A Perfect Day with… Andrew

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(above: The Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg)

So what are you up to this weekend? It is time once again to find out what a perfect day looks like to a member of the Circus team. This week we have Entertainment Manager, Andrew Rowley, who is going to take you down to the water’s edge, and for a few cheeky beers along the way…

UP IN TIME FOR BREAKFAST…

I would head south to Kreuzberg and the banks of the Landwehrkanal where you will find the lovely Cafe am Ufer (Paul-Linke-Ufer 42). Now, this cafe is nothing fancy or trendy but it has been making consistently good breakfasts for the best part of a decade, which are generous in size and very well priced. My perfect breakfast consists of a cappuccino and the “Bauernfrühstück” (Farmer’s Breakfast) – a delicious mix of eggs, potatoes, bacon and salad. Yum.

GOOD MORNING BERLIN…

As this is my perfect day, the sky is blue and the air is warm, so I would head out from the cafe for a walk along the Landwehrkanal. I think this stretch of water is one of the most beautiful spots in the city, somehow managing to combine peacefulness and vibrancy, and a great mix of people enjoying a variety of activities – whether walking the dog, sharing a picnic, reading books, playing petanque or simply soaking up the sun.

A SPOT OF LUNCH…

If I am down on the canal bank on a Tuesday or a Friday then I can load up on picnic supplies at the Turkish Market, complete with the hustle and bustle of eager vendors and hungry bargain hunters. I would especially recommend the olives and cheese, plus a loaf of Turkish bread… then all you need is a grassy spot by the water to relax, nibble, and watch the world go by. And maybe there is even time to pop into the Ankerklause, a little blue wooden boathouse on Kottbusser Damm, perfectly designed for a cheeky lunchtime beer.

THROUGH THE AFTERNOON…

As you might have guessed by now, my perfect day consists of exploring and hanging out by the water – and Berlin does have an amazingly intricate web of canals, rivers and lakes. After lunch I would head south to Wannsee and catch a boat from the foreshore, which makes its way down to Kohlhasenbrück, around the Pfaueninsel and back to Wannsee in a two-hour, seven-stop round trip. You will see some amazing architecture, including private villas, guesthouses and the odd church, whilst on the water you are likely to come across fishermen, rowers, pleasure cruisers and sail boats.

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(above: the boats at Wannsee)

SOMETHING FOR DINNER (AND BEYOND)…

Back into the centre of town for a bite to eat, and for a fast, yummy and well-priced dinner with a difference, head down the street from The Circus to White Trash Fast Food. This rock and roll joint is loaded with atmosphere, good tunes, great service and the best hamburgers in town. The Extreme Chilli-Cheese Burger comes highly recommended, but be warned; this place is massively popular so bookings are essential. Stick around after dinner for a set from whichever live band is rocking the joint that day and you will have the perfect recipe for the perfect end to the perfect day.

The Perfect Day series is a collection of suggestions of things to see and do in the city that have been chosen by, and are very personal to, different members of the Circus team. You can see more Perfect Days on the blog here.