My Perfect Day
The Berlin-based ballerina shares thoughts on her new home.
What about Berlin inspires you?
There is a place for everyone in Berlin. Everyone’s quite free to wear what they want, do what they want, and create what they want. The vast mix of cultures and lifestyles coexisting and influencing each other is what I find most inspiring here.
What surprised you most about Berlin?
How laidback the lifestyle is. I was so accustomed to the hustle and bustle of cities like New York and London that I expected all cities to be as fast-paced and hectic.
What area of Berlin do you call home?
I live in Charlottenburg on a side street off Ku’damm. It’s practical because it’s close to the Deutsche Oper, where we rehearse.
What is your favorite place to get into the holiday spirit?
I absolutely love the Christmas market by Schloss Charlottenburg. It was the first one I went to and has stayed my favorite. My friends and I go after work for Glühwein and Stollen cake.
When you have visitors, where do you take them?
I always drag my friends out to Mehringdamm. It’s such a cute part of town. I take them to Chapter One, my favorite café in Berlin, and then to Viktoriapark. The view from the top of the park is definitely one of the most incredible views of the city – a must see!
What is your favorite spot for a night out on the town?
I’m not big on drinking but I do love to go clubbing every once in a while. I think my favorite place is Ritter Butzke. They usually have amazing DJs, and I always have a lot of fun dancing there.
You have an entire day off. How would you spend it?
I’d start the day with breakfast at home and a visit to the local farmer’s market at Karl-August-Platz. I like to treat myself to fresh flowers every week. Then I’d meet a friend for coffee at a stall called Moka Muli. At noon I’d walk down Ku’damm to Bikini Berlin and maybe visit a few stores along the way. Afterward, I’d head to Roamers café in Neukölln. I love spending afternoons there catching up on emails, having lunch, and writing my blog, “The Ballerina Chef.” By late afternoon I’m sure I’d be a bit stir crazy, so I’d make my way to Paul-Linke-Ufer and walk along the canal. It’s so scenic, and I love to take photos there. For an early dinner with friends, Saigon Today on Wilmersdorfer Straße and Kuchi on Kantstraße are our go-to places, or bulgogi at Hanok if we’re craving Korean. For an early drink, we’d go to Zeitlos on Ku’damm. It’s a “beach bar” and fun for a girly night out. By 10pm we’d probably be heading home because work at the ballet starts early… I’ll make tea from my favorite tea shop, Paper & Tea on Bleibtreustraße, and sew some pointe shoes before bed.
What’s a special spot in the Kiez where you live?
The Thai food park (Preußenpark) in Wilmersdorf! It’s definitely one of my favorite places to go on a Sunday afternoon, though it’s only open in summer. Having a picnic with friends whilst trying different and interesting new foods – what could be better?
Berlin’s most underrated place?
Charlottenburg! I think if more tourists and expats explored my side of town, Charlottenburg could really surprise them.