BERLIN CITY GUIDE by Maria Paula Fernandez

We got to ask our Curious Ambassador, Maria Paula, 10 questions about her favourite city Berlin.

 

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1/10 Favourite eat?

South American food at Sudaka

This place is owned by Chakall, a quite well-known Argentinian cook. The menu is a fusion of all things South American; from delicious ceviches to the best steak and my all-time favourite dessert "flan de dulce de leche". Another plus is the great deco and the Pisco Sours!

 

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2/10 best drinks?

Mister Hu in West Berlin

Located in West Berlin, Mister Hu is now my go-to bar because they certainly know how to mix there. Try the Moscow Mule or the White Russian, they are my personal favourites!

 

 

 

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3/10 your go-to restaurant?

Zsa Zsa Burger in Motzstrasse

This restaurant is really special, it is a burger joint but a truly fabulous one! They offer the most delicious gourmet burgers combined with the friendliest atmosphere and service.  My go-to burger is the Egyptian one, with goat cheese and caramelised figs.

 

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4/10 best curated museum?

Martin Gropius Bau

This is really though as my favourite place in the world is the Helmut Newton Foundation (which happens to be a museum). But I have to admit that the Martin Gropius Bau is the best curated museum in town. I have seen the best exhibitions there; a Diane Arbu retrospective, the biggest Ai Weiwei expo and the V&A Bowie one. It's also a beautifuly restored building with lots of history.

 

 

 

5/10 coolest concept store?

Down By Retro in Neukölln

I just feel at home every time I stop by this shop. Located int he South of Berlin, Down By Retro/ Bass Cadet Records is a vintage clothes store and a record shop all in one.   They have a great vintage section, some original jewellery and beauty products and their vinyl collection is amazing. The best thing is that once in a while a really good DJ will come and play at the store which eventually always plays out in a real party.

 

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6/10  the must-do tourist attraction?

The Berlin Wall Memorial

Even now that I live here, I still haven't finished discovering the city. Whenever a friend comes to visit I will take them on a tour around the city so that I can also get to do the touristy things little by little. The Bedenkstätte Berliner Mauer or the Berlin Wall Memorial in Mitte/Prenslauer Berg is definitely a must-do.

 

 

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7/10 most beautiful stroll?

Karl-Marx Allee

No doubt about it that the Karl-Marx Allee is the lane to stroll down. For some it may not be pretty, as the architecture is very soviet socialist, but I think it is magnificent. The most interesting buildings are Cafe Moskau, Kino International (a cinema, do catch a movie there if you can!) and there is even an old soviet hair salon turned into a bar. Just walk down the avenue from Alexanderplatz and enjoy.

 

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8/10 something old?

The Iraqi Embassy

There are a lot of abandoned building in Berlin that you can explore. The Iraqi embassy, Teufelsberg, the abandoned amusement park Spreepark etc. Just wear some good shoes and get ready to jump over fences.

 

 

 

 

 

9/10 something new ?

The Breakfast Market at Markthalle Neun

The old market Markthalle Neun is turned into a street food festival every Thursday and once per month (on the third Sunday of the month), you have a Breakfast Market with super tasty options and a really relaxed atmosphere.

 

 

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10/10  a golden tip from a local ?

Go see a play at Schaubühne

If possible get tickets and go see a play at Schaubühne, it is the coolest theatre I have ever been to. The photos for their posters and brochures are designed by Jürgen Teller (yes, that guy that shoots Celine, Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood).