DIN­ING

When spend­ing time in Ber­lin’s most bustling cen­tral dis­trict, you’ll want to stay well fed. Fol­low Hilda Hoy’s tips for a full day’s worth of great food and drink.

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Mitte: the city cen­ter, with great food and drink op­tions to work into your itin­er­ary.

Whether it’s shop­ping, sight­see­ing, or mu­seum and gallery hop­ping that fills your Ber­lin itin­er­ary, there’s a good chance you’ll be spend­ing plenty of time

in Mitte. The name of this dis­trict lit­er­ally means “cen­ter,” and true to its ti­tle, Mitte lies not only in the mid­dle of the city, but also at the heart of Ber­lin’s his­toric, com­mer­cial, cul­tural, and nightlife of­fer­ings. Which­ever side of Mitte it is that draws you, eat­ing well should be on the itin­er­ary too. For a full day’s worth of great din­ing, these are some of my fa­vorites. To get the day off to a good start, head to

Distrikt Cof­fee (Bergstr. 68, www. dis­trik­t­cof­fee.de) for a stack of ex­tra-fluffy buttermilk pan­cakes and a flat white. This spa­cious café with hip, in­dus­trial-chic dé­cor makes great cof­fee, but it’s the all-day break­fast menu that re­ally makes it a lo­cal fa­vorite. The fa­mous pan­cakes served with citrus but­ter and maple berry pre­serves are eas­ily the most pop­u­lar thing on the menu, but don’t miss the softly poached eggs, smashed av­o­cado on sour­dough, or toasted banana bread ei­ther.

Af­ter a cou­ple hours of shop­ping around the bou­tique dis­trict be­low Rosen­thaler Platz, re­fuel with a tasty lunch at Muret la Barba (Rosen­thaler Str. 61, www.muret­labarba.de). Though it mas­quer­ades as a mere wine shop, in the back room are res­tau­rant ta­bles where a daily lunch menu is served, fea­tur­ing an­tipasti, house­made pas­tas with what­ever’s in sea­son, risotto, and sal­ads with bur­rata cheese and tender oc­to­pus.

For din­ner, splash out for the tast­ing menu at Ein­sun­ter­null (Han­nover­sche Str. 1, www. ein­sun­ter­null.com), one of the most cel­e­brated re­cent open­ings in the Ber­lin din­ing scene. Their con­tem­po­rary, dar­ing Ger­man cui­sine with a ded­i­cated fo­cus on lo­cal, sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents has won nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades, not least a brand-new Miche­lin star in the 2017 edi­tion of the ven­er­ated din­ing guide. Din­ers can cus­tom­ize their own six- to 10-course tast­ing menu that el­e­vates re­gional fish, meat, pro­duce, and for­aged del­i­ca­cies to ex­cit­ing culi­nary heights. For a post-din­ner night­cap, head to Red­wood (Bergstr. 25, www.red­wood­bar. de). Don’t let the pared-down in­te­rior fool you: The drinks are com­plex and in­spired, and the bar­tenders mas­ter­ful. Try some­thing off the monthly cock­tail menu – which is sure to in­clude a few liquors you’ve never heard of – and let your­self be sur­prised.

These pho­tos: Ein­sun­ter­null. In­set, be­low: Distrikt Cof­fee.

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