Despite the appalling British weather (does this even classify as summer?), my return from Colombia has been a happy one. Although I was sad to leave the country I came to love and call home, being back in my true home London has reminded me of all the great things this city has to offer. But hardly back three weeks and I was lucky enough to travel away again, to the slightly less exotic, but no less exciting German capital of Berlin.
I had never been to Berlin before and had genuinely grown almost tired of hearing everyone else and their aunt rave about how wonderful it was. So my mum and I booked a six-day trip to explore the city and see what all the hype was about.
It seems everyone had good reason to praise Berlin – what an incredible city! Kicking off our holiday in style, it was time for some cocktails. We headed to the classic old-fashioned bar at the Kempinski hotel, in the district of Charlottenburg to quench our thirst. The bar was impressively stocked – and if this wasn’t enough, there was an equally impressive drinks trolley with just about every liquor under the sun.
I’ve definitely taken after my mum in a fair few traits, and my taste in alcohol is one of them. Despite being swayed by the extensive cocktail menu, sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. We both went for Negronis. A mildly potent mix, this cocktail is made up of equal quantities of gin, red vermouth and Campari. Who needs non-alcoholic mixers in their cocktails anyway? A Negroni is a classic apéritif, or pre-dinner drink, which is unsurprising – too many of these on an empty stomach would not end well.
So onto dinner it was as we headed into the trendy area of Kreuzberg, which seemed to be the hipster hangout of the city – a German Shoreditch if you will. There was such a wealth of great looking places to eat and drink, it was hard to know where to head! After yet another cocktail at a very cool bar, we eventually headed into Knofi.
Always eager to sample local cuisine, it was only natural that I try the famous German ‘delicacy’, the Currywurst. The slightly odd pairing of a German Bratwurst sausage combined with curry ketchup and then doused with a light sprinkling of curry powder on top, the Currywurst is the definitive dish in German street food. Invented by a woman called Herta Heuwer in 1949, this sausage and curry combo has been much loved since its birth. Whether I loved it could be questioned, but I certainly didn’t hate it. Although…trying it just once was plenty, as there was so much more food to be eaten!
Stay posted for the next installments of my Berlin trip. An absolutely sensational food market as well as what categorically classifies as ‘foodie heaven’ at Berlin’s swankiest department store, BidmeadBites certainly got its fill while in Berlin!