Bombinate Travels: Berlin

Words by Alice Florence OrrFive Minute Read

Berlin is a capital city with real allure; not only is it one of the greenest cities in Europe, it also boasts world-class art and boundless creativity, making it a true design destination worth visiting. With more parks, gardens, and forested areas than any other European city, Berlin is the perfect getaway location with friends.

If contemporary design is your thing, Berlin is the home of countless visionary brands that should be on your radar, including minimalist sneaker designer Kulson and the Etisha Collective, who produce luxury artisan textiles. With hand-picked recommendations from our Berlin team, we've assembled our guide on how to make the most of this vibrant, fashionable city.

Grab a pastry at Sofi Bakery

Eat

If you're looking to impress, you can't beat Crackers for ambience. "The fillet of beef is a must-have", recommends Joey from our Merchandising team. Berlin has a long tradition of German beer, but it's natural wine that's taking over the scene these days. Think unique aromas and unusual tasting notes with minimal intervention that reflects years of skill and craftsmanship. There are plenty of wine bars to choose from, such as JAJA Wein on Weichselstrasse 7, a laid-back wine bistro serving natural wines and local organic food, and the perfect spot for meeting friends after a day of exploring Berlin's countless art galleries and gardens.

If you're looking for something low-key with a warm, homely atmosphere, you can't beat the Italian food from Trattoria-a-Muntagnola. Just make sure to choose whatever pasta they are serving in the cheese wheel. Hungry yet?

Bombinate tip: In the morning, grab your pastries at picturesque Sofi Bakery before indulging at local favourite Annelies for brunch. After exploring the city, meet your friends at Fahimi Bar for cocktails, but not before tasting something new at hip foodie spot Ernst.

See + Do

You'll be spoiled for choice for things to do on Germany's capital. Our team recommends the Yayoi Kusama retrospective at Gropius Bau, but if you miss the chance to see her limited edition exhibition, the venue is also playing host to the inspirational Thea Djordjadze, an artist that expresses minimalism with architectural vision.

For a bit of light entertainment, grab a drink at Open Air, located in the beautiful Wilde Renate Garden, or if you're feeling more adventurous then catch a cabaret at team favourite, Tipsy Bear. For something closer to nature, go forest swimming in the lakes at Liepnitzsee or explore the magical Grunewald forest - trust us, the city will always be there to welcome you back.

"Imagine sitting by the river with a drink and a bite to eat, watching people cycle past as the contemporary architecture lights up against a sunset." - Julia, Bombinate COO.

Flowers by Studio Linné

Shelving by Studio Hansen

Shop

When it comes to shopping, Berlin isn't called a design destination for nothing. Forget average retail experiences and indulge in the city's best innovative and artisan brands. You won't be able to resist tasting chocolate from Rausch Schokoladenhaus, famous for their unique flavours and pure cocoa sourcing, before heading to KaDeWe for some retail therapy. We believe in the craftsmanship behind visionary Berlin-based brands, which is why you'll find us checking out quality, European-made furniture from Studio Hausen and Sternzeit. Their contemporary takes on classic style will bring striking German design to your living space.

Bombinate tip: We believe in design, big or small. Sometimes the best inspiration comes in the simplest forms, such as the artistic creations by Studio Linné, a Berlin-based florist with a unique vision.

Check-in to Henri Hotel

Sleep

No trip would be complete without the perfect hotel, and these spots have got it all: great design, luxurious rooms, and real character. Straight out of a Wes Anderson movie, Henri Hotel boasts large windows, high ceilings and plush furnishings - but our favourite part is the old-school furniture. For a different vibe, check-in to The Mandala Suites, an airy and contemporary suite-hotel with mid-century furniture, rooftop views and a clean aesthetic.

With its loft-style rooms and somewhat off-the-beaten track location, Lulu Guldsmeden is the ideal pick for a chic, eco-conscious stay. Think exposed brick walls and tall windows, as this Green Globe certified hotel incorporates natural materials such as stone and bamboo to add Balinese accents to its Nordic rooted design.