Partygoers head to Berlin for its edgy underground clubs. But the city’s just as exciting for cyclists. It’s flat, the roads are wide, and drivers are happy to accommodate those on two wheels – making cycling an ideal way to discover Berlin’s world-class architecture, pretty parks and famed restaurants. Our Online Marketing Executive – and resident Brazilian – Raphael Ruivo shows us his summer hotspots, by bike. Come along for the ride.
Set up your day with a visit to this must-be-spotted-at spinning studio. Try a class, stock up on the latest cycling gear, or enjoy a healthy breakfast at the adjoining My Goodness Kitchen. Raphael recommends their nutritious bowls or freshly made superfood smoothies – perfect cycling fuel.
“I cycle along here every day on my way into work, and I just love the architecture: the colonnade that surrounds the Alte Nationalgalerie, followed by contemporary buildings like the Galerie Bastian, designed by David Chipperfield. The saxophone player playing jazz songs at the Friedrichsbrücke really adds to the charm.”
Why hurry back to the city when you can spend a hot afternoon under lush trees? Better still, cool your feet in Viktoriapark’s waterfall: “The park really is an island of calm in the middle of Berlin. It’s perfect for a relaxed picnic, and the waterfall and city view from the top of the hill are both a must.”
Chocolate tahini, raspberry matcha and maple smoked coconut are some of the vegan options you can try at Brammibal’s Donuts – it’s one of edgy Kreuzberg’s most popular cafés. It’s right next to the Landwehr canal, and the perfect place for an afternoon sugar rush. The coffee menu here’s delicious (and dairy-free) too.
Donut in hand, take the time to stroll through this busy, waterfront market. “I often come here with friends on a sunny day, sometimes to buy a beer and sit on the grass by the canal. Or I buy olives, fresh flowers and fruits at the farmer's market – the prices are really reasonable. To me, this is one of the most beautiful places in Berlin, filled with nice restaurants and cafés to discover.”
A short ride away, via leafy streets and past tall townhouses, is Ora Restaurant. This is an Instagram fave in what used to be a 19th century apothecary, its eclectic style mixing original features and pine-green leather with cut glass. “The interior is so dreamy. It takes you back to a different time, but also feels very cosy. It’s a great place for catching up with friends over a cocktail.”
Article written by: Lisa Wenske
Photography by: Rebecca Crawford