MY STYLE: Urban, casual, and custom-made. I love Lala Berlin, for example.
I LOVE BERLIN BECAUSE: It has a lot to offer, and is very easy going. The parents love it, the kids enjoy it…
“SET’s” is an acronym for “Sitzen, Essen, Trinken, Schlafen,” which translates to “sit down, eat, drink, sleep.” As this simple daily routine suggests, there is a sense of effortlessness in SET’s ambiance and family-friendly menu, which emphasizes hearty breads, greens, and smoothies in addition to SET’s signature all-day breakfast. “The kids love the eggs in a glass, and we always share the beetroot bread,” says Niki Finger. What’s more, the “sleep” reference in the name refers to the lovely and adjunct hotel, where children ages three and under can stay for free.
Candelight pervades the dining room at this intimate Italian restaurant, and bicycles hang from the ceiling! The menu is varied, and while the trattoria’s kitchen staff (headed by chef Doris Burneleit) recommends the house tuna carpaccio, many come for the pizza and pasta. “This trattoria is casual but really great,” says Niki Finger. “Sometimes we’ll stop by Soho House afterwards for cocktails and rooftop views.”
Astor Film Lounge
Movies are only a fraction of the experience at this cinema, which also offers valet parking, plush leather seating, cocktails, and fine dining. Astor Film Lounge shows plenty of new releases, but for something different be sure to check out the classics program, as the cinema often replays such golden oldies as Spartacus and West Side Story.
Though not quite as massive as its “Legoland Deutschland” counterpart in south Gemany, this Berlin offshoot still warrants a visit. Attractions range from Princess Palace and Dragon Quest to the city-specific “Miniland,” where Berlin city landmarks—Brandenburg Gate and Museuminsel marvels—are replicated with amazing precision. Unlike most Legoland locations, all attractions in the Potsdamer branch are displayed indoors, making it especially perfect for a rainy day.
This indoor market (short for Kaufhaus des Westens) offers so much range that you can buy a silk DVF blouse and a pork chop under the same roof! While not the best spot for a tightly curated display of goods, KaDeWe is great for comparing several brands of clothes, furniture, kitchen wares, produce, meats, and spirits.