Originally from England, James Fancourt moved to Berlin in 2012 and has been exploring the city ever since; whether it's abandoned Soviet bases or the latest coffee place. After leaving his 9-to-5 job in 2014 he's been focusing on photography and writing, and regularly contributes to local blog/publishing platform Slow Travel Berlin.
Perhaps what makes Berlin so fascinating to explore, is that each district is like a town in itself, all with their own style and quirks, forming one of the most exciting cities of the world.
Unlike Paris, London or Milan, Berlin isn’t the typical place you’d expect to find a global fashion brand, but it’s home to one of the most forward-thinking eyewear companies in the world—MYKITA.
When it comes to exploring the fine art of mixology, Berlin has an extensive selection of establishments that range from laid-back bars to exclusive speakeasies whose door policy makes getting into Berghain seem like a breeze.
Berlin’s best specialty coffee shops treat beans akin to the high-end wine industry; with the focus on quality, traceability, and sustainability that aficionados have come to expect.
Away from the typical shopping districts, there exists a multitude of independent stores throughout Berlin where premium objects are curated with a certain concept or style in mind.
Whether you’re hopping around small private galleries or visiting huge exhibition spaces housed within the wonderful architecture of former bunkers and breweries, there’s a huge variety of exciting, thought-provoking art to be seen in Berlin.
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