Hartweizen: terrific Italian restaurant in Berlin

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When you stay in Berlin for three weeks as I did, and you love Italian food, the first thing you realize after visits to several so-called Italian restaurants, is that they cater to what Germans mistaken believe to be Italian food. So it was such a delightful surprise to find Hartweizen, which was recommended to […]

Soho House Berlin: luxury hotel and private members club in the Mitte

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The Soho House Berlin has opened in the trendy Mitte district, offering the same exclusivity and luxury you can find in other Soho House locations around the world (for example, the Soho Beach House in Miami). The hotel is located in a late-Bauhaus edifice that opened originally as a department store in 1928 and was […]

Axel Hotels: gay boutique hotels in Barcelona, Berlin and Buenos Aires

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Axel Hotels is a unique concept in the world of boutique hotels: they target a primarily gay clientele, although the hotels are very hetero-friendly, too. Axel Hotels has three locations: Barcelona, Berlin and Buenos Aires. The design of the hotels can be described as stylish, urban chic with lots of comfortable lounges for guests and […]

Weinmeister: high tech boutique hotel opens in Berlin Mitte

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I am always on the lookout for new boutique hotels in Berlin, one of my favorite cities in the world. So I am thrilled to see that one has just opened in my favourite neighborhood, Berlin Mitte. The hotel is called The Weinmeister and bills itself as a “high tech” boutique hotel. Instead of a […]

Casa Camper: stylish boutique hotel in Berlin Mitte

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The Casa Camper Berlin outpost is the second hotel of Camper, the Spanish shoe retailer. The first one is in Barcelona. Casa Camper Berlin is, like its Catalan counterpart, very hip and well-designed. The location – Mitte – is unbeatable. Room rates start at 170 EUR. The hotel has a 24-hour rooftop bar and restaurant […]

Michelberger Hotel: funky artsy budget hotel in Berlin

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I love Berlin because it seems to be one of the last cities on earth where cool people get to do cool funky things. Everyone knows that if you want to attract edgy young people, or simply people who are not stuck up, you can’t charge 500 EUR per night for the privilege of sleeping […]

Uniqotel: unique personally run hotels worldwide

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Uniqotel is a network of small, stylish hotels and apartments run by people who believe in good design and personal service. It’s hard to believe that there aren’t more of these networks around, but I guess getting small hotel and B&B owners together is like herding cats. Uniqotel’s first three members are Miniloft Mitte (Berlin), […]

Dada: best falafel in Berlin

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Looking for the best falafel in Berlin? It’s in a small cozy place called Dada Falafel run by a bunch of Lebanese guys on the Linienstrasse in Mitte. In addition to falafel, they serve hummus and shwarma, too. This is a great place to go for a quick bite for very little money. Dada Linienstrasse […]

Go-Ko Sushi: Japanese restaurant in Berlin blends feng shui and sushi

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Sushi fans rejoice! After posting my review of Mikoto Sushi, I decided to add Go-Ko (in Mitte) to my list of favorite sushi restaurants in Berlin. Go-Ko blends delicious sushi dishes with feng shui interiors. They also offer sushi-making courses if you decide to do-it-yourself at home. Goko Sushi Neue Schoenhauserstrasse 12 10178 Berlin Germany […]

Mikoto Sushi Lounge: delicious reasonably priced sushi in Berlin

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I love sushi but it’s often very expensive. Not at Mikoto Sushi Lounge, which has lunch specials priced at 5 Euros complete with soup and tea. Even for dinner, Mikoto is now offering a recession friendly 50% off all menus. They also served udon noodle soups, donburi, salads and teriyaki dishes. The sushi lounge is […]

Goodtime Restaurant: spicy delicious Thai food in Berlin

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Berlin is one of my favorite cities in the world because it’s vibrant, young, artsy and international. Compared to other German cities, there are many good Asian restaurants. So imagine my excitement when I discovered a Thai restaurant in Mitte that serves very spicy Thai food. Goodtime Restaurant on Chausseestrasse 1 serves piquant curries, spicy […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants, bars and boutiques in Berlin

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Berlin has become my second favorite city in Europe (after Paris). There’s a buzz in Berlin: young artists are coming to the city from all over the world (because rents are low) and for fans of new architecture, there’s a lot to see: the Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind, the Reichstag Dome pictured above, just […]