A really nice restaurant in the heart of Berlin, next to the Berlin Zoo or next to the Bikini Berlin. You can walk there from the train station Zoologischer Garten or Wittenbergplatz. The KaDeWe is often a place to be for tourist so when you are there already you can make a stop at one of my favorite restaurants. With English they don’t have any problem and also have English menus. When you are more than two persons you should make a reservation because it is always full there. Around noon you can be lucky and find a place there but for the evening better make a call. Check their site here!
You get there amazing fresh Pasta and Pizza. The Pizza is gigantic and super delicious! You can also order a half Pizza because most of the people cannot eat the whole. My boyfriend and I always share one Pizza mostly BBQ Chicken and our favorite Pasta ( Orecchiette di Manzo al Limone) it is amazing! I die all the time when I eat this pasta because it tastes so delicious. As dessert, you have to try the chocolate soufflé with mango-passion sorbet. It is the perfect dish for me because I love chocolate, and mango is one of my favorite fruits and the combination is really good.
They have fresh homemade lemonade there and that taste really good and is the perfect refreshing for summer. My favourite lemonade is mango with mint. I did not taste much of the alcoholic drinks, because most of the time I am there for lunch. The only thing I tasted was the Hugo that was really good and with fresh mint. For sure they have all normal alcohol free drinks but I recommend the lemonade because Cola you can drink everywhere.
The prices are more than okay. The price is worth the place and the good food. Normally when you eat at a nice restaurant around the Ku’damm you pay much more for a dish but here are the prices in a normal range. For a main dish you pay around 10 to 20 € and this is not much As I said the pizza is gigantic and the pasta also has good portions. Drinks also have normal prices for the Hugo you pay 5,50€.
So after the shopping at the Ku’damm, you can walk to the L’osteria and enjoy a delicious meal there or take a refreshing drink!
I am totally in love with this bar! The atmosphere is amazing and the service is good. The only problem is that it is always full there so it is a good idea to call and make a reservation if you are more than 3 people. Sometimes you can be lucky and still get a place but especially at the weekend, you should make a reservation (You can also book a table online here or you can call them). They have more locations in Germany but I just have been in the in Berlin one. The bar is located in the Kantstraße and it is near from the S & U Zoologischer Garten and U-Kurfürstendamm. Check the location here. This place is the perfect start for a nice evening. The music gets you in party mood, the service is nice and fun, the drinks are amazing and the whole location is just great. The chairs are not the most comfortable ones but this you forget really fast after the first zip from your amazing cocktail! 😉
Food & Drinks
The cocktails are just amazing! Every drink I took there til now was really tasty. I am more this fresh and fruity kind of person when it comes to drinks, and trust me they have much of this. My boyfriend likes cocktails with whipped cream and he says that these are also very good. Sausalitos use good alcohol and this you taste in the cocktails, you really can taste that they do not use the cheap stuff. They use like Smirnoff, Absolut, Sierra Tequila and so on. After two cocktails I often feel already dizzy sometimes after one big one. They have two sizes in the drinks and I nearly always take the big one. A really cool thing is that they do not use normal fruits to decorate the cocktails, they use sweets like marshmallows and this is really fun. Now to the food! At first, you need to visit the Taco Tuesday! You get a taco for 1€ with chili con carne, chicken, chicken barbecue or with vegetables and they taste really nice for just 1€. I do not remember how much my friends and I ordered at this day but it was much and when the bartender asked if we want one last thing because the kitchen will close we ordered more tacos. So we were really in love with this cheap sins. The Fingerfood-Sampler was also really nice and my boyfriend and I fought for every piece with each other. I did not eat there for real yet but the starter and the finger food I tried were really good. It is always such a pleasure to eat and drinks there. BTW they also make cocktails to go! 😉
Now we come to the money part. If you live in Berlin and know how cheap you can get cocktails this bar has kind of expensive prices. Yes, you can find bars where you just pay 3,90 € for a cocktail but for me, it is important how bars make their cocktails. In Sausalitos I know they use good stuff and make alcohol inside. Some weeks ago I was in a bar and a cocktail was 4,50€ and after 3 cocktails I did not feel any effect from alcohol and the drinks did not taste so good. So it is your own choice if you would like to pay more and also get more or pay little and get little. For sure there are bars that have cheaper prices and good quality but I recommend this bar so much because it is my absolute favorite bar in Berlin right now. A normal cocktail cost around 7-8 € and a large one start from 10€. I always take the large one because I have the feeling that I get more for the money, but maybe it is just in my head. The food has a normal price range. You get a main dish for around 10€ and some snacks from 5€. I really can recommend the Fingerfood-Sampler for more people for two hungry people, because it was so delicious.
To be honest I like to pay for everything there and the people around me also. In the beginning, when some of my friends saw the prices they were like “oh okay…”, but after they got they things they were more than satisfied because they know cocktails for 4,50€ and the cocktails they get at Sausalitos. So one thing I can say: I will be there whenever I can!
And btw this Bar is just a few steps away from The Pearl Berlin! This is one of my favourite Clubs here in Berlin! Check The Pearl here!
The Pearl in Berlin is a club I remembered again a few month ago. 2 years ago I was there before but I totally forgot about this club. This has one reason: it is a little bit more fancy club and I am most of the time more for clubs where I do not have to wear high heels.
It is near to the train station S+U Zoologischer Garten or U Kurfürstenstraße, from both you walk around 5 to 10 minutes. Around the club, itself are much bars and restaurants where you can go before. The Pearl itself also opens earlier and you can enjoy some drinks before the dance floor opens. The dance floor opens around midnight and often everybody is already waiting for it. The location is good. After the Entrance and ID control you go downstairs there is also the wardrobe where you can leave your jacket. Then you come to the lounge there are some seats and tables to relax and a big round bar in the middle of the room, sometimes there is also a dancefloor but of the time it is more the relaxing area but for sure they still play music. From this lounge, you go trough to a floor to the dance floor that has a gigantic VIP area, a bar for sure, small smoking area and the most important; the dance floor. Sometimes when it gets to full in the club it is quite tight on the dancefloor. The toilets are clean there and they have much so I never stood there in line, you come there from the dancefloor and from the lounge.
For me, the most important thing in a club is the music. Everybody have a different taste in music, mine is Hip Hop and R’n’B and The Pearl play most of their events this kind of music. In the beginning, the music is always really nice and I can dance dance dance … But often after a while, the Dj switch too often the music or the music gets to electric for me. Everybody is different in this but I write about my opinion and often I leave The Pearl latest 3 am because the music is not my taste anymore. In general, I like the music and sometimes the music is longer good and sometimes it gets worse quite fast, I don’t know on what this depends on.
I already wrote that the club is a little bit fancier. The dress code is always “Dress like it’s your first date with us”, now the question is what this means. To be honest, I was there also with sneakers before, they are not so strict with girls. For men, it is the best to wear a shirt and I do not mean a T-shirt, I mean a real shirt and clean shoes, but you can also try it with a normal t-shirt. My Boyfriend came in with long jeans and a t-shirt last time. Let’s say like this you should not look like you just went out to go to the supermarket.
The entry is quite cheap when you know how to get it cheap. In Berlin, we have a website that helps you to get on the guestlist in the clubs and because of this, you pay much less. For example for Friday the normal entrance is 10€ but when you write yourself on the guest list before 6 pm you just pay 5€ til 1 am. So before you go to any club in Berlin you can check if they are on this website and you can also check what clubs have open and what kind of music is playing there! So check here before you go to a party! The drinks are a little bit more expensive than in some other clubs. The Pearl is a little bit fancier and that is why the prices are also a little bit more “fancy” but it is still okay. For a cocktail, you pay around 10€ depending on what cocktail, for vodka energy you pay 8€. The wardrobe cost 2€ per piece.
On every Thursday there is the Afterwork party at the Pearl and I tried it last week and it was really amazing. My boyfriend and I were really impressed. Normally they open 6 pm but at this day, because it was celebration day in Germany they opened at 8 pm. With our digital club card, we had free entrance, that was a perfect start. It was really full from the beginning but we found a place to sit. My boyfriend got some drinks for us, what took a little bit time because the bar was quite full but he just paid 7€ for two Aperol Spritz! At the after work, it is half price on all drinks for a like 3 hours. The next amazing thing is the free finger food that tastes really good and normally you get like one time something from the finger food but the service was amazing. They walked around for many times so we got 3 times food. They had chicken with peanut ( what we did not taste because I am so allergic to peanuts), fried dumpling ( that tasted amazing!) and some biscuit with apple ( also really nice). While you enjoy the drinks and the food you get some live music that is a really good start for a party. From 9 pm the dance floor was open and the music was also good. The Dj switched too often the songs but it was still good. It was a really good party where you just could sit and talk or you to the dancefloor and dance. The people were really mixed also from the age. There is just one thing that disappointed us a little bit: the summer terrace, it is just some tables with chairs in front of the entrance. The rest we enjoyed really much and we hope that we have soon a chance again to go there!
I love chocolate! I am a really big chocolate lover and this is the perfect place for me! Sometimes all you need is chocolate or for the hot summer days a really nice ice cream. I think this is an amazing place for a first date or the second, third … it is just a nice place for a date! My boyfriend brought me 3 times there and I liked it every time!
They have more locations in Berlin but I was just in this coffee shop at the Kurfürstendamm. It is close to the train station U Uhlandstraße but it is not far away from the Zoologischer Garten. From the whole Ku’damm you can walk there and it will take maximum 20 minutes. The coffee shop itself is quite small and next to a hotel. In summer you also have seats and tables outside. So it is the perfect place to take an ice cream break in the summer from all the shopping at the Ku’damm.
What I can recommend for couples is the chocolate fondue for two. You get two glasses of champagne, fruits, cookies, nuts, and cute little scoops in 3 differents tastes and for sure the most important the chocolate! You can choose what kind of chocolate you want white, milk or dark. We always took milk and we really liked it. the fruits were fresh and good. For sure you get not always the same fruits, you get the fruits that are available at this season. The champagne was okay and the scoops are on something that cools them so they do not melt so fast. If you like to have something not so gigantic then you can also take cups with Ice cream or a milkshake. They have a really big menu and with that, I always have it hard to decide because everything sounds good. Even when you don’t chocolate it is a nice place to go because they do not have just chocolate. So this coffee shop is not just about chocolate! No, they also have many things with fruits for example milkshakes and for sure so much different types of scoops for nonchocoholics.
Now we come to the sad part. Yes, it is more expensive but no it is not something where you go every day. It is something special and the Kurfürstendamm is known for the high prices but to be honest I like to pay for things I know they are worth it. For this fondue for two, we paid 25 € and this offer is really okay for all the things you get for this price. And this is Häagen-Dazs, so it is a brand that is known for their higher prices. For the shakes, you pay around 5-8 € and for the cups, it really depends on how big and what is inside but it also starts at 5 and the maximum is around 15 €.
Everybody have to make their own experience with this cafe. I also read the reviews on Google and I saw that there were people that complained so much about this cafe but I am sorry all the I was there the service was really friendly and fast. They made everything good and I did not have a problem to pay this price. So I will go there again and enjoy the chocolate! A small tip when you plan to eat the fondue: do not wear white or maybe I am just a little unable to eat without making something on my clothes because I am so into the chocolate.