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.
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.
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.
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.
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.