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An Insider Guide To Berlin With Tina Lutz

Berlin is unquestionably a very cool city, so it’s no surprise that it is home to some of our favourite brands, including Lutz Morris.

Having travelled the world over, Tina Lutz returned to Berlin to start her consciously minded accessories brand, easily identified for its sleek and minimalist aesthetic.

Based in Berlin, Tina Lutz gives up her expert tips for an unforgettable trip.


Essential items to pack…

Sneakers!

The best time to visit Berlin is…

In the summer, when the city turns from inside to out.

Our first pitstop should be…

The Store X on the ground floor of Soho House to get into the groove. It’s huge and offers designer clothes, rare books, magazines, and presents. You can also recharge with delicious food or just a coffee.

For an early morning workout head to…

A run in Tiergarten and along the Spree river.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

SO/ Berlin Das Stue, when I want something transporting and remote, or Soho House Berlin if I want to be where it’s happening.

Where should we go for breakfast?

Daluma in Mitte. It’s a great vegan restaurant that serves delicious bowls and juices.

 

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How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Paris Bar is a beautiful bohemian place in Charlottenburg with lots of history and charm, serving classic French food.

And for dinner with friends?

Head to Kin Dee and enjoy my friend Dalad’s delicious Thai food. Her Michelin star is well deserved!

A must-try spot for date night?

There is nothing better than to have a schnitzel! The best schnitzel in town can be found at Borchardt. The restaurant is a true classic – old school, and cool. If the date is not going well, people watching will keep you occupied.

Your favourite restaurant in town?

My favourite blow-out restaurant is Mrs Robinson’s. It’s a slow-food restaurant by Israeli chef, Ben Zviel. Get ready for a taste sensation and revolution!

My favourite budget restaurant is Prater Biergarten, located in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. It’s a beautiful place under trees, ideal for long summer evenings.

Where should we head post-dinner?

Head to Victoria Bar, a 20 year-old institution. The obscure entrance is easy to miss – don’t be fooled that it looks closed – ring the bell to be let in.

The drink to order at the bar?

A Dark ‘N’ Stormy, because that’s what Berlin is!

The best place to treat yourself?

At the food department of the famous department store KaDeWe, located on the top floor. It’s a great place to take a break from sightseeing and shopping, offering endless food options and delicacies.

The best place for people watching…

Grill Royal is a beautiful (and expensive) restaurant on the river Spree in Mitte. This is where movie stars go for dinner when in town, and they are right, because the food is delicious.

The cultural spot to rave about…

Definitely the Boros Foundation: an impressive private contemporary-art collection housed in an old converted bunker in Mitte. Make sure to reserve far in advance.

For great shopping head to…

Andreas Murkudis. It’s the best designer fashion store in Berlin, hidden in the back of a courtyard.

Your favourite neighbourhood is…

Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Mitte, and Prenzlauer Berg. They are very different from one another, almost feeling like four different cities.

 

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The place only locals know about is…

Harry Lehmann, a store that sells perfume by weight as well as silk flowers.

Great day trips include…

A boat tour on the Spree going through the endless rivers and canals around Berlin. Berlin has more bridges than Venice! You can find departure points all along the Spree.

For the best views head to…

Enjoy the amazing views from the revolving restaurant in the Berlin TV Tower. The interior design has not changed since the tower opened in 1969 in East Berlin, it’s an amazing step back in time. It’s best to go around sunset.

For a change of pace try…

It’s hard to get an entrance reservation for the Reichstag as it is booked for months in advance. A great way to get access is to book a table at the rooftop restaurant, Käfer, which has an incredible view, and allows you to visit the Reichstag after your meal. The entry is free.

A book to read before we go (or while we’re there)?

The best Berlin guide books are by CeeCee Berlin. You can also sign up for the weekly newsletters, which inform you about cultural events and restaurant openings.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Go to Museum Island, which houses five museums including my favourite: The Neues Museum. You can climb to the top of the dome for a great view and then visit the beautifully renovated museum by David Chipperfield.

What’s your Berlin secret?

I love visiting the Feuerle Collection in an abandoned bunker combining the great architecture of John Pawson with Asian art and furniture.

In a word Berlin is…

Electrifying.

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