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Base Camp Berlin

Berlin is the perfect city for a base camp for any creative soul. The city is scattered full of interesting spaces where creatives can basically hot desk hop their days away to allow them to work freely on their projects. We based ourselves during the week out of the Michelberger Hotel, in the lively district of Friedrichshain a stones through away from the famous East Side Gallery. This former warehouse is the perfect trendy but budget friendly hotel to happily work and live out of for the week. The downstairs reception and bar area is always a buzz whether you be working down there or drinking ( usually both at the same time ), fitted out with stacks of books and magazine teared feature lights.


The rooms have an enchanting inspiring character about them, with huge windows allowing you spread out and work on their massive desk spaces under the dappled natural light or choose to work within the bar reception area the choice is yours. After mornings of slamming out some work we would hit the streets to see what Berlin is really made of and these are our top picks of this incredibly city:

BELLMAN | Reichenberger Straße 103, 10999 || Moody magic with candle lit creations
MONKEY BAR | Budapester Straße 40, 10787 || Cocktails with a designer view
NEUE HEIMAT | Dirschauer Straße, 10245 || Perfect Sunday session music, booze, food & boogie
HOPFENREICH | Sorauer Straße 31, 10997 || For craft beer lovers


SILO | Gabriel-Max-Straße 4, 10245 || Great coffee & baked eggs
PRINCE | Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9, 10178 || Asian with a cacti center piece
SUPER | Budapester Straße, 10787 || Design on designer lunch
KIMCHI PRINCESS | Skalitzer Straße 36, 10999 || For craft beer lovers


STARSTYLING | Mulackstraße 4, 10119 || Spotty eclectic edge with great vm
ISOBEL GOWDIE | Alte Schönhauser Straße 39, 10119 || Go on ring the bell hidden designer vintage
VITRA AND ARTEK | Budapester Straße, 10787 || Design on design lunch
YUU | Steinstraße 26, 10119 || For Yoshi lovers with an interesting change room
BUTTERFLYSOULFIRE | Mulackstraße 11, 10119 || Look up at the roof it’s amazing
CLARA STIL | Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 19, 10178 || German design with attitude


STILL IN BERLIN | www.stillinberlin.de || Fabulous food & drink source
BERLIN DAILY SECRET | www.germany.dailysecret.com/berlin/en || Gig, event, exhibition & whats on guide
NICHE BERLIN | www.nicheberlin.de || Bespoke behind the scenes art & architecture tour
AGORA COLLECTIVE | www.agoracollective.org || 1 of many creative spaces available to work out of

We can’t wait to be back in Berlin again, we are most definitely looking at using this incredible city as a base for LOCAL DESIGN a few months of the year to explore the opportunities Europe has waiting for us.

All images by Emma Elizabeth




  1. Brownie says:

    Congratulations Emma, it’s great! xxx

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