Ask The Concierge

No­body knows the city bet­ter than your ex­pert concierge. Hatem Fer­jani, concierge at the Berlin Mar­riott Ho­tel, is here to help. www.lcdg.org

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Hatem Fer­jani of the Berlin Mar­riott Ho­tel shares his sight­see­ing and din­ing rec­om­men­da­tions.

What does a per­fect day look like for you? I love to start my day with break­fast at Schön­brunn (www.schoen­brunn.net) in Friedrichshain. Af­ter that, I would go on a tour of the city, start­ing at Alexan­der­platz and Niko­laivier­tel, pass­ing by Mu­seum Is­land. I would then go to Gen­dar­men­markt and to my fa­vorite store, Fass­ben­der und Rausch, for some de­li­cious choco­late spe­cial­ties. Re­freshed, I would con­tinue on to Ga­leries Lafayette on Friedrich­straße to find out about the lat­est fash­ion trends. In the evening, I would have dinner at Nu Eat (www. nueatk­itchen.de) on Rosen­thaler Straße. When you have visi­tors, where do you take them? I rec­om­mend vis­it­ing the Gar­dens of the World in Marzahn: It makes for a great day out for young and old. I also like tak­ing my guests on a boat ride through the gov­ern­ment quar­ter, fol­lowed by a sun­set dinner at the top of the TV tower (www.tv-turm.de) with a great view over Berlin. Se­cret Berlin tips? The color­ful Anne Blume café and florist on Koll­witz­platz. De­scribe Berlin in three words. Mul­ti­cul­tural, his­toric, mod­ern. What do you do af­ter work? I like to go have dinner at Cen­tolire on Leipziger Platz. Which event do you rec­om­mend in June? Berlin is an event­ful city. In June, high­lights are the Komis­che Oper Fes­ti­val from 4 to 10 June, and the Clas­sic Open Air con­certs at Gen­dar­men­markt from 21 to 26 June. Where is the cozi­est spot in Berlin? In spring and sum­mer, I like to sit with friends at the Café am Neuen See (www. cafeam­neuensee.de) in Tier­garten. What dis­tin­guishes Berlin from other cities? Berlin is Berlin, with heart and Sch­nauze (rude at­ti­tude), and al­ways full of sur­prises. Do you know a ro­man­tic place in Berlin? The wa­ter­fall at Vic­to­ria Park in Kreuzberg, the high­est nat­u­ral el­e­va­tion in the cen­ter of Berlin.

Images: Clock­wise from top: the Clas­sic Open Air fes­ti­val at Gen­dar­men­markt; Café am Neuen See; break­fast at Anna Blume.

ON THE COVER Model Sasha Marini @ M4 Mod­els poses for Es­ther Per­bandt: photo by Bir­git Kaul­fuss.

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