My Per­fect Day

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Pa­tri­cia Zhou

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.

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