And after the fest? Where to go, what to do
The Berlinale’s practically over: You’re tired and blearyeyed — so what do you do now?First of all, forget the buffet breakfast at the hotel. Instead, take a trip to nearby Nollendorfplatz and have a typical Berlin breakfast: an oversized platter of meats, cheeses and fresh fruits and a bowl of Milchcafe at Café Berio (Maassenstrasse 7 – U-bahn Nollendorfstrasse). After stuffing yourself silly, the last thing you want to think about is shopping for food. But, since you’re in the neighborhood, a short walk to the farmer’s market at Winterfeldtplatz offers a popular Saturday activity. Even if you’re not taking home any fresh produce, you might be interested in the highquality selection of Mediterranean delicacies, organic breads and pastries, handicrafts, flowers and fresh pasta. If you’ve had it with food, check out the flea market at Strasse der 17 Juni (S-bahn Tiergarten) and stroll through stalls offering antiques, second-hand baubles and just plain junk. It’s also a good place to find vinyl records for those who are into it. For some quieter indoor activity, stop in at the English-language bookstore Another Country (Riemannstrasse 7 – U-bahn Gneisenaustrasse). It’ll remind you of a library in a musty old English home with comfy armchairs where you can relax and browse. It could be a lovely afternoon, as long as you don’t get sucked into philosophical conversation with the store owner. At tea time, what better place than the Opera Café at Unter den Linden 5-7 next to the Staatsoper (U-bahn Hausvogteiplatz). Order a nice pot with tea breads, strudel or creamy cakes amongst the crowd of tightly-coiffed old ladies. For a more exotic experience, try the Tadshikische Teestube (Tajikistan tearoom) across the boulevard, upstairs at Am Festungsgraben 1. Lean back on large pillows, central Asian style amidst deep piled oriental carpets, and order your tea direct from the samovar. So now that you’ve got your warm evening glow, what to do? Why not take in a movie? After all, this is still a film festival and screenings continue through Sunday.