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.
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.