Berlin, Germany
Dadi, 29
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You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Bon Iver - bloodbank/ Rodriguez - I think of you/ Alexi Murdoch - Orange Sky/ Sade - Ordinary Love/

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Shameless. Mad Men. Rick & Morty.

Name some spots in Berlin that are good for a Tinder date.

I don't know what tinder is but after googling it, I would say Neni for impressive food and a nice view, the monkey bar on the other side to get some drinks and - the Bikini Hotel also offers nice rooms to stay, in case you don't want to bring your date to your not so tidy single apartment :D

Who’s your hero and where in Berlin would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero? Definitely my best friend and I'd bring her to Schlachtensee for a nice walk and coffee after at Frau Lüske in Lichterfelde.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I am very minimalistic, no prints or fancy stuff on clothes. I also don't own infinite pieces but am happy about great quality. Filippa K I love very much, this clean and timeless design that lasts for a while really appeals to me.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Definitely Steglitz!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I am from a small town, so it's super convenient that literally EVERYTHING can be delivered. Oh, and you can go to the club in the morning and during the day instead of staying awake late :D

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Berlin and where did you get it?

At Grill Royal. Not extreme, but a really really great steak (that was my once-a-year craving for meat, I usually eat vegetarian). The story is, we were waiting literally forever for our food and I got already a little mad, like "hungry-mad", but it was absolutely worth the waiting and at the end I just wanted to clap my hands for this well made piece of luxury.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Berlin that you particularly like?

There is this really good and tiny ice cream & cake place in Steglitz, on one of the little streets right beside Schloßstraße (Muthesiusstraße 1). It's called Nunzio and I discovered it by accident. All their little treats are amazing, but there's nothing better than homemade pastries, isn't there?

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Berlin? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Restaurant: Grill Royal. I got a really really excellent steak. About 40 EUR I think. Hotel: Grand Hyatt, about 230 EUR/night. It was nice, very good service, spacious rooms, not super new though. I liked the Steigenberger Hotel at Kanzleramt lots - it is really new, their Junior Suites are beautiful and their breakfast was awesome! About 250 EUR/night.

What restaurant in Berlin looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Hamy. It is this little Vietnamese place at Hermannplatz, a very busy area, and their food is just so delicious! And not pricy at all. You will get a great dish for only about 5 EUR.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Berlin? Which one do you like?

I don't know if it's the best cocktail in Berlin, but a place I love is monkey bar at the bikini hotel. The view, the interior, the atmosphere high above Berlin with live DJs makes it really cool. Favorite cocktail: Monkey Monk, it has gin and lime and mint in it, I love the fresh taste lots!

Where would you take your partner in Berlin if you wanted to really pamper them?

Aspria Spa or Vabali.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Laugenbretzel. These are great if you like soft, salty bread that doesn't need anything on it - maybe a tiny bit of butter, but that's it. Perfect!! Not a snack, but definitely something you should try: Club Mate. It's a fizzy drink that doesn't really taste like anything. It reminds me a little bit of dry fields in the summer :D Goes well with vodka.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Berlin?


What’s the one place you think is underrated in Berlin?

Potsdam! No, really. If you are in Berlin, take the S-Bahn and go visit this dreamy town right next to the big crazy city. You can have the most beautiful walks in their green areas, visit the Pfaueninsel and lots of pretty coffee shops and super decadent restaurants. Also, the Filmpark Babelsberg is super interesting for a half-day trip!

What are the Berlin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Brandenburger Tor, Tiergarten, Gedächtniskirche & Kurfürstendamm, Museumsinsel, Hackesche Höfe/Hackescher Markt.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Berlin. How do you spend it?

With all of my favorite people at a very long brunch (I'll let them pick where) and lots of great coffee and talks.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Tel Aviv. Not for vacation, it feels more like a visit to a "warmer home". Why? The people, the food, the vibe, the beach and the pastel colored sky. And, that I basically can walk everywhere.

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