We all recognize the signs of summer in Berlin – ice cream queues, ping pong becomes the national sport, sunrise sessions at the club. And scooters. With the warmer months finally upon us, we’re approaching a 1:1 scooter to car ratio here in Berlin. You can certainly count us among those taking the two-wheel route.
We recently collaborated with German electric scooter company unu to map out a 50-kilometre joy ride through Berlin on their latest super-sleek (fitting, right?) battery-powered model – all on one charge.
From culinary delights to lush escapes, these are some of our favourite scooter stops in the city.
Newbies to this charming café in Kreuzberg, we couldn’t have left with a better first impression. Brightly lit through large windows and accented with succulents and delicate floral arrangements, Okay Café offers something for everyone. From avocado toasts to omelettes served with fresh greens and herbs, complemented by The Barn’s beloved coffee, this Scandinavian-inspired spot was about as good as it gets. The fresh sweets and speciality pancakes, which alternate daily, were especially appreciated. Up next: shopping.
Tucked away in a quiet hinterhof at the heart of Kreuzberg, Voo is one of the city’s – if not the world’s – most attractive shopping hot spots. It’s hard to find a place where every selection is a gem, but Voo’s managed to achieve exactly that pedigree of curation. Voo offers both wardrobe basics and one-off collection pieces from exciting brands like A.P.C., Marni, Knobbly Studio, and Goetze, as well a highly recommendable flat white at their in-house Companion Coffee café.
Still fuelled from breakfast and on a pleasant shopping high, we travelled westward to check out König Galerie. Founded by Johann König in 2002, the gallery made a major move in 2015 when it posted up in the newly renovated St. Agnes church and took on more of a sixties cathedral vibe. A shrine to contemporary art, it’s adorned by impressive works both inside and out. John Seal’s “Like The Dim Light of Distant Stars” and the hanging kinetic sculptures of Anselm Reyle’s “Eight Miles High” are currently on display.
STRASSE DES 17. JUNI
The stretch of the Strasse des 17. Juni between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column is an iconic 6-lane thoroughfare of road accented on both sides by the lush greenery of Tiergarten – think Berlin’s Central Park. Here we were able to test the limits of our speedometer, coasting along at a steady and smooth 45 km/h while taking in lungfuls of fresh air usually reserved for the city’s rural surroundings. Being among the flow of traffic without feeling like an obstacle was a particularly welcome advantage of our unu compared to other scooters.
Berlin’s parks are known to buzz with activity, but there’s something distinct about the energy at Preußenpark in Wilmersdorf – more commonly known as “Thai Park.” And yes, it has everything to do with the food. This foodie haven is packed with hungry locals savouring the flavours of dozens of pop-up vendors who offer delicious dishes from their homeland under umbrellas in all colours of the rainbow. Papaya salad, dumplings in all shapes, sizes and fillings, and one of the best fish soups we’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy were highlights. An absolute must on warm weekend days.
Like many of Berlin’s traditional market halls, Arminius Markthalle in Moabit is ripe for gastronomic indulgence. It’s one of the oldest market halls in the city and has the impressive architecture to match. Fresh deli meats and fish are displayed on ice beds, while gourmet chefs across cook up exciting twists on classic German lunch dishes. Baristas, enveloped by confectionary sweets, conjure up creamy cappuccinos while locals enjoy a break from the hustle of the city.
DO YOU READ ME?!
Do You Read Me? boasts perhaps Berlin’s most outstanding selection of international print publications. Sitting pretty on a quiet street in Mitte, its tight racks are flooded with books and magazines from around the world under all imaginable genres. There truly is a book for everyone. Bonus: there are plenty of cozy cafes and outdoor spaces nearby to settle down and dive into your new purchase.
After a long day of cruising around the city, hunger was starting to get the better of us. We opted to satiate our appetite with Roy & Pris’ extensive selection of tapas-style dim sum. Greeted with a brief history of the Bladerunner-themed restaurant from the pleasant staff and a recommendation to visit the restrooms for a “rainforest inspired” experience, we were intrigued well before the first dish hit the table. Between salmon sashimi, Guangzhou-style scallops and veal spare ribs, we sipped sweet, refreshing cucumber mules and relished in the deep flavours from the “starkitchen.”