Last weekend, PC and I had a chance to do sightseeing together. A rare treat.
I am going to link to some of the establishments we encountered for any of you out there looking for some Berlin recs/ideas…I’m sure there’s like 1 of you…maybe…
We kicked off Friday night with low key cocktails.
With a wild west meets hipster vibe, Stagger Lee still manages to elevate the drinks above theme. The bartenders were knowledgeable, helpful and made a delicious libation. Their house cocktail, the julep, gets a twist with cherry jam and cherry liquour, but they ensure that the bourbon remains the star.
We decided to stroll down to check out the mystery of the Green Door. Allegedly, it was an old haunt of the likes of David Bowie, and named after a porno. After locating its unassuming green door, we walked into an unapologetically retro, crowded and smoky watering hole. While it was fun hunting the place down, we opted to move along soon thereafter.
Saturday, PC and I finally made it out to the East Side Gallery. The gallery is a section of the wall which has been used as the canvas for international artists expressing freedom, creativity and community. I don’t care if you know jack about art, you have to appreciate this place.
A stroll through an outdoor gallery in February leaves you pretty chilly by the end, so we rambled back into mitte for a coffee.
This place plays up a rustic Americana vibe, and delivers on really excellent coffee. I’ve heard that the homemade baked goods are to die for, particularly the carrot cake, but we didn’t partake.
Fritz being Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, who would have been 300 this year.
Fritz disliked the constant hustle and bustle of Berlin, so he decided to build a palace just outside in Potsdam. He even named the palace Sanssouci- French for carefree. The idyllic town’s quaint buildings, and expansive palatial gardens make it difficult to imagine it in a state of decay behind the iron curtain.
The palace grounds were teeming with people each seemingly in possession of a dog, small child or both. Let me tell you, Germany sucks if you are dying to have a dog, but cannot due to present circumstances. stupid cute puppies.
Pretty good weekend though.