Town-Tales: Berlin with Akalo
For our very first edition of our new blog-category "Town-Tales" we obviously find ourselves in Berlin and teamed up with the ultimate brand to match the ultimate city: Akalo is a New York City-based company giving us the solution to some of our most essential problems – for all work-vampires, day-drinkers, party-people and jet-setters. Akalo does not only cure your hangover-headache, it also reduces your jetlag and saves our Berlin home office-butts from our constant shortage of vitamin sun. Just patch yourself up before your business-travels or your wild night out and get a head start of the negative consequences. Akalo isn't here for compromises: It wants you to fully experience your social life and still be able to exhilarate at your work. We talked with Jake Stolarski, the founder of Akalo, about his favourite places and things to do on a Saturday in Berlin and how to keep the balance while getting the most out of it.
For Jake, there's no better way to start a Berlin day than to wake up, head to the park and play a game of pickup soccer with good friends – but isn't too fixated on the last part. Strangers quickly can become good friends over a round of pickup soccer. He usually goes to Tiergarten to get his late football career started. Tiergarten can be found in the middle of Berlin and reminds a little bit of a small central park with its proximity to Berlin's city life and some tourist-attractions. Here you can stroll around for hours, have an extensive picnic, engage in some sporty activities or, if you come later, take a beer with friends in a "Biergarten".
After your early morning sporting-session, Jake wants you to decompress with a 15-minute dip and a meditation in the liquid room sound bath. The Liquidrom is one of Berlin's most special architectural experience: While swimming or floating in one of the location's pools, you can listen to underwater-music. Additionally, the spa offers saunas, massages and even some electro music events with renowned DJs. Unwind from the city-noise and get your new Insta-post photo taken.
Images via Instagram
Having done all that with an empty stomach, you will need to get some calories in and, if you're like most people, the obligatory morning-coffee. Jake recommends Max Brown – a hotel at Kudamm – for a great cup of coffee and freshly baked bread made by its in-house bakery and restaurant Benedict. The breakfast lasts all day long and its menu encompasses German, Russian and Tel Avivian breakfast, eggballs (omelett balls), pancakes and, of course, eggs benedict in all variations imaginable. With a little wink, Jake says: "Here, you seem to always run into touring musicians you recognize. The last time I was there, it was Dev Hynes from Blood Orange."
Jake with Dev Hynes Images via Instagram
HOUSE OF SMALL WONDER
Another great option for some food is House of Small Wonder for a light brunch or lunch with a watermelon-feta salad or some zoodles. What makes the House of Small Wonder so special besides its warm and charming interior, reminding us of an urban jungle, is its passion for Asian-fusion kitchen: Get your eggs with wasabi-hollandaise or your spaghetti with shiso and seaweed. For Jake, the restaurant is linked with some positive nostalgia: It reminds him of his old neighbourhood in Williamsburg, where he lived next door to the only other restaurant location House of Small wonder has worldwide.
For some culture, walk the long corridor with the exit signs at Hamburger Bahnhof! It is a museum for modern art and part of the Berlin national gallery. The collections includes works from the likes of Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. At the moment Hamburger Bahnhof hosts the work of one of Germany's most renowned artists Katharina Grosse: Her work takes over the big hall of the museum and does not only cover the walls but expands onto the floor and ceiling of the space – paintings without limits. The exhibition "It wasn't us" can be visited until January 2021.
Image via Johann König
Now, put on an AKALO Hangover-Prevention Patch, before going to have: Tapas and wine with friends at Das Bonito, where the waiter decides the menu for you and you get to try a little bit of everything without having to choose. Das Bonito is not your typical Instagram-place, but convinces with neighbourhood-charm and attention to the food. Get some Spanish cheese, albondigas and gambas with aioli.
Jake with friends and family at Das Bonito
After that, go to 8mm bar for a nightcap Negroni and a side of the locally-made Melloch bitters shot. As we already learned about our guide Jake: He appreciates some random celebrity-walk ins: 8mm bar is not only famous for its great drinks but also to be the home away from home for some rockstars like Franz Ferdinand and Interpol. Here, you can turn the night into day with live DJ sets, concerts, affordable prices and a more than authentic atmosphere. But even the most iconic institutions have suffered from the pandemic, this is why 8mm is calling for support with its GoFundMe campaign. Have a look: You could get a shirt, a bottle of Melloch or even a lifetime of half-priced drinks!
The only thing left to do: Wake up hangover-free on Sunday to enjoy the rest of your perfect Berlin-weekend!
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