OK “hipster” may be a slight exaggeration, but after just a week in Berlin, I definitely feel much more hip.
It started from the moment I arrived. I stayed in a fabulous art gallery inspired apartment that I found on Go with Oh. Located away from hotels, my stay actually gave me a chance to interact with locals. I started off slowly by having a cappuccino at the local hip cafe located directly across from my apartment. Not exactly earth shattering, but a good way to gently break me into hipsterdom.
Then I progressed by eating street food everyday. Street food is also available in Munich, where I live, but it has nothing on the street food of Berlin. I fell in love with the array of street food – Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese and my personal favorite Thai – all on the same block! I practically screamed hipster – or at least someone trying to grab a quick cheap bite to eat in Berlin.
My real hipster experience though didn’t occur until later in the week and was thanks to GetYourGuide when I was invited on a pub crawl. Now my pub crawling days have been over for….lets just say quite some time. But when in Berlin….so I said yes, feeling hipper already just from accepting the invitation. We started off in a place with eclectic live music, that was lined up out the door by 8:00 pm. Then we moved onto August II. This place was unbelievably cool. There was a doorbell to be let in and only a very small sign. If you aren’t hip enough, you 1) won’t even know that it exists and 2) won’t get in – simple as that. Turns out I was oozing so much hipsterness (chest puffed out with pride) that they even let me in wearing a not so hip full length knee brace – at least it matched my outfit – because yes I am that hip!
As if I couldn’t get any hipper, I was introduced to a Moscow Mule, one of the tastiest cocktails I have ever tried. If you haven’t heard of it then you’re obviously not hip like me – it’s the soon to be latest IT drink in Berlin. The fact that I hadn’t heard of it until earlier in the evening is just a minor detail that I will skip over, so moving on…
Next it was off to Clärchens Ballhaus which resembled a large ball room and where people were actually dancing to tango, which incidentally my friend Adam of Travels of Adam, a true hipster says is very IN at the moment in Berlin, along with swing dancing!
At around midnight though, this newbie hipster turned into a pumpkin – even the invitation to a very private VIP club that didn’t open until 1:00 couldn’t lure me into more hipsterdom…. I do live in Munich after all, which I love but isn’t exactly where all the hipsters are hanging out.
Still, it was nice to be a hipster in Berlin…even if it was just for a week!
Add to your hipsterdom by staying in a holiday apartment with Go with Oh like I did. They have over 2000 apartments in Berlin, many located in very hip areas.