An Afternoon in Mitte, Berlin

Spend the afternoon wandering the wonderful streets of Berlin's Mitte district. With so much to do, eat and buy; you'll definintely have a day well spent.

by Eileen Bernardi

Dine

 The neighbourhood lays claim to several architectural highlights. The formal Jewish Girls School on Auguststraße is now a cultural and culinary hub, boasting the Museum Frieder Burda Salon Berlin, a newly opened gallery for contemporary art, and The Museum Kennedys, a photography gallery dedicated to the former first family. For lunch, try the pastrami sandwich at Mogg deli, and for dinner dine in elegance at Pauly Saal. 

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Pauly Saal 3Photo Boris Kralj

Mitte is known for having some of the best restaurants in the city. Fine dining options include the aforementioned Pauly Saal as well as Lokal, a farm-to-table restaurant renowned for its contemporary German cuisine. For a taste of old Berlin check out Clärchens Ballhaus. This former ballroom is a cultural icon, and is simply an imperative for a drink or bite to eat (get the schnitzel): in summer the beer garden is simply magical! And a final tip: Clärchens hosts Sunday concerts in their Spiegelsaal (Hall of Mirrors), an amazing way to recapture some of the decadence of bygone Berlin.

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Do

From here one shouldn’t miss a walk down Sophienstraße, perhaps the most beautiful street in all of Berlin. You’ll pass the Baroque Sophienkirche on your way to the Sophie Gips Höfe, a striking complex of buildings combining several architectural styles. Housed here is the Sammlung Hoffmann, a private contemporary art collection installed in the impressive Hoffmann family home.

Galerie EIGEN ART BERLIN 1Photo Uwe Walter Berlin

The architectural tour of the area is not complete without a visit to the Berlin offices of British architect David Chipperfield, whose beautifully minimal grey concrete buildings are also host to the employee ‘canteen.’ Open to the public, Kantine serves modern-German comfort food in impeccable surroundings, and is really not to be missed if you’re in the area around lunchtime.

Room capacity Photo Boris Kralj

Auguststraße and Linienstraße are at the centre of the Berlin art world and the proliferation of galleries in the district testify to this fact. One of the most famed is Eigen + Art, a contemporary gallery representing both emerging and established artists, including Neo Rauch and Carsten Nicolai. The KW Institute for Contemporary Art is another Berlin institution, and will host exhibitions this summer by artists Hiwa K and Nicholas Mangan.

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Spend

Comme des Garcons 1 Photo Boris Kralj

The neighbourhood has come to be defined by an attractive combination of understated elegance and sophisticated hipster, and the shopping options in the area reinforce this narrative. The newly opened Quite Quiet creates strikingly beautiful and carefully crafted fine jewellery on location in their Auguststraße shop. For gifts, the meticulously curated Amodo is a must, and Room Capacity next door is definitely worth a visit for their unique collection of vintage furniture and art. Do You Read Me?!, with their vast offering of international contemporary magazines and books, is excellent for art or fashion fans. For clothing, the little side street of Mulackstraße hosts a number of great finds: Baerck for luxury German brands, Vivienne Westwood’s Worlds End boutique and A.P.C., among others.

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