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No sleep till Berlin.

Jul 13th, 2011 | Categories: Berlin, Travel | by Michael Williams

If you haven’t ever been to Berlin (or haven’t been in a some while), then you need to do yourself a favor and visit. The city has gone through such a dramatic transformation and development over the past few years, it is remarkable. The city also has an energy that, to me, is unmatched on the Continent. The food is good, the museums are good, the style is good, and the place is semi-affordable (even with the Dollar exchange pain that we Americans are used to).

I had the pleasure of spending last week in the expansive German city and below are some of the sights from my trip. In addition to what you see here (and a substantial bit of these photos have been appearing on my Instagram @acontinuouslean), I also visited a few shops and will report more on that shortly. If Europe is in your future travel plans, be sure to spend some time in Berlin, you won’t be sorry.

To be fair, this was in Newark, New Jersey. But I bet it came from Germany.

Early morning coffee at Soho house.

Americana in Berlin.

ProTip: Use the MyTaxi app to hail a cab. Makes life easy.

1966 Chevy C-10.

Manufactum gets my vote for best store in Berlin.


You can tell if you are in East Berlin when the crosswalk men wear hats.

Comments: 36

36 Comments to “No sleep till Berlin.”

  1. FAME
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 11:04 AM

    Great photos. I only wish we have a similar app to MyTaxi up here in Canada!

  2. StriversRowUSA
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 11:20 AM

    Great photos — Berlin looks amazing. And the Red Wing Shoes ad is awesome as well.

  3. egon
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 11:24 AM

    I love the hats on the cross-walking gentleman!

  4. Brian E.
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 11:51 AM

    Just went to Berlin in May with my sister. Unbelieveable city. Unparalleled energy as Herr Williams noted.

    If you are a history buff, hit up the Red Berlin tour with Mike from Fascinating way to see the city and learn about the legacy of Communism.

    For neighborhoods, hit up Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, and Neukolln for nightlife and food (Turkish, Indian, and Thai especially). Also, rent a bike.

  5. Grampian Mountains
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 11:56 AM

    Hah! I noticed the hats last time I was there but never knew why, cracking. I’m flying to Berlin tomorrow and have been before but there’s so much to see… any chance of a quick list of other recommended stores and places of interest, my trust in you and my Google Maps will do the rest.

  6. Ramalhoni
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 12:27 PM

    Great pics.. I also love Berlin, I’ve been there a couple of times, but it was too long ago. I’ve heard about the great transformation, and I’ve been meaning to go there fore some time now. With you comment, I’m thinking this september I’ll be there.
    Were the pics taken with the Fuji x 100? They look so nice!…

  7. Michael Williams
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 12:30 PM

    All photos taken with the Fujifilm X100!

  8. jiheison
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 12:51 PM

    That schnitzel pic is testing my vegetarian resolve.

  9. Ramalhoni
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 12:55 PM

    Thanx for the answer Michael.. I gotta get me one of those! Good thing I got my birthday coming up ! ;) lol

  10. Chris
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 2:20 PM

    Michael, are you an interhouse member of the Soho House group?

    or can the public walk into the Berlin one?

  11. Michael Williams
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 2:22 PM

    I’m not a member of Soho House, but my friends are. So you need a member to take you in Berlin (just like the other clubs). But I think you can stay in the hotel without a membership (which seems like the best way to play it).

  12. Robert Marshall
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 3:15 PM

    Awesome pictures! I need to get to Berlin soon!

  13. Peter
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 3:51 PM

    Manufactum has a great web site, too. Not sure if they ship to USA, though. Lots of stuff you didn’t know you needed…

  14. ShaneBlagg
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 4:01 PM

    I really like your photo’s, they have a “look” to them.

  15. Mat
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 4:27 PM

    Love the place!

    If you like your track bikes—Keirin Berlin

    and art books and self published printed matter:
    Motto Berlin

    for your contemporary photographyC/O Gallery is worth a visit:


    I’ve used this twice for apartment search for the stay… pay on arrival.

  16. Ray Hull
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 4:38 PM

    Red Wing “Purpose-Build”…they got the hyphen right, but blew it on the verb tense.

    And speaking of hyphens: Connect those dotted lines on the first shot….soooooo well Teutonic engineered (to death).

    Was just reading today that the new Portra 400 is the hot all-purpose and imminently SCANNABLE film that will make you want to pick up your film equipment again…and what better place to employ my Rolleis than Berlin? Thx. for the tour tip.

  17. Sir Fopling Flutter
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 5:06 PM

    Manufactum isn’t just the best store in Berlin, but one of the best stores in the world. Really an excellent place. If you’re not in Berlin, they have stores in a few other German cities and also a great catalogue.

    Speaking of shopping, did you make it to the Ampelmann store? An entire store based on the little man wearing the hat on the traffic lights.

  18. lisa
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 5:49 PM

    your redwing photo reminds me of this store here in japan

  19. Michael Williams
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 5:51 PM

    Made in the World is pretty amazing.

  20. pr
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 6:10 PM

    I take it you have been to every city in Europe?

  21. Michael Williams
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 6:11 PM

    Every city worth visiting.

  22. Jon Callum
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 7:15 PM


    Really like the iPad wallpaper. Is the image online? Or did you make it yourself?


  23. Bradley Thompson
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 7:16 PM

    So jealous of your visit to Manufactum! Pick up anything notable?

  24. Michael Williams
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 9:13 PM

    The wallpaper is a map i bought on eBay and scanned.

  25. Michael Williams
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 9:14 PM

    No, I didn’t buy anything there, but I wanted a bunch of stuff. Awesome store.

  26. Joy
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 10:22 PM

    Thanks for whetting my appetite. I loved this.

  27. Dana
    on Jul 14th, 2011
    @ 12:23 AM

    Bearlin, Leanin, Comein, Squalin, Somethin, Wheatthin. Anyway, could’ve been better.

  28. Brohammas
    on Jul 14th, 2011
    @ 2:23 PM

    “Beat a body down with a ‘luminum bat”

  29. kylephillips
    on Jul 14th, 2011
    @ 3:38 PM

    Just left Berlin today. Now in Prague. What a city!

  30. Alyce
    on Jul 14th, 2011
    @ 6:45 PM

    Did you know that this week’s NY Mag is also featuring Berlin? I guess great minds think alike.

  31. Haute Americana
    on Jul 15th, 2011
    @ 10:18 AM

    I feel in love with Berlin when I was there in 2006. I was there for the Love Parade which was definitely an experience all on its own.

  32. Sir Fopling Flutter
    on Jul 15th, 2011
    @ 1:40 PM

    The NY Times also has a feature on the greatest cities in Europe, with a lot of people pushing for Berlin.

  33. David Wright
    on Jul 15th, 2011
    @ 4:49 PM

    Spotting the ex Nazi bulidings is interesting eg the Air Ministry, Propaganda Ministry, Tempelhof. Shame the flak towers in the parks were demolished. And a visit to the ‘Topography of Terror’ on what was Prinzalbrechtstrasse to put in perspective what odious f-ks the Nazis were.

  34. Daniel
    on Jul 15th, 2011
    @ 8:55 PM

    Great pics and Manufactum is really great. They’re focussed on vintage stuff produced in a traditional manner, e.g. from abbeys, freelance farms, tailors or winemakers and stuff. Worth a visit, also in Hamburg (which is even more beautiful than Berlin)!

  35. Alexej
    on Jul 16th, 2011
    @ 10:45 AM

    Good stores:
    14 oz (Quality clothing, selvage denim, footwear)
    Burg & Schild (Biker-americana, high end japanese denim, american made clothing)

    If you’re in Hamburg, visit Rudolph Beaufays, who sells great vintage clothes from england. Highly trad. Check websites for adresses.

  36. Aaron
    on Jul 19th, 2011
    @ 2:34 PM

    Every city worth visiting? I take it you’ve been to Copenhagen then?!