Six million residents from over 180 nations make for a pleasant cacophony of cuisines and languages; even weeks in Germany’s capital city would not be sufficient to satisfy every curiosity. But if you’re only able to stay for a couple days, you’ll want to focus on Mitte and its adjacent boroughs, where Berlin’s finest shops, museums and restaurants form a dense mix.
Where to Eat & Drink
Located under the elevated train tracks, sitting outside is almost mandatory if weather permits. The dishes are clever — Duroc pork ribs sous vide or black tagliatelle with fermented cherries — and beautifully plated.
Based in Neukölln, Industry Standard is a casual spot combining French and Mediterranean style with an effort to bring whole-animal cooking techniques to the German capital.
A natural extension of a dinner at Industry Standard, Tier is an excellent cocktail bar in Neukölln that refrains from using exotic ingredients and suspenders by simply offering solid variations on the classics.
The Barn Coffee Roasters
Opened in 2010, The Barn is a roastery and coffee shop that places a massive emphasis on creating the perfect product and space. No wi-fi, no syrups. Just great coffee.
What to Do
A Well Designed City
The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design
Berlin and supreme design prowess go hand in hand, and the Bauhaus portion of the city’s design museum is a dense representation of the best of that world. It boasts the largest collection of Bauhaus materials and examples in the world.
Home to the Berliner Philharmoniker, this acoustical and architectural masterpiece is a necessity for classical music fans. Opened in 1963, the building was designed by Hans Scharoun, who worked mainly in expressionist and organic architecture.
Berlin’s equivalent of Dover Street Market, Voo offers a well-curated selection of brands such as Acne Studios, Raf Simons and more at their Kreuzberg hub.
Do You Read Me?!
Even though it’s a fairly small store on the west side of Mitte, it’s not hard to lose track of time fanning through magazines that are all but impossible to find anywhere else.
A Kind of Guise
Despite being officially based in Munich, the brand’s Berlin outpost is an essential visit for beautifully minimal apparel and accessories.
Soto biases a little harder towards streetwear than your average concept store (think OAMC and Aimé Leon Dore), but manages to curate a solid mix in their space on Torstrasse.
This Berlin-based menswear label eschews seasonal, trend-centric clothing for timeless (and beautiful) staples released all through the year.
Where to Stay
There’s a communal, active feel to the Michelberger. The bar is lively, and the courtyard is full of loungers and laptops. It’s also located close to public transit and moments from a remaining section of the Wall.
SOHO House Berlin
SOHO House is now a cornerstone of the Mitte district, offering a variety of room styles and sizes based around classic decor.
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