Ask The Concierge

No­body knows the city bet­ter than your ex­pert concierge. Aykut Kan­bak, concierge at the Grand Hy­att Berlin, shares his in­sider tips.

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Aykut Kan­bak, concierge at the Grand Hy­att Berlin, knows how to re­lax and un­wind.

What does your per­fect Berlin day look like?

My per­fect day starts with a sleep-in and late break­fast at my fa­vorite cof­fee bar, Cof­fee Cult on Bergmannstraße. Af­ter­wards, I’ll grab my bike and ride through the mul­ti­cul­tural streets of the Kreuzberg and Neukölln dis­tricts to dis­cover the new­est hotspots. Around noon, I’ll have a quick lunch at Curry 36 be­fore re­lax­ing at the Liq­uidrom spa. In the evening, I’ll watch a movie at the newly ren­o­vated Zoo-Palast, fol­lowed by a leisurely Viet­namese din­ner at Saigon Green.

Any se­cret tips for Berlin vis­i­tors?

Bar Sch­warze Traube. This Kreuzberg bar’s mag­nif­i­cent bar­keeper won the “Ger­many’s Best Mixol­o­gist” prize in 2013. There is no menu – wait­ers sim­ply ask you for your pref­er­ences or mood and the bar­keeper will cre­ate some­thing spe­cial for you.

De­scribe Berlin in three words

Mul­ti­fac­eted, un­com­pli­cated, green.

What do you do after work?

I go to Hasir on Maaßen­straße in Schöneberg to en­joy a nice Turk­ish meal with my col­league. I re­ally like this trendy street, as well as the nearby Win­ter­feldt Mar­ket on the week­ends.

Tell us about your ho­tel.

The Grand Hy­att Berlin has an in­no­va­tive de­sign and is home to ex­clu­sive con­tem­po­rary art. The ho­tel also fea­tures a large pool and a spa over­look­ing the rooftops of Berlin, and the stylish restau­rant Vox with its show kitchen, sushi bar, and live mu­sic. Many celebri­ties stay here dur­ing the Berlin Film Fes­ti­val (Ber­li­nale), in­clud­ing team Ger­many, world cham­pi­ons in the 2014 World Cup.

What Berlin spot would you rec­om­mend for ro­mance?

The Pfauenin­sel, the so-called “pea­cock is­land” in the mid­dle of Wannsee Lake. It’s 1.5km long and 0.5 km wide, can only be reached by ferry, and is in­hab­ited by freerun­ning pea­cocks. For ro­mance in the colder months, I would rec­om­mend the Christ­mas mar­ket at Gen­dar­men­markt, a ver­i­ta­ble win­ter won­der­land also of­fer­ing the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

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