I went to Berlin not so long ago, and I thought that I wanted to share with you some of my favourite places. Berlin is a city I truely love, since I first discovered it back in 2010. My last trip was my third time in the city, and I’m definitely planning on going back as soon as possible.
I’ve seen different parts of the city already, and they’re all pretty exciting, even though some of them are completely different. I’m just not so crazy about the city center, in the check point charlie neighborhood.
Mitte or Kreuzberg on the other and are really great to walk around, for shopping, eating or drinking.
Here’s my hotspot list:
The neighborhood of Mitte is definitely a favorite, like I said earlier. One of my favourite streets around there is Oderbergerstrasse. It’s not only pretty but has plenty of little restaurants that all look super yummy and which usually have really cute little terraces.
Not so far from Oderbergerstrasse we find Daluma, a great snack. Here it’s all about healthy, organic and raw food. The place is really minimalistic, but I really like it. The prices are probably a little higher than typical Berlin prices, but it’s worth it. I mean, look at that breakfast plate!
Chia pudding, granola, fruits, almonds and nuts,… YUMMY! Oh, and the place has wifi! Which isn’t easy to find in Berlin…
Oberholz is at the metro stop Rosenthaler platz. I actually remembered it from my first time in Berlin because the place looked really cool. It’s really trendy and full of startup looking guys hypnotized by their MacBook. Indeed, it does have wifi too.
The rest of the neighborhood is really great for shopping. It has several amazing sneakers shop spreaded around. Just walk around and be surprised!
On my last night I discovered this really cool bar called Neue Odessa Bar. Really close to the rosenthaler platz as well. It’s a really beautiful place, with some kick ass cocktails. The prices are also a little higher than most of Berlin’s bar, but it’s really worth it. I enjoyed two delicious Moscow mules, costing 9€ each. One of the best Moscow mule I’ve ever got to try!
Kreuzberg is not such a cute neighborhood, but it’s more trendy and young I’d say. A little underground even. There you can find a ton of little vintage stores, bars, little snacks and restaurants…
Someone recommended me to check out the VOO store. It’s a concept store with some really nice brands, and an amazing sneakers selection (with limited editions). It also has a little coffee shop. Definitely a place to check out if you’re in the neighborhood!
I randomly discovered the mexican restaurant Santa Maria, while walking around. As some of you may know, I can hardly resist mexican food so I just walked in. They have a pretty good lunch deal for about 10€. You choose the taco, burrito or quesadilla option, then add a salad or a soup, and a drink.
I went for the burrito, and it was one of the best I have EVER tried, if not the best! Don’t miss it!
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask them in the comments!
Here is the second part of the article about Canggu (Canggu area and Seminyak), with my favourite addresses.
The next spot is Motel Mexicola
Motel Mexicola is actually located in the center of Seminyak, in a little hidden street. I’m crazy about mexican/tex-mex food, and since it’s really hard to find in Brussels, I was over excited to be able to finally have some mexican goodness.
Besides the food, the places is just amazingly BEAUTIFUL! And the cocktails are super delicious. The price is a little higher than other places, but it’s worth it. I went alone so it wasn’t that exciting but with a bunch of people it looks a lot more fun. And I believe the nights usually end in big parties
Let’s continue on a mexican vibe with Lacalita
I discovered it by passing in front of it a few times to go to the beach. It was actually located the street just next to my guest house, so not even a 5min drive (in Canggu). It seemed mexican, and the place looked so cute I couldn’t resist.
The first time I hate outside a delicious fish burger. I took a picture of the place, posted it on instagram and ended up talking to the instagram account of the restaurant a few days later. I was already planning on coming back, but they definitely convinced me.
That second time I sat at the bar, and enjoyed talking to the different bartenders, they were all super nice, giving me advice on what to eat, but also on where to go to have fun in the neighborhood. I also had one of the best tacos in my life!
Really cool place, but especially, REALLY pretty!
The beach Bar (or whatever its name is)
I discover thanks to my friends living in Canggu, it’s a place where they really like to go and where they took my twice during my stay.
It is literally in front of the ocean, and they also allow you to have a table on the beach. The view is breathtaking, especially at sunset. It’s located in between Canggu and Seminyak
Since I don’t have the name of the place, I can tell you that it’s a few meters after the Mozaic. You can’t miss it, it’s a small wood house (which is the bar) and a few wooden tables and chairs. You can also eat there if you want.
Look at this view!
Next and last spot will be Echo Beach
Still in Canggu, it looks like a big terrace with an amazing ocean view.
They have lots of seafood, cooked on a BBQ, it’s just super yummy. The atmosphere (at least for lunch) is quiet and relaxing. I was, for the most, hypnotised by the sea (or by my plate haha)
And that’s how I ended my beautiful stay. With those delicious grilled shrimps.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!
I’m finally back with the next, and last step from my Bali trip: Canggu (pronounced « tchangou »).
I picture Canggu more like an area than a village, because even there’s a small village, everything else is spreaded. It’s very close to Seminyak, about a 15min motorbike drive.
I ended up there because the friends I met at the beginning of my trip lived around there, and it sounded more quiet than Seminyak. I quickly found a guesthouse that looked pretty cool… and I met two germans coming back from Nusa Lembongan as well, and they were going to that place so… I gave it a go! And dammn what a good decision!
The Serenity Eco Guest House is exactly what I needed. Calm, a great location (5min walk from the beach), it has Yoga, Meditation, a restaurant that serves fresh, healthy and alkalin food. It’s not over expensive, rooms are cute and clean. And last but not least… it has a pool!
My second hotspot for Canggu is the Watercress cafe.
It’s actually located in between Canggu and Seminyak. It’s a little cafe that serves delicious and healthy food, a bunch of different salads and yummy fresh juices. Everything looks really incredible.
The place is also pretty cool, a part of the café is actually open.
The street where it’s located is also pretty cool, there’s a bunch of cool restaurant and shops!
Next stop is the Old Man’s bar, facing the beach.
There’s probably way too many Australian to my taste (even though it’s really enjoyable to look at), but the view and the atmosphere is pretty cool, lay low. You’re facing the sea, and the surfers hitting the waves. At sunset it gives one of the most amazing view.
Since I have a lot more to show you, it’s coming in my next post!
If you follow my instagram you may have seen that I went to Barcelona last week, for two days.
I did the trip with a bunch of crazy party people from Brussels, to discover the famous Nasty Mondays parties of Barcelona. The concept is originally from there but has travel in many different places around the globe, before making a stop in Brussels in may.
It has a real concept that I’ve never seen before in Brussels. It’s all about Rock’n’Roll and crazy attitude. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Rock’n’Roll musique, but this parties take the rock to another level. People go crazy and the atmosphere in the club is really insane. Part of it definitely thanks to both organisator and DJ’s Mad Max, and Sören.
I can’t wait to see what it will be like in Brussels, but I can tell you I’m already super excited. The party will be at Bloody Louis, on may 13th. Mad Max and Sören took their tattoos, leather jackets and vinyl all the way from Barcelona, and Ozzy Mozzy will do a come back from hell just for a night. Excited much?
Find all infos on the Facebook Event
And now, some show off photos from my two days in Barca!
Today I take you, once again, back to my trip in Bali. I want to tell you about my trekking with Agus (Tikus), the guide of Authentik Bali.
We met each other on my second day in Bali, through other people. He told me about his trekking experience, and how it was. It interested me right away, especially since a trekking was already on my to do list.
And I have to say, it was one of my best memories from this entire month. I ended up booking a second trekking at the end of my stay, since I had loved the first one so much. All in all he has around 15 different treks, so I know I’ll probably do another one next time I go to Bali.
The trekking usually last the entire day, and Agus (Balinese for Augustin) will take you in the real Bali. Be carefull, there is no definite path, it’s the nature. You walk through rice fields, you climb, sometimes you fall, you walk/swim through a river. It’s the adventure! And it’s so much fun!
You also get to see the real Bali, which is truly amazing. You meet Balinese people that are far away from touristic places and that are really authentik. They are the nicest!
Another really good point is that Agus is french so I can do the trek either in french or english. And during the entire day, he will tell you all about Balinese culture and stories, which makes it even more interesting.
Enough talking, have a look at the pictures!
Selfie with Agus Tikus in front of the waterfall!
TripAdvisor: Day Trip Authentik Bali
Today I keep on going with Nusa Lembongan, and will introduce Nusa Ceningan, which is an even smaller island just next to it. Both islands are related by a bridge, a small bridge…
The bridge from Lembongan to Ceningan
The Pirate Beach Club, one of the prettiest and coolest place to check out in Nusa Ceningan
While in Lembongan I also had the chance to go swim with manta ray
It was super impressive but really fun. Sadly I don’t have any pictures… But they were a bunch of them, swiming right by me! A really great memory
On my little « private » beach where was my bungalow… I miss it!
Sunset on the cliff in Ceningan
Another end of day at The Deck…
We enter now what became one of my best memories from my month in Bali: Nusa Lembongan, or how I like to call it « Paradise Nusa Lembongan ».
It’s very tiny island located next to Bali, only 30min by speed boat. Just the view you get arriving on the island is already beautiful
The Island is a lot more preserved and isolated from the crazy tourism of Bali. I was advised to go to LOA Beach, on the north of the island. So was so nicely welcomed by the adorable Adis and his wife. They were the most perfect host I’ve had during my entire stay in Bali. I had booked 2 nights, but directly booked a third one the first day I got there. The place was so magical.
I had my own little bungalow ON THE BEACH. What’s not to love about this?
My first two days I mostly spent time on the beach or driving around the Island, have a drink by sunset at « The Deck » or walking around the center Nusa Lembongan.
There will be a second post about Nusa Lembongan, I just have too many photos… In which I’ll also introduce to you Nusa Ceningan!
Thanks again to Adis and Seb without whom those days wouldn’t have happened or wouldn’t have been the same…. It was amazing!
Today I’ll tell you about the next part of my Bali trip: Amed and Munduk. It was definitely not the most exciting part but probably to most peaceful.
First Amed, which is located on the east coast of Bali. It’s a very small village mostly famous for its diving. If I have to give you one really good tip: if you don’t dive, DON’T GO! The village is really small and has one street. It’s mostly made out of guest houses/hotels or diving schools.
The beach would look good on a postcard eventually, but you can’t really enjoy it. The sand is made of small black rocks, and there are boat everywhere. Plus the weather was weird. Amed is located just down some mountains so the weather is super humid, and it rains pretty often. Yes it was rain season but it was worst than everywhere else.
I left earlier than expected to go to Munduk, and village in the mountains a friend had advise me to visit when I said I didn’t like Amed. Munduk is in the mountains on the north west part of the island. It’s a really small and quiet village. The view is beautiful and there were more things to do around there (like trekkings, waterfalls,…) Sadly, I fell sick and stayed in bed for my two days spent there.
The day I arrived I did get to see one waterfall, but none after. The weather there is also rainy, but mostly because it was the raining season. And thankfully it wasn’t humid!
The view from my guest house: One Homestay
To conclude, Amed and Munduk were probably not my favorite parts of Bali but they were both quiet and non too touristy, which was really enjoyable. The people in those two towns were super nice.
I’d heard a lot of great things about Ubud, but all I could remember was that the first time I went time, I wasn’t so impressed or seduced by the city.
It feels crowded, and really focused on tourism, which I don’t find super attractive. I maybe should have adventure a little more on the border of the city and not stay stuck in the center but I never really felt like it.
I had found a guest house in the city center which sounded perfect because I like to walk around. It was located in a little pad, it was really super cute. But there’s a bunch of other guest house just like it around Ubud.
It was nothing fancy but all I needed. And costed around 10-12€ per night
I was on the first floor so this is what I could see from my room/balcony.
I also tried a Yoga class (it definitely feels like Ubud is a very spiritual city), but I sadly did not have the motivation for going a second time (even though I felt so good after my class)
After that I went back to Wayan’s Café, a place I had been 5 years ago with my family and never forgot. I remembered the food to be delicious, the place looking like a wild paradise, and those strawberry juices…
Me and my plate, 5 years ago.
As you can see, their plate haven’t changed a bit!
During the rest of my stay in Ubud I did an obligatory walk through the Ubud market. Don’t ever espect to find something that is actually worth it. Besides maybe in the food part where they have tons of spices. But it’s a place made for tourist. It’s basically bulshit sold at gold price
I also ended up finding a french bookshop/library where everyone is french. It’s funny and there I was able to find an extra book to read during my stay. The owner is just super nice and will give you all the advices he can about Ubud or Bali in general.
During my 3 days stay in Ubud I also did a one day trekking but I’ll talk to you about that later because I want to make an entire article about it.
One of the biggest attraction in Ubud is the monkey forest. I could of gone there but I hear some not great stories about it, and ending up in a place full of tourist is nothing that I find super exciting so I just skipped it!
Next step of my trip is Amed and Munduk!
As I promised I’m going to talk you through my month in Bali.
I had really nothing planned ahead, I just knew I wanted to travel around, discover places, people, see the landscapes and the differents things the island had to offer.
I started with Seminyak since it was the only city I really knew, and not too far from the airport. I wanted to settle down for my first few days in a place I knew I could find my way around etc. I had booked my first 3 nights, knowing I wanted to go elsewhere after, but I ended up staying one more night, since I had met some fun people to hang out with.
Just arrived in my little hotel located 10-15min walking distance from the center of Seminyak. It’s called Casa Dasa Legian. It wasn’t the greatest hotel, but had really good prices, and the room were kind of comfy (AC and TV).
My first dinner in Bali. I just went straight to the city center, and found a cute little restaurant where they served noodle soup, which is probably my favorite dish on the entire planet. It probably wasn’t the cheapest place to eat at, but compare to the prices in europe, it’s still a pretty good deal. (Less than 10€ for the dish and a strawberry fresh juice)
Did I mention my hotel had a pool? Probably not the ideal pool to layout at (this was one morning right after breakfast), but it’s was nice to have. Especially after a really hot day (the temperature was constantly around 30° in Seminyak, and humid)
While in Seminyak I went twice to the beach (even though the weather doesn’t look ideal, it’s very often cloudy in Bali).
First time I went to La Plancha, where I had lunch (I wouldn’t especially recommend it. You can find cheaper food, and probably better too. I’d advise it more for drinks or so), then I stayed there for the afternoon and the end of the day (when they layout those similar looking colorful fatboys)
My second time I went to the beach 66, but it didn’t have food or drinks. And no bathroom which is kind of annoying. Knowing that the mattress you rent for the day is the same price as La Plancha, I’d advise you to go to La Plancha instead.
This was my first saturday night, which is the only night I partied in Bali. These are the two guys I met the second day I was there. These two live in Bali, but are originally from France and Belgium. I could not have been more thankful to have met them since they became a huge help for the rest of my trip, and also my friends. How funny that you have to travel to the other side of this planet to meet people you can relate so much to!?
We went to a bunch of places (including the most perfect spot to have a beer watching the sunset on the beach), and ended up at La Favela which is a club in the center of Seminyak. It’s pretty crowded, it’s fun and has some good commercial music. The decor is amazing though, and the place is pretty big.
End of the night selfie on my little balcony at my hotel. I left the day after for Ubud, which is a more cultural city. But I’ll tell you more about it in my next post.