Club Monaco has arrived in Berlin at Galeries Lafayette. We used the opportunity to welcome the Canadian brand with a guide through our city and presented them our favorite spots for a day in Berlin – the lovely couple Laura and Stephane strolled through the city dressed in the latest Club Monaco collection, enjoying delicious food and drinks, shops and sights. We hope you enjoy our selection of locations! If you like the clothes, you might also be interested in the opening party at Galeries Lafayette on Thursday, April 19th from 6pm to 8pm. Dario will be present to take your picture for you to take home that night as well.
For now, here is our short guide to five beautiful locations to spend a day in Berlin:
As your day in Berlin should be a day of great weather (which is more likely from late April to early October), you should start it with a stroll starting at Alexanderplatz, leading you over Unter den Linden and directs you to Berlin’s most famous sight, the Brandenburger Tor. On this tour you’ll pass Museumsinsel, UNESCO world heritage and home to five remarkable museums. Besides hosting some of the most precious artefacts, it showcases the development of museum design over 100 years. Starting with Karl Friedrich Schinkel‘s Altes Museum from 1830, followed by the only recently rebuild Neues Museum from 1859, the Alte Nationalgalerie from 1876, the Baroque Bode Museum from 1904 and finally the Pergamon Museum from 1930, this site is loaded with historical spirit and overall a really nice place to take a stroll early in the morning or late at night, when the pack of tourists have left. If you have enough time, visit at least one of them (we recommend Alte Nationalgalerie with Adolf Menzel’s “Balkonzimmer” and Gerhard Richter’s “18. Oktober 1977″ still on show till May 13th, 2012).
After starting the day early with a stroll, you might feel hungry for a brunch and surely The Kitchen Café (Choriner Straße 84, Prenzlauer Berg) offers the best whole-grain bread accompanied by tasty dips, jams, baked granola with fresh fruit, juicy quiches and savory sandwiches. Seated in Philipp Stark and Konstantin Grcic chairs, this break will give you enough energy to check out surrounding clothing shops like Soto, A.D.Deertz, Happy Shop, pick up some old-school Polaroids at Sofortbild-Shop or visit galleries like Neugerriemschneider or Kunst-Werke.
Devoted readers of this blog might already have noticed our love for Voo (Oranienstraße 24, Kreuzberg) and there’s no need to repeat our praise (since you can read it here). After visiting Voo, you might also like to check the fabulous magazine/book store Motto, recomendable as well are the chert gallery and Aufbau-Haus, which hosts the exuberant material store modulor. Also the center for architecture, DAZ and the bustling Turkish market at Maybachufer are in this area.
After a long day with many new impressions, be sure to end your day in a cosy and dainty restaurant, e.g. in Ruben & Carla (Linienstraße 136, Mitte). After manifesting his fame with his 24hr sandwich place Luigi Zuckermann in Rosenthaler Straße, Ehud Cohen went on to open this restaurant focusing on pastrami and tagliata, a sliced beef steak. You can also enjoy burgers and vegetarian options, with the brisk owner twirling through the small place. But the main point here is to eat high quality meats like Entrecote from Australia, U.S. Prime Beef Filet or the acclaimed Argentinian Sirloin. Other delicious dinner places in the area are the avantgarde cuisine at Katz Orange, a French Bistro menu at 3 Minutes sur Mer (Torstraße 167) or some phenomenal pasta at Hartweizen.
Finishing a day in Berlin with a visit of a bar, is very du jour. With the opening of Kingsize in May 2010, the shift in favoured night-time activities from clubbing to bar-ing was manifested. Numerous equally tiny places have sprung in Mitte and Kreuzberg since then, but Kingsize is still the most coveted, being protected by a polite but rigorous doorman. The place is packed with exhilarating people, especially on the famous artist nights on Wednesdays, when beer is only 2,50 Euro. If it’s too packed for you to enjoy, try Bravo Bar (Torstraße 230), Buck and Breck or Bar 3 (Weydingerstraße 20).
[Post sponsored by Club Monaco]