Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Berlin

Ellington Hotel
Tradition with a modern twist is served up in style at the wonderful Ellington.
Vau
Modern and elegant this Michelin-starred restaurant offers true gastronomic work-out.
Grill Royal
Glamorous and irreverent Grill Royal is popular with the art / fashion / minor celeb crowd.
Thermen am Europa-Center
Herr von Eden
2010 champions the return of smart dressing and it's high-time men invested time and money in the way they look. Head into one of Berlin's slick menswear stores to get suited and booted.
art’otel berlin mitte
Tasteful and modern this hotel combines contemporary art with rococo flourishes.
Epoque
Locals flock to Epoque for the fresh inventive seasonal menu.
Schneeweiss
Warming alpine fare in a light white hipster environment.
Andreas Murkudis
Get ready to feel post-modern with this minimalist, concept designer boutique that makes shopping an artistic experience. 
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.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The Staatsoper is the most famous of Berlin's three opera houses.
Kaufhaus des Westens
A spectacle of a department store analogous to Harrod's in its finery. A different class of shopping.
Van Loon
Once a Dutch sailing boat it's been many years since Van Loon braved the ocean.
Killerbeast
One of a kind ‘out there’ fashion created from second hand items. 
Saphire Bar
The stylish ambiance sheds any stuffy whisky pretensions.
Clarchens Ballhaus
A charming garden café by day and dedicated dancing (think tango and swing) club by night.
No Hablo Espanol
Burritos with a difference; this is Mexican food with an international twist courtesy of Eiten and Joanna, two travelling foodies. &nb
Flea Markets
Berlin is famous for its well-stocked flea markets which sell anything from vintage clothing and retro furnishings to old audio equipment and antique jewellery. Snap up a bargain!
R.S.V.P. Papier
What better way to tell your friends of the wonderful time you are having in Berlin than by writing them a letter, and what better way to write a letter but on the finest paper in the city? Buy it here and impress everyone with your distinction.
40 Seconds
Sexy minimalist lounge with breathtaking views.
Kunst-Schule
Glorious designer homeware.
Alba Basketball
Basketball may not be an international sport here in Berlin but a game is fun nevertheless. Slam-drunks abounds here at Max-Schmeling-Halle.
Respectmen
Respectmen is a Berlin suit shop with serious style, featuring classic cuts and high profile labels that allow for the highest standards in male attire. 
Bamberger Reiter
Contemporary Austrian and German cooking in an ambience that is pure 'Old Germany'.
Lubitsch
It's Manolos at dawn at Lubitsch to win a table at this ladies-who-lunch favourite, as they waft through the restaurant on their way to nearby boutiques
Bless
Fashion meets art with contemporary designs that are pushing fashion boundaries. 
Vopo Records
Sometimes you need music that bucks trends, fights the system and makes you feel like getting a Mohawk. Vopo will have what you need.
Morgenrot
Harking back to East Berlin's more anarchic days this café is affiliated with the neighbouring squat.
Propeller City Island Hotel
With 50 unique rooms the Propellor City Island hotel is Berlin at its most eccentric.
Konzerthaus
This historical site still holds regular events.
Jolesch
Popular throughout the day this opulent local eatery brings Austrian flair to Berlin.
Brot und Rosen
Romantic Italian restaurant with a lovely location overlooking the Volkspark.
Wintergarten Variete
The nightly cabaret dinners are a whirl of clowns magicians and acrobats.
Ku’Damm 101
Stylish minimalist hotel furnished with the cream of German design.
Neue Nationalgalerie
Fans of cubism, expressionism, Bauhaus and surrealism will be at home here.
Gugelhof
Lovely laid back restaurant serving top notch Alsatian cuisine in an upbeat atmosphere.
Engelbecken
Low-key but exceedingly popular Bavarian/Italian restaurant.
Reichstag
Built in 1894 the Reichstag has had an interesting and at times controversial history.
Badeschiff
Berlin's swimming pools are a great example of Berlin's uniqueness - where else would you find a heated pool suspended in a river (that serves cocktails) regular nude bathing evenings and kilometres of sandy beach? 50 laps has never been as much fun.
Curry 36
A local budget snack bar that celebrates the German sausage in true Berlin style.  

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