Berlin Art Week is coming up September 26–30. Whether you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, we’ve shortlisted some of our top suggestions for beautifully designed places to stay and eat during Berlin’s biggest art week of the year.
Oderberger Straße 57, 10435 Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg
The Hotel Oderberger is a boutique hotel in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, originally designed as the ‘Stadtbad Oderberger’ in 1898 by architect Ludwig Hoffmann. The historic indoor swimming hall is the jewel of the hotel. For 30 years, the swimming pool was vacant but after extensive renovations, and with a commitment to maintaining the architectural elegance of the era of its founding, the bath house was reopened. The hotel has a long-standing cooperation with artists, currently showing works by Johanna Keimeyer, Cornelia Enderlein and Manolo Ty in the restaurant, the fireplace bar, the library, the hallways and the hotel rooms.
Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin, Mitte
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 12am / Sat 11am – 12am / Sun 11am – 11pm
Located within the Berlin branch of the exclusive Soho House, Cecconi’s is a modern Italian restaurant that serves classic Italian food. Cecconi’s design combines the stripped-back Soho House Berlin interior with an elegant Venetian feel. Art Deco-inspired chandeliers hang against a backdrop of exposed concrete walls, and their trademark Italian leather booths feature in cherry-red, alongside a striped marble floor. In summer guests can enjoy an alfresco terrace that opens out to include additional seating. Cecconi’s Berlin is one of the their eight outposts worldwide, with a menu that features the simple yet delicious and well-crafted dishes that are synonymous with Italian cuisine. Particular culinary highlights include black truffle, homemade pasta, seafood dishes and delicious desserts.
Meinekestraße 9, 10719 Berlin, Charlottenburg
A boutique hotel located in the center of Charlottenburg, Henri Hotel offers guests a unique charm that blends modernism with a blast from the past. The vintage, stucco-fronted building, which dates to the Wilhelmine era, is punctuated by modern living accoutrements, giving way to cozy rooms, a conference space and an in-house kitchen that offers breakfast specials as well as a free traditional German Abendbrot dinner every Monday through Saturday. As if that weren’t enough, Henri Hotel also houses what might be the city’s smallest, yet cutest, museum—the Bogota Museum—in memory of The Hotel Bogota Berlin, an institution of Berlin’s bohemian scene.
Potsdamer Straße 91, 10785 Berlin, Tiergarten
Opening Hours: Tue – Sat from 6pm
The chefs at Panama approach gastronomy from a sustainable and environmentally-friendly point of view. The restaurant and bar, tucked away in the courtyard of an old factory building only steps away from the cluster of galleries on Potsdamer Straße, features modern German cuisine that embraces cultural diversity and the integration of other countries’ influences to create new flavors and richness. If you’re looking to host a special dinner while in town, look no further than Panama’s private dining room.
Oranienstraße 40, 10999 Berlin, Kreuzberg
Located in the center of the bustling Kreuzberg neighborhood, Orania.Berlin is much more than just a place to sleep. In addition to offering a variety of stylish rooms in a historic 1913 building, the hotel also plays host to a rotating program of classical and jazz concerts, film screenings, and readings by Berlin-based artists—all of which are free for guests to attend. Enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline of Berlin from the Literary Salon on the top floor, which features a Steinway Piano for concerts, a library, open fire place, bar and kitchen. It is a perfect place to rest and relax while taking in the cultural offerings of Berlin.
Bergstraße 22, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun from 6pm
The exposed brick interior and breathtaking courtyard of this former brewery building are the perfect backdrop for dishes lovingly prepared with a holistic mindset. The sustainable approach to dining at Katz Orange means that produce is locally sourced and the menu adapts with the changing of seasons and rotation of crops. Whether the plate contains meat or vegetables, or both, they try to use every product entirely. When you’re enjoying ceviche of salmon trout, free range Mecklenburg pork spare ribs, a whole cauliflower or lemon potato mash, be sure to pair your dish with one of their selection of more than 150 natural, sulfite-free wines.
Brandenburgische Straße 21, 10707 Berlin, Wilmersdorf
While Provocateur promises the highest level of quality, service and design, it also promises something a little extra: a burlesque elegance with a touch of glamor, a bit of the exotic and even a trace of the risqué. In other words, the hotel, situated in Wilmersdorf, a quiet neighborhood nestled between Charlottenburg and Schöneberg, combines the urban realness of Berlin with the fantasies of 1920s Paris. The restaurant, Golden Phoenix, offers Chinese fare fused with French finesse, while the DJ and cocktail menu at Provocateur Bar will keep you dancing and sampling new concoctions until the early morning hours.
Torstraße 183, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 7pm – 2am
Themroc’s unique take on dining as a mutually-experienced work of art puts the tyranny of choice at bay: everyday that Themroc is open, one meal—with starter, main course and dessert—is prepared and served. A Greek, Persian and French cook alternate in the kitchen, so the fare changes daily between an eclectic menu of fresh and fantastic, unrehearsed creations. A popular place for artists to hang out, the homey ambience of Themroc—a classic Berlin cosy and candlelit atmosphere—makes it a local “cult favourite” and a great place to meet new friends.
Kantstraße 144, 10623 Berlin, Charlottenburg
From artwork by local artists to custom-made furniture and curated reading selections, Sir Savigny provides guests with a tucked away oasis. The hotel features smaller, more budget-friendly rooms as well as deluxe suites, and everyone has access to the courtyard, where you can simply relax and breathe in the scent of the orange trees. If you find yourself in bed needing a midnight snack after a long day of running around town, don’t fret: all rooms are equipped with a “dial-a-burger” button that immediately connects to the in-house restaurant, The Butcher.
Joachimstraße 11, 10119 Berlin, Mitte
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 8:30am – 5pm / Fri 8:30am – 7pm (closed on Sep. 28, 2018)
Kantine is anything but a simple “canteen” – though it was originally conceived as a dining space for employees of Chipperfield Architects (whose office takes over much of the surrounding building). The courtyard restaurant has become a neighbourhood favourite for its simple and delicious menu and sleek interior design, typical of David Chipperfield’s well-known architectural style. Operated by chefs from other Mitte favourite Lokal, the restaurant’s menu offers fresh and seasonal dishes in a lively atmosphere, right in the heart of Mitte’s gallery district.
Weinbergsweg 25, 10119 Berlin, Mitte
The Gorki Apartments embody the unique flair of Berlin Mitte, both inside and out. Very centrally located in an inconspicuous turn of the 19th century building, the 34 apartments and two penthouses showcase an unconventional concept of luxury. Instead of finding a lobby when entering, guests walk through a lush courtyard to the refined and homey reception office, which evokes the comfort of a private residence. Similarly, each accommodation space is equipped with furnishings you’d be more than pleased to find in your own home: designer furniture paired perfectly with local vintage pieces, rainfall showers, oversized bathtubs, Dyson hairdryers and even natural, organic products from Dr. Hauschka (beginning at the end of this month), Dr. Bronner’s and John Masters.
LONG MARCH CANTEEN
Wrangelstraße 20, 10997 Berlin, Kreuzberg
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 6pm – 12am
Located in the hip Kreuzberg district and specialising in dim sum and dumplings, Long March Canteen offers patrons an authentic Chinese dining experience right in the heart of Berlin. Far removed from the kitsch, bare-bones decor of many Chinese restaurants, the Canteen’s elegant and modern interior is decorated with beautiful propaganda artwork, metallic lanterns and dramatic lighting. The extensive menu features an array of delicious Southeast Asian offerings including 1000 year old eggs served with silk tofu cubes and Szechuan salted vegetables, Shanghai-style carp in dark mushroom-soy sauce, and marinated honey-lime chicken skewers served with water chestnuts and leeks. Patrons can create their own banquet of small dishes for sharing or, for the ultimate dining experience, select one of the carefully designed five course menu options.
Hessische Straße 5, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Friedrichstraße 23, 10969 Berlin, Kreuzberg
Miniloft is a design hotel in Berlin that lets you feel like a local. Loaded with all of your needed amenities—such as a fully equipped kitchenette, on-site self-serve laundry and an en suite bathtub and shower—these lofts provide you with the flexibility and comfort as if in your own home. With energy conservation as one of their priorities, the hotel is constructed of high-quality, long-lasting materials. To reduce energy consumption in the summer, they have installed a sun-shade system instead of air conditioning, to keep the building cool. They also have a grass roof to reduce water run-off, extend roof life, and help clean the air. Following the immense success of their Mitte location, Minloft recently opened a new space—replete with the same environmentally friendly design concept and comforting accommodations—in Kreuzberg.
Schönhauser Allee 62, 10437 Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 6pm – 1am
Named after a French doctor who published a book about curing diseases with wine, and operated by the same owners as Les Valseuses, Dr. Maury offers a wide range of wines that pair perfectly with a rotating menu of small dishes. The wine selection is always larger than what is on the menu, so be sure to speak with the expert waiters and find the best wine for your personal palette. We also recommend treating the food items like tapas and sharing a few of them amongst friends for a light, delicious dinner in Dr. Maury’s personal, intimate atmosphere.
THE WEINMEISTER HOTEL
Weinmeisterstraße 2, 10178 Berlin, Mitte
The Weinmeister offers a truly Berlin experience, located in the hub of galleries and museums in Mitte. In carefully designed room, guests will find painted wall murals along with oversized beds, and at every turn throughout the rest of the hotel, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by additional graffiti and art covered surfaces. Guests can enjoy the hotel cocktail lounge, spa and rooftop deck with a jacuzzi and sun chairs overlooking the cityscape—a great place to relax and enjoy the view.
BEETS & ROOTS
Große Hamburger Straße 38, 10115 Berlin, Mitte
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 9:30pm / Sat – Sun 12:30 – 9:30pm
Dorotheenstraße 83, 10117 Berlin, Mitte
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11am – 8pm / Sat – Sun 12:30 – 8pm
Beets & Roots is a fast-casual favorite for healthy eaters on the go. With two locations in Mitte, one recently opened near Brandenburger Tor and another in the hub of the Auguststraße gallery district, the restaurant offers vegetarian-friendly bowls, salads, wraps and soups at affordable prices. The menu of fresh and flavorful fare is complemented by the minimal and chic interior design of Beets & Roots, with grey and rose-colored tiles, ceiling light sculptures and concrete elements blending seamlessly with the local vibe. Plenty of outdoor seating makes it a hotspot for good-weather dining.