Things to do in Charlottenburg, Western Berlin: Expert expat Victoria Cavanagh's suggestions


Victoria Cavanagh grew up in Melbourne’s South Yarra earlier than transferring to Zambia at 22 and spent the subsequent six years working for the UN in Africa and Italy. She moved to Berlin in 2016 for a job in an agricultural firm, and just lately relocated to Berlin’s Charlottenburg district. “It has such a special and old-world feel, but people don’t talk about it enough – or know enough about it.” she says.

SEE Huesken Antiques is my favorite retailer on Mommsen Strasse and I’ve by no means discovered one other fairly prefer it. There was a German designer whose profession spanned the Fifties-Eighties, and his complete assortment of 40,000 items was purchased by the proprietor, Norbert Huesken. Visiting is like stepping right into a treasure trove – you’ll be able to actually see the totally different many years via the designs. If it is raining, I go to a museum just like the Helmut Newton Foundation, and if it is sunny I’ll go for a motorbike journey to one of many many lakes solely 20 minutes away. See;

DO On Wednesdays between September and June, there’s a free lunchtime live performance on the Philmarmonie, which is a tremendous manner for working individuals to loosen up throughout their lunchbreak or for vacationers to expertise world-class concert events in a small and intimate setting. It normally options members of the Berlin Philharmonic in addition to instrumentalists from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Staatskapelle Berlin. See

EAT Rogacki is an establishment. The delicatessen has been round for nearly 100 years and was initially a fish smokehouse, however has expanded to a medium-size market corridor with meats, poultry, cheeses, baked items and salads. On Saturdays, I get pleasure from going to the canteen inside and having some wine and fish on the counter. I additionally love all of the Asian meals on Kant Strasse, which isn’t as widespread in Europe as in Australia. My favorite is Lon Men’s – a standard Taiwanese noodle home that is been there for the reason that Nineties. It took me about 4 years for the proprietor to lastly put my picture on the wall! See; lon-mens-noodle-house.enterprise.web site

DRINK I really like old style cocktail bars like Victoria Bar on Potsdamer Strasse. The space was historically the red-light district and has now grow to be the gallery district, with a definite old-world and really energetic really feel to it. I normally order a pisco bitter. Closer to my flat I additionally go to Paris Bar, the place each evening of the week appears like a Saturday evening. Don’t count on pleasant employees, however there’s at all times an fascinating blended crowd and the partitions are stuffed with work donated by artists over time. See; parisbar.web

AVOID High heels – it is a massive metropolis and you will be strolling tons. Comfort is king in Berlin.

THRIVE I spend my weekends wandering round totally different flea markets – Potsdamer Strasse des 17. Juni in Tiergarten, Fehrbelliner Platz in Wilmersdorf and Rathaus Schoneberg. Dress for the season, deliver money, sharpen your negotiating abilities.