Berlin. With reminders of it's history wherever you go, it's cobbled streets, incredible street art and delicious food - if you haven't already you simply. must. go. I lived here for 7 months in 2011, so here are some insider secrets from me to you. Markets, best food and more:
Head to Boxhagener Platz
In the east suburb of Friedrichshain where I used to live.
Saturdays are a food market. Think: an array of cheeses, fresh bread and cakes (not just any cakes - big slices of German cakes), locally produced honeys and jams, organic produce and so much more.
Sundays are a flea market. Locals bring along their goodies and there's a whole variety of weird and wonderful goods to peruse.
The Platz itself is super sweet to stroll around any day of the week and the neighbouring streets are worth exploring with their cute cafés and boutiques.
Have a kebab at Mustafa's Gemüse Kebab
This is no kidding the best kebab you'll ever eat. It's chicken with roast veggies (and some kind of magic spices on them, what kind of sorcery this is..I don't know), sauce of your choosing (I go for all 3 - can't remember what they exactly are, soz), feta and a sprinking of lemon juice.
Go to the Danzigerstrasse location to avoid the queues. Yup, I've waited over an hour for one of these puppies before.
Do it. Doooo it.
Go to Mauer Park for Sunday karaoke
Another must-do for your Sunday. More flea market goodies and food stands, this time with a mini amphitheatre for karaoke. You can bust out your favourite ABBA tune to a crowd of tourists wildly cheering you on. This is your time to shine.
Eat a curry wurst at Curry36
German sausage with curry ketchup. It's a north German specialty and with a side of pommes (chips) you're good to go.
Set up a BBQ in the park on a warm summer's day
One way to know summer has arrived in Berlin is by the smoke trailing from local parks. The Germans love their mini BBQs with a cold beer (yes you can drink in public places in Berlin). Volkspark in Friedrichshain is my favourite with outdoor volleyball, slack-lining and great people watching to be had.
Have you been to Berlin? If so, what are your top 3 things to do in the city?
And if not, which one of the above would you love to experience? Leave a comment now :)