I can’t say my days in Berlin weren’t full or busy (in a good way), but next time I’m there I’d like to explore more of its quirky restaurants, trendy cafes and alternative bars! But if, like me, you don’t have the luxury of time and want to go straight to unique places with a character, then I would suggest the following:

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1. For breakfast or brunch:

Cafe Bilder Buch

◊ Akazienstraße 28. Closest train stations: S1: Julius-Leber-Brücke, U7: Kleistpark, U7:Eisenacher Straße

What makes it unique? 

It’s not your average brunch place!

Of course it serves delicious breakfast and light meal options, but except for a dining place,

Berlin Bilden Buch breakfast

 

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it serves as a gallery,

Berlin Bilder Buch Gallery

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a live music venue,

Berlin Bücher Bild music venue

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a bar

Berlin Bilder Buch bar

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and a library!

Berin Bilder Buch Libary

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Super cool!

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2. For lunch or dinner:

The Pub

◊ Rochstraße 14. Closest train stations: S5, S7, S75, U2, U5,U8: Alexanderplatz

What makes it unique? 

Even though it’s very centrally located, in the Alexanderplatz area, it’s actually under a railway viaduct, which looks like this:

Berlin The Pub railway viaduct

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And then you enter and it looks as cosy as this:

Berlin The Pub inside I love the cow printed cover up of the aeration pipes!

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And you choose your table and this happens:

Berlin The Pub beer

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Yes! You are the one who decides how often and how much beer you’re going to have! You’re in complete control! I’ve never ever seen something like this on a table and it’s very cool! Above it there’s also a screen where you can order your food from! Brilliant!

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Added bonus: the dog themed decoration (if you’re a fan that is!)!

Berlin The Pub cat decor

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The menu is not very extensive. This is because as at the end of the day, it’s a pub! You won’t be spoilt for choice, but it’s very hard to find better quality pub food than this! Here’s a yummy example (Burger of the week when I visited):

Berlin The Pub burger

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There’s sitting space outside if the weather’s good! Which was not the case when I was there. It was still cute though!

Berlin The Pub outside

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3. For a drink:

Glorias Stübchen

◊ Bundesallee 199. Closest train stationsU9: Güntzelstraße, U1, U2, U3: Spichernstraße

What makes it unique? 

Now this one’s definitely unique! You won’t find it in any guide or travel website! It’s a local bar, run by a lady that seems to have been around for a while! Frequented by locals exclusively, this neighbourhood bar has an effortless and unusual decoration, which consists of:

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Oddly shaped bottles and ornaments!

Berlin GLoria bottles

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Banknote covered lamps, surrounded by hanging puppets!

Berlin Gloria banknote lamp

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Different objects hanging from the ceiling, dolls, teddy bears, as well as countless mirrors and frames covering every possible surface of the wall!

Berlin Gloria interiors

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And the list goes on…

Yes, I know, not everyone loves a little bit of decadence in their lives, but if one thing is great about the place is its serviceGloria, or whoever the lady in charge was, is very attentive, very helpful and manages the place really well. At the end of the day, all you want sometimes is just a glass of beer (or two!) and Gloria does that! With a twist! 😀

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4. For a late drink and a dance:

Roses

◊ Oranienstraße 187. Closest train stations: U1, U8: Kotbusser Tor

What makes it unique? 

Roses has been around for a while and you might hear about it before you reach Berlin. Yet another place where taking photos is not allowed and everyone smokes, this bar has a character of its own!

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We realised we can’t take photos only after I took a photo of my friend, Eva, when they let us know we can’t!

Berlin Roses Eva

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As you can see, the walls are covered in pink fur! And this is just the base of the decoration! Imagine, on top of that, a place overdecorated with random art, blinking lights, sculptures, disco balls, fog machinesirreverent religious decorations (namely a revolving red lamp engraved with the figure of Virgin Mary!) etc! The more you stay around the more decoration details you discover! If it doesn’t get too crowded! And it often does!

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The soul of the place is a lady called Gabriella! She’s very hard working and efficient and at the same time she’s aware of what goes on around! She doesn’t smile much. But, every so often, when someone would misbehave, she would gently lead them to the door with a straight face, having the slightest smile that’s ever existed! 😀  And I found this very entertaining! 😀

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Feel free to share more such places if you know of any! I want my next visit to Berlin to be as fun as the first one and even more!