Now that I’ve recovered from my poor performance in the marathon, I’m ready to share what we did (ate) besides running.

Needless to say, I love Berlin, more than I was expecting. Phil wants to move there..that’s how much he loved it. The people were so nice, the food was so good, and the city is so clean, modern, and full of art.

Where we stayed: Arcotel Velvet.
We picked this hotel primarily for its proximity to the marathon start (about 800m). It was a great location because we were able to walk to the start on race day. The hotel is located in the neighborhood Mitte, a trendy-ish part of the city, close enough to downtown but far enough so that you’re not in the middle of the hustle. There are tons of cute restaurants and the hotel was just down the block from the u-bahn and s–bahn. The hotel itself was decent. We got there early and so they only had a smoking room ready for us. I didn’t like staying in a smoking room so next time I’ll just wait til check-in.

Some restaurants (we tried to stick with mostly local food/dishes):
Curry 36 (we actually ate next door to here but it looked really good hehe)20131019-075938.jpg

-KaDeWe food court: this is a huge dept store and worth exploring but go to the 7th floor for amazing food stands, 8th for the buffet and glass dome. This is not your average dept store food! (sorry for the blurry pic)


Weihenstephaner in the Heckeschen Market: cool beer hall with local Bavarian fare


Backerei Ladewig: Family-run bakery. Had my first Berliner here!!

20131019-080017.jpgBurgermeister: REALLY REALLY good burgers and cheese fries

IMG_2347Fassbender & Rausch: Best chocolate shop in Berlin. They have huge chocolate sculptures on the first floor and a cafe on the 2nd. Definitely worth a visit. Get one of the cold chocolate drinks.

IMG_2307I would love to go back to Berlin and run the marathon/eat the food again….like, right now.


Some sights:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • East Side Gallery
  • KaDeWe
  • Pergomon Museum/Museum Island
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Reichstag
  • Topography of Terror
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Tiergarten
  • Gendarmenmarkt

Berlin is a very walkable city so I would highly recommend trying to walk as much as you can to really take everything in. It’s so rich with history and beauty.

Stay tuned for Munich!


Anyone been to Berlin? What was your favorite part??