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Berlin seems to be where all the young people of Europe (and North America and Australia and...) are living right now. Blighted by its tragic history (with scars still remaining), Berlin is making a comeback in a big way. "Stylish", "Hip". "Cool", "Arty", all those other keywords perfectly describe Germany's capital but most of all it's supremely affordable and fun.
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avant garde clothing? check. Gallery? check. Cafe? check. 3 guestrooms geared to "artists"? Yes cause it's in Berlin.
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Wriezener Karree 5, 10243 Berlin, Germany
remember that 2006 film Das Leben der Anderen? or The Lives of Others as it was called in English. Much like that famous film, this modest hostel gives you a feel for what Berlin looked and felt like pre-1989.
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Auguststraße 58, 10119 Berlin, Germany
The Barn is a bucolic coffee bar in the Mitte district that boasts top-quality coffee (from Copenhagen's famed fair-trade Coffee Collective) and a local-food ethos, inspired largely by the owner's formative years in rural Germany and his mother's...
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Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
The Berlin brunch scene is typically a buffet-style brunch with meats & cheeses, maybe a quiche or a soft-boiled egg. While that's an enjoyable meal, sometimes breaking out of the mold is called for. That's what makes the California Breakfast...
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Bleibtreustraße 51, 10623 Berlin, Germany
A unique Berlin shopping experience! Stop by the lovely shop Chapeaux Hutmode in Berlin to have a hat designed especially for you. Owner and designer Andrea Curti has been in business since 1994 in Berlin's posh Ku'Damm area, making hats for...
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Warschauer Str. 39-40, 10243 Berlin, Germany
New York City has the Ace Hotel, Berlin has the Michelberger, enough said... (I do have to add that the breakfast here is pretty awesome.)
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Oppelner Str. 44, 10997 Berlin, Germany
on a quiet and rainy morning I enjoyed nothing more than relaxing with a book or magazine and a cup of excellent espresso at this tiny, unassuming yet friendly cafe watching the young things of Berlin come by for their caffeine fix. Just be aware...
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Herzbergstraße 55, 10365 Berlin, Germany
If you do only one tour during your visit, I suggest the free three-hour "Alternative Berlin" tour run by this company. It is mostly walking, with a subway and train here and there. (Make sure to follow your young, fast, walking tour guide...