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