Berlin. City of unlimited possibilities. Trend setter in lifestyle, music, art and fashion. Creative minds and freethinkers are welcome. Charlottenburg. The up-and-coming quarter for urban people. The best of everything is here. On your doorstep and all at a glance. Shopping, business, nightlife, culture. We share with you the best insider tips. Skip the mainsteamt traps. Explore like a local.
STORY OF BERLIN
A city, a history, an exhibition. Right at the famous strolling promenade Kurfürstendamm. Learn about “The Story of Berlin”. The exhibition is spread over 20 different rooms, fully equipped with multimedia to really experience the city’s all eras and moments. The rooms recreate aspects of the local people’s daily life and some of city’s most important individuals. A truly all-round experience, where you can also smell and feel what it was actually like to be living at that time.
Along a charming walkway just by the outdoor cafe scene at Savignyplatz, is this bookstore under the railway arches. A great amount of thought and time goes into the handpicked selection of books which include poetry, philosophy and literature. The original store was founded by several nobel prize winning authors including Günter Grass. The current owners created a calm and reflective space with an adjacent literary cafe. Here authors, actors and regular customers come to write, think, socialize and be refreshed. Regular lectures have become a popular feature.
A must for photography enthusiasts. The Camera Work gallery on Kantstrasse is named after the legendary magazine published by American photographer Alfred Stieglitz. With pictures of contemporary stars such as David Lachapelle the gallery specializes in contemporary photography and vintage masterworks. Through the presentation of classical icons, the aim is to present the development of photo-art from its inception to the present.
PAPER AND TEA
This is the true tea story. Forget the typical boxes or teapots. This specialty tea store close to H’Otello / K’80 delivers a sensory experience where you can look at, touch and smell dozens of carefully sourced leaves from around the world. A really paradise for tea connoisseurs in a ambience which feels like a museum. At a tea bar a variety of freshly brewed teas can be tasted and there’s a instore space for tea seminars and specialised tastings.
Coiffeur Civan, Berlin’s trendy hairstylist, combines his creativity with the wishes and expectations of every client. His heavy involvement in the fashion scene brings inspiring new ideas and ensures his team is always up to date with the latest trends. Experienced international, Civan, creatively styles politicians and celebrities. The stylish shop is located vis-à-vis K’80, nestled in a railway arch at metro station Savignyplatz.
If you are longing for some relaxing and quiet hours after a day in the city’s turmoil visit the castle Charlottenburg. The former royal residence of many princes invites you to stroll around in the spacious gardens in a picturesque atmosphere. During the warm summer months this is a great place to relax on one of the many benches. In the snowy months the gardens turn into a winter wonderland and host one of the most famous Christmas markets in Berlin with numerous nostalgic attractions like a ferris wheel and swing carousel.
Berlin’s most famous shopping mile and elegant promenade, the Ku’damm – as it’s known by the locals – is perfect for a stroll and an extensive shopping trip. Numerous exclusive shops, noble brands, cafés and restaurants border the boulevard and invite you to enjoy the capital. It’s worthwhile visiting the KaDeWe, the most famous department store of the metropolis. For those interested in culture, there is the Theatre of the West where world-stars like Marlene Dietrich have appeared, or the Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) – a monument to peace and the symbol of Berlin’s desire to rebuild itself in the aftermath of the war. Whatever you do, in Berlin anything and everything is possible. Berlin is alive day and night!
There are many good Italian restaurants in Charlottenburg. The Brunello is definitely one of it. Only a short hop to H’Otello / K’80- this is the perfect italian destination for food lovers. Fabrizio is a nice host and his team very attentive and professionally. The dishes always freshly and well spiced. The eyecatcher is the fisherman boat inside the restaurant with a selection of antipasti. Highly recommended!