Monocle recommends


Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Mitte

Good spread

Klaus Biesenbach (now director of Moma PS1 in New York) and a group of arty friends founded Kunst-Werke in a former margarine factory. It’s now one of the city’s most important venues for experimental art, with edgy exhibitions, film screenings and lively talks.

69 Auguststrasse, 10117
+49 (0)30 243 4590

Berlinische Galerie, Kreuzberg

Homegrown provocateurs

Berlinische Galerie was founded in 1975 and its shows range from monographic exhibitions by maverick eroticist Dorothy Iannone, a US painter and installation artist who moved here in the 1970s, to Wien Berlin, a showcase of historical paintings by Egon Schiele, Otto Dix and George Grosz.

124-128 Alte Jakobstrasse, 10969
+49 (0)30 7890 2600

Bauhaus-Archiv, Mitte

Modernist museum

The Bauhaus-Archiv, originally designed by Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius, was erected in Berlin’s Tiergarten in the second half of the 1970s. The museum displays the art and literature from the school that radically influenced the worlds of art, design and architecture in the 20th century.

14 Klingelhöferstrasse, 10785
+49 (0)30 254 0020


Lokal, Mitte

Neighbourhood favourite

With its bright dining room, jumbled furniture and simple yet modern German food, Lokal offers a reprieve from the many conceptually ambitious restaurants in the area.

160 Linienstrasse, 10115
+49 (0)30 2844 9500

Café Einstein Stammhaus, Charlottenburg

New ground

Elderly regulars, suited business people and curious newcomers alike seek out this café’s wood-panelled rooms to read the newspaper and eat breakfast that comes served on tiered stands.

58 Kurfürstenstrasse, 10785
+49 (0)30 263 9190

Cordobar, Mitte

Washing away the pain

Come on an empty stomach as the kitchen serves some of the best bar food in town; the black-pudding pizza is a favourite. The wine selection is remarkable too.

32 Grosse Hamburger Strasse, 10115
+49 (0)30 2758 1215


Kadewe, Schöneberg

German institution

There’s no shortage of superlatives to describe this 60,000 sq m retail space, the place to find luxury international brands and German favourites. The gourmet department on the sixth floor is legendary. This food temple is perfect for picking up wurst and weissbier (wheat beer).

21‑24 Tauentzienstrasse, 10789
+49 (0)30 21 210

Andreas Murkudis, Tiergarten

Expansive range

Hidden in a quiet courtyard, Andreas Murkudis stocks Céline, Aspesi and Mykita, as well as Susanne Kaufmann’s skincare, Werkstatt:München jewellery and Fub babywear.

81E Potsdamer Strasse, 10785
+49 (0)30 680 798 306

A Kind of Guise, Mitte

German-made brand

This formidable fashion label set up shop here in 2015, offering its full range of menswear in a light-filled space on Mulackstrasse. Each and every piece, from knitwear to bags and shoes, is made in Deutschland with fabrics sourced from Japan and Italy, as well as domestically.

23 Mulackstrasse, 10119
+49 (0)30 2809 1725

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