals and tourists alike. Make sure to get in early at the weekend as they are frequently known to sell out. My personal favourite though? Thyme donuts all the way.
Get the Instagram Perfect Brunch at Bastard
Even on a Monday, guests are spilling on to the street of popular brunch spot Bastard Berlin. Surrounded by tattoo shops and small cafes, it would be easy enough to pass Bastard if wasn't for the crowds outside smoking with their flat whites and bread baskets. While their changing daily lunch offerings read like a wish-list of basically like everything I've ever wanted to eat, you're going to want to go for a classic German breakfast - a mix of cold cuts and cheeses piled with fruit and lots of fresh bread. You'll never look at breakfast the same way again.
For one of the best veggie meals you'll ever eat at Cookies Cream
Tucked away behind an Opera House, down a dark alley and beneath a flickering chandelier is the unassuming entrance to Cookies Cream, one of Berlin's worst kept secrets. The vegetarian fine dining restaurant has an intimate cosy bar downstairs with friendly bartenders (ask for a rosemary gimlet) while upstairs nestles one of the cities best restaurants. For 44 euros you can enjoy a 3 course menu that's the epitome of experiential dining. Expect colour, flair and some pleasantly surprising unusual flavour combinations that makes the trek to find it well worth it.
Get a Working Lunch at St Oberholz
Coffee never sleeps and neither does Berlin. Cafe come co-working space, St Oberholz is abuzz with start ups, freelancers and writers. The coffee house spans across two floors with plug points, tables and a steady supply of strong coffee, pasties and LOTS of dogs. While it's always busy you can near enough always find a seat and a place to set up shop for the afternoon.
Drink Moscow Mules and browse records at Wowsville
Located in the heart of Kreuzberg is Wowsville, a record shop with some serious comic book vibes by day and a completely electric local bar by night. The drinks are cheap, the crowd eclectic and the opening hours extending till 5 in the morning. So just in time to head out to the clubs?
Spa like a German at Vabali
Sauna like the Germans do at the effortlessly luxurious Vabali Spa. The textile free (that means swimsuits and clothes off folks) is ideal for a digital detox and. With over 18 saunas over two floors, lush beds for leisurely naps and a swimming pool that looks like it's straight out of a 90s r'n'b video – Vabali is a little slice of heaven in the city centre. Expect panoramic views of their lush Asian inspired gardens, a broad range of saunas varied in heat and humidity and fresh face masks – there isn't a finer way to lose a day in Berlin.