4 Berlin coffee shops you need to visit

4 Berlin coffee shops you need to visit

A few weeks ago, I went to Berlin to visit some friends. It’s such a cool city. We had the best time walking around, catching up and of course: Drinking coffee! Since I’ve been to Berlin a couple of times already (and my friends live there), we didn’t actually visit a lot of the sights. More time to visit the best Berlin coffee shops! We only had three days, so there are probably way more Berlin coffee shops that we didn’t get around to visit. After my Paris coffee round up, here’s my coffee guide for Berlin. If you have a favourite that’s missing from this list, let me know in the comments!

Roamers

4 Berlin coffee shops you need to visitRoamers in Neukölln is every plant lovers dream! It’s really pretty in there and both the food and the place are very Instagram-friendly ;) The coffee was really good too!

One thing to consider though: Roamers is definitely not a chill place. It’s a tiny coffee shop and we waited about half an hour for a table. We got to sit in the sun, so we didn’t care. Just remember: This isn’t a place to slowly enjoy your coffee and read a book on a Saturday afternoon.

Address + opening times

Pannierstrasse 64, 12043 Berlin
Tue – Fri: 9:30 – 19:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 – 19:00

Betty’n Caty

Berlin coffee shops you need to visitBetty’n Caty is a wonderful lunchplace/coffee shop in Prenzlauer Berg. I bet you could have a wonderful brunch over here and the cheese cake was wonderful and fluffy.

We sat upstairs, so we were able to people watch while sipping our coffee. The staff was really nice and welcoming as well, always a plus in my book! The food is a little pricy, but looks really tasty if you want to treat yourself!

Address + opening times

Knaackstraße 26, 10405 Berlin
Mon – Fri: 08:00 – 22:00
Sat – Sun: 09:00 – 22:00

Brammibal’s Donuts

Berlin coffee shops you need to visitThis isn’t only a coffee shop, it’s a donut place. What’s more, it’s a vegan donut place with flavours like espresso, pumpkin cream cheese and raspberry almond (!). If this doesn’t make you curious, what’s wrong with you? ;)

Sadly, I was really full when we visited, but my friends claim that the donuts taste great. They definitely look great and you can go for a lovely walk along the Maybach Ufer if you’re visiting.

Address + opening times

Maybachufer 8, 12047 Berlin
Tue-Sun: 10:00 – 18:00

Zeit für Brot

Man, I love Zeit für Brot. They aren’t famous for their coffee (although it tastes great too!) but for their absolutely heavenly, massive cinnamon rolls. I wish I lived closer to eat one every single day, they are so good!

There’s a Zeit für Brot in Cologne (yes!), Frankfurt and Hamburg as well, so you should try to visit at least one of them. You won’t regret it.

Address + opening times

Alte Schönhauser Straße 4, 10119 Berlin
Mon-Fri: 7:30 – 20:00
Sat: 8:00 – 20:00
Sun: 8:00 – 18:00 Uhr

These are the Berlin coffee shops we visited. I can’t wait to go back and try even more!

5 coffee shops in Paris you need to visit

5 coffee shops in Paris you need to visitWe’re back from Paris! It’s truly one of the prettiest European cities in my opinion. We walked around, we ate Falafel, we took pictures and of course: We tried as many coffee shops in Paris as possible. As in every big city, there are cute little cafés and coffee shops all over Paris. We visited the five below, but I still have a list of pretty places we didn’t get to check out (they are in the map below though). As everything, going to coffee shops in Paris is quite expensive (4 to 5 Euro for a cappuccino), but these are great spots if you’ve been sightseeing all day and need a little break. I’ve also included the sights we saw when we visited the shops, so you don’t have to go there just for the coffee ;)

Passager Café

5 coffee shops in Paris you need to visitThis was definitely one of my favourite coffee shops in Paris. The coffee (and the cake!) was great, the staff really friendly and the atmosphere chill and relaxed. I could easily imagine spending the afternoon here and work while eating cake. Lots of people did that actually! It isn’t close to any ‘tourist spots’ but you should still walk by here and rest your feed in this pretty place.

What else to do around here
Passager Café is about 15 min from the Bastille. From here, you can walk over to the Marais and visit the Place des Vosges or eat some Falafel, or head down to the Seine for an afternoon stroll. As I said, Passager isn’t actually close to anything that you typically visit as a tourist, but there’s some nice places only a walk away.

Address + opening times
107 avenue Ledru Rollin, 75011 Paris
Tuesday-Saturday: 08:30 – 18:30

Cuillier

5 coffee shops in Paris you need to visitWe went for lunch to Cuillier and really enjoyed our time here as well. The coffee was great and the quiche one of the best I ever had (maybe because I never ate quiche in France before? Anyway). It’s in a quiet street off Boulevard St. Germain, so the chance to get a table if you walk in is quite high. Highly recommended as a lunch spot.

What else to do around here
Cuillier is situated in the 7th arrondissement. We went to the Musée d’Orsay afterwards and spend a few hours there (highly recommended – it’s huge and possibly not as crowded as the Louvre). The Musée Rodin is quite close as well or you could just wander the streets around here.

Address + opening times
68 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
Tuesday-Friday: 8:00 – 18:00
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 – 18:00 (more…)

Travel Diary: Back to Scotland!

Back to Scotland!This September, it was time to visit one of my favourite countries again: Scotland! Since spending my semester abroad in Scotland two years ago, the Scots have a special place in my heart. I went with my friend Theresa, one of my best travel buddies. She has also lived in Scotland for a few months and missed it just as much as me. Oh, it was a glorious trip! From the moment we touched down in Edinburgh, it felt like home again: The colours, the people, even the smell! Can I go back already?

Part 1: Edinburgh

The first part of our trip was spent in Edinburgh. We stayed at the Baxter Hostel, a lovely (and tiny!) hostel near Waverley station. It was my first stay in a room with 9 girls, but gladly everyone was really friendly and quiet. On top of that, we had a yummy home-cooked breakfast of eggs and toast in the morning which was included in the price.

Our first day in Edinburgh, we just walked around town smiling because we were back in Scotland. People might have thought that we’re pretty weird! We had an amazing scone at Wellington Coffee, took a walk to Calton Hill and went to the uni library bar for a lime & soda. After dinner at Mosque Kitchen (not the greatest atmosphere, but really tasty dhal for only a couple of pounds), we went to the pub quiz at Newsroom. A happy day!

On our second day we only had a couple of hours, so we did some more strolling (around the touristy streets as well) and went charity shopping. Then it was time for our second destination! (more…)

How to enjoy summer wherever you are

How to enjoy summer wherever you are on Hanna's Places

Summer time is here! Time to travel and explore new places. But what if you can’t travel as much as you’d like to this year?  I’ve put together all my tips to enjoy summer being at home. Because there’s so many things to do without going away as well!

How to enjoy summer without traveling far

+ Take off a day or two. So often, we only take time off if we’re actually going away. This way we get the most out of our vacation days but rarely have time to enjoy being home. So why don’t you just enjoy summer and have a little home holiday? Sleep in, have a nice breakfast, do something outside without the weekend crowds – I feel relaxed already.

+ Take a camera with you. On holiday, we take pictures of everything. At home, that rarely happens. So why don’t you record all the lovely memories of ice cream dates, barbecue days and your summer in general? Those fun days we tend to forget because we’re ‘just’ at home. Looking back, you’ll have all those wonderful memories without needing to travel far.

+ Go to touristy places and explore your own city! I bet there’s a ton of places that you still haven’t gotten around to visiting in your own  hometown. I don’t really know why we never explore our own home. Maybe because we always have the chance and thus never grab it? Put together a list of places you need to see and go exploring.  Maybe even buy a travel guide for your city!

+ Start a new routine. I heard about creating a summer routine on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast and I love the idea so much. Do something that makes you feel in a summer mood and generally good about yourself instantly. It might be Pilates in the morning, a daily walk, an hour of book reading in the evening, a fresh beer with your dinner, fresh flowers around your home every week – feel free to get creative.

And of course: Treat yo’self!

Since you’re naturally saving money stay at home, treat yourself to the things you only allow yourself on holiday: Have some ice cream from your favourite shop on a regular basis, buy the fancy groceries you like at the store you wouldn’t normally get, go to the sauna/swimming pool/wellness place you normally save money on, turn off your computer at night (sleep in on Saturdays at least) – again, there’s a million ideas for every budget.

These are my ideas for a great summer at home – what about you?

Travel Diary: A long weekend in London

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London baby! I have just arrived back home from a long weekend in my favourite city and it was such a great time. After two hard months of too many things on my to do list, winter blues and generally feeling uninspired, this city and it’s liveliness was just the right medicine to get some energy and excitement about life back. Here’s what we’ve been up to, in case you’re planning a London trip in the near future as well:

Eat & Drink (mostly coffee shops)

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DF Mexico | This was a lunch break favourite back when I was living in London and it’s still one of my favourite places to get Mexican food. It’s a beautiful location (lots of instagram opportunities ;), the waiters are friendly, the food is great and the prices are okay. If you’re near Spitalfields, check it out!

Kahaila | This is probably one of my three favourite cafés in London, so I can’t come to the city and not visit Kahaila. The cakes taste as great as they look, the atmosphere is great, there’s free wifi – and did I mention that everything goes to charity and supports women in need? Perfect all around.

Soho Grind | I know everyone loves the Grind locations all over London and the London bridge location is quite nice, I’ll have to admit that I wasn’t too impressed by this one though. It was slightly dirty, the barista forgot about my order twice…with so many great coffee shops all over London, I probably wouldn’t visit a second time.

The Natural Kitchen | I wandered in the location on Marylebone Street by chance and really loved it here. I think it’s a deli/coffee shop/restaurant/shop and quite big, but the atmosphere is still really nice. I had a great coffee and falafel wrap, the people working there were super friendly – I loved it.

Bill’s | I know this is a chain restaurant (though I’m not sure if they just have a few restaurants all over London or all of the UK?), but either way it’s really cosy and a great place to have a nice dinner with friends without spending tons of money. The vegetarian options are quite limited, but the desser menu is great and their cocktails too!

Boulangerie Bon Matin | This is a great café near Finsbury Park. We had massive Eggs Florentine there and it had a really great neighbourhood feel.

The Orangery | We wanted to go for a nice fancy Afternoon Tea on Saturday and since the Orangery at Kensington Palace keeps popping up on every list we decided to give it a go. I was slightly disappointed to be honest – it felt really rushed and touristy (yes, it is a total tourist spot but still), and for the price didn’t taste especially fresh. It is a beautiful location though, so maybe you just need to go during the week?

Tart | This is the cutest café in Clapham and a super nice place all in all, the cakes looked great too though I didn’t try them.

Monmouth Coffee | Let’s just say, this is a cult favourite for a reason. I bought some espresso beans to prepare at home and I’m really happy about that. There’s no free wifi though (at least at the Borough Market branch).

Timberyard | I visited for the first time and loved it too, a very cool space and great atmosphere to get some work done (if you don’t need to concentrate too much). It’s quite expensive though, even for London.

Pattern Coffee | This one is close to Kings Cross and another new favourite. Great atmosphere, great coffee, what else would you want?

Shops

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Books | Foyles on Charing Cross Road (so many books! And a great selection of coffee table books), Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street (beautiful and old), Waterstone’s on Picadilly (yeah it’s Waterstone’s, but it’s still one of my favourite book stores), Brick Lane Bookstore (small, but great selection).

Design | The Conran Shop on Marylebone High Street (big love), Aram Store (near Covent Garden, I wandered in by chance and loved it).

Beautiful tid bits | Luna & Curious (and all other stores around Redchurch Street), AIDA on Shoreditch High Street, Anthropologie (again, I know it’s an American chain store, but I just really like it!) – and probably hundreds of other small stores I just walked by.

Things to do

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Undressed at the V&A | An exhibition about underwear that just started at the V&A and that is totally worth a visit. We stayed for almost three hours! It’s both beautiful and interesting and even makes you a little sad because the female body image seems to have been messed up for hundreds of years.

Kew Gardens | We had a little fashion photo shoot (hehe) at the greenhouse and it is such a beautiful location for that, we had tons of fun. I think the rest of the garden is more interesting in late spring/summer though.

National Portrait Gallery | One of my favourite London museums, so I always stop by for a little visit. We went to see 100 years of Vogue, which was inspiring and interesting as well (yes, trends really do always come back).

Walk along the South Bank | If you want to see the London sights but not be in the middle of all the action, take a walk along South Bank. I always start walking in Vauxhall/Albert Embankment and you get a really nice view of Westminster from there. It gets unpleasant for a short moment walking past the London Eye, but just keep walking and you’ll see Somerset House, Tate Modern (worth a visit too), St. Pauls, Shakespeare’s Globe and finally Borough Market (where you can treat yourself with a little something after a walk like that).

Things to remember for my next trip

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  • It’s expensive here – don’t worry too much about money and just enjoy your time
  • Rain jacket always (how could I forget?)
  • Only bring comfortable shoes, there’s too much walking for anything else,
  • People don’t care what you do, take the tourist pictures if you want to
  • Plasters!
  • And more cardigans
  • Bring accessories and your favourite outfits. You’re surrounded by fashionable people, so it’s worth it

That’s it! I seriously had such an amazing trip (and so much coffee) and can’t wait to be back asap.

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