Forget New York: Berlin is the true embodiment of the ‘city that never sleeps’. It has a vibrant culture, tumultuous history and exciting nightlife. There is something for everyone in Berlin. From midnight spa treatments to underground bars, discover the perfect combination of glamour and grit with our Luxury Guide to Berlin.
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Unlikely as it may seem, Berlin is heaven for vegans. With everything from vegan burgers under the train tracks to vegan fine dining, Berlin offers conscious travellers and locals a vast array of delicious eats.
Kopps is Berlin’s answer to vegan dining at every meal, serving up healthy, beautifully plated dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. This elegant eatery is found in the heart of the central Mitte district. If you love brunch, head to Kopps on Saturdays and Sundays for a generous buffet brunch. And if meeting new people is up your alley, Kopps offer a three-course ‘Come Together’ vegan dinner every Tuesday.
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Vegans with a taste for the finer things will have their tastebuds indulged at Lucky Leek. Award-winning chef Josita Hartanto creates stunning plant-based dishes for the restaurant’s seasonal menus. Restaurant-goers can choose from à la carte and a set three- or five-course menu. And if you’re tired of the basic tofu substitute, you’ll be in for a treat at Lucky Leek, where the vegetables steal the show. And if you’re inspired by Josita Hartanto and her flair for designing outstanding vegan dishes, she has not one, but three vegan cookbooks available.
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Technically not a fine dining restaurant, but who doesn’t love donuts? Brammibal’s Donuts isn’t your everyday donut shop. It’s the best donut shop in the biz. Better yet, it’s vegan. They offer six classic donuts as well as a range of seasonal flavours that rotate year-round. When packing your suitcase for Berlin, throw in a lunch box. With flavours like red wine pear, raspberry pistachio and maple smoked coconut, you’ll definitely want to take some home.
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Berlin and nightlife go hand in hand. With countless legendary bars and to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice in Berlin.
Buck and Breck
It’s easy to find a bar in Berlin, but it’s not easy to find a bar as exceptional as Buck and Breck. And they certainly don’t make it easy to find. With a constantly changing façade, a website with little information, and barely any contact details, Buck and Breck is as elusive as it is exclusive. The bar is hidden behind a secret door between a police station and Doris Bistro, in the rooms of a former shop on Brunnenstrasse, opposite Weinsbergpark in Mitte. When you’ve finally found the bar, you’ll need to ring a doorbell. Once inside, the bartenders take over. Only 14 people can be in the Buck and Breck at a time.
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Blink and you might miss one of Berlin’s best high-end bars. Hiding in plain sight, Bar Tausend is tucked beneath the train tracks at Bahnhof Friedrichstraße. When you’re under the train tracks, you’ll see a pair of eyes painted on the wall. Head toward the left eye, ring the doorbell and enter Bar Tausend for a night of cocktails and music. Bar Tausend has a consistently high quality line up of bands, DJs and artists. The busier it is, the more selective the door policy gets. Be cool.
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China Club Berlin
East meets West at China Club Berlin. This members-only private club is located next to Hotel Adlon Kempinski, with views over Brandenburg Gate on one side and the Holocaust Memorial on the other. China Club Berlin is one of the most exclusive clubs in Germany. Discerning and selected members from business, society, culture and politics meet here to indukge in the luxury and ambiance. The bar is inspired by the legendary Peace Bar in Shanghai, and styled with red satin walls, polished mahogany and post-Maoist Red Guards in oil. There is no better place to sit with a cocktail or aperitif… except perhaps on its rooftop terrace or in the library.
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Indulge in everything Berlin has to offer. From history to spa treatments, there is nothing you can’t explore in Berlin.
Bespoke Perfume at Berlin’s Most Beautiful Perfumery
Scent is powerful, and making sure that you have the right scent for your personal taste and natural aroma is important. At Frau Tonis Parfum Berlin, “luxury is not a matter of extravagance, but of taking the time to carefully and lovingly select from a range of exquisitely crafted perfumes.” Discover the 36 artisanal perfumes Frau Tonis Parfum has on offer or create your own bespoke scent. Designing a customised scent can take between one to two hours (be sure to book in advance). There are three fragrance workshops on offer: Group Fragrance Workshop (from €120), Exclusive Fragrance Workshop (from €160), and Fragrance Workshop and Cocktail held at Frau Tonis and The Ritz-Carlton Berlin (from €175).
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Take an XXL Stretch Trabi Safari of Berlin
See Berlin in style aboard your own personal East German relic: a ‘Trabant’ limousine. This throwback vehicle turned luxury cruiser will take you on a unique and exclusive tour of Berlin’s sights, including places like Brandenburg Gate, the Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, Kurfürstendamm and more. You’ll even get a chilled bottle of bubbles (or a non-alcoholic beverage) to enjoy during your tour.
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Don’t let the name fool you. Liquidrom is not a sci-fi club, although there is music. It’s an ultra-luxe spa with a modern twist. Floating in the salted waters of this serene, dome-shaped spa, you’ll be serenaded by a live DJ playing ambient classical/electronic music. There are 4 different saunas, several pools, steam-baths, as well as an outside area and a bar where you can order food or drinks. Liquidrom is open until midnight, perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing.
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Whether you’re in Berlin to shop, party, relax, or explore, you’ll need a place to rest your head. For five-star elegance, you can’t go wrong with Hotel Zoo Berlin, Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann or Hotel Adlon Kempinski.
Hotel Zoo Berlin
Hotel Zoo Berlin is located in an historic 120-year-old building, nestled between Hugo Boss and an Apple Store on Berlin’s iconic Kurfürstendamm boulevard. While Hotel Zoo Berlin is sleek yet unassuming from the outside, the inside is pure bohemian elegance. Walk the ‘catwalk’ to the front desk to check-in, ride the elevator with flashing photography lights, and feel like an A-lister in a lavishly designed suite.
There are 127 rooms and 14 suites to choose from. From open-plan bathrooms to exposed brick and curved walls, each room and suite has an individual layout and design. Personalised bathroom products by April Aromatics have been designed especially for Hotel Zoo Berlin. And if the stunning, deep green catwalk carpet caught your eye at the hotel’s entrance, you can purchase a specially designed nail polish in the same colour from the mini bar.
Guests can indulge in the hotel’s morning breakfast buffet, dine of an evening in the GRACE Restaurant (Tuesday – Saturday), and enjoy the expertly made cocktails in the GRACE Bar. For any early risers and yoga fiends, Hotel Zoo Berlin offers Tuesday and Thursday morning rooftop yoga classes.
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Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann
Those in search of a slice of paradise away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin’s centre should head to Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann. Tailored to perfection, the hotel offers style and grace throughout every aspect of your stay.
Set in a 100-year-old palace, Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann is a unique blend of the past and present. Artfully designed by Patrick Hellmann, each room and suite is fitted with the finest fabrics, fittings and furniture. All rooms feature a vast range of high-standard amenities, including flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, writing desks and luxury bathroom amenities.
When it comes to wining and dining, you won’t want to leave. Guests can dine at the Italian Renaissance-inspired restaurant, revel in the classic ambiance of the GQ Bar, taste the world’s finest champagne in the dedicated Champagne Bar, and soak up the summer sun on the terrace.
A slice of paradise is nothing without a place to relax. Head to the sauna and swimming pool or recline on the sunbeds.
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Hotel Adlon Kempinski
There are few hotels in the world that offer the supreme calibre of service and refinement of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. A stay here is simply sublime. Some of the greatest minds, artists and powerful figures in the world have stayed at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. This includes the likes of Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson and the Queen of England. Talk about an A-list line up.
There are over 300 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites throughout the hotel, each offering beautiful views of Berlin. All the rooms and suites come with limestone floors, mahogany and cherry furnishings, and black granite bathrooms with bathtubs and rain showers.
The hotel houses two bars and three restaurants, giving guest plenty of options. The Sra Bua Bar combines moreish cocktails with Asian design, and the Lobby Lounge & Bar is a great spot for a relaxing drink, accompanied by the ambient sounds of the lobby piano. The restaurants are Quarré, with typical German cuisine, Sra Bua from Michelin-starred chef Tim Raue, serving Japanese-Thai cuisine, and the outstanding two-Michelin-star Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, with chef Hendrik Otto. Alternatively, you can don your bathrobe and slippers and order room service.
Dive into indulgence at the at the hotel’s Greco-Roman inspired pool, sweat any stress out of your life in the saunas, and feel rejuvenated at the Adlon Spa by Resense.
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