Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze when visiting Berlin

by Jul 9, 2013Berlin

When visiting Berlin, live like a local … with an apartment in the trendy “Mitte” area on the edge of the rather cool, somewhat gritty, but fascinating “Prenzlauer Berg” area (former East). The Designer Wohnung is a large studio with a full kitchen partitioned from the bedroom, plus a small deck where you can sit and watch the kids who live in the building play, nod a congenial hello to neighbors also enjoying their decks, or sip a glass of wine before heading out for the evening.

The beauty of this place is its inner courtyard that is supremely quiet, allowing you to sleep like an angel, yet its proximity to an array of restaurants, stores, bars, as well as quick and easy transport to anywhere via the U8 line at the Rosenthaler Platz U-Bahn station. We say three cheers for a fantastic abode in a city that bustles with cool charm and alluring international flavor.

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View from the deck looking into the  trendy Mitte Designer Wohnung apartment, as shown on the VRBO website. This is a great place to base out of when staying in Berlin.

 

HITT Tip: Yumcha Heroes dumpling house with Asian dim sum, soups, salads and noodles for a refreshing break from German meats and cabbage; Süsse Sünde (Sweet Sins) walk-up ice cream counter across the street for desert (try “Schoko-Chili-Sauerkirsch” aka Chocolate Chili Sour Cherry, “Pfirsich-Lavendula” aka Peach-Lavender, etc…); Cafe Fleury is a wonderful place for people-watching on the patio with quiche or salads; or Café Anna Blum a mere 1.1 miles away (a very pleasant 25 minute stroll) on the happening Kollwitzplatz (Kollwitz Square) where you can easily while away several hours, as we did where this quick sketch and watercolor was created.

 

Yumcha Heroes Dinner

Dinner at Yumcha Heroes is a perfect way to dine when in Berlin.

Süsse Sünde (Sweet Sins) walk-up ice cream counter

Süsse Sünde (Sweet Sins) walk-up ice cream counter is a can’t miss opportunity when visiting Berlin.

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Research your visit to Berlin by looking at all the articles and recommendations we have made from personal experience here.

Here are several guidebooks on Berlin we recommend: Lonely Planet Berlin (Travel Guide); Rick Steves Berlin; and DK Eyewitness Guide to Berlin.

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