Berlin Art Week is coming up September 14–18. 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.
Hotel Oderberger, a historic former swimming hall designed in 1898 by architect Ludwig Hoffman, is a unique jewel in the heart of Berlin. With its domed ceiling, hanging lights and cascade of arched entranceways, guests will feel like they have time-travelled into the city’s luxurious past. Located in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district, the hotel prides itself in a long-standing cooperation with Berlin artists, whose works can be found in the restaurant, the fireplace bar, the library, the hallways and the hotel rooms. The focus on the region also extends to the fireplace bar, which features cocktails and draft beer from local producers.
KINK Bar & Restaurant
In a former brewery in Pfefferberg and tucked away from the hectic traffic of Schönhauserallee is Kink Bar & Restaurant, a spacious three room culinary laboratory boasting locally sourced ingredients and artfully crafted cocktails. In the summer, a sun-kissed courtyard terrace is open to guests, but there is never a shortage of light inside thanks to a skylight and generous two-storey windows. The bar, on the other hand, offers a subdued lounge atmosphere with its industrial décor and 100-metre winding neon light installation by Swiss artist Kerim Seiler. With dishes like asparagus sorbet or drinks that combine Talisker whiskey with tonka and Szechuan pepper, this one-of-a-kind venue opens a new perspective on old but loved classics.
Hotel Honigmond & Garden Boutique Hotel
Honigmond & Garden Boutique Hotels are two oases in Berlin’s dynamic central district of Mitte. With elegant wallpaper, original hardwood floors and stucco ceilings, the lovingly restored hotels are typical examples of late 19th century style. The rooms are furnished with luxuriously framed oil paintings and colonial-style antiques but also feature all the modern amenities every guest needs. These exclusive family-run establishments are a unique and charming alternative to the everyday hotel and ideal as a private get-away or as a home away from home for business travellers.
Despite residing in a quiet, idyllic corner of Mitte, CORDO is not somewhere to be overlooked. With a trendy yet cosy interior, the creative, modern menu can be enjoyed in both comfort and style. Head chef Yannic Stockhausen brings nordic flavours from his hometown of Hamburg, offering a sophisticated yet unpretentious tasting menu that caters to both meat-lovers and vegetarians. From Wagyu Tartar with potato and coffee, to chanterelles with beans and verbena, unique flavours are aplenty. As a former wine bar, a hand-crafted selection of natural and organic wines is expertly paired with each menu for an unmatched experience.
Located in the heart of Mitte, staying at the Weinmeister means to be surrounded by the best of Berlin culture. Not only does the hotel lie within walking distance of the city’s most interesting galleries and museums, but it is something of a gallery itself. With signature rooms designed by international artists, guests can enjoy painted murals, edgy graphics, expressionistic drawings, artful photographs, all without ever sacrificing the comforts of a luxury hotel. Each room is equipped with an extra-large smart TV, and guests can indulge in a nightcap on the Rooftop Terrace with a view of the TV Tower or a massage in the in-house Beauty Spa.
As late summer approaches, there is nothing better than savouring the last of the balmy evenings. With pop-up series pars APERITIVO taking place every Thursday from August 18th until October 6th at Bar Cul de Sac, you can do just that. Coming from the founder of pars Pralinen, Kristiane Kegelmann, the series brings together friends from Berlin’s art and gastronomy scene to create unique, innovative evenings that centre decadent flavours with artistic flair. Kicking off the series is a collaboration with artist and chef Caique Tizzi, whose striking table settings will produce nothing short of a culinary oeuvre. Wine connoisseurs Holger Schwarz and Billy Wagner will pair their wines with pars’ sweet treats on August 25th and September 29th respectively, offering a delectable combination not to be missed.
The Circus Hotel
One of the most exciting features of this boutique hotel in the heart of Berlin is its proximity to the art galleries of Auguststraße and the surrounding neighbourhood. The Circus Hotel’s philosophy emphasises hospitality and sustainability, while its range of rooms individually designed by Sandra Ernst indicates that creativity and aesthetics are just as important. The lounge and Lost My Voice bar feature pieces from award-winning designer Elisa Strozyk, creative duo Le Troisieme Main and the artist Stefanie Hering, while the peaceful garden courtyard includes a floating installation by Cedric le Borgne. Not to be missed are ‘Behind the Curtain,’ a curated series of talks, tours and events that bring guests closer to the culture and history of the city, as well as the roof terrace with its honesty bar and panoramic views across Berlin offering a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets below.
Shiori’s philosophy is inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony as a celebration of the uniqueness of each moment and occasion. Their 11-13 course omakase-style menu unites various aspects of Japanese culture in a comprehensive art form. Committed to serving fresh and seasonal dishes, the menu revolves around the finest ingredients available on that day. The carefully curated elements of Shiori’s interior—artisanal bowls, plates and utensils, a ceremonial alcove (‘tokonoma’), calligraphy scrolls and flower arrangements—all contribute to a sophisticated multisensory experience of Japanese hospitality.
Adina Mitte: adinahotels.com/berlin-mitte
Platz vor dem Neuen Tor 6, 10115 Berlin, click here for map
Adina Checkpoint Charlie: adinahotels.com/berlin-checkpoint-charlie
Krausenstraße 35–36, 10117 Berlin, click here for map
Adina Hackescher Markt: adinahotels.com/berlin-hackescher-markt
An der Spandauer Brücke 11, 10178 Berlin, click here for map
For those looking for a home away from home, look no further than the Adina Hotel. With spacious, serviced apartments boasting a modern interior design, nothing short of comfort is to be expected. The hotel’s three central locations—Checkpoint Charlie, Hackescher Markt and North Mitte—provide you with the perfect place to touch base during your stay, as well as offer an abundance of activities, restaurants and bars just a stone’s throw away. For days you’d rather stay at home, the Adina offers their on-site Alto Restaurant and bar. Alternatively, a home-cooked meal can be rustled up thanks to each apartment’s fully equipped kitchen. The hotel’s extensive pool and sauna provide the perfect opportunity to relax after a long day of exploring what the city has to offer, while cosy living spaces allow you a private space in which you can wind down. With apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites, groups of all sizes are welcome.
Have you ever wondered what a work of art could taste like? You can find out at the Berlin classic Cookies Cream. Starting from the first dish, guests are treated to a palette of radiant colours and painterly shapes that, with each bite, transform into a vivid spectrum of taste. Each course is developed from regional products that are picked to the season. In the winter, you can sample the many ways food can be preserved and fermented, while in the summer freshly harvested vegetables are a staple of most dishes. But what makes this Michelin Star restaurant really unique is that there is no meat on the menu, which in this case does not mean a sacrifice in flavour. You will have to keep your eyes open though. Their location is easy to miss, but getting there is well worth the effort.
Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Hotel Berlin, Berlin is committed to bringing you the insider knowledge about the city. From the moment you walk into the lobby and see famous faces of Berlin on the walls, you’ll have a sense of the hotel’s dynamic and nonconformist spirit.
Located in Mitte-Tiergarten, the hotel offers spacious, modern rooms and suites made for both the leisure and business traveller. In line with Berlin’s reputation for openness, you’ll find fast and friendly feel-good food with a conscience. Other features include a Finnish sauna and sanarium as well as a fully equipped gym.
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.
THE MANDALA HOTEL
Located at Potsdamer Platz this sleek, modern hotel offers a well-connected location with spectacular views of the city. THE MANDALA HOTEL is in walking distance from some of the city’s most interesting cultural venues, like the Neue Nationalgalerie or the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. A little further south, visitors will find a cluster of renown galleries and exhibition venues on Potsdamer Straße. For those craving a moment of downtime, the hotel also offers escape in the form of its ONO Spa, a 600-square-meter wellness center on the top floor, where regenerative technology is fused with traditional spa features. Plus, if you find yourself looking for more spacious rooms without sacrificing the luxury and privacy of THE MANDALA HOTEL, look no further than THE MANDALA SUITES on Friedrichstraße.
Sustainability runs at the heart of the Lulu Guldsmeden. Committed to providing a stay with as little negative environmental impact as possible, the eco-friendly hotel serves as the ideal spot for anyone searching for a greener trip. With a combination of contemporary design, Nordic sleekness and Balinese spirit, a modern yet bohemian sojourn awaits you. Large, high-ceiling rooms come paired with an array of amenities, while an “über hygge” design guarantees a cosy feel. Babbo—an artisanal bakery and eatery on the ground floor—serves bread, pastries and a creative dinner menu, all made with organic and locally sourced produce. For those with furry friends, a dogs-welcome policy means a stay free of the stresses of kennels or dog-sitters. Located between Tiergarten and Schöneberg, you’ll find yourself right at the heart of one of Berlin’s gallery districts. With many Berlin Art Week participants just a stone’s throw away, the Lulu Guldsmeden offers the perfect starting point for artistic explorations.
Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, Mitte
Opening Hours: Monday–Friday; 11am–9pm, Saturday–Sunday; 12–8pm
Mauerstraße 76, 10117 Berlin, click here for map
Große Hamburger Straße 38, 10115 Berlin, click here for map
Dorotheenstraße 83, 10117 Berlin, click here for map
Kurfürstendamm 22, 10719 Berlin, click here for map
Prinzenstraße 32–34, 10969 Berlin, 10719 Berlin, click here for map
Beets&Roots is a fast-casual favourite for healthy eaters on the go. With five locations in Mitte, Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg, all of which are conveniently located in areas packed with both art venues and sightseeing spots, the restaurant offers vegan- and vegetarian-friendly bowls, salads, wraps and soups at reasonable prices. The menu of freshly made and flavourful fare is complemented by the minimal and chic interior design—raw concrete elements combined with pops of pastel colours blend seamlessly with the neighbourhood vibes. We particularly recommend trying the Avocado Bowl, one of their best-selling signature dishes.
The sleek modern design of the Hotel Q’s rooms look like a luxurious capsule from a space station imagined in the 1960s. It’s not what you would necessarily expect of Charlottenburg, which is the heart of tradition in the old West Berlin. Designed by the award winning Graft Architects, streamlined lines, inset lights, and an attention to detail are the trademarks of this unique space. Guests can start the day with full breakfasts every morning and end the night with a drink in the red-toned Fox Bar. The Q! Spa offers a Finnish sauna and steam room, a Japanese washing area, a gym for those not wanting to break their fitness routine or a tropical sand room for those just looking for a moment of escape.
La Côte in Neukölln serves an artfully crafted menu inspired by southern European cuisine, offering a delicious range of seafood including oysters, mussels and swordfish. The intimate space with its brightly coloured terrazzo tables is also purposefully designed. The splashes of colour beneath your plate are also reflected by the changing exhibitions of emerging to well-known artists on its walls. These shows are curated by artist Billie Clarken, making La Côte one of the favourites of the Berlin art scene.
This vibrant spot in the heart of Kreuzberg serves classic and fusion recipes in a contemporary setting. Its owner Shani Ahiel first brought the dining experience of Tel Aviv to Berlin at the famed Yafo in Mitte. While Yafo is temporarily closed, Shishi (Hebrew for Friday) takes the spotlight with delectable Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh organic produce from local farms. Skillfully combining traditional flavours with international influences, the menu boasts a variety of vegan, vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes. The charming vintage interior extends to a leafy bohemian courtyard, making it ideal for dinner and drinks after a long day of gallery visits or before a long night of partying.
Hotel AMANO East Side
The AMANO East Side is the way to enjoy the raw energy of East Berlin in style. Located between Ostbahnhof and East Side Gallery, guests are close to a vibrant club district, colourful historic graffitti on a remnant of the Berlin Wall, an active gallery scene, numerous restaurants and more. The hotel offers elegant, minimally designed rooms characterised by gold, marble, dark wood and dreamy avant-garde components. Highlights of the hotel are its panoramic rooftop bar dedicated to Berlin’s legendary summer nights and the East Side bar with DJs spinning electronic and techno music on the weekends.