The best cafés in Berlin

Berlin is an amazing city with so many bars, restaurants, and cafés. I’m gonna share my personal favorites with you.

Friedrichshain:

Silo: This coffee place is small but really cozy. They have great coffee, espresso, cappuccino and more. If you are in Friedrichshain I would advise you to get a coffee there.

Gabriel-Max-Straße 4 | 10245 Berlin | Opening hours: usually 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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Macarons de Stéphane: Ever since I first visited Paris I loved macarons, so naturally I was super excited when I found this macaron store. It’s more of a takeaway place than a café but still, they have the best macarons. They have “normal” flavors such as raspberry, chocolate, and pistachio, but they also have special flavors like lavender, orange petal or rose.

Gärtnerstraße 13 | 10245 Berlin | Opening hours: 12:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Mitte:

Oliv: Mitte is one of the city centers of Berlin, so if you’re there and you want to grab a coffee and maybe just watch the people of Berlin, Oliv is the perfect place for you. Minimalistic design, good coffee, and great cakes and sandwiches.

Münzstraße 8 | 10178 Berlin | Opening hours: usually 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

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Rose Garden: Rose Garden has amazing sandwiches and cakes, but sometimes it’s really really crowded. Be sure to check in advance if you want to got there on the weekend.

Alte Schönhauser Str. 61 | 10119 Berlin | Opening hours: Usually 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Kreuzberg:

Hallesches Haus: The Hallisches Haus is located in an old storage building which gives it little the extra. The café is next to a small store in which you’ll find all kinds of stuff. It’s a really quiet place, so it’s great if you want to read a book or study.

Tempelhofer Ufer 1 | 10961 Berlin | Opening hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

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I hope you enjoy these places as much as I do. If you go there share your photos on Instagram and tag me or send them to me, it’s @inacathrien.

Thank you and bon appetit.

 

 

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A day in Sankt Peter-Ording

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It’s August 18th which means summer is nearly over – well, here in the north of Germany summer didn’t even arrive – but none the less yesterday was quite a sunny day. One of the best things about living in the north is that I live close to the ocean. The northern sea is about 6km away from me. So today my mother and I thought why not go to the beach. It wasn’t really hot but it was warm enough to go out in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. We packed our things and drove off to a place called Sankt Peter-Ording. “Sankt Peter” as we call it is famous for being the largest beach in Germany. People from all over the country come here to have some days at the beach. Located at the end of the beach is the famous Westerhever lighthouse, which is featured in many advertisements in Germany.

From where we live it’s half an hour drive. You can either park in the town, in the marsh or directly on the beach. During summertime you’ll have to pay a small fee to enter the beach. It’s allowed to bring your dog as long as he’s on a leash. When we went there, there were many dogs. From small pugs to big labradors or Rhodesian ridgebacks, it’s a paradise for all of them.

Buying food at the beach or in the area can be quite expensive, so you should bring your own food. Another thing that I have to mention is that there are only a few restrooms, and the ones available are often really crowded and you’ll have to wait.

For me as a local SPO isn’t that fascinating, but I love to go there every once in a while. It’s nice to spend the day with your toes in the sand.

 

A trip to Nuremberg

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Last week I went to Nuremberg, it was my second time there. I already visited the city when I was a child, even though I don’t really remember it.

For those of you who don’t know, Nuremberg is located in the south of Germany, in the state of Bavaria. Even though it’s in the same state as Munich the two cities share few things. Well, the food is similar, same goes for the beer – but otherwise they are really different. Munich is known for it’s chic and sort of posh people and environment, where as Nuremberg is a lot simpler and more practical than elegant. I certainly do recommend visiting Nuremberg  – the city has many things to offer as it’s really old and has a lot of stories to tell. Around the city are several castles, some are even located within the city. So if you’re into history and old buildings Nuremberg is perfect for you. For shopping however I personally prefer cities such as Munich or Hamburg, the stores are bigger and the shopping streets offer a bigger variety of brands. One thing I really liked in Nuremberg though was the market in the middle of the city – you can buy local, seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as bread, honey or dried fruits. But be sure to look at the little signs telling you where each product is from. During summertime it’s possible to buy many fruits and vegetables such as berries, apples or mushrooms from local farmers, they often taste better and aren’t much more expensive than “foreign” greens. If you drink beer you should definitely stop by a so-called “Biergarten” (beer garden) and enjoy one or more pints. My personal favourite is alcohol free “white” beer mixed with sprite or other lemonade. Sure, they serve these drinks with “normal” beer too, just ask for a “Radler”