Berlin was the last stop on our European tour, and it quickly became one of my favorite cities in all of Europe. Unfortunately, my sister and I didn’t get to experience Berlin’s infamous nightlife, we were too wiped by the end of each day, but we still had an absolute blast seeing the city and taking in all it had to offer. Here they are my Berlin healthy city loves!
Where to eat:
Katz Orange – this restaurant is the brain child of owner Ludwig Cramer-Klett and it is absolutely phenomenal from top to bottom. The restaurant is a series of beautifully designed rooms and an outdoor courtyard/dining space. The crowd is young and hip, and the restaurant itself is part of the Contemporary Food Lab. To my understanding the Food Lab is a food and hospitality creative incubator, kind of cool huh!? I enjoyed a beautiful Ocean Trout Ceviche app and the Wild Prawn as my main, paired with an expertly chosen Rose by one of the two in-house sommeliers. Everything was extremely light and tasty, I will definitely be headed back next time I am in Berlin.
Petrochelli – we were told by a born and raised Italian that this was his favorite Italian restaurant in Berlin, obviously we had to check it out! Being Italian food, you definitely have to be choosey with what you order, but there are plenty of options for those of us who want to enjoy tasty Italian while maintaining our diets. The pasta I had was a simple mix of EVOO, peppers and homemade spaghetti, light delicious and perfectly portioned.
Fragrances – OK I know this isn’t technically food, but I just couldn’t leave it out. The head bartender at the Ritz-Carlton, Arndt, has created the most unique drink menu I have ever come across. You enter the bar through a corridor lined with photos of drinks and bottles of perfume, and surprisingly that is exactly how you order your cocktail. Whatever smell tickles your fancy, Arndt will create a drink that tastes exactly like the perfume you picked. It is absolutely fascinating! A little pricey, but you get a huge bang for your buck.
What to do:
Grober Tiergarten – Right across the street from the Holocaust Memorial in the center of Berlin, Grober Tiergarten is the perfect place for a scenic run/jog. This park seems to be the Central Park of Berlin, the cities oldest and largest park. Explore all of it’s nooks and crannies on a leisurely run.
Geschutzte Grunanlage – a relatively small park along the river across from Museum Island this is the perfect location for a sweaty outdoor workout. Benches are a plenty, with flat grassy areas and a walkway along the river. Plenty of space to get in whatever lunge, sprint, dip crunch combination you can dream up.
The Store at Soho House – this is less an activity and more a perfect place to recharge and relax. Not only a ‘Store’ but a coffee and fresh juice bar, you can get anything your heart desires all in one beautifully curated space.