A Cool Girl’s City Guide to Berlin

Berlin is one of the most underrated, trendy and culturally abundant cities in Europe, which is why we’ve decided to dedicate a full city guide to Berlin. UK Travel Writer and published Author Chloe Dickenson shares her cool girl’s Berlin guide, exclusively for Travlelista.

Whether you’re looking for the best hotels, neighbourhoods or unique activities in Berlin or you want to find the city’s trendiest shopping districts, we’ve got you covered in our ultimate cool girl’s city guide to Berlin. What’s more, cheap flights to Berlin are readily available, making it an affordable European city break option all year round.

Overview

Overview

  1. Where to Stay in Berlin
  2. Top 10 Cool Things To Do in Berlin
  3. Where to Eat and Drink in Berlin: Best Restaurants, Cafes and Bars
  4. Best Shopping Neighbourhoods in Berlin

The Cool Girl’s City Guide to Berlin

Where to stay in Berlin

It’s estimated that there are around 600 hotels and hostels to choose from in Berlin, which means that it can be a little overwhelming to choose where to stay, especially if you’re looking for a hip, chic and boutique hotel.

We’ve put together a list of our top recommendations for the best places to stay in Berlin for a cool and effortless trip.

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

The 25hours Hotel brand is one of our favourite hotel chains thanks to their quirky charm, super comfortable and unique rooms and fantastic hospitality.

Boasting views of the Zoologischen Garten, 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin welcomes guests into its creative urban jungle with its reception hammock swings, funky decorum and a fantastic rooftop terrace known as ‘Monkey Bar”.

Address: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, Budapester Strasse 40, 10787, Berlin.

DORMERO Hotel Berlin Ku’damm

Residing in the renowned neighbourhood of Kurfürstendamm, DORMERO Hotel Berlin is another one of our top recommendations for the best places to stay in Berlin for a cool girl’s weekend break.

This boutique hotel boasts a juxtaposing combination of contemporary and classic, bold colours and solid black and inspiration taken from both worldly travellers and unique locals. 

Address: Eislebener Str. 14, 10789 Berlin, Germany.

Hotel Zoo Berlin

Also located in the Kurfürstendamm neighbourhood, Hotel Zoo Berlin looks like a townhouse straight out of London or New York.

Each room is uniquely decorated, with open-brick walls in some rooms and elegant pink velvet furnishings in others. We love staying here on a girls’ trip to Berlin as it really is an Instagrammer’s dream.

Address: Kurfürstendamm 25, 10719 Berlin, Germany.

Hotel Orania Berlin

We love everything about Hotel Orania Berlin, from its worldly decorum inspired by Iran, India, Italy and more to the delightful restaurant and ornate bar to the local neighbourhood of Kreuzberg in which the hotel resides; we really couldn’t recommend this place enough.

Address: Oranienstraße 40, 10999 Berlin, Germany.

The Circus Hotel

The Circus Hotel is one of the city’s most renowned boutique and sustainable hotels, which is why we had to include it in our ultimate city guide to Berlin.

Boasting an outdoor roof terrace and bar with cult classic cocktails, as well as a stunning garden and courtyard area, The Circus Hotel is far less hectic than its name would suggest.

There are actually four different sleeping arrangements you can choose from when staying with the Circus Group in Berlin, including the classic hotel, short-term apartments, the hostel and living apartments for long-term stays.

Address: Rosenthaler Str. 1, 10119 Berlin, Germany.

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11 Cool Things to do in Berlin – cool girl’s city guide to Berlin

There are so many incredibly cool things to see and do in Berlin that you could easily spend weeks trying to fit as many attractions and activities into your trip as possible and you still wouldn’t tick everything off. To save you time and give you plenty of inspiration, we’ve put together a list of 11 cool things to do in Berlin.

1. Book on to a Guided Berlin Food Tour

Berlin is a foodie haven with an abundance of incredible food to try and explore, but often it’s all about being ‘in the know’. Many. of the best establishments are tucked away off the beaten path, so why not join a Berlin foodie expert to show you some of the very best cuisine in Berlin. There are a variety of food tours to choose from on Berlin, with some of the best available via our preferred tour booking provider GetYourGuide.

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2. Take a river cruise along the Spree

There are plenty of different cruises you can take along the River Spree in Berlin, but our personal favourite is an evening boat trip in time for sunset. 

During a 2.5-hour tour along the river, you can enjoy sights such as the Reichstag Building, the Berlin Cathedral and the Nikolai Quarter. Prices for this kind of river cruise costs €28 for 2.5 hours.

Book a Berlin River Cruise.
River Spree | City Guide to Berlin

3. Try a Fragrance workshop at Frau Tonis Parfum

When it came to finding things to include in our Berlin city guide for cool girls, we wanted to ensure that we were recommending fun activities outside the realm of the typical tourist attractions in Berlin and a fragrance workshop at Frau Tonis Parfum is one of our highlights of the best things to do in the city.

With this particular fragrance workshop, you’ll work with expert perfumers to create a scent that’s uniquely tailored to suit your preferences. As part of the workshop, you’ll also enjoy various drinks and snacks and at the end of the session, your perfume recipe will be archived so that you can reorder your personalised scent again in the future!

It’s a little pricey at around €140 per person, but we think it’s worth the money for this fun and unique experience in Berlin.

Address: Zimmerstraße 13, 10969 Berlin, Germany.

4. Spend an afternoon at Museum Island

If perfume-making isn’t to your taste, spend an afternoon soaking up classic Berlin culture at one of the five museums at Museum Island instead.

Choose from the Pergamon Museum, the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) and the Bode Museum. Each museum differs in what they specialise in and while you certainly don’t have to visit them all, it’s worth having a nosey around one or two of them to enjoy some typical German history and culture.

You can buy a Museum Island Pass for €19 that provides you with entry to all five museums or you can purchase individual tickets to each museum if you only want to visit one or two. 

5. Check out the Berlin Wall

The remains of the infamous Berlin Wall can be seen from many different locations around the city, but our favourite place to check it out is probably the East Side Gallery.

This open-air art gallery on the bank of the River Spree is the longest continuous remaining section of the Berlin Wall and today it’s been donned with creations by artists from all over the world.

Stretching across 1.3km, you can walk the entire length of the East Side Gallery to check out each individual painting/artwork or you can just explore small sections at a time. Either way, we’d highly recommend checking out even just a bit of the wall as it’s truly a fascinating sight to behold.

Address: Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin, Germany.

Berlin East Side Gallery Wall | City Guide to Berlin

6. Find unique souvenirs and antique treasures at Mauerpark Flea Market – a must for any city guide to Berlin

If you’re in Berlin on a Sunday between 9 am and 6 pm, you have to visit the Mauerpark Flea Market in the Prenzlauer Berg district.

This open-air flea market is home to dozens of stalls selling fashion, art, furniture, home decor, jewellery, crafts and more. During the summer months, you’ll also find karaoke sessions performed in the park’s amphitheatre, as well as many cafes, bars and restaurants nearby.

Address: Bernauer Straße 63, 10435 Berlin.

7. See the iconic Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most famous historical monuments in Berlin and it’s also one of the most aesthetically pleasing sights, too.

It was originally built on the orders of Prussian King Frederick William II, and then it represented the Cold War division into East and West, but since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 it has symbolised a reunified Germany/Berlin.

Of course, as it’s such a famous sight, it does get super crowded with tourists, but it is worth seeing while you’re in Berlin and it’s a great place to get a photo.

Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

8. Tour the City in Classic Trabant Small Car – Trabi Safari

While Berlin is definitely a city that can be explored on foot or via U-bahn on your own terms, if you’re looking for a more fun and unique way of exploring the city, we’d recommend booking a Trabant Safari tour.

Trabant is a series of small cars that were produced in East Germany from 1957 to 1991 and today they’re used as a means of getting off the beaten track in Berlin to discover some of the city’s hidden highlights.

Book a 75 minute Trabant Safari tour

Address: Zimmerstraße 100, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

9. Head to the top of the Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

The Berlin TV Tower is a great tourist attraction in the city that boasts wonderful views of the city and beyond.

For an extra boujee experience in Berlin, dine at the Revolving Restaurant Sphere at the top of the TV Tower for a culinary experience like no other! With panoramic views from 207m in the air, you can enjoy delicious traditional German cuisine and fancy cocktails as you take in the sights of Berlin from the air!

Book TV Tower Fast Track Tickets and Restaurant Reservations

Address: Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin, Germany.

10. Check out the Berlin Craft Beer Experience

The Berlin Craft Beer Experience is another one of our top recommendations in our Berlin guide for cool girls as it gives you the chance to enjoy local German craft beers on a fun 3.5-hour beer-tasting experience!

You’ll get the chance to try between four and nine different beers on a guided tour around the city with a local expert. It’s the perfect activity to enjoy at a hen party in Berlin or just a girly weekend in the city that allows you to experience Berlin’s beer scene in a fun and alternative way.

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Address: Reichenberger Str. 176, 10999 Berlin, Germany.

11. Wander through Tiergarten

If a boozy afternoon isn’t quite your idea of fun, swap the beer steins for trees with a leisurely stroll through Tiergarten.

Located within the borough of Mitte and encompassing a whopping 5.17 km², Tiergarten’s tree-lined paths, sprawling lawns and cafes make for a wonderful, relaxing afternoon. Tiergarten is also home to the famous Victory Column and Berlin Zoo, so you can also tick off a few of the city’s top attractions while you’re there.

City guide to Berlin : where to eat and drink

It’s no secret that Berlin has one of the best nightlife scenes in the world, so finding somewhere cool to eat and drink shouldn’t be a problem, but it can be a little overwhelming thanks to the enormous selection of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Thankfully, we’ve put together a brief list of our top recommendations for the coolest places to eat and drink in Berlin below to help you out.

Buck and Breck

With many accolades under its belt, including the winner of “best bar in Germany” and ranking #16 for the best bars in the world, Buck and Breck cannot be missed if you want to experience the cocktail scene in Berlin.

Buck and Breck have a no mobile phone policy to keep this speakeasy-style bar even more exclusive and with a capacity of just 14 people, it’s one of the most boujee places to drink in the city, which is why it deserves a place in our ultimate guide to Berlin!

Address: Brunnenstraße 177, 10119 Berlin, Germany.

Deck 5

For beach vibes right in the heart of the city centre, look no further than Deck 5, situated on top of Schönhauser Allee Arcaden shopping mall.

Deck 5 is a fun and lively rooftop bar with an artificial beach that transports you to distant tropics, all without leaving the city! In the summer months, you’ll find weekly barbecue menus, fruity cocktails and sunloungers aplenty; it’s the perfect place to get away from the hecticness of Berlin, but still enjoy the stunning city views.

Address: Schönhauser Allee 79, 10439 Berlin, Germany.

Klunkerkranich Rooftop

Klunkerkranich Rooftop is another one of our favourite rooftop bars in Berlin thanks to its spacious outdoor terrace and epic views of the Berlin TV Tower and skyline.

It’s located on top of a parking garage, but with its plentiful seating, scrumptious drinks, casual nibbles and occasional outdoor concerts, it’s an idyllic party space in the city.

Address: Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin, Germany.

Burgermeister

Often cited as the “best burger in Berlin”, Burgermeister is a fast-food franchise with chains all over the city, so you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to indulging in a decadent burger after a night out in the city.

While we simply adore the burgers at Burgermeister, the bacon and onion loaded fries also cannot be missed and if you fancy a sweet treat after your hearty burger, you can wash it all down with a scrumptious strawberry, chocolate or vanilla cookie crumble milkshake.

Prater Garten

Germany is renowned for its abundance of beer gardens, particularly in Bavaria in the south of the country, but Berlin also offers its fair share of awesome outdoor beer haunts and one of our favourites is Prater Garten.

With over 600 seats, beautiful shaded areas, a plentiful supply of local craft beer and a smorgasbord of traditional German dishes to be devoured, Prater Garten is a brilliant place to hang out in the summer months in Berlin.

Address: Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435 Berlin, Germany.

Best shopping neighbourhoods in Berlin

No girls’ trip to Berlin would be complete without scouting out the best shopping neighbourhoods in the city, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places to shop in Berlin.

Bikini Berlin | City Guide to Berlin

Bikini Berlin

If you decide to stay at our recommended 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin during your time in the city, you’ll just be a stone’s throw from one of our favourite shopping malls; Bikini Berlin.

This awesome concept shopping mall is located right next to the Berlin Zoo and if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot a few animals while you’re there.

Address: Budapester Str. 38-50, 10787 Berlin, Germany.

Potsdamer Platz

If you’re looking for high end shopping malls in Berlin, look no further than the Potsdamer Platz neighbourhood.

There are numerous malls and outlets located in close proximity to Potsdamer Platz, including the Mall of Berlin and The Playce, as well as plenty of individual shops and boutique stores.

Mitte

Not only is the district of Mitte renowned for its excellent boutique stores and eccentric restaurants, but it’s also one of the best places in the city if you’re looking for truly incredible bookstores.

Do you read me?! is one of our favourite haunts for all things print, with a vast range of magazines and books on fashion, art, travel and more.

Address: Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

Friedrichstraße

Friedrichstraße is a super notable street in the city that boasts many worldwide stores and designer shops, as well as local German franchises.

You’ll find the likes of Zara, Boss, Karl Lagerfeld, and many more on Friedrichstraße, so whether you just want to do a spot of window-shopping in the designer stores or you want to pick up some international clothing items, you’ll find everything you need!

Kurfürstendamm (“Ku’damm”)

Kurfürstendamm, or Ku’damm as it’s often referred to, is one of the most famous and popular shopping avenues in Berlin.

This world-renowned boulevard is 3.5 kilometres long, so there’s no shortage of opportunities in this western part of the city centre if you’re looking to shop until you drop!

There are so many cool places to visit in Berlin – where are you most excited to visit first?

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Chloe is a published author and the full-time traveller, digital nomad and freelance writer behind imjustagirl16.co.uk. She's travelled to nearly 50 countries, covering destinations such as New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Croatia, the USA and many more. Her favourite city in the world is New York and has recently written the book; Date Night: New York City: 50 Creative, Budget-Friendly Dates for the City that Never Sleeps.

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