Cowshed Spa Soho sanctuary

Nowhere is the jet-setting class’ lap of luxury more apparent in Berlin than the sumptuous, and innovatively appointed Cowshed Spa. Nestled snugly in the basement floor of Soho House, the facilities include a large, exquisitely tiled Hamam; five private chambers to receive a wellness massage with one of Cowshed’s highly skilled physiotherapists; a come-hither sauna and steam room for lavish relaxation; as well as comfortable leather recliners into which you can sink for a manicure or pedicure. Plus, the spa boasts its very own line of products crafted from the highest quality organic, wild-crafted ingredients sourced from locations around the world.

Cowshed—much like Soho House—embodies a certain manner and lifestyle. Unlike typical spas, nothing about this place is saccharine or corny in the least. This little den of pleasure is imminently hip, with a warm, beckoning ambiance—the sort of place where you meet up with your friends and and kick back.

Markt am Winterfeldtplatz Grade A groceries

Stretching past the shadow of the St. Matthias Kirche, this beloved Schöneberg mainstay is a magnet for food-fanatics and locals alike, as well as enamouring all chancers who happen upon the twice-weekly hustle and bustle. With a nigh on endless bounty of cheeses, jams, honeys, meats and an abundance of other colorful produce, the joy here is to be had in wondering—indulging in a little (though more likely a lot of) try before you buy.

Aside from a little high-grade grocery shopping, Markt am Winterfeldtplatz is a great spot to grab some lunchtime eats, with Thai soup stalls vying with Pelmeni, fresh smoked fish and gourmet sausage stands for the chance to make their mark on your taste buds. Proceed with caution though—there’s little to stop you going overboard at this Berlin smorgasbord.

Britzer Garten Mary, Mary, quite contrary...

There’s no escaping it, Berlin isn’t the most colourful spectacle in Winter—is that yet more grey I see on the horizon? So, when spring does finally decide to man up, shake off it’s 9-month hangover and drag itself out of bed, it’s only natural that you’d be craving a bit of colour as winter finally abates.

As if it knew, the Britzer Garten, voted one of Germany’s top-ten most beautiful gardens in 2002, is there to oblige—right on cue. In April, a 2km trail of this 90-hectare swathe of parkland explodes into life as hundreds of thousands of tulips come into bloom, splattering it’s green canvas with reds, purples, yellows and whites. And once the tulips have blown their wad, 10,000 dahlias are there to take up the baton come August, ensuring a comprehensive natural colour fix to last you through until next spring.

Spree-Arche Float on water

It might sound like a myth, but somewhere nestled in a leafy patch of Köpenick, a houseboat floats on the Müggelspree and hikers toast to summer.

It’s both a restaurant—a pit stop for those trekking along the 700-meter Muggelschlösschenweg—and a labor of love from Frank Cotte, the tan, broad-chested owner of the Spree Arche who built the two-story wooden house, veranda, floors and tables included, with his own two hands. With four anchors stationing the boat mid-water, the restaurant produces uncompromised seasonal fare like bouletten over diced potato salad or generous skewered shrimp with tzaziki. Add a chilled Radler beer and a hot Berlin day, and it becomes nothing short of a cruisecation.

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