Berlin, Germany
Maikel, 25
Healthcare Startup
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am currently working for a healthcare startup, bringing better technology to people in need.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I would say that has to be "How I met your mother". There is no tv show that teaches you better about life in all its little details. But everything after season 6 was total BS!

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

I think going to an Escape Room is the perfect way to start a date. You see after a couple of minutes if you click or not.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

On vacation I try to find some local shops that have cool stuff. Otherwise Zara is my main fashion destination.

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

Pankow, because the only time I went there was at my brother's wedding. I think that's the part of the town no one will ever be found dead in.

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

I love to go to Wannsee, Haubentaucher or Badeschiff. They're great places for swimming! But the weather in Berlin can be very tricky so that i don't get to go there as often as i would like to.

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

Frog legs at an Asian restaurant. It's worth the experience.

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

There is some kind of a hidden restaurant I really like. It's called Goldener Hahn and it really looks not too special, but when you go inside, you'll get some amazing food.

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?

Grill Royal probably - A steak there is between 80 - 100 €. But in my opinion it's very overrated.

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

Lon Men! Looks like a very cheap place to get food poisoning - but is very very tasty!! Funny thing, they renovated the whole place some weeks ago and it still looks exactly the same - not sure what they did there.

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

Amano Rooftop Bar - all cocktails there are great and worth a try.

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

893 Ryotei, it's a great restaurant for a date, because it has a very private atmosphere to get to know the person who's with you.

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

There are really no snacks anymore that you can only get in Germany, but I like the new Knoppers Bar very much.

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

I think Grill Royal is highly overrated! Too expensive and nothing in return.

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

I think the Thai Park is highly underrated. It's really good and authentic food.

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

You really need to see Mauerpark on sundays. It's the ultimative Berlin experience.

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

I'd make a scooter tour to my favorite restaurants.

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

Barcelona is my fav destination in Europe. On one hand you've got a great beach there, and you can swim in the water, but on the other hand, you have a vibrant city full of interesting people, restaurants, bars and clubs.

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