Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Berlin

A-Trane
New York style jazz bar that's always packed.
Adlon Day Spa
Not many spas can boast being set over three different floors but this is one of them and could be your escape from the stresses and strains of hard Berlin partying.
Adlon Kempinski
This luxurious hotel is the resting place of choice for visiting heads of state.
Altes Europa
A real find Altes Europa has the atmospheric buzz of a local tavern - which is exactly what it is.
Anita Wronski
A landmark on the Prenzlauer Berg's café scene Anita Wronski is consistently busy.
Ars Vitalis
Most of Berlin's five-star hotels boast world-class spas but in the unlikely event that you find yourself holed up in a hotel without one head to a day spa to rest relax and rejuvenate.
B Flat
Live jazz and acoustic music in a funky setting.
Bamberger Reiter
Contemporary Austrian and German cooking in an ambience that is pure 'Old Germany'.
Bar Jeder Vernunft
Synonymous with Berlin's Roaring '20s cabaret and continues to draw a crowd.
Barcomi’s Deli
Delicious aromatic coffee and fluffy cheesecake are the order of day in this New-York style deli.
Bateau Ivre
A cafe to some a bar to others Bateau Ivre is a Kreuzberg institution.
Bauhaus Archiv
A detailed history of the movement that shaped Berlin from 1919 to 1933.
Bellman
Distressed walls candlelight and an imposing wooden bar: pure old school Kreuzberg.
Berlin Ballooning
Up up and away! There's no better way to see a city than from above so jump in a basket and get a bird's eye view of Berlin from the comfort of a balloon.
Berliner Ensemble
A theatre company established by Bertolt Brecht in 1948.
Berliner Teesalon
If there is one thing the British thought they could do better than the Germans, it was tea, but this little shop doesn't care for that, offering a fantastic selection of teas.
Bocca di Bacco
Classy Italian frequented by celebrities and mortals alike.
Bohannon
Specialising in jazz, soul and funk Bohannon is a welcome alternative to the Berlin techno scene.
Borchardt
One of Berlin's top restaurants this relaxed French bistro is a local favourite.
Brandenburger Hof
Elegant tranquil idyll with a city centre postcode. An Hg2 favourite.
Brot und Rosen
Romantic Italian restaurant with a lovely location overlooking the Volkspark.
Buck and Breck
The smallest cocktail bar in Berlin, Buck and Breck seats only 14, but is worth the wait if you can nab a seat as the cocktails here are artfully crafted. 
Café Brel
This lovely cafe/restaurant in Savignyplatz is perfect for lunch or a relaxed supper.
Café Einstein
Café Einstein is a classic example of an old-fashioned Viennese coffee house.
Café Fleury
This French-owned and run café really stands out from the crowd.
Café Swingdiele
This tiny café will take you back to golden age of the 1920s and 1930s.
Chalet
A grand historic building housing the best DJs in Berlin, Chalet is a crowd pleaser thanks to its striking facade. 
Chelsea Farmer’s Club
Chic, British inspired fashion specialising in menswear for the sophisticated gentlemen. Come in, browse and have a Gin 'n' Tonic. 
Chez Gino
Quirky Alsatian restaurant that serves up rustic fare to a vibrant crowd.
Clarchens Ballhaus
A charming garden café by day and dedicated dancing (think tango and swing) club by night.
Das Stue
Set in a 1930s building (formerly Berlin’s Danish Royal Embassy), Das Stue takes its name from the Dutch for ‘living room’, with contemporary touches that fuse tradition with modern style and comfort.  
Deco Arts
Unique antiques and collectables with European origins, you could find a one of a kind piece of history in Deco Arts. 
Deutsche Oper
Dating back to 1912 the Deutsche Oper has an excellent reputation for classic productions.
Dussmann
Dussmann offers an extensive product range that is unique in Germany: books, DVDs, pop and jazz CDs and the largest classical department in the world.
Ehrenburg
The cheerily lit Ehrenburg is the perfect spot for a mid-morning espresso.
Ellington Hotel
Tradition with a modern twist is served up in style at the wonderful Ellington.
Fassbender & Rausch
Chocolates in every shape and form adorn the walls of Fassbender & Rausch.
Filetstück
Not your ordinary steak house, Filetstück, or ‘steak pharmacy’ in German, will cure the beef cravings of even the most devout meat purist.
Fingers
Aside from the various flea markets where bargain hunters can pick up vintage clothing and antique jewellery, there are a few dedicated shops in Mitte and Schöneberg selling all sort of knick-knacks.
Fiona Bennett
Elegant designer hats lovingly made by Fiona Bennett, a pioneer in couture hat design. 

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