I’m excited to continue my Petits Délices series after a little break, and what better way to reintroduce it than with my recent trip to Berlin! In case you didn’t know, Berlin is one hell of a cool city. It’s seriously über cool, and I absolutely love it. I’m currently writing a series of vegan travel guides and as part of my research I’m heading to some of the most fantastic cities in Europe to discover their vegan scenes and what they have to offer on the eco and sustainability front – all, of course, with a touch of luxury thrown in there as well. Berlin was first on the list!
My trip to Berlin (did you know I was born there?) was in collaboration with Visit Berlin, who were so kind and helpful in organising everything for me. If you’re planning a trip to the Berlin capital, then I really recommend you take advantage of the Welcome Card, which enables you to travel on the trams, trains and buses all over Berlin. There’s even an option to include travel to Potsdam as well as the city centre too. You can pick between the different options depending on the length of your stay, and you also get discount on tours and attractions! I flew into Berlin Tegel airport so I had to get a bus, train and tram to my hotel, but itwas so easy with the card, and everything was on time and ran like clockwork – I love efficiency! Buy your ticket here.
I stayed in the beautiful Almodóvar Hotel, which is an organic, totally vegetarian (mostly vegan actually) hotel located in the trendy area of Friedrichshain. I’m going to be doing a full review of the hotel which will be live very soon, but let me just say that it really was a fantastic place to stay. The hotel itself is eco-chic, with plenty of sustainably-sourced wood decorating the rooms and the hotel in general. It’s very much a design hotel, as well as being a leader in sustainable accommodation and ethical hosting, and there seems to be a real sense of pride about taking into consideration the environmental impacts of the food it offers, the cleaning products used and of course a dedication to energy efficiency.
I also want to give a shout out to the lovely Maja from Vegan Tours Berlin, who showed me around the very cool area of Kreuzberg. Not only is the location incredibly vegan-friendly (with vegan places aplenty and most standard eateries offering plenty vegan options) but the whole scene and ethics of Kreuzberg highlights that people here are actually bothered by what goes on in the world, and are strong proponents of human rights, animal rights, equality for all, and reduced capitalism! After our tour, I was really inspired… as so much of my work is online, it was amazing to connect with people who care about the same things that I care about, and it gave me fresh hope that when we work together, real impact can happen and we can make a difference. All we need to do is stand up for what we believe in and when one person does this, others will follow, action will take place and change will happen.
Stay tuned for more Berlin posts, but for now please enjoy a selection of photographs from my trip. All the city guides will be available separately later this year. If you’d like to enjoy them all in one place, then you can pre-order my book The Contemporary Vegan here.