New Year in Berlin – the hipster capital over them all is written by Sascha Meineche .
New Year's Palaver
What do five girls do who can't quite see all the palaver that usually follows in the company of New Year's Eve? In other words, cold with minus ahead, dresses that are too short, which tighten more than usual after food, glitter in them the champagne from the table bombs – yes, just the part with the glitter is maybe okay – a good dose of hype that always makes the evening a little disappointing because the expectations are higher than you can possibly live up to.
The eternal wait for a taxi and then all the hassle of not being able to call your grandmother, half-sister, cousin or aunt when the clock strikes twelve because everyone else has to be on the same line at the same time.
What are the five girls doing? Yes, of course they slip away so they can have a brilliant New Year's Eve and avoid all of the above. At least roughly like that. And that's why the destination was called New Year in Berlin.
So apart from the fact that the weather is relatively much the same in Berlin, we avoided most everything else.
One hipster, several hipsters
It was completely and utterly hipster-like. So exactly, like Berlin is the best.
We stayed in Kreuzberg in a very blogger/Instagram friendly apartment with hipster vibes throughout. So with that The New Yorker-brick walls, large antlers on the walls and the absolutely perfect retro furniture.
In the days leading up to the New Year, we were just as holiday-hipster-like as one should be when in Berlin.
We strolled along East Side Gallery, ate a good portion of insta-friendly breakfast, that is, some avocado snacks and chia porridge that are completely stringy, and which are almost a shame to put your teeth into.
Food for the sake of the senses for the New Year in Berlin
We also embarked on an evening at the very popular blind restaurant, Unsicht-Bar Berlin.
So it really is an experience out of the ordinary. Not necessarily the greatest gourmet experience, but instead a sensory experience beyond all imaginable limits.
So, it's dark - as in completely and utterly dark - and then you sit there and have to pour wine into glasses, eat food you can't see, with cutlery you have to feel your way to. In the dark.
Your senses are at such wild work that you, as a 'normal' person, have not experienced anything like it. Smells, tastes, sounds reach a completely different level, as it really comes out in a way you have never tried before, and then just the fact that you can't see anything - as in nothing.
Like the waiters who are in the restaurant can never because they are blind. It really is a whimsical and sour experience, but a good one of a kind.
Be in good time if you want to celebrate New Year in Berlin
We were just a post time late with table reservations for New Year's Eve. So note to self and everyone else: Order in good time so you can get something good. However, we found a place that could accommodate all five of us and even just a cool little walk from our hipster apartment.
The food was a bit insignificant, but in return the bubbles were just exactly as they should be. And there were many of them. The mood was certainly also a New Year's Eve worthy.
Our evening continued right next door, where we boarded the bar and toasted with happy Germans as the bell rang in the new year, and we also managed to get a single call through to the Danish.
It was completely and utterly excellent and not at all hectic or stressful for Danes.
The best tip for New Year's in Berlin
Book a restaurant in good time. At least if you want something real good. And of course if you want to eat out. The same applies otherwise hotels - at least if you are going to a popular destination - otherwise the prices will be completely hopeless.
A very happy New Year from Sascha and RejsRejsRejs- the team!