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The Essential Berlin

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Mayor Klaus Wowereit’s description of Berlin in 2003 as “poor but sexy” still holds, but these days the city is much more than shabby chic. Massive construction has brought bright new spaces to the Mitte district, mainly consisting of upscale restaurants and watering holes clustered around Friedrichstrasse. Meanwhile, the latest evolution of Berlin’s cherished cheap-thrills aesthetic is centered in the Kreuzberg neighborhood, where a buzzing, multicultural scene is drawing clusters of creative types.

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Destinations: Berlin · Mitte

Inspired by: 2009 Guide to Berlin — by Ralph Martin, Published Feb. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    Ackselhaus & Blue Home

    The hotel presents an alluring combination of elegance and affordability—as well as the stylish breakfast café Club del Mar—on a tree-lined street

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    Meliá Berlin

    Owned by Spanish-based hotel company Meliá Hotels International, the Hotel Meliá Berlin sits on the River Spree and offers river views from many of

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    Hotel de Rome

    The Rocco Forte group typically makes magic out of run-down but exquisitely situated properties, like Brown’s Hotel in London and the Hotel de Russ

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    The Regent, Berlin

    A rather humdrum façade belies the sumptuous interiors at the Regent—which is just steps from Gendarmenmarkt square (and which was a Four Seasons p

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Restaurants (5)

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    Uma

    Designed by Anne Maria Jagdfeld, Uma, an upscale Japanese and sushi restaurant, exudes a modern, Asian feel. The dining room is decorated in shades

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    Ma Tim Raue

    Located in the Hotel Adlon Kempinski are star chef Tim Raue’s twin restaurants. Uma is more low-key, with an open kitchen and a Japanese-inspired m

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    San Nicci

    The restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine and the most flattering lighting in town.

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    Tausend Backroom Cantina

    Over in Mitte, a mix of fashion and media types frequent this club, built under the tracks of the commuter S-Bahn train.

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    Restaurant Horváth

    The canal-front restaurant spotlights regional dishes such as lamb with chanterelles, fresh tarragon, and apricots.

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Activities (7)

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    Christian Ehrentraut

    This eponymous gallery of one of the New Leipzig School’s founders shows the work of emerging artists.

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    032c

    The international insider’s magazine par excellence has opened a compelling shop with a collection of “new, forgotten, anonymous, commissioned, or

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    Contemporary Fine Arts

    Don't miss Mitte's high-end art space with three stories of huge rooms and high ceilings and space for oversize sculptures and canvases by the like

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    SO36

    The club hosts an energetic bingo night in addition to bills of see-them-now bands.

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    Motto Berlin

    Magazine junkies relish Motto Berlin for its archives of artsy, hard-to-find publications.

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    UVR Connected

    Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg, the former center of radical West Berlin, is now one big sidewalk café spiced with kebab shops and leading-edge, cheap

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    Egoiste

    Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg, the former center of radical West Berlin, is now one big sidewalk café spiced with kebab shops and leading-edge, cheap

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