For as long as I’ve been living in Berlin (more than nine years!) I’ve been writing about Berlin. This scarred, unruly, beautifully complicated and endlessly inspiring city I call home is both my muse and one of my favourite subjects. On this blog and elsewhere, I’ve been lucky to have many opportunities to tell the story of my Berlin, in my own words.
And so it was especially thrilling to spend a good chunk of this year putting those words into book form. The HUNT Berlin is the latest addition to the growing HUNT Guide series, covering cities all over the world, from Rio de Janeiro to New Orleans, Hong Kong to Sydney. The guides skip the typical tourist stuff to focus instead on small, unique, independently and locally owned businesses — shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, music venues and more — that offer some special local flavour.
In The HUNT Berlin, I wrote about more than 120 of my favourite places all across the city, from Wilmersdorf to Wedding and everywhere in between. Like Circus Lemke, one of the best little bars in Neukölln, as far as I’m concerned, and conveniently right near my house…
There’s also Briefmarken Weine, a lovely Italian wine bar that took over the old stamp shop on Karl-Marx-Allee that I blogged about in 2014.
Beautiful design is also part of the HUNT Guide ethos, so not only did the venues I featured have to be good-looking in order to make the cut, but the book itself turned out pretty snazzy too — thanks to the publishers’ design team.
Visit the HUNT Guides website for more info, including a list of stockists worldwide. Berlin stockists to be announced soon, but in the meantime, you can always order it on good old Amazon, or in the Gatehouse Publishing online shop. (Use the promo code FESTIVE10 to get 10% off until Dec. 31, 2016.)