Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Berlin

Engelbecken
Low-key but exceedingly popular Bavarian/Italian restaurant.
Jolesch
Popular throughout the day this opulent local eatery brings Austrian flair to Berlin.
Konzerthaus
This historical site still holds regular events.
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.
Yaam @ Hoppetosse
Berlin's premier reggae party is always upbeat and full of interesting characters.
Yorckschlosschen
This grass-roots jazz club is the only one Hg2 recommends outside Charlottenburg.
La Folie
Chef-owner Roland Passot knows a thing or two about French cuisine.
Lovelite
Lovelite's large gallery space and idiosyncratic vibe pays homage to Berlin's squat party heritage albeit in a chicer incarnation.
Saporito
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Hotel Pension Funk
Small charming reasonably priced pension with 1920s/30s touches.
Borchardt
One of Berlin's top restaurants this relaxed French bistro is a local favourite.
Hamburger Bahnhof
The converted Hamburger Bahnhof presents some striking collections of modern art.
Volksbuhne
This imposing theatre offers a programme of radical, often controversial performances.
Bar Jeder Vernunft
Synonymous with Berlin's Roaring '20s cabaret and continues to draw a crowd.
Hut Up
Bags, jewellery and elegant dresses, all lovingly hand made from felt. 
District Mot
District Mot provides an authentic Southeast Asian street food experience, inside a colourfully decorated shabby-chic cafe. 
SO36
This gay and lesbian venue is a Kreuzberg institution.
Kakao
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.
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.
St Oberholz
Charming café with free wireless access and an abundance of cosy corners.
Trust
An exclusive club for scene-conscious revellers, Trust puts on a decadent party, but only for those lucky enough to find it. 
Geburtstagsklub
From the music policy to the crowd - diversity is the name of the game at Geburtstagsklub.
Fassbender & Rausch
Chocolates in every shape and form adorn the walls of Fassbender & Rausch.
Surf & Segelschule
Set against the biggest lake in Berlin this a school offering courses as well as renting out all sorts of different aquatic vehicles.
Hotel Concorde
Stylish luxury hotel perfectly situated for some serious shopping.
Remake
Reassuringly expensive; small smart Remake has an imaginative organic menu.
Bauhaus Archiv
A detailed history of the movement that shaped Berlin from 1919 to 1933.
Hotel Grand Esplanade
Business-friendly centrally located hotel with great facilities.
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.
East Side Gallery
Not a gallery as such but a remaining section of the Berlin Wall stretching along Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain. International artists were invited to decorate sections and today it exists as a poignant work of art.
CSA Bar
Popular cocktail bar with super-stylish minimalist decor.
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.
Duckwitz
This French deli-café serves up fantastic fresh dishes.
Aldon Day Spa
Sommerbad Kreuzberg
The Princes' Pool out doors with multiple pools and even a nudist area for those who want to hang loose in the summer sun. Expect it to get busy on hot days.
Kochlust
Want to learn how to whip up a feast of food from all over the world? Then Kochlust is the place to go with cookbooks from every corner of the globe sold within. There is even a kitchen to practice in...
Tosh Accessories
Everything that glitters is not gold - it might be silver or even diamonds. Berlin has a small selection of jewellery stores for your perusal.

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