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Book A Local, some highlights from a guided tour in Berlin

I have so many great pictures and places from my Berlin trip that I want to share with you, but let's start with my first day there. I booked a guide to take me around the city, through a site called Plus One Berlin. The concept is this: You tell them about your interests and how much time you have, and you get to pick your guide from their list of "locals" ( = Berlin inhabitants who are all dying to show you the best spots around the city) to take you around for a day. I found a perfect match for me, a design student named Marianna who shared my interests in architecture, interiors, minimalist style and cool urban spaces.
 
We started with breakfast at a cozy café called A.Horn where we made plans of what to do during our day together. I highly recommend their banana bread, served with greek yoghurt, a sliced banana and sunflower seeds.
 
 

 
 
After a walk along the river and a short metro ride we arrived in Kreuzberg where we went to Kunstraum at Mariannenplatz. It's an old hospital, later turned into an exhibition space. The halls are all decorated with colorful murals, and there are exciting things going on in every corner.
 
 


 
 
Then we took a walk along the remains of the Berlin wall, and headed for an art gallery which unfortunately was closed. But instead we found two wonderful shops! The first was Supergrau, a very minimalist space showing amazing furniture and products. I really liked their distressed tile wall, and fell in love with this table lamp with a massive marble base.
 
 


 
 
The second shop, Parkhaus, was a bit homier, with a great selection of modern products mixed with antique wooden furniture. The entire space, including the ceilings, was painted in a very relaxing shade of gray, which really made the products stand out.
 
 


 
 
After walking around in this beautiful area we had a nice coffee at Oslo Kaffebar (check out the website, as I didn't get any good pics in there), before it was time to say goodbye. I can highly recommend "booking a local", as it felt more like meeting a friend who really understood what you would want to see in this new city, than going on some guided tour. I had a great time, and I really wish this service was available in every city!
 
Plus One Berlin also has an apartment that you can rent for your stay in Berlin, to make you feel even more like a local. It is beautifully designed by two local architects, Paola Bagna of Spamroom in collaboration with JP Coss of CossA. The 42 sqm studio houses everything you could need in a home away from home, like a "games drawer" with ping pong rackets, a fully equipped kitchenette, flat-screen tv, desk area, and a fridge stocked with surprise food.
 


 
 
 


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