We stayed at Sana Berlin Hotel, in the Charlottenburg area. We booked via hotels.com since we're able to use our student discount code (10% off!) Our room was spacious, clean and modern; and staff was friendly and helpful. My only complaint would be their wi-fi signal was terrible as we were only able to access the internet from the lobby. Another benefit is the hotel is located near two train stations, making the commute around Berlin easier.
Public transport is the way to make your way around the city. So, definitely purchase a train pass for the duration you're there. It will get you everywhere. If you're familiar with London's tube map, then navigating your way around Berlin will be a breeze. If you've never used Citymapper, I highly recommend you download it prior to arriving, it'll plan journeys and make traveling around the city even easier.
For breakfast or brunch, head over to Distrikt Coffee in Mitte, the most Instagram worthy and aesthetically pleasing coffee shop. Treat yourself and order their buttermilk pancakes with berry compote and basil, and prepare to be amazed. If your taste buds are favouring a more savory dish, I would recommend the avocado toast with beets and radish. (5/5) From here, you can make your way to the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
If you are not in the Mitte area, go to Silo Coffee in Friedrichshain, an Austrailian coffee shop serving up brunch. We ordered 'The Silo' which consisted of pancakes, bacon and poached eggs and their shakshuka dish; with a cappuccino and an iced latte. It made for a pricey brunch, at €30 between the two of us (3/5)
For a pick me up, go to Zeit fur Brot in also located in Mitte, who are rightly ranked as the top coffee shop on Tripadvisor. Grab a cappuccino, along with their freshly baked in house, buttery croissants and cinnamon buns. (5/5)
A savory snack option would be to go to Gel Gor Inegol Kofteci in Kreuzberg, and munch on a their infamous köfte sandwiches. The ultimate cheap eat – good quality, delicious and cheap. (4/5)
For lunch, I would recommend Gasthaus Kromach in Charlottenburg. Here, you'll find a friendly and cosy atmosphere where they serve up large portions of traditional German food. We ordered their pork schnitzel and bratwurst sausage. Epic food, good prices, and too much that I had to bring a takeaway bag home. (4/5) Burn off the calories and make your way to the shopping street called Kurfürstendamm, and shop till you drop!
For dinner – make your way to Henne in Kreuzberg; home to the best fried chicken you'll ever have. Filled will local diners, you know this is the place to be at. The menu is simple, fried chicken with side options of slaw and potato salad. (5/5) I highly recommend you make time to make a trip here for dinner. Reservations are a must, so remember to book in advance.