Berlin City Guide

Berlin is constantly re-inventing itself. A city that does it all and does it in an undeniably unique manner. With a flourishing creative scene, impressive nightlife, diverse cuisine and a fraught, rich and complex history, variety is guaranteed. 

With a distinct style that’s hard to miss, Berlin is one of the fashion capitals of Europe. From stores that curate house world-renowned brands to a flourishing vintage scene — there’s something for every style. Pilot’s favourite is Voo Store which is known for its carefully curated selection of avant-garde and emerging designers as well as top-end established brands. It’s a must-visit destination for those fashionably inclined. 

Berlin's nightlife is one of legends. The city is synonymous with techno music, with numerous clubs that cater to hard-core fans of the genre. Although the closure of the infamous Berghain could signal a change of taste — or more likely leave a space open for another club to fill. And if raving isn’t your scene, never fear. The nightlife scene in Berlin isn’t just limited to techno clubs. From local hangouts in Kreuzberg to rooftop bars in Mitte, there is something for everyone in Berlin's nightlife. A favourite spot to watch the sunset is Klunkerkranich, a rooftop bar with a relaxed atmosphere, panoramic views, and an eclectic mix of music, drinks, and food. 

For those looking for a more relaxed nightlife experience, Berlin also offers a number of bars and pubs. Kreuzberg, one of our favourite districts in the city, has numerous watering holes. Le Balto, the wine bar that opened in spring 2022. The new opening on Hobrechtstraße is bright and accessible, with a small but carefully curated selection of wines and a few books on the walls of the two airy rooms. Our favourite spot for a refreshing drop, and a great place to have a drink while waiting for a table at Gazzo and their mouth watering pizzas, conveniently located over the road. 

Berlin has a complex history that includes periods of great achievement and terrible tragedy, and it is important to acknowledge this when visiting. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Berlin Wall provide a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed during World War II and the Cold War, while also celebrating the resilience and perseverance of the people of Berlin. By engaging with this history and acknowledging the city's past, we can gain a greater appreciation for the culture of modern-day Berlin.

The Pilot City Guide: Berlin is a hand-picked collection of our favourites, including the best in food, drink, retail and fun.

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