Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Berlin

Kin Dee
Kin Dee serves up food that has Thai soul and German roots, thanks to the sourcing of local ingredients, in its sleek space in the Tiergarten.
Lode & Stijn
The creation of Dutch chefs Lode van Zuylen and Stijn Remi, Lode & Stijn serves up creative, seasonal dishes – and, of course, the much-lauded bitterballen.
CODA
An experimental fine dining dessert restaurant in Neukölln, CODA serves up high-end patisserie and uniquely delicious dishes with well-crafted cocktails.
Hotel Zoo Berlin
Hotel Zoo Berlin has been renovated with style, offering playful, decadent interiors, high-end amenities, and sinfully comfortable guestrooms.
Kit Kat Club
Infamous for its starring role in the Liza Minnelli film Cabaret the KitKat club is now known for its more 'adult entertainment'.
Joseph Roth Diele
This eponymous café pays homage to the late 19th-century author who lived in the area.
Hotel Art Nouveau
Intimate converted townhouse designed with artistic flair.
Kapelle
This organic café is the perfect place to relax over a long breakfast.
Fluido
Fluido works hard to earn the title of best cocktail bar in town.
Schneeweiss
Warming alpine fare in a light white hipster environment.
P&T Boutique
Tea becomes unbelievably hip at a boutique aimed at teaching Berliners about the finer points of tea...
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The Staatsoper is the most famous of Berlin's three opera houses.
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.
Ellington Hotel
Tradition with a modern twist is served up in style at the wonderful Ellington.
Kunst-Schule
Glorious designer homeware.
Bless
Fashion meets art with contemporary designs that are pushing fashion boundaries. 
Clarchens Ballhaus
A charming garden café by day and dedicated dancing (think tango and swing) club by night.
Bamberger Reiter
Contemporary Austrian and German cooking in an ambience that is pure 'Old Germany'.
Van Loon
Once a Dutch sailing boat it's been many years since Van Loon braved the ocean.
Engelbecken
Low-key but exceedingly popular Bavarian/Italian restaurant.
Ku’Damm 101
Stylish minimalist hotel furnished with the cream of German design.
Gugelhof
Lovely laid back restaurant serving top notch Alsatian cuisine in an upbeat atmosphere.
Jolesch
Popular throughout the day this opulent local eatery brings Austrian flair to Berlin.
Konzerthaus
This historical site still holds regular events.
Reichstag
Built in 1894 the Reichstag has had an interesting and at times controversial history.
Lovelite
Lovelite's large gallery space and idiosyncratic vibe pays homage to Berlin's squat party heritage albeit in a chicer incarnation.
SO36
This gay and lesbian venue is a Kreuzberg institution.
Wasserwerk
As you might have guessed from the name, this lovingly-restored waterworks is quite a site – as are the international dishes and middle-of-the-road guests.
Volksbuhne
This imposing theatre offers a programme of radical, often controversial performances.
Yorckschlosschen
This grass-roots jazz club is the only one Hg2 recommends outside Charlottenburg.
Hut Up
Bags, jewellery and elegant dresses, all lovingly hand made from felt. 
Borchardt
One of Berlin's top restaurants this relaxed French bistro is a local favourite.
Kakao
Olympiastadion
Germany is known as the home of good football so it's hardly surprising that its capital is home to a good stadium. Cheer on the boys like a local.
Remake
Reassuringly expensive; small smart Remake has an imaginative organic menu.
Geburtstagsklub
From the music policy to the crowd - diversity is the name of the game at Geburtstagsklub.
Berliner Ensemble
A theatre company established by Bertolt Brecht in 1948.
The Honigmond Garden Hotel
Charming romantic hotel tucked away in Mitte's peaceful backstreets.
Brandenburger Hof
Elegant tranquil idyll with a city centre postcode. An Hg2 favourite.
Liquidrom
A completely unique experience is to be had at the Liquidrom spa where underwater speakers add an utterly new dimension into soaking in water.

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