The hipster guide to Berlin

Berlin is the new Brooklyn.

by Briana Seftel

Berlin is old and staid no more. In recent years, Germany's capitol has risen among the ranks to become one of Europe's it destinations. You could even say it has come to resemble one such place in New York. And like its U.S. counterpart, Berlin is a perfect combination of cutting-edge cool and timeless tradition. Welcome to the world, you sexy beast.

East Side Gallery 91


This 1-km (½-mi) stretch of concrete went from guarded border to open-air gallery within three months.

- Fodor's

Michelberger Hotel 85

Warschauer Str. 39/40

With its purposefully boutique industrial look and buzzing creative feel, Michelberger might seem like Berlin in a nutshell to some.

- Time Out

Rutz Restaurant - Weinbar 88

Chausseestr. 8

This rising star in Berlin’s gourmet scene has slowly worked towards its first, well-deserved Michelin star by offering consistently high-quality fish and hearty meat dishes.

- DK Eyewitness


Potsdamer Str. 3

When the glass frontage and roof are open in the summer, it is almost like being outside with fresh green foliage everywhere.

- Michelin Guide

New National Gallery 87

Potsdamer Str. 50

This building made of glass and steel (1968) by Mies Van der Rohe houses paintings and sculptures from the early 20C to the 1960s

- Michelin Guide

Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design 86

Klingelhoferstrasse 14

Walter Gropius’s 1919 Bauhaus Manifesto championed the synergy of art and craftsmanship in design—and the sleek, beautifully made merchandise offered here reflects that marriage.

- Travel + Leisure

Arte Luise Kunsthotel 83

Luisenstr. 19

What began in 2008 as an “art lab” in a palatial (but condemned) 1825-vintage residential building has evolved into a livable museum-cum-hotel near Berlin’s government district.

- Travel + Leisure

Tiergarten 85

Strasse des 17. Juni 100

This large park near the Kulturforum and Potsdamer Platz was laid out in 1650... and later redesigned by Frederick the Great.

- Michelin Guide

Ackselhaus 82

Belforter Str. 21

This establishment has a really special historical charm... The green inner courtyards with their lounge feel are very pretty.

- Michelin Guide

Henne 83

Leuschnerdamm 25

This Old Berlin institution operates on the KISS (keep it simple, stupid!) principle: milk-fed chicken spun on the rotisserie for moist yet crispy perfection.

- Lonely Planet

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