Don't you like reading city guides? For us, city guides are a joy to flip through because even if it were a guide to a city we have lived in, we love seeing it from a different perspective and seeing how other people, whether tourists or locals, see the city. Here we have Trisha Toh, who hails from Malaysia, sharing with us a few spots she visited while she traveled around Europe.
Along with the two other cities Trisha visited, Berlin was another must-visit. We're sure this will whet your appetite for the city of Berlin. The next step is to book your tickets there but of course there is plenty of time for that after your go through the city guide. We are awestruck by the architecture, the cafes, the culture and of course much more that the city has to offer.
Follow along with Trisha's European journey in the Bloesem Gazette " The Conversation Issue".
More places you should visit while in Berlin after the cut..
There seems to be a revival of ordering sweet pastries when having coffee in Berlin and this place tops the chart for unbeatable cinnamon buns. Baked fresh daily, they come in different seasonal flavours such as almond-marzipan, cherry, walnut-maple, poppyseed, chocolate and white chocolate just to name a few.
Alte Schönhauser Straße 4
Once made headlines for enforcing a ban on baby strollers, milk in coffee and sugar, The Barn is no ordinary café. With a strict passion for good coffee, this is one of Berlin’s best places to learn and taste amazing coffee.
Schönhauser Allee 8
Quietly situated right around the corner of Checkpoint Charlie, westberlin is a great place to run from tourists hogging up the streets of Friedrichstraße. Loved by locals for years, the café offers a beautiful setting for work and casual meet-ups over a good cup of coffee and independent magazines from around the world.
In the northern part of Prenzlauer Berg lays a quaint little café with a moniker of a (fictional) fearsome Asian assassin who turned her hand to baking biscuits and making open-faced sandwiches, making Suicide Sue highly favourable during breakfast and lunch times. True story.
This timber and succulent-filled café draws customers from all over the city who come for comfort food basics lovingly prepared by truly attentive owners with a penchant for wholesome, balanced living. When it’s available, their homemade carrot cake is worth the calories.
Arts & Culture
The University Library of Humboldt-Universität was designed by Berlin-based Swiss architect, Max Dudler. Inside, visitors will encounter a big reading hall which is illuminated by natural roof light and contains green desks and lamps with stone covers for 250 people.
A cultural and visionary arena that was once a small circus tent is one of Berlin’s most remarkable constructions of recent years.
Berlin Tempelhof Airport
The former Tempelhof airport is now a public park, much to the delight of the people of Berlin. Today, the area is used for various activities by families and visitors.
A concept store offering design products that are made by various designers in Spain.
P & T is a specialty tea company founded in Berlin. It offers a multi-sensory experience in which customers can see, smell and taste dozens of varieties arranged in little bowls at the sleek and minimalistic gallery.
Alte Schönhauser Straße 50
Berlin’s leading design and architecture publisher has a flagship store offering the imprint’s own publications along with a well curated selection of book titles, toys and products by designer and artists around the world.
Festivals and Festivities
Berliners celebrate the beginning of summer with an open air music festival originally founded in France. It is celebrated every year on the 21st of June.
Every year, Berlin’s world famous landmarks in the city centre become the canvas for spectacular light and video projections for a number of days. Art functions and events will also take place during the Festival.
Images courtesy of Trisha Toh.