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Checkpoint Charlie Museum

YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE AMERICAN SECTOR reads the sign at Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point that split East and West Germany during the Cold War. Just next door is the museum, which chronicles the political and historical milestones of the once divided city.

Maxim Gorki Theater

Performances are refreshingly witty in this unconventional theater inspired by immigrants and their stories. Strongly recommended: Israeli director Yael Ronen’s shows, all of which are subtitled in English.

C/O Berlin

Until 2006, the Amerika Haus in Charlottenburg served as a cultural information center for the US in Berlin. Today, it houses one of the best private exhibition spaces for photography in the city. Annie Leibovitz, Anton Corbijn, and Nan Goldin have all shown here.

Classic Remise

An out-of-the-way automotive museum in the Moabit district packed with vintage Porsches, Jags, Benzes, Maseratis, and Mustangs. Their priciest stuff is encased behind glass, but most of the rarities are just parked on the main floor.


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This one-room bar in the Mitte district can only hold fourteen people at a time. Those lucky enough to be buzzed in can look forward to a sleek, understated interior and some of the tastiest cocktails in town. Signature drink: the Buck and Breck, whose recipe dates back to the nineteenth century.
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 Situated a stone’s throw from the Berlin Zoo, this embassy turned upmarket boutique hotel has a Michelin-starred kitchen, an excellent spa, and interiors conceived by Spanish design darling Patricia Urquiola.
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Shops Housed in the former Tagesspiegel newspaper building, this top-notch concept store is Berlin’s most celebrated emporium of good taste. The former print- ing-machine and packaging halls are painted a brilliant and arresting white. The clothing ranges from high-fashion collections by Dries Van Noten, Gentryporto- fino, Maison Margiela, and Yohji Yamamoto to leather goods by Isaac Reina and Céline and beauty products by Aesop and Escentric Molecules.
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 Master chef Tim Raue’s two-Michelin-starred flagship near Checkpoint Charlie prides itself on informality. The front staff wear matching jeans and sneakers, giving the sleek interior a laid-back feel. Go for the six-course tasting menu and bite into some Wagyu beef, lobster, and truffles.
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