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Top hotel concierges share their best tips for six of Europe’s greatest cities

No-one knows their city like a concierge. Here, six of Europe’s very best share their own favourite places to eat, drink, explore and relax
PHOTOGRAPHS JAKE WALTERS @MrJakeWalters

@sophielmcgrath

Cocierge!

BERLIN

Tess Warren Das Stue

Hospitality graduate Tess worked in Thailand before joining Das Stue five years ago. She is currently guest relations manager at the hotel, once the Danish embassy and now grandly redesigned, with striking artwork and a Michelin-starred restaurant (das-stue.com).

PHOTOGRAPHS: JON ARNOLD/AWL IMAGES JULIAN NELKEN

STRANGEST REQUEST

WE HAD TO ARRANGE FOR A VIOLINIST TO WAKE UP A GUEST ON HIS BIRTHDAY WITH A LIONEL RICHIE SONG

» WHY I LOVE BERLIN

It’s a really creative and fun city. I love its diversity; it’s multicultural and people are very open-minded.

MARIAN MOCANU/DREAMSTIME.COM

» FAVOURITE PLACE TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE

Sammlung Boros (2) is a bunker converted into a contemporary art gallery. The family that bought it had so much art that they decided to store it there, and now they offer private tours, showing people around and explaining the works. There are more than 700 pieces – including artworks by Ai Weiwei and Alicja Kwade that I really love – and the location is so interesting (sammlung-boros.de).

© NOSHE

» FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP

The streets and courtyards of Hackescher Markt (3) have lots of cool shops featuring Berlin designers and small brands. I go there to buy clothes, including good-quality designer vintage pieces. I also love Paper and Tea, which is a shop that sells stationery, posters and great tea. I always tell guests to walk around Hackescher Markt and get a bit lost because it’s such a nice area (hackescher-markt.de).

RICOWDE/GETTY IMAGES

» FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT

Curry 36 (5) is an imbiss (fast-food counter) that does a very good currywurst, a sausage with curry sauce served with fries or bread. It’s a typical dish here that a lot of people eat – nothing fancy, but it tastes so good (curry36.de).

JAKE WALTERS

» FAVOURITE BAR

Klunkerkranich (6) is a bar on top of a parking lot that has views over the whole of Berlin – it’s a great place to sit on a summer afternoon, or to watch the sun go down. It’s very informal, with people lounging around on couches, and has great music and a nice atmosphere. They have all kinds of drinks, but I usually go for gin and tonic or a glass of wine (klunkerkranich.de).

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